Re: Discovery

From: Tim Rogers (timrogers@charter.net)
Date: Sun Jul 16 2006 - 10:03:49 EDT

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    John wrote:
    > http://mysite.wanadoo-members.co.uk/satcom_transits/Discovery_from_frame3.bmp 
    > ( which is a negative image ) , shows what appears to be a triangular 
    > object , moving  more or less "tail" first.
    >
    > Digital artifact....?  or was Discovery actually in this flight mode , 
    > four hours after undocking?
    
    I wouldn't be surprised to find a shuttle oriented as such at this point in 
    its mission.  I believe that flying tail-first is now the preferred flight 
    mode as it exposes less of the fragile TPS to orbital debris impact.
    
    Tim 
    
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