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   xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jun 7 12:33 AM

June 7, 2008: Flying Bricks

You may or may not have seen the news story , about the June 2nd launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery, doing "unprecedented damage" to the launch pad.

This picture was supposedly taken by an amateur photographer/tourist, but it looks like it was taken from a position a lot closer than they allow tourists, to me.

Anyway, it clearly shows the debris (pieces of brick and concrete), from the flame trench, raining down on the water.


photo credit ~ Ben Cooper/Spaceflight Now



Kagen4o4  Saturday Jun 7 01:02 AM

thats why people arent allowed near there. isnt that why?



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jun 7 01:11 AM

That's not a normal occurrence. People aren't allowed closer in case the sumbitch blows up on the pad.



Imigo Jones  Saturday Jun 7 01:36 AM

If bricks could fly . . .

. . . they'd be brickbats.
Must be the site's June theme.



Sundae  Saturday Jun 7 03:22 AM

Recipe for cauliflower cheese anyone?



Stress Puppy  Saturday Jun 7 05:32 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
This picture was supposedly taken by an amateur photographer/tourist, but it looks like it was taken from a position a lot closer than they allow tourists, to me.
Telephoto lens?


SPUCK  Saturday Jun 7 06:10 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stress Puppy View Post
Telephoto lens?
Your standard 2,000,000,000,000mm lens.


sweetwater  Saturday Jun 7 07:29 AM

I wonder if they'll think to finance the repairs by selling the bricks on eBay.



TheMercenary  Saturday Jun 7 10:27 AM

Quote:
Originally Posted by sweetwater View Post
I wonder if they'll think to finance the repairs by selling the bricks on eBay.
That actually would work. But the government is not really allowed to do that. You people out there would buy them.


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jun 7 11:44 AM

Why aren't they allowed to do that? Government surplus auction.



sweetwater  Saturday Jun 7 11:49 AM

I saw an Authentic Piece of the Berlin Wall in a small box at a garage sale recently. Tempted but resisted. For all I know, it was actually one of the concrete kibbles from the NASA photo.



footfootfoot  Saturday Jun 7 12:43 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Stress Puppy View Post
Telephoto lens?
Probably, but not terribly long, there is not so much compression of the image as you'd expect w/ a telephoto.

Boat?


xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jun 7 01:30 PM

That could be, if the pads are those circles out near the open water.



footfootfoot  Saturday Jun 7 02:49 PM

Damn, Bruce gets all the best classified photos!

Alternate caption for the thread pic:
"You deserve a brick today."



Griff  Saturday Jun 7 03:18 PM

What's that? Looks like the bricks hit an endangered manatee...



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Jun 7 04:26 PM

That's a Dolphin.



footfootfoot  Saturday Jun 7 04:37 PM

Oh the humanatee!



Griff  Saturday Jun 7 05:17 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by footfootfoot View Post
Oh the humanatee!
LOL!


newtimer  Sunday Jun 8 04:30 AM

Fake! Somebody obviously just put a glob of mashed potatoes on the ground next to a puddle, zoomed in with the camera, and took a close-up shot.
Ain't no bricks there.



Griff  Sunday Jun 8 05:44 AM

Fake mashed potatoes! That ain't how we roll.



ed  Sunday Jun 8 09:28 AM

this is not true!



Diaphone Jim  Sunday Jun 8 11:55 AM

Story and more pics here:
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttl...d3/index3.html
Swept the trough clean and punched holes in a fence 1/4 mile away.
Like the whole facility, getting old?



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jun 8 12:43 PM

Thanks for that link, Jim. I see that picture is credited to "Ben Cooper/Spaceflight Now". When I found it, the person posting it just said, it was taken by a friend.



footfootfoot  Sunday Jun 8 01:32 PM

With friends like that who needs enemas?



Gravdigr  Monday Jun 9 05:44 AM

Wow. That's enough bricks to build a shithouse. A brick shithouse.



BigV  Monday Jun 9 03:51 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by xoxoxoBruce View Post
That could be, if the pads are those circles out near the open water.
Been there, done that, still awestruck.

It's a long ways away, people. To give you some sense of scale, that little box of a building in the center of the frame is the VAB. It's big. Really big.
Quote:
Originally Posted by wikipedia
Size

The VAB is 525 feet (160.02 m) tall, 716 feet (218.24 m) long and 518 feet (157.89 m) wide. It covers 8 acres (32,374.85 m≤), and encloses 129,428,000 cubic feet (3,664,992.82 cubic metres) of space.[1]

One indicator of the building's scale is that each of the stars on the American flag painted on the building is 6 feet (1.83 m) across, the blue field is the size of a regulation basketball court, and the stripes are as wide as a standard road lane. The flag is 209 feet (63.70 m) high, and 110 feet (33.53 m) wide, and was added in 1976 as part of United States Bicentennial celebrations, along with the star logo of the anniversary, later replaced by the NASA logo in 1998. The interior volume of the building is so vast, NASA employees have reported it has its own weather, "NASA employees report that rain clouds form below the ceiling on very humid days."[3]

The building implements four large air machines (four cylindrical structures west of the building) to keep moisture under control.



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