Space Shuttle Discovery Makes Historic Landing in Washington

Space Shuttle Discovery

Days when the national news like CNN and Fox News actually cover something for more than a 3 minutes sound bite seems to be the huge exception to the rule today. That is, unless, there is actually something going on live they can’t manipulate into a proper commercial break spot. Lately I have come to loathe the repetition of information on the news and documentary-reality shows. This morning was one of those non-stop coverage points for the historic landing of the Space Shuttle Discovery, and an end to a space program, really the only one I have ever known in my lifetime.

Since this is really the only space program I have ever known in my life, it has been sad to me to see it being dismantled over the last 12 months, but I’m sure they know what they are doing and it’s time to move on. Being an average objective observer of the program over the last 30 plus years I certainly can’t offer any inside knowledge for anything NASA, I will just miss watching something I have known since I could was old enough to know what a rocket was. Discovery had a beautiful landing this morning on the back of that giant NASA Boeing 747SP-21 (see some pics here). Ben Cooper over on Airliners.net captured a great sunrise shot of the departing N905NA / 376 (cn 20107/86) captioned saying: “Farewell, Discovery! Shuttle Discovery departs Florida for the final time in history at sunrise, atop NASA’s 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, bound for the Smithsonian in Washington DC.” Well said.

High Res NASA Photos of Space Shuttle Endeavour in Orbit by Texas Jim

No, I did not actually take these images this time, but I found them to be so spectacular that I had to go ahead and post them as the image of the day. I was forwarded the information on these photos taken by those on the ISS and the Space Shuttle on their last mission. The detail on the full size images (see link below) is just incredible, so if you would like to see them in their full version just click on the link below. [For the images in one PDF click the NASA Endeavor PDF or for full size photos just click on the images]

If I can find any more data about when the images were taken and with what equipment I will post it here. I know that NASA uses a wide variety of Nikon and Canon digital SLR equipment and lenses from the images they take when they first arrive in orbit, but I don’t know body type, lens focal length etc. on these. 73, KI4WLR

These are just a sample of the images shown that were sent over to me, and I think the last picture is Hurricane Dean.

Update: These images were taken by Texas Jim and were originally located at http://www.texasjim.com/NASApix/NASA%20pix.htm but that link is no longer valid, sorry.

Space Shuttle Endeavor Photos

Space Shuttle Endeavor Space Walk

Space Shuttle Endeavor Space Walk

Space Shuttle Endeavor Space Walk

Space Shuttle Endeavor Space Walk

Space Shuttle Endeavor Space Walk

Space Shuttle Endeavor Space Walk

Space Shuttle Endeavor Space Walk

Space Shuttle Endeavor Space Walk

Space Shuttle Endeavor Space Walk

Space Shuttle Endeavor Space Walk

Hurricane Dean From Space Shuttle Endeavor