Posted by Lu, a resident of the Willowgate neighborhood, on Sep 13, 2012 at 5:43 pm
This is awesome. Someone asked what is the purpose. For one this also pay tribute to those who lost their live in this program. Remember for future generations, this planet will not last forever. If the planet expired in one year, where would you go if you had a chance to survive on another planet.
Posted by Steve, a resident of the Sylvan Park neighborhood, on Sep 18, 2012 at 9:41 pm
To be clear, this statement is inaccurate: "The event celebrates the accomplishments of the now defunct shuttle program, its 25 missions, 299 days in orbit and for going around the Earth 4,671 times while traveling 122,883,151 miles."
Those are the statistics for the Endeavor itself. The entire program had 135 missions, 1,323 days in orbit and 21,030 orbits around the earth. 180 satellites and payloads were deployed by shuttles, and 355 different astronauts (309 men, 46 women) from 16 countries flew on the shuttle.
From 1981 - 2001, the project generated jobs for hundreds of thousands of people for decades while generating numerous medical and scientific advances. The 30 year project cost $209 Billion, which is just 6% of our national budget this year (or 1/3 of today's defense department budget).
Or put another way, it cost roughly twenty dollars per person in the country per year from 1981 - 2011.
Posted by Bid, a resident of the Old Mountain View neighborhood, on Sep 18, 2012 at 10:41 pm
I think it sucks that they won't land at Moffet ... I think it would be appropriate to land and at least let the NASA employees take pictures etc for the last time. I feel they at least owe it to the employees and all that were involved in the shuttle program.
Posted by musical, a resident of another community, on Sep 19, 2012 at 7:06 pm
A 747 at five miles is the angular size of the moon, about half your little fingernail at arm's length. Closer is better. Binoculars help. Photographers need to consider the east-southeast sun angle (az 111, el 26 at 9:15 PDT). People on the airfield will be looking into the sun, but the current forecast is mostly cloudy. Given my aversion to traffic, I plan to watch from the Ellis/101 VTA light-rail station (service every 15 minutes until ~10am, then half-hours). A bike/foot alternative is the baylands trail around the north of Ames/Moffett.