Making space for shuttle

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The space shuttle Endeavor is something very special and makes all of our citizens very proud. That around 400 trees had to be cut in order for the spaceship to get to its final destination is beyond me.

As it will be an exhibition item never to fly in space again, why could they not remove the wings or any part that made it too wide for smoother transportation and then re-attach the items once it was in place?

Trees don’t grow overnight, and I really think 400 trees should not have been sacrificed no matter what had to come through. I would call this bad planning, and no thorough thinking on the part of the party involved in this move. Sad - but true.

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seabeau
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seabeau 10/24/12 - 05:34 am
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Lets all not forget that the

Lets all not forget that the shuttle also represents a failed delivery system. A system that costs billions of dollars and killed two of its crews! We could have gotten much more bang for our bucks with BDB's(Big Dumb Boosters), and that would not have put our crews in peril!!!

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TrukinRanger 10/24/12 - 06:46 am
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The shuttles are covered in
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The shuttles are covered in tiles and all one piece. It would have pretty much destroyed it to disassemble it. Also, those big dumb boosters have problems every now and then as well. As for the trees, for every tree that was cut down another is to be planted in it's place.

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soapy_725 10/24/12 - 09:35 am
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Where are the tree huggers?
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Were they all hired by the lumber industry? Government has no shame. No conscience. No morals. No bounds. No EARS. Big mouth. Big guns.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 10/24/12 - 11:10 am
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It ain't that easy with the

It ain't that easy with the shuttle. Because of the heat shielding, etc., you can't just "unbolt" the wings like you could on a standard aircraft.

They could transplant some large trees cheaper.

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Darby 10/24/12 - 05:40 pm
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Get over it Liz..

Conservatively speaking, there must be well over 400 million trees in this country. (I have no idea, maybe ten times that number) and they don't take that long to grow if you are looking at the big picture. Who cares really? (Now if you're gonna sit around a watch them grow, yes it will take a while.) Wouldn't have bothered me if they have cut the shuttle up for scrap or dumped it in the Gulf of Mexico. It would have made a great man made reef for scuba divers. Do I sound like a cynic? Sorry, just don't hava lotta love for tree huggers or sentimentalists.

Darby
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Darby 10/24/12 - 05:49 pm
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Seabeau...

Can't figure how you arrived at the "failed" conclusion. Ever wonder how many test pilots lost their lives in the development of passenger jets for example? Of course covered wagons weren't all that bad, I guess. Although even then, they suffered the occasional broken wheel out there on the prairie.

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