another 107 photo I have never seen before! I love this!!! :’D
This is awesome. Dr. Chawla has the best shirt.
I have a whole bunch of “new” 107 photos, so expect some spam over the next few days. The KSC page is a friggin gold mine for these gems.
I’d never seen this photo before.
some of the 107 crew with the Mission Control Ascent/Entry team, as seen in the middle of the front row beside Flight Director Leroy Cain.
not sure what he was laughing about, but this picture of Ilan is precious!
These in-flight pictures feel so Blair Witch… :’-(
Rick Husband and Daniel Barry chillin’ in the water during training for STS-96.
(edited + enhanced by me)
Wow, where’d you find this?
Mission Control sends each shift of astronauts a series of messages called the ‘execute package’ with the astronauts’ tasks. These include the status of their payloads, Earth observation sites of interest, repairs, and even a cartoon for the day. Only a few reporters bother to go to the effort to get the execute packages during shuttle missions but after the accident all of the STS-107 execute package messages were released.
Each day’s execute package’s cover sheet includes a summary of the contents along with a cartoon. For STS-107 the back page of many of the cover sheets was a spoof of the “this page left intentionally blank” which you see quite often in technical documents to assure the reader that a page wasn’t missed when copies were made.
Very meta, that.
Shortly after a wreath was dropped from a helicopter hovering off the Florida coast last weekend, part of a memorial service here for the seven Challenger astronauts, NASA cameramen filming the event recorded a remarkable moment.
A group of dolphins suddenly and unexpectedly appeared in the frame, leaping in unison from the green sea, and then disappearing just as quickly below the surface, barely 25 yards from the wreath.
For many here, the sudden appearance of the dolphins was, in a way, both chilling and reassuring. Greek and Mediterranean legend treated the dolphin as a creature of good fortune and intelligence, a talisman for voyages not only on sea and land but also for voyages into the afterlife. (In maritime legend, the dolphin is a symbol of resurrection. - C.)
When the film showing the dolphins was brought back to the Kennedy Space Center, photo technicians immediately surrounded the television monitor, playing that segment of tape over and over again, as they leaned into the screen, trying to count the number of dolphins.
There were, in fact, only four visible, at the extreme left edge of the frame. But the camera also showed another splash, just out of camera range. Nobody could ever be sure, but among space center employees last week the unofficial count concluded there were probably three other dolphins that day, splashing beside the bobbing wreath.
- The New York Times, February 7, 1986.
Gus trolls Ed after a crew photo shoot by inflating his flotation device and then casually walking away, grinning. Ed, resigned, inflates the other.
I’d seen the video of this before, but I’d never wondered why he was fiddling with his flotation device like that. Now I know.