25 Years On: 3  

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Uploaded: 04/18/06 11:33 PM GMT
25 Years On: 3
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A safe trip home back to Florida for the STS-1 shuttle, Columbia at the end of it's first voyage into space twenty five years ago. I've engoyed fixing up these old shots and Noise Ninja has proved a real bonus :-)

Credit: NASA/JPL.


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04/19/06 1:02 AM GMT
Wow, what a nice shot! I wonder why the nozzles are covered on Columbia?
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04/19/06 1:32 AM GMT
u mean the nozzles on the back? I guess its so its more aerodynamic, increasing stability, speed, fuel efficency, and take off distance for the transport plane...did i miss anything =P ...but, that is a good (hmm, thats not the word), i mean awsome photograph. Even though you didnt take it, you touched it up and posted it here.
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Weeeeee, flying is fun. Watching Star Trek is funner!
04/19/06 1:33 AM GMT
I am glad all went well. You have represented them well. We have come a long way!
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Since we cant change reality. Let us change our eyes in which we percieve reality. Nikos Kazantzakis.
04/19/06 7:47 AM GMT
You have done an excellent job perfecting these old photos. Thanks for doing all the work and posting them for us to enjoy.
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04/19/06 1:12 PM GMT
I dont know what they looked like before but the images look pretty sharp now. Great perspective in the shot. 25 years? Could have been yesterday! - thanks for posting/sharing.
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Your ever so clever but if your not clever you will never get into heaven again
04/19/06 2:30 PM GMT
I love the angle and the shot. Nice work.
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Ephesians 2:8-10
04/19/06 7:30 PM GMT
Yes, the protective tail cone serves two purposes, to reduce turbulence generated by the shuttle (the two vertical fins on the rear of the 747 also help to compensate for this) and to reduce overall drag in order to try and improve fuel efficiency which is still stratospheric compared to a normal Jumbo - the piggy back craft have to stop to refuel several times between California and home base in Florida. Nasty.
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"Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps"
04/19/06 9:57 PM GMT
The old Ninja has sliced this one nice!
Always had a fascination with Astronomy and the Space Programme and you have presented some of the finest cleaned up shots I have ever seen.
Awesome work!
Thanks again for sharing
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"All those.. moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain."
04/21/06 5:47 AM GMT
Another great image Phil.

The image is very sharp with great composition.

Well done.
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04/26/06 4:01 PM GMT
Wow, great job!
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04/28/06 11:55 AM GMT
you know, I'm one of those people that can look at a plane and still marvel that it can fly at all .... and then you come along and show me this with a straight face

I wonder if Orville and Wilbur foresaw this
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See No Evil
08/07/07 7:54 PM GMT
Fantastic image and composition! Very well done!
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