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Old 08-20-2009, 07:05 AM
 
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LACKLAND AIR FORCE BASE, Texas (AFNS) -- Lackland Air Force Base officials will support the NASA space program by allowing the space shuttle to stopover here while on its ferry ride home if the shuttle does not land at Kennedy Space Center, Florida.
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:12 AM
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Location: Ohio
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It seems to make official what appeared to be unofficial.

With just a handful of shuttle flights remaining and this option only being used when the shuttle lands on the West coast, the odds are still not good that we'll see the shuttle at Lackland. At least we will have more time to anticipate it next time.
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:28 AM
 
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What's the cruise speed of the shuttle? Or, is it one long glide to touchdown from space?
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Old 08-20-2009, 07:58 AM
 
Location: Universal City, Texas
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It's going from 18,000 mph to a dead stop on landing. It's a falling brick. They use their thrusters for brakes to reduce speed and then start dropping (gliding) to a landing.
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Old 08-20-2009, 11:51 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I remember living in Houston about 10 years ago when the Shuttle was landing in Florida. The news started at 10 and they showed a live shot of the Shuttle streaking across the Texas sky, my wife and I ran outside to watch it, very cool. Almost as cool as seeing it streak across the sky was watching the live landing in Florida at the end of the newscast. That's right, from Houston to Cape Canaveral in ~30 minutes. Now that's fast!
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Old 08-20-2009, 03:15 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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What's the cruise speed of the shuttle? Or, is it one long glide to touchdown from space?
Nick

The Shuttle itself will not land here, it is the 747 that carries it back to Kennedy Space Center that will stop here, as it did a few weeks back...

Cheers! M2
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Old 08-20-2009, 03:21 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Wow...landing here at the old Kelly runway would be a kodak moment for sure!
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Old 08-20-2009, 04:07 PM
 
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Nick

The Shuttle itself will not land here, it is the 747 that carries it back to Kennedy Space Center that will stop here, as it did a few weeks back...

Cheers! M2
ahaha thanks for the clarification. Makes sense now.
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Old 08-28-2009, 05:40 PM
 
Location: 78245
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It used to land here all the time back in the 80's. I remember it streaking across the sky that one night! It was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen! Like a huge meteor only the tail stayed visible for a while.
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Old 09-11-2009, 06:11 PM
 
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The shuttle is expected to land in California in about 45 minutes, so things look good for a possible stop in San Antonio in a few days.
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