Old 9th August 2005, 12:12   #1
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Old 9th August 2005, 13:01   #2
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In how many smouldering pieces?

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just 1. funny stuff, here in aus we had rove mcmanus commenting on the whole decent on his live show, was quite funny to listen to.

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Old 9th August 2005, 16:04   #4
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In how many smouldering pieces?
At 50,000 feet and 20 miles out, the nose sensor was reading 960 Degrees F.

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Old 9th August 2005, 17:06   #5
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I know, found the nasa site where they showed the actual landing with a camera.

you couldn't see much since it was 05.12 local time and dark in California but with the infra red they managed to show a decent enough moving picture.

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Old 9th August 2005, 18:09   #6
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At 50,000 feet and 20 miles out, the nose sensor was reading 960 Degrees F.
amazing that the virgin galactic overcomes all of that with its shuttlecock design...of course i guess its hard to compare the two shuttles & feats of each.
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If the Virgin Galactic was going 17500 mph (which is the speed needed to stay in orbit), I'm sure it would get hot, too.

The shuttle was over 200 miles up, Space Ship One was only about 60 miles up. Even when Discovery was 287 miles from Edward Airforce Base, it was still traveling at mach 6, or 3400 mph.

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hence why it was hot...duh billy.

im looking forward to virgin's advances if any are planned for a larger shuttle. and likewise, whenever nasa starts using the new shuttle.
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If the Virgin Galactic was going 17500 mph (which is the speed needed to stay in orbit), I'm sure it would get hot, too.
There's nothing to cause friction when in orbit so it wouldn't get hot at all.
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There's nothing to cause friction when in orbit so it wouldn't get hot at all.
No shit! Untill it re-enters the Earth's atmosphere.

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Old 10th August 2005, 03:22   #12
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This is indeed a major victory for NASA. They sent something up, and it came back down in one piece.

No ebay auctions for astronaut toes.... cool.
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I stayed up til a Monday sunrise waiting for the first landing, and I'm asleep the second time around? Dammit...

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Even with that the shuttle is grounded for an indefinite period ..... AGAIN ....
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