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  1. i just finished a class that went through practically everything about the space shuttle program, including the external tank. a pretty bitchin’ system overall.

    im curious as to where/how this was taken – after ET separation, the tank burns up in the atmosphere. this clearly isnt burning up.

    CGI perhaps?

  2. Shuttle tank im assuming.
    Wonder what grade of metal is used for making one of those.

  3. @Nimbo:
    it is an aluminum-lithium alloy

  4. @compasseagle89:
    I was thinking that its a test to make sure it detaches smoothly and stuff like that.

  5. It could be a camera installed on the shuttle, or a chase jet flying really high. Either that or a ground based camera with really REALLY good lenses and scopes.

    Oh, and “HEADS UP!”

  6. wait, wait…i think im looking at this from the wrong perspective – thats not the sky – thats the ocean.

    wow. i just got some serious vertigo…awesome…

  7. You’re all crazy! That’s a vibrator!! ;)

  8. S124-E-005043 (31 May 2008) — Backdropped by a blue and white part of Earth, the STS-124 external fuel tank (ET) begins its relative separation from the Space Shuttle Discovery. An STS-124 crewmember recorded the scene with a digital still camera.
    spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-124/html/s124e005043.html

  9. lol looks like a zoomed in bullet

  10. @compasseagle89:
    I’m wondering what fucked up class told you that told you that those burn up in the atmosphere.

    they do not.

  11. @tiki god:
    alright, so it doesnt completely burn up, but the ET is the only part of the shuttle that isnt reusable, it isnt designed to exactly survive re-entry.

    “burn up” is a little extreme, but re-entry does destroy them.

  12. Inverted Invisible Shuttle…

  13. @Phyreblade: Damnit! You beat me to it.

  14. “Too answer your question, something like that!” Oh how I miss you old funny Family Guy.

  15. *A scene at NORAD*
    Radar Operator:Sir we are seeing something on the radar screen.
    Overseer: Well what is it?
    Radar Operator: I don’t know sir, but it looks like a giant…
    *A baseball pitch*
    Comentator: Schwang! That is right, that is the sound the bat made. He look at that, it looks like…
    *A classroom*
    Teacher: A huge giant dildo, that is your topic. Begin!
    Some kid: Hey is that a…
    *A chicken farm*
    Farmer: Cock, this is my prized cock, guaranteed to give great offspirng. Hey what is that…

  16. @General X: ROFL… SPACEBALLS FTW!!!!

  17. The shuttle takes pictures of the ET every launch to assess any damage it (the ET) has sustained.. dammit whats wrong with people.. one of the coolest systems ever designed.. Non-geeks. Yes, that is an insult.

  18. @Phyreblade: Thats from Austin Powers

  19. @compasseagle89: I though the external fuel tank just crashes into the ocean and gets reused?

  20. @TGGeko: DOH!!

    Dagnabbit I got my comedies mixed up… LOL

    OK. AUSTIN POWERS FTW!!!!

  21. Idiots.

    You’d think people would recognize airborne, wheat silos when they see them.

  22. @Phyreblade: “Inverted Invisible Shuttle” ok which page is that in the NASA Sutra? I kinda got distracted by the “Obital Insertion”

  23. @SumoSnipe: Pg. 69… can’t miss it…

  24. @Namelis1:
    nope. the SRBs and the Orbiter get reused, but the external tank is not reused.

    this, i am certain of.

  25. penis

    and @compasseagle89: not burning, just burnt

  26. @traptin85:
    i already clarified that, thanks.

    im not making this stuff up guys.

    “When the SSMEs are shut down, the ET is jettisoned, enters the Earth’s atmosphere, breaks up, and impacts in a remote ocean area. It is not recovered.”
    science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/technology/sts-newsref/et.html
    straight from NASA, and i think they would know what their shuttle is doing.

  27. Does anyone else remember when they were white?




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