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Terry
07-10-2011, 06:25 AM
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. The space shuttle Atlantis hasn't performed like a ship ready for retirement.
The first full day of the final flight of the aging space shuttle fleet the most complicated machines ever built was practically flawless.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2015561314_spaceshuttle10.html

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html

I understand that Don did wiring on this shuttle.
Good job Don.

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DonL
07-10-2011, 07:13 AM
I think that it a shame that Houston does not even get one of the Shuttles for Space Center Houston.


Have a Great Day.


DonL

Tom Sawyer
07-10-2011, 07:15 AM
click this site, it's pretty amazing

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/shuttle_google_earth.html

Ian Gills
07-10-2011, 08:48 AM
Well, I woke up this morning and decided that I would like to go to space.

So I phoned NASA and apparently they don't go there any more.

So, I'll be flying Russian instead for $63 million a seat.

That puts America in second place. But coming second ain't bad eh boys?

It's not the winning but the taking part that counts. So good try America! A for effort.

DonL
07-10-2011, 09:01 AM
Well, I woke up this morning and decided that I would like to go to space.

So I phoned NASA and apparently they don't go there any more.

So, I'll be flying Russian instead for $63 million a seat.

That puts America in second place. But coming second ain't bad eh boys?

It's not the winning but the taking part that counts. So good try America! A for effort.

I prefer being first.

They already have Lost Cosmonauts.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lost_Cosmonauts

Now we get the chance to have Lost Astronauts.

We may end up being third, There are other country's in the race also.


DonL

Ian Gills
07-10-2011, 12:33 PM
India and China may move ahead too.

However, I think the whole thing has been approached from the wrong angle.

It costs so much in fuel to get bulky people into space that that is a wasted cause.

We should focus our efforts on building small and send micro-electronic devices into space to do our exploring for us. Like crystal radios.

It really isn't rocket science.

And lost cosmonauts is not really the issue. America has lost its fair share through bad design or arrogance.

Lost in space is the real issue. You've never lost one there and that is something to be proud of.

If only you would value the health of poor Americans as you do of American cosmonauts in space. That would be a Great Nation.

Joe Six Pack
07-10-2011, 12:46 PM
Ian,
Boys love their toys.
Taht will nevar change.

IN Alaska, were more real. We stick together, we need to. Thre are basic needs, thinsgs we need hare on earth.
It's fjun to go off exploring, but someone has to keep the fire going at home, and the kids fed.
Thank goodness for wamen. If ti was only men, they would be off palying all day.

ballvalve
07-10-2011, 02:41 PM
ALL those shuttles should be mothballed in one big room, and not sent around like some old manual typewriters. Our gov idiots again at work!

DonL
07-10-2011, 02:50 PM
ALL those shuttles should be mothballed in one big room, and not sent around like some old manual typewriters. Our gov idiots again at work!

I agree, That would be better than a bunch Political idiots Fighting over them.

It would take a big ass room tho. But Houston JSC has rooms big enough, That will just be setting unused.

Another waste of your tax Dollar...


DonL

ballvalve
07-10-2011, 04:06 PM
Take them to the California airplane graveyard and tarp them well.

DonL
07-10-2011, 04:47 PM
They would be better off landing in California and leave it there.

But they will land in Florida and take it to California to strip it, then off to New York, at a cost of 10 million or so. Then charge people to see it.

Pay to see what you already paid for.

I sound like Ian now. Bad me.

Guess he rubs off on everyone... But sometimes he is correct...


DonL

Ian Gills
07-10-2011, 05:06 PM
Thanks Don. Welcome to the Dark Side.

ballvalve
07-13-2011, 11:25 AM
When the Chinese start zapping our refineries and power plants from satellites with lasers, the country will wish it saved the shuttles.

Hell, SF bay is still full of liberty ships [the ones that allowed Ian to be born, that the Americans built in about 72 hours each. Still floating!]

Ian Gills
07-13-2011, 03:10 PM
Those Liberty Ships really were a pile of junk. Wish we'd never paid for them. You saw us coming.

Should have known an American ship would have been no better than an American car.

ballvalve
07-14-2011, 11:28 AM
I wish we hadnt built them too, because we never got paid for them. Each ship should have been a ruby from your queens crown.

We could have stayed home entirely, perfected the nuke, and then vaporized the london full of nazi's, Berlin and portions of france.

Then ruled the entire world, as is our manifest destiny.

And your parents would have been eating cardboard soup without those ships. Maybe a few turnips peelings for flavor and granpas boots for a bit of protein. England is and was an Island devoid of a possibility to support its population.

On your knees and bless those ships!

And light a candle for Henry Kaiser that built them, and used the returns to fund the most affordable health care system in california. We know you frequent several churches.

Ian Gills
07-14-2011, 02:28 PM
Those ships really were bad. First World War design. Not fast enough to outrun enemy subs so they had to travel in convoys.

Notice how you never got a return order?

And we did pay for them. The debts were fully repaid as of last year (or the year before) I think.

So we're square, and possibly in credit, given the supporting roles we are playing in your wars in Afghanistan and Libya.

DonL
07-14-2011, 03:59 PM
Those ships really were bad. First World War design. Not fast enough to outrun enemy subs so they had to travel in convoys.

Notice how you never got a return order?

And we did pay for them. The debts were fully repaid as of last year (or the year before) I think.

So we're square, and possibly in credit, given the supporting roles we are playing in your wars in Afghanistan and Libya.


The checks in the mail...

Just don't cash it when you get it...

ballvalve
07-15-2011, 11:23 AM
I dont recall the design date, but it was the method of manufacture that changed how the WORLD builds ships. It was the volkswagon of ships that kept your folks from eating their shoes.

Anyone know why we are in Libya when we just had the pri%$ in a tent on the UN lawn a few months ago? A 5$ handgrenade would have saved us billions.

DonL
07-15-2011, 12:00 PM
Anyone know why we are in Libya when we just had the pri%$ in a tent on the UN lawn a few months ago? A 5$ handgrenade would have saved us billions.

Started out, for the OIL , Just like all the rest of the places that we invaded.

Ian Gills
07-15-2011, 05:39 PM
but it was the method of manufacture that changed how the WORLD builds ships.

That would be: a) cheap; and, b) cutting corners.

If it moves, don't buy it if it's American!

ballvalve
07-16-2011, 11:50 AM
Better get yourself into the library after your cubicles shut off the lights.

It was: a] pre-fab portions joined in sections - welded , firswt time in history, mostly by women.

b] piping, plumbing, design changes only if a crisis occurs, and prefab as much as that as possible.

If its an English "hand built" oceanliner, like the titantic, with steel substandard for a water heater, Don't get near an English ship.

And if its an English motor vehicle, buy a giant drip pan for it immediately.

And by the way, the vehicle that really won the war were the American Jeeps - still running all over Europe.

But back to liberty ships, you really wanted polished door handles and x-rayed welds for ships with expected large U-boat destruction rate? Then you could have enjoyed your cardboard soup with candles for fat and salt scraped from the walls of your basement. You would be the size of your queen if your parents didnt get all that american lard and corn.

Maybe the Japanese or the Russians would have built them for you?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_ship -

great story about a crap ENGLISH design ship that was a rivet job - and the us made into the first welded ship ever made. One of them recently made the he trip for a D-day event from San Francico. And they were being extended in length as late as 1958 - Best damn ships ever made. And you got them at Wal-mart prices.

All so we could save an island of no strategic merit to us that broke its sacred treaties with Poland and Sudetenland.

Only thing we got was some nice Guiness out of the deal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_John_W._Brown ...you're close enough go take a ride on one.

Ian Gills
07-17-2011, 12:33 PM
That boat is fine by American standards but not by English ones. I am surprised it still floats. And as for the wiring....

If you want a decent boat, you get one from the South Koreans.

DonL
07-17-2011, 12:47 PM
Just got back from Church.

Got to stop by the Liquor store on the way home.

Good thing that the local Police were directing traffic...

That's what I call, "Your Tax Dollars at work"

Thank You for paying your taxes.


Don't wine, just drink another stiff one...

Ian Gills
07-17-2011, 12:54 PM
Your tax dollars Don, but not the churches'.

Tax the churches. It's only fair.

Funny how you never see a poor one...

http://pegasusnews.com/media/img/photos/2009/11/02/thumbs/First_Baptist_Dallas.jpg.728x520_q85.jpg

DonL
07-17-2011, 01:38 PM
Many prey on the weak.

Them kind need to go to hell...

I agree Tax them, and all their Glory.

ballvalve
07-17-2011, 03:23 PM
That boat is fine by American standards but not by English ones. I am surprised it still floats. And as for the wiring....

If you want a decent boat, you get one from the South Koreans.

In 1942 MAYBE you got some seaweed from korea for your soup. You got ships only from America, the distance insulated and metallically blessed.

Ian Gills
07-17-2011, 04:23 PM
Oh, but when you walk one in dock you know they were just built so bad.

Hardly your finest hour.

ballvalve
07-18-2011, 10:49 AM
Pretty fine hour when a ship designed to last 5 years goes for 70 years.

DonL
07-18-2011, 12:14 PM
Pretty fine hour when a ship designed to last 5 years goes for 70 years.


Or when a 70 year old drinking Wine, goes is 5 minutes...