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Atlantis, Wheel Stop Ceremony by OpticaLLightspeed Atlantis, Wheel Stop Ceremony by OpticaLLightspeed
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KSC celebrating Atlantis's final flight and final flight of the Space Shuttle program. Atlantis was rolled back to the Orbiter Processing Facility after landing this morning to a half-day event which brought out approx. 4,000 plus employees to celebrate her final flight and the final flight of the Shuttle program.
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dinobatfan Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014
This is such a grand shot!!! I'm just blown away by it! :D
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:iconmeganbednarz:
meganbednarz Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011   General Artist
She looks like one worn-out old bird. Hope she passes her retirement in peace.
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the-sashimi-frog Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I cried on the last launch and I cried on the return. It's the end of an era. I remember all the kids saying they wanted to be astronauts when they grew up; I wonder what they'll strive for now?
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Photographer
I hope they will still strive to be Astronauts if that is their passion. Just because the Shuttle program ended, does not mean we will not be sending astronauts into space. It just means that under this current administration (which in my opinion is very, very short sighted) it will take a bit longer to get back to flying manned Space exploration missions.
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:iconbabynuke:
babynuke Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
End of an era! What will this mean for you?
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
What will it mean for me? Well, I work for the Institutional Support Contractor (ISC) at KSC so it will mean additional responsibilities for my organization with the hand-over of a goodly portion of the facilities managed by the former Shuttle Operations Contractor (USA) that will now fall under The ISC contract. So for the near-term future there will be plenty of Facilities maintenance/upkeep work.
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:iconbabynuke:
babynuke Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Ah ok, so thankfully not out of a job!
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
At this time no, but I have worked out at KSC for almost 23 years and the one think that is a constent with the KSC contractor work-force is that layoffs can happen even in the middle of a successful program. But right now all is good for the few of us that remain.
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sandor09 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Now... only in museum. :(
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
At least this one (Atlantis) will stay close to home (KSC)
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:iconsandor09:
sandor09 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011
Good!
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Professional Photographer
Should have some other opportunities to photograph all the Orbiters before Discovery and Endeavour leave for their respective museums.
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sandor09 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2011
Recently I was visiting the United States once again. The program was a visit to Washington at the aerospace museum but unfortunately it happened to pass by the museum. I was a little sad because it would be close to a device very similar.
Regards!
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2011  Professional Photographer
Well the next time your over here (U.S.) and if you get the opportunity to be in Washington D.C. take in the Stephen Udvay Hazy Smithsonian annex at Dullas Airport, by late next year (2012) Space Shuttle Discovery should be on display there where the Space Shuttle Enterprise used to sit. Enterprise is moving elsewhere in the continental U.S.
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sandor09 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
WOW! Very interesting too. The facade of the building and the tower I already knew. Did not know it was so short a distance of Washington. Extraordinary museum. Near my home I have a museum of aviation, nothing compared to those existing in USA. Here is the first of aviation few aircraft and some history, we are a poor country. Rich in other things but ... :)
I have already put in my favorite Google Earth. Thanks for the tip was very useful. I'll have to spend at least another day for Washington.
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hansepe Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
And man was it hot.

Glad to see you got so many wonderful photographs Jim. I looked around but only saw about a dozen people that I knew, then went scampering for the air conditioning again :-)
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you Per!! Yeah yesterday was a real bitch. It started for me around 01:00 and finished at 15:00 (technically it really started for me on Wednesday Morning at about 07:00 through 15:00 the whole time in the sun for the event setup). Yesterday I was out there setting up the stage, media pen. flags and directing the trash pickup and water/ice delivery (things that we got a little behind on). So I missed the Astronauts brief visit, however I did a bit of photography in-between all the other event responsibilities I had to look after. I got to shoot a promo image for the UASF Reserve band "High Flight". That image is also here in my gallery. We actually got permission to get to within 50 feet of Atlantis to complete that shot. And I also got to do something I though I'd never get to do in the 23 years I've worked at KSC...Share the SLF runway with an Orbiter just after landing, Man what a blast that was.
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hansepe Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
I'm glad you got that opportunity on the runway. After all that time and with what you do it is way past due! You and your crew did a great job putting the party together also.

The band photo is quite awesome as well, I could tell you were able to get a little closer to Atlantis than I was able to. At least the band picked a good photographer to do their promo pic.

Glad the program ended on a high note. Now if the orbiters can make it to their new homes intact they should inspire the next few generations at least. I'm certainly going to miss the "boom-boom" announcing that they're almost home though :-)
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you! I wished I could have been able to turn down the heat a little for eveyone, but the water and ice cream was our remedy for that. It was a bitter-sweet day yesterday on many levels. But I'm glad that we got the amount of employees out there to at least enjoy the events of landing and the celebration of Space shuttle history.

I too will miss the twin sonic "signatures" but, I am some what positive that we will be back to flying in to not-to-distant future.
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1001G Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
amazing
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
She is amazing! Thank you!
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1001G Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011
:bow:
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:iconzonkm:
zonkm Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
Excellent shot... Would have given anything to be there
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OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thanks my friend. A lot of people wished they could have been there including, unfortunately many former USA (Shuttle Processing Operations Contractor) employees who have been layed off prior to this last Shuttle flight event.
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xshadow259 Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011
post to NSF ?
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
I haven't yet, why?
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:iconxshadow259:
xshadow259 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2011
wanted to know if it was alright to post landing photos there....
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:iconopticallightspeed:
OpticaLLightspeed Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2011  Professional Photographer
Be my guest!
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