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2012-Apr-20, 04:00 PM
Two NASA Space Shuttles – Enterprise and Discovery – sit nose to nose in a historic, once in a lifetime meet up at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum Annex in Virginia on April 19, 2012 for the official transfer of ownership from NASA to the Smithsonian.(...)Read the rest of Discovery & Enterprise – [...]

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Van Rijn
2012-Apr-22, 07:13 AM
You can really see the difference in the picture between a working shuttle and one that never went to space.

This sure brings back memories, but also mixed feelings. It's great to see Enterprise, but it also reminds me of disappointments with the Shuttle. That there was to be a real spaceship Enterprise was like a dream come true, but of course it turned out to be too heavy to go into space. And there was the shuttle program itself - they were supposed to give us low cost access to space, and start the real space age. In some ways they were successful (they did a lot, and were huge compared to an Apollo command/service module), but they turned out to cost far too much and required far too much maintenance and rebuilding to truly open up space.