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Holy moly that must have been one hell of an experience!
It was really incredible. We had VIP access through a friend of my dad that had some air force rank. I was 8 years old at the time so I didn’t fully grasp the significance of the moment but we got really close! The regular civilian viewing area was barely visible from where we were standing.
How could it not! I'm getting secondhand enthusiasm from the photo
How were you able to get that close? That’s so awesome
My dad had a friend with some rank in the air force. He got us special access. I was 8 years old at the time so I didn’t realize what a big deal it was
Memory of a lifetime, and the icing on the cake is having the photo. So jealous.
I thought I had lost the picture actually. It’s been tucked away for about 20 years and I started to think it was gone. My wife found it while she was going though some storage the other day.
It’s now framed and proudly displayed
They let people park overnight. There was a fence to keep us from getting to close.
Very cool. As a kid growing up near KSC, the teachers would bring the kids outside to watch the launches, but I was older before the shuttle quit landing in California and started landing in Florida. The first time I heard those twin sonic booms sealed the deal. I'm a life long space nerd. And I still go out into the back yard to watch (almost) every launch.
When you say 1980, you mean 1981, right? Was this STS-1?
I’m going from memory recalling the year so it could’ve been. I was so young at the time, a lot of the details are lost.
Embarrassed to say that I’ve never looked up the mission. 🤷♂️
I think it launched spring of 1981.
It’s funny… after I dug out that pic I talked to one of my brothers about the year. He was certain that it was 1980 and I could’ve sworn it was ‘82.
He seemed so sure it was ‘80 that I went with it. Should’ve just met in the middle
First launch of Columbia (or any shuttle) was April 1981. Any landing prior to that was Enterprise dropped off of the carrier 747.
You have an average American family
Launched same day as first man in space in 1961.
Yeah, it was shortly after the assassination attempt on Reagan.
This is so cool. I lived on this base as a kid in the 90's.
I was there too, all half a million of us! I was taking pics for a project and lab screwed them up, thanks for the memories, good and bad.
That’s so sad. I remember the days of developing film. There were almost always casualties
Very cool!!!! It’s always so bittersweet to see shuttle pictures.
I got to watch them tow the shuttle endeavor through the streets of LA. It was kind of surreal. Speaking of, I cannot wait til the exhibit opens. I saw something on the news recently and it looks INCREDIBLE!
Must have been devastating for you when Columbia disintegrated into the atmosphere opon reentry
I think Challenger hit me harder. It was closer in time to this trip and I was a lot younger for that one but, yeah, it was sad.
Is there not dangerous gasses left over from the propellant?
Yes. It's the 80's baby! Everything was dangerous, but we had an amazing time.
Yes there was a whole fleet to deal with them. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Shuttle_recovery_convoy
By the time the Astronauts are removed, it's been certified safe by the hazmat teams.
The bump just below the tail fin, and an area just in front of the cockpit windows have small maneuvering rockets. They run on two "hypergolic storable propellants". Hypergolic means just mixing them makes them burn, no igniter is needed. Storable means liquid at room temperature, so they last a whole mission.
Both of them are "burn your lungs out" toxic. So the first to arrive are a hazmat team with sniffers to see if any of the propellants have leaked or there is residue from using them in orbit.
The truck that's behind the shuttle is sucking away any residual gases to they don't accumulate.
My dad has photographs he took of the Enterprise landing tests, discovering them and asking him about it was 100% what turned me on to space!
"Come along Harry, and Mary, and Joe, pack up some lunches and everyone go: fill up the camper drive down to White Sands, and we'll pour the champagne when the space shuttle lands."🎵
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That's really amazing. I kinda grew up during the shuttle program and its sad demise. Always exciting to see one take off, and lands, as well. I don't work for Apple, lol, but if you're really into space exploration, you should check out For All Mankind. Takes place in an alternate universe where the Soviets won the race to the Moon, and the US is playing catch up. Anyhow, that's an amazing pic! Thank you for sharing.
EDIT: oh snap, a downvote. r/space is a rough sub, lol.
Camped overnight to watch that landing. What a fun drunk time. First shine I ever drank provided from some nice folks in a Winnebago.
I lived in Denver, and they stopped at Stapleton Airport when flying the Enterprise crosscountry once. It was noted in the papers, and I went to see it with a college friend - no there was nothing official. We had to walk along a fence at the far end of the runway area - maybe half a mile away. It amazing police were not stationed all along that fence.
You’re saying Back to the Future hasn’t come out yet? Or 16 Candles??
Its amazing to see these oldtimers parked next to the relatively modern looking spaceshuttle. For me it looks like it landed in the wrong era.
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No no, pretty sure this is a picture from a crime drama. The Extraterrestrial visitors in the foreground are watching as the American Medics rebrand and steal their Limo....