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toryx
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Post Enterprise Flyovers
on: April 18, 2012, 09:08
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So it looks like Enterprise is flying over NYC on the 23rd. Anyone going to try and catch it in flight?

Unfortunately, I've got to work on the 23rd or I'd head on down and try to catch a glimpse.

Relevant article: http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2012/apr/M12-071_SCA_Enterprise_NYC_Flyover.html

Torie
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Post Re: Enterprise Flyovers
on: April 18, 2012, 13:23
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Cool! I sent the link to my boss, maybe the two of us can duck out for a few minutes and catch it.

dep1701
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Post Re: Enterprise Flyovers
on: April 18, 2012, 18:32
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I'm in Florida...nowhere near New York, but I read the news about this flyover and the fact that The other Enterprise ( CVN-65 ) is due to be decommissioned after 51 years of service. I don't know if it's just because I'm getting older or because I'm listening to a particularly poignant cue by Jerry Goldsmith from the recently released expanded score to "First Contact", but I've found the news about these final voyages of ships named "Enterprise" have made me melancholy. I felt the same way at the news about the end of the shuttle program.

I suppose it wouldn't feel so sad if there was another manned space program to supercede this one, but there doesn't seem to be one planned. Although computers and robot probes may be more practical and cost effective, I hate to see the "man" taken out of "Where no MAN has gone before" ( and I hope everyone realizes I'm not being gender specific ).

Torie
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Post Re: Enterprise Flyovers
on: April 19, 2012, 11:02
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@ dep1701
The hardest thing about putting together that Moon Landing Day project for Tor.com was confronting the fact that our space program is gone. Any progress at this point is going to be made either by China or Russia or by private companies trying to make a buck off the ultra-rich. The investment in a pure science initiative is long dead.

The space program was one of the most powerful ideas we ever had, and they let it suffocate.

S. Hutson-
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Post Re: Enterprise Flyovers
on: April 19, 2012, 16:11
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There's plenty of space exploration being done, just remotely. The same advances in technology that made manned spaceflight possible also made it less necessary. Until spacelift gets a lot cheaper, I don't see that changing the other way around. Until someone builds that beanstalk, we'll be looking at those places via video.

toryx
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Post Re: Enterprise Flyovers
on: April 27, 2012, 09:51
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Evidently Enterprise is supposed to arrive in NYC today.
http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/27/us/new-york-space-shuttle/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn

And here's a better article: http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nationnow/la-na-nn-enterprise-heads-to-new-york-20120427,0,448177.story

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