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William Shatner Goes to Space...
Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 10:34 AM

I watched the flight live on YouTube. Pretty neat. Shatner was pretty emotional when he exited the capsule. I hope by the time I 90 years old the cost of the flight is maybe a few hundred dollars. In my dreams. The capsule ascended to just over 351,000 feet.

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 11:19 AM

Warp factor one Mr. Sulu.

Good for him! For the rest of us, aside from the select few, we can still dream to go up there.

 

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Posted by keavdog on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 11:20 AM

I saw that - kinda poetic, Kirk in space.  Whoever designed that rocket/capsule combo had a sense of humor....lol

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 11:23 AM

"If you ask me...and you haven't...I think this is a terrible idea.  We're bound to run into the Klingons, and they don't exactly like you."

Good for him!  I'll just have to hope that they start installing Garmin flight decks in these things so I can fix one of them and then say "OK...now I just have to go with you on a test flight."

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Posted by stikpusher on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 11:25 AM

keavdog

 Whoever designed that rocket/capsule combo had a sense of humor....lol

Confused

 

 

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Posted by disastermaster on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 11:59 AM

keavdog

I saw that - kinda poetic, Kirk in space.  Whoever designed that rocket/capsule combo had a sense of humor....lol

Confused

Every time I see that ship I think the same thing.

To boldly go..... on his favorite ride and in his symbolic style.

On another note, I wonder if he flipped his wig.

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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:06 PM

I wondered if they had enough fuel to provide the necessary additional thrust to get him up there.

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Posted by gregbale on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 12:41 PM

the Baron

I wondered if they had enough fuel to provide the necessary additional thrust to get him up there.

No problem.

They used the new dilithium crystal boosters. Wink

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Posted by ikar01 on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 1:01 PM

I saw the whole thing.  When the main rocket (otherwise known as engineering) landed while the upper fins were still out it looked like a alien life form with those big black areas at the top.

I think all the people who were starship captains should go up.  Maybe the more importand crew members could go up in the other ship that detaches from its mothership.

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Posted by Eaglecash867 on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 1:11 PM

Anybody who goes up just has to remember not to wear a red shirt.  You don't want to be that guy.  

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Posted by BrandonK on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 1:21 PM

Dream room complete!! BalloonsBeer

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Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 1:39 PM

Thanks everyone, for joining in.

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Posted by the Baron on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 3:11 PM

There was one minor problem, though, when Shatner started yelling that there was a man outside on the hull.  They had to sedate him.

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Posted by fotofrank on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 3:15 PM

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 4:23 PM

"She was shakin' in every rrrivet, Cap'n. They'll never believe this back at the yard!".

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Posted by Greg on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 5:59 PM

I liked the part where Bozos interrupted Shatner to open a bottle of champagne.

Real classy.

Other than that, it was really a neat thing to watch, wasn't it? I still can't get used to those boosters landing upright like a corny old sci-fi movie. So cool.

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Posted by GMorrison on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 6:09 PM

Whoever ran the press op for that should have to walk home.

I thought Shatner really expressed well that he was pretty much scared to death and the site of actually leaving earth behind was overwhelming.

I liked watching it too. But it's always scary because the death rate for going to space is high, something like 3%.

 

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Posted by Greg on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 6:24 PM

GMorrison
I thought Shatner really expressed well that he was pretty much scared to death and the site of actually leaving earth behind was overwhelming.

I thought so too, Bill.

So glad everything went smoothly. Amazing stuff.

Another thing that amazed me was that on Alan Shepard's recovery (and all subsequent recoveries through Apollo), an entire aircraft carrier, crew, and it's support ships and some aircraft were required.

This morning it was a couple guys in a pickup truck. Big Smile

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Posted by ikar01 on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 7:19 PM

It's a shame that 3rd Rock From the Sun isn't on anymore, John Lithgow could have had another Big Head moment.

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Posted by Real G on Thursday, October 14, 2021 12:38 AM

Duhuhyah, space is awesome!!!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=XD66suMp3J4

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Posted by gregbale on Thursday, October 14, 2021 4:46 AM

Greg
This morning it was a couple guys in a pickup truck.

That was literally the same 'recovery crew' I had when I took my first hot air balloon ride...though, to the best of my recollection, Jeff Bezos was nowhere in sight.... Whistling

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Posted by the Baron on Thursday, October 14, 2021 8:42 AM

Real G

...All kidding aside, it is remarkable that non-astronauts can make trips to space now... 

Only the timing.  I think it was and is inevitable, that there will be commercial, civilian space travel.  It's a matter of time, given our technological advances over the past hundred years, and their trajectories into the future.  There are stumbling blocks, but they're not in the fields of technology that go into blasting off from a gravity well.  They're more features of fields like our nature, and its impact on international politics-the old story of "If we don't destroy ourselves, first..."  

Flight came about the same way.  At the turn of the last century, it became more and more likely that someone would work it out.  The technological prerequisites were present, and it just took someone to piece them together, a la James Burke's "Connections" or "The Day the Universe Changed".

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Posted by Greg on Thursday, October 14, 2021 8:59 AM

gregbale

 

 
Greg
This morning it was a couple guys in a pickup truck.

 

That was literally the same 'recovery crew' I had when I took my first hot air balloon ride...though, to the best of my recollection, Jeff Bezos was nowhere in sight.... Whistling

 

Smile

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Posted by rocketman2000 on Thursday, October 14, 2021 9:15 AM

I was so glad I got a chance to see that flight!  I had both the TV and my computer tuned to it, so I could switch between sources.  I spent my whole career in technology development in the aerospace industry.  I retired in 2000.  It was amazing to me to see the progress that has been made in the last two decades.  Although I am somewhat disappointed in parachute landings as old technology, I was amazed at the accuracy in predicting the touchdown point.  And now we even have recoverable boosters as well as capsules!  And the size of the windows was amazing.  Wonder if those will work on orbit re-entry as well as suborbital.

It was a great thrill to watch the excellent video work.  It was amazing how close they let that drone fly to the ascent trajectory!  And the quality of the video- amazing how small l, low cost, and light hi-res video cameras are these days.  My wife runs a small home-based video production business (weddings, parties etc.) and we have gotten rid of all our old NTSC gear.

 

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Posted by Phil_H on Thursday, October 14, 2021 9:40 AM
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Posted by Gamera on Thursday, October 14, 2021 10:17 AM

I STILL haven't seen this. I've got to look for some of the YouTube videos this weekend.

 

Hopefully when I'm The Shat's age the technology will be cheap enough even I can get a ride. Though they'll probably just shoot me up and just let me keep going... 

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Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, October 14, 2021 10:23 AM

I was so impressed with Shatner and how emotional he was relating his experience to Bezos. I was disappointed in Bezos when he interrupted Shatner so he could get a bottle of champagne to squirt people with, ala Dan Gurney. How rude.

I hope Shatner writes an essay about his experience to share with us.

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Posted by fotofrank on Thursday, October 14, 2021 10:25 AM

Gamera

I STILL haven't seen this. I've got to look for some of the YouTube videos this weekend.

 

Hopefully when I'm The Shat's age the technology will be cheap enough even I can get a ride. Though they'll probably just shoot me up and just let me keep going... 

 

There's tons of stuff already on YouTube about the flight. YouTube is how I watched the flight live yesterday.

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Posted by castelnuovo on Thursday, October 14, 2021 10:25 AM

But did he say "engage"? Smile

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Posted by Greg on Thursday, October 14, 2021 11:05 AM

castelnuovo

But did he say "engage"? Smile

 

Wrong captain! Smile

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