Space shuttle landing successful

March 28, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More

Everyone is breathing a sigh of relief that the space shuttle has successfully landed.  The landing was a beautiful spectacle.

Poking around on Youtube, I found something equally spectacular.   This is a short clip of the method for getting the shuttle from place to place down here on the planet:  it rides piggyback on a 747.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. I saw that years ago when a shuttle visited Holland. Fun thing was that I and a few others had set up at a well known but small outlook post in the dunes west of Amsterdam. The 747+shuttle combo did a 360 around us (covering Haarlem and Zandvoort) before continuing its journey. Quite a sight!

  2. Amazing yes…but also awkward. I've always thought that was a weak, wasteful link in the shuttle process. Don't know what the answer should be, but that just seems like a cobbled together solution to the gnarly problem of getting the shuttle back where it belongs.

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