"Astronauts Nancy Currie, Jerry Ross, and Robert Cabana talk about the first space shuttle mission that started the assembly of the ISS, 15 years ago."
Photo from Spacefacts.de, before STS-5 became a rather messy fictional space station/Soviet linkup/WTF mission in my mind. Vance’s golden highlights are to die for
Columbia docks to Skylab-B, ca. 1982.
STS-5, Skylab-B docking mission
Pilot Overmyer: Man, what a lovely space station. I’m hungry again, Vance.
Commander Brand: We have no food on this space station because of you. Also, my shampoo for flaxen silky hair has been stolen, and one of you a**holes did it
30 years of Spacelab in pictures
Launched on 28 November 1983 aboard Space Shuttle Columbia, the European-built Spacelab was the first purpose-built space laboratory. Also onboard was Ulf Merbold, who became ESA’s first astronaut in space. Over the course of 30 years, Spacelab modules flew on the Space Shuttle 22 times and totalled 244 days in orbit.
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"Why do Spacelab missions require a crew of six MSes/PSes?
Five are needed to hold down the one experiment victim.”
- astronaut Mike Mullane.
INSTANT WUBBO/MERBOLD REBLOG
Orbital Construction concept using two Space Shuttles. Imagine the possibilities!
From my perspective, I don’t think a second shuttle in space at would would improve orbital construction. New space station modules must go through checkout, integration and processing after being connected to the rest of the complex. This takes many days to a few weeks, depending on the crew schedule. Two shuttles building in orbit at the same time would not be any more efficient as construction.
But we’ve GOT to work double-time if we want to beat the Empire!
Concept art of the Space Shuttle service a structure on-orbit, mid 1980’s. Part of the NASA Archive online collection.
These are the sort of pictures that inspired me to come up with Galactic Encounters. I should go write more of that sometime…
Fact: This is concept art for the Space Shuttle.
Fiction: …as featured in the cancelled TRON In Space!
I can hear the electronic music now.
To go with this?
STS-41-B astronauts Hoot Gibson, Ronald McNair, and Vance Brand show off their toddler sons after the mission, 1984.
Vance, please, put our son down in front of the space shuttle, that’s dangerous