Goodbye Apollo.

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  1. Well done to the septics for squandering the lead in the race for the highest ground.

    Goodbye fair flight

    I watched as a child,
    those black limned wings, as they first flew,
    Carrying a dream to the edge of night.
    Bright, beautiful fury that drew,
    our awed eyes skyward, and our minds further.
    Columbia revived, brave as your namesake.

    I watched as a man, those wings, on their last journey.
    A dream betrayed and sacrifices made.
    Still a fury of light, blurred by tears,
    a light made by knowledge and skill,
    dimmed by the slow leach of passion.
    I would follow that dream still,
    let our children see that same light.
    Farewell to Discovery, gone is our Challenger,
    Our bold Enterprise, is ended
    We still are dreaming of Atlantis, and brave Endeavour.
    Where now would Columbia sail from, if the land of our dreams,
    is lost to us?.

    In memory of the Space shuttle, April 12th 1981 - July 20th 2011.

    Per Ardua Ad Astra.
  2. Uh, Apollo ended in the early 70's, a bit late aren't you?

    And what have the RAF got to do with this?
  3. Fair enough you shagger, it was a backwards reference.
    The last space shuttle flew today.

    You knew that anyway, didn't you.
  4. maguire

    maguire LE Book Reviewer

    the race, arguably, was squandered at several points by the sceptics.

    firstly when they opted for LOR (lunar orbit rendezvous) for Apollo, rather than a mission staged from an earth-orbiting space station.

    secondly when they let the accountants dictate the design of the Shuttle - as someone said, rather than the DC-3 of spaceflight, their costcutting meant the Shuttle ended up as the DC-1 1/2 instead. (which also had a direct effect on safety - budget constraints meant solid rockets for the boosters - with the attendant risks - as the Challenger crew sadly (and completely unecessarily) discovered.)

    and thirdly, flying the Shuttle four times and then declaring it operational, when it was anything but - with the loss of two crews, two airframes and all the delays and costs associated with it. Whereas the Sovs plugged away with 60's vintage spacecraft on 50s vintage boosters, and built a knowledge base of living and working in space long term that NASA could only dream of.
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  5. maguire, you make the shuttle almost sound like the Nimrod mra. :nod:
  6. maguire

    maguire LE Book Reviewer

    at least the Shuttle got off the ground. even if it did come back down in pieces on occasion. :(
  7. Spotter.

    Mags, can we go to the moon?

    When I was a small child, I was always wanted to do that. I won a book prize when I was about 8, and asked for a book about Space (not the space in my head - I know that's full of lime jelly).

    Can we go, will you teach me clever stuff on the way?
  8. maguire

    maguire LE Book Reviewer

    sharing a capsule with Sluggy - truly, in space no one can hear you scream. ;)
  9. A Crap Space Haiku

    Exploding shuttle

    Creates a novel rain of

    Astronaut cinders
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  10. They stopped making jelly egg temazzies.
  11. You know I am a sponge for absorbing shit facts - we'd be ace in a capsule.

    You could teach me all about UFOs and space, and I could sing Glee songs when you trump so the aliens can't hear you.
  12. maguire

    maguire LE Book Reviewer

    I'm not getting into a confined space with you while you're suffering from alzheimers induced incontinence. ;)
  13. If you loved me.....

    Come on, I'll bring my new Pears Cyclopedia. We could bore each other for hours.
  14. maguire

    maguire LE Book Reviewer

    I have a confession to make...

    ...I dont love you. I only have eyes for RW.
  15. Now I know you are lying.

    I'd never rummage through your bins and stare through your windows.

    Unless you paid me.