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July 11, 2011 1:31 PM   Subscribe

The last Space Shuttle launch, as seen from a students' Space Balloon with the help of Quest For Stars (caution: auto playing YouTube video) and NASA. That is all.
posted by dry white toast (22 comments total) 15 users marked this as a favorite

 
Oh my god that is awesome.
posted by odinsdream at 1:42 PM on July 11, 2011


I am so goddamn jealous of today's kids. All we had were Testors rockets with parachute wadding.
posted by notsnot at 1:47 PM on July 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


Excellent, new desktop background.
posted by Slackermagee at 2:10 PM on July 11, 2011


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posted by uni verse at 2:24 PM on July 11, 2011


All we had were. . .

Topps baseball cards with the world's worst gum and candy cigarettes. I always wanted a telescope though. That would have been something.
posted by IvoShandor at 2:25 PM on July 11, 2011


Here's a direct link to a high-res version of that first photo.

You can also find more high-resolution pictures from taken by this balloon on the Twitter feed and directly from the Quest for the Stars web page.
posted by TBAcceptor at 2:29 PM on July 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


Kids today with their fancy LEO balloons and digital imaging devices! I'd mourn the end of the space race, except a high school kid just took a picture of a spaceship from space with a device that is many orders of magnitude cheaper and better than the stuff they used to put a guy on the moon.

The future of manned space exploration will be in high school science projects.
posted by blue_beetle at 2:37 PM on July 11, 2011 [3 favorites]


Thanks TBAcceptor. I debated which link to use as the primary for the FPP. Wanted to keep it short and sweet.
posted by dry white toast at 2:38 PM on July 11, 2011


I can't believe I was so busy I missed this.
posted by devonia at 2:45 PM on July 11, 2011


Topps baseball cards with the world's worst gum and candy cigarettes

just had a whacky pack flashback from 1979 when cut my gums on on those pink dusty razor like slabs.

also, new desk top image. Thanks for posting this.
posted by clavdivs at 2:56 PM on July 11, 2011 [1 favorite]


This is the best thing ever! Good for those clever students.
Mmmm.....Testor rockets. I loved the way they smelled.
posted by but no cigar at 3:09 PM on July 11, 2011


Far out!
posted by Ochre,Hugh at 3:19 PM on July 11, 2011


All we had were Testors rockets with parachute wadding.

Don't you mean Estes Rockets ?? :) ( I loved those)
posted by Poet_Lariat at 3:34 PM on July 11, 2011


(Testors was model paint.)
posted by Horselover Phattie at 3:41 PM on July 11, 2011


(I must have sniffed too much Testors. Or maybe I've blocked out "Estes" after my friend tried to throw a rocket engine at me like one would a firecracker, but it lit off and stuck to his hand and he had to get skin grafts.)
posted by notsnot at 3:45 PM on July 11, 2011


Ha! Yes, I was thinking of Estes Rockets. My brother built them and then the whole family trooped out to the desert to shoot them off. Good times all around!
posted by but no cigar at 3:48 PM on July 11, 2011


So is that it? No more Americans on the ISS (or our one Swede)? Do they have to fly Russian RyanSpaceAir now? I'm so sad and confused :-(
posted by pyrex at 4:43 PM on July 11, 2011


Great picture! But we will be regretting the shutting down of the space program soon enough. Let us hope and pray they will be mild regrets.
posted by midnightscout at 5:23 PM on July 11, 2011


For all the artistic shots that could have been captured, there is something about this singular photo that I can't describe. It is at once modest and grand, prosaic and breathtaking.
posted by stroke_count at 6:04 PM on July 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


the highway's jammed with broken heroes
posted by thelonius at 6:07 PM on July 11, 2011 [2 favorites]


Speaking of cool shuttle-related photography, how about a dad and son who were there for the first launch and the last?
posted by yerfatma at 6:09 PM on July 11, 2011 [4 favorites]


I lived in the area from about 1972 to the early 80's and got to see quite a few of the Apollo launches; but even those were topped by the first-ever shuttle launch. I'm so glad I was present for a part of history that's now come and gone.
posted by Greg_Ace at 6:46 PM on July 11, 2011


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