Originally Posted by NDJollyMon
I remember the old days when I helped protect the Space Shuttle. There was another launch facility at Vandenberg AFB, CA for the shuttles...but it was mothballed because of funding. They brought the shuttle out there a time or two...but had never launched it. They piggy backed it on the 747...quite a show.
its the only job that wil bring me out of retirement, he bugs me each launch to come join the fun, i tell you its getting awefully enticing
, the shear weight of that puppy leaving the earth is incredible,
"Shuttle Liftoff Weight: 4,523,508 pounds Orbiter/Payload Liftoff Weight: 267,341 pounds Orbiter/Payload Landing Weight: 206,212 pounds"
when its in space i harldy ever turn off the NASA channel,