Astronaut Francis “Dick” Scobee, May 19, 1939- January 28, 1986.
“We have whole planets to explore. We have new worlds to build. We have a Solar System to roam in. And if only a tiny fraction of the human race reaches out toward space, the work they do there will totally change the lives of all the billions of humans who remain on Earth…”
Happy Birthday to the late Dick Scobee, who would have turned 73 today.
*In addition to piloting the STS-41-C mission and becoming the only TFNG to command Challenger, Lt. Colonel Scobee was also one of only two NASA astronauts (with Gordon Fullerton) to pilot the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft, and was the 747’s pilot on Challenger’s delivery flight to KSC in 1982.
**Your humble webmaster of The F***ing New Guys is also honored to share May 19th as his birthday.
John Young floating around the fluid physics module, Spacelab (STS-9), 1983.
When asked where the astronauts were stationed in the Spacelab, John remarked, “I stay up on the flight deck. Every time I go into the lab, they try to draw my blood.”
Columbia and Challenger together
kinda eerie..sad, too.
The really eerie part is that Dick Scobee was one of the carrier jet pilots in this flyover.
I bought these 3 patches for the price of 1. I only bought it because of the STS-51E patch, a much sought-after prize among the NASA community (STS-51E was cancelled in 1985). The patch itself usually goes for around $40-$90. I already have a stash of STS-35’s and I’m looking for a different version of STS-36 (where “Thuot” is misspelled), so if anyone is willing to buy or trade one of their patches with either 35 or 36, let me know.
Sweet patches! (I don’t think I have anything to trade, though.)
I had never seen this picture before, and I hope it’s new for some of y’all, too. I love it when I come across a “new” photo!
John talks to the press about STS-1, 1981. I can’t believe he let himself be seen with his hair that messy. Excellent!
THIS IS BEAUTIFUL
A look at what might have been (using Orbiter 2010).
Check out the legit 1978 Shuttle Team jacket that arrived at my house today! Now every time I go out when it’s chilly, I’ll look like I had something to do with STS-1 :) (Or not. Either way).