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My heart is with the space program, and we're all watching it die a slow death here.
I always wanted to be an astronaut as a kid... and i never really got over the "awe" of it. I have patches from all the shuttles i have watched launch
    
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Interesting side note:

The glide ratio of a flying squirrel and the Space Shuttle are actually relatively close....and both are around 1/3 or so that of a commercial jet airliner.
You just made my night.
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OK, so $28.8 million is kind of a shipping estimate. I still want to know how in the hell they're going to get one of these things into Manhattan. And how much THAT is going to cost.
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That's pretty cool
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Nvidia should buy it, they could study it, copy the design, and maybe their next Graphics card will be a bit quieter! LOL
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OK, so $28.8 million is kind of a shipping estimate. I still want to know how in the hell they're going to get one of these things into Manhattan. And how much THAT is going to cost.
They will probably float it in on a huge barge. It is going to the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum which is on the Hudson River. They are getting the Enterprise (which can only glide, not fly in space) from the Smithsonian.

Oh, and for the one asking about letting it land at the nearest airport, you do realize the a launch of the Spaceshuttle costs around $450 millon, right, so $28 million is a deal by that standard.

And being from Houston, I am sorely disappointed that JSC will not get one. Not only that, they are taking away the full size mock up from here and giving it to Seattle.
I guess being know as "Space City", controlling every US space mission ever, having both the Challenger and Columbia memorials nearby, along with a Saturn V rocket and multiple other rockets and space capsules and Space Center Houston is not enough.

Their explanation is that they placed them where more people could see them.
So you have 1 on the West Coast, 1 on the south east coast and then 2 in the north east within 5 hours of each other, and nothing in the middle.
Edited by blupupher - 4/15/11 at 8:35am
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I really want to see one of these take off.
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I really want to see one of these take off.
nothing quite like it in person.
    
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I'll take two please.
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Again, you're missing the point.

No matter what you claim, it can never amount to 28,000,000$.

So, it has to be inflated.

You obviously know nothing about how spacecrafts are manufactured or about spacecraft engineering: what systems they contain, how they interact with the outer space, the stunning cooling techniques, the materials used to build the spacecraft, how the spacecraft handles information and transmit it back to somewhere, its pyrotechnic subsystems, its fault protection systems, or how the its propulsion subsystems work.

I'm not surprised that a naive would find a $28mil for a spacecraft expensive; perhaps if you looked how spacecrafts are manufactured and maintained, you might come to realize why would it cost $28mil.

You don't have any theories, proofs or a valid reason about why it shouldn't be $28mil. "No matter what you claim, it can never amount $28mil" is nothing more than a child who wants some attention.

My $.02
    
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