van Dien

Swede, pilot, huntsman, adventurer, warrior



We’re going to take you to the edge of space, where the sky gets darker, where you can see the curvature of the Earth, we’re going to travel across the Atlantic twice the speed of sound, faster than a rifle bullet, 23 miles every minute, we’re going to travel so fast we’re moving faster than the Earth rotates and the world will be watching us.
Here we are, October 24th 2003, we can get from London to New York if we want in 3 hours 20 minutes. Tomorrow, October 25th 2003 it’ll take nearly 8 hours.” concorde last flight ;(

The Concorde was flying for a sadly short time. Why shouldn’t we encourage the in their effort to bring this engineering masterpiece back where it belongs. Into the sky ;)


     After 306 days, 14 hours, 12 minutes and 43 seconds of flight, over the span of 33 missions, Space Shuttle Orbiter Atlantis, OV-104, on display at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Titusville, Florida, is now the centerpiece of the most breathtaking aerospace museum presentation I’ve ever visited.

     This orbiter flew many relatively important missions, including the final Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission in 2009. STS-125 performed five EVAs during the mission, and restored the important telescope, extending its life well beyond original design spec.

     It’s truly surreal to walk up right beside this enormous rocket plane. I found it difficult to take the whole thing in at once. It’s overwhelming in a really good way. I wrote more about the experience, and shared several more photos in a previous post (click here to view).

(via science-and-things)