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4/18/2012 00:34 AM EDT
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Tim W
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Tim W   4/21/2012 12:36:57 PM
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I concur. The problem is that the space program, like almost all government programs, moved from one of discovery and purpose, to one of minimizing risk, and supporting an ever-expanding bureaucracy. I believe that the next great advances in space will come from visionaries in the private sector. NASA's VISION should be to take the risks that are not suitable for private enterprise, and stay in the business of basic research.

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agk   4/20/2012 7:39:59 AM
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A good retirement or send off function. A high tech planning to honour all of them who were responsible for tthe success storeies of Discovery.

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RickBunn   4/19/2012 1:26:52 PM
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It's hard to believe that we did not have a Shuttle Version 2.0 on the drawing board, but the issue must also saddly be about return on investment.

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Philmac0   4/19/2012 11:50:57 AM
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Actually a sad moment realizing that what was once a vibrant American space program, now only exists in a museum. Does anyone really believe that we will be sending another American into space on a U.S. spacecraft anytime in the next 10 years. Consider that when voting in November

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prabhakar_deosthali   4/19/2012 7:59:04 AM
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Not just the Republicans and Democrats, but for the whole humanity it is a matter of pride. Discovery Shuttle made the space travel look like routine so much so that we almost forget the technological complexity behind its smooth operation for years

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george.leopold   4/19/2012 12:16:10 AM
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Mike, your story confirms something I heard yesterday from another visitor who told us he was at Dulles when Enterprise was delivered "30 years ago." It's also coincidental that you saw a B-25 that day since that was the plane used in Doolittle's raid on Tokyo 70 years ago this week. http://www.doolittleraider.com/

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Ciaraldi   4/19/2012 12:01:59 AM
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I remember changing planes at Dulles around 1981. As we taxied to the terminal, the pilot pointed out two vehicles parked at the end of the runway, getting ready to go to the Air & Space Museum. One was a B-25 Mitchell bomber. Next to it, and totally dwarfing the B-25, was the Enterprise. I finally got to see Enterprise up close when I visited the Udvar-Hazy Center last summer, truly an amazing place!

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george.leopold   4/18/2012 8:58:25 PM
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We have just posted video of shuttle Discovery's "buzz" of the Smithsonian annex at Dulles Airport on Tuesday (April 17) followed by its final approach and landing at Dulles. We were standing in the right spot for both.

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george.leopold   4/18/2012 5:19:11 PM
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Good friend of EE Times and fellow space weenie David Carey writes: I watched the live feed on NASA TV yesterday but there is nothing that takes the place of seeing it in person. We caught just a glimpse of it this weekend @ KSC being readied for the piggyback ride, but it was on terra firma and largely occluded by the treeline. Must say it made me wistful to watch it take off from KSC on its trip to U-H there in DC but that's a good place to go for a retired space craft. I liked that they left the patina of Discovery [in] place and didn't try to shine things up too much for final display; it looks good in its natural "space-suit".

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KB3001   4/18/2012 2:12:55 PM
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Wonderful!

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