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Public event set for space shuttle flyover

Original post made on Sep 11, 2012

Update: Shuttle to flyover NASA Ames at 10:17 a.m., coming from San Francisco.

The public has been invited to NASA Ames on Friday morning -- postponed from Thursday -- as space shuttle Endeavour is set to make a historic flight over Mountain View.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 11, 2012, 10:31 AM

Comments (15)

Posted by David, a resident of another community
on Sep 11, 2012 at 3:08 pm

What a huge waste of money!

Posted by Susan, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm

I know someone who saw this on the East Coast in the Spring. She said it was spectacular to see. I hope I get to see it.

Posted by James, a resident of Whisman Station
on Sep 11, 2012 at 9:47 pm

On the day you may be able to track where she is here:

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Posted by James, a resident of Whisman Station
on Sep 11, 2012 at 10:18 pm

FYI: Endeavor's namesake.

Web Link
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Posted by member, a resident of another community
on Sep 12, 2012 at 11:56 am

What is the purpose of these flyovers? It seems like an odd thing to do, especially given that our government has cancelled the Space Shuttle program.

Posted by James, a resident of Whisman Station
on Sep 12, 2012 at 2:11 pm

I think it draws some public attention to the Shuttle program and that this shuttle will be on public display in LA. The NASA Ames flyover is a tribute to the Shuttle work that was done there.

Posted by Lu, a resident of Willowgate
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 Member, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 17, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Back in the day, Ames high speed and electo-arc wind tunnels were used to develop the hypersonic glider we call the Shuttle. It's fitting one should fly by.

Posted by Member, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Sep 17, 2012 at 7:08 pm

Flight is postponed 'till Friday, due to enroute wx.

Posted by KC, a resident of another community
on Sep 18, 2012 at 10:54 am

Postponed until Friday Web Link

Posted by Steve, a resident of Sylvan Park
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 Old Mountain View
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 Ara, a resident of another community
on Sep 18, 2012 at 11:30 pm

How far away from moffett field will the shuttle be visible as it flies by? I live in a surrounding neighborhood and I want to know how many miles away I'll be able to seeitfrom.

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.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Sylvan Park
on Sep 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm

and to you whiners about cost, this is being paid for by the LA Science Center, where it will be housed.

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