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Old 25 June 2008, 09:39 AM
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DH just emailed these pictures home.

http://www.texasjim.com/NASApix/NASA%20pix.htm

It looks a bit fishy to me and google thinks that Texas Jim was a cowboy musician.

Nice pics but I think the story is a bogus ... "A friends granddaughter..."
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Old 25 June 2008, 10:09 AM
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Excellent pics - that thing really is a bucket of bolts innit?

Why is this in fauxtography? These pics and many like it are readily available from NASA online et al.
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Old 25 June 2008, 10:22 AM
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Not to mention that the whole "no atmosphere" thing gives space photos a certain crispness that makes them seem unnatural.
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Old 25 June 2008, 10:34 AM
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I could never do that job. I'd just be looking at the planet the whole time with my mouth hanging open. It's just too beautiful.
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Old 25 June 2008, 10:38 AM
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I could never do that job. I'd just be looking at the planet the whole time with my mouth hanging open. It's just too beautiful.

Ditto - but the main reason I couldn't do that job would have more to do with the interview process
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Old 25 June 2008, 10:51 AM
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Hurricane Dean was August 13 - 23 2007.

Endeavour had a mission from August 8th - 21st 2007, STS-118 (wikipedia again), largely to help build the ISS - "S5 Truss & Spacehab-SM & ESP3". You can see the ISS radiators and "Canadarm" in some of those pictures. You can also see the label "Spacehab" on a module in the shuttle cargo bay, so that fits.

There's a NASA image gallery of STS-118 that contains at least some of those pictures - page 7 has the fifth, sixth and eleventh ones down, page 4 has the fourth one; page 53 has the hurricane image (which is indeed Hurricane Dean); page 54 has some of the space walk ones. I've not seen exact matches for all of the photos but certainly most are there, and pages 40 onwards of the NASA gallery for this mission have plenty similar to the rest.

So, it's mission STS-118, and whether or not the person who put them up got them from a friend's granddaughter at NASA the photos are (or at least, most of the photos definitely are and the rest probably are) of the mission the poster assumed.

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Old 25 June 2008, 11:50 AM
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Excellent pics - that thing really is a bucket of bolts innit?

Why is this in fauxtography? These pics and many like it are readily available from NASA online et al.
It's in fauxtography because I doubted the veracity of the story attached. You know a real picture false label senario.
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Old 25 June 2008, 12:02 PM
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It's in fauxtography because I doubted the veracity of the story attached. You know a real picture false label senario.
Oh ok i'm with you.
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Old 25 June 2008, 01:27 PM
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It's in fauxtography because I doubted the veracity of the story attached. You know a real picture false label senario.
You doubt there's someone working for NASA that has grandparents? I don't get it, what part of the story do you find implausible?
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I love the mountains, I love the clear blue sky...
I love big bridges, I love when great whites fly..
I love the whole world with all its sights and sounds...

Wonko "boomdeyadda, boomdeyadda, boomdeyadda, boomdeyadda..." theSane
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Old 25 June 2008, 01:41 PM
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I love the mountains, I love the clear blue sky...
I love big bridges, I love when great whites fly..
I love the whole world with all its sights and sounds...

Wonko "boomdeyadda, boomdeyadda, boomdeyadda, boomdeyadda..." theSane
I love that commercial!

BTW, is that the Red vs. Blue guys talking from the space suits in the beginning? I'm sure it is.

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My favorite commercial EVER!!!! I will stop whatever I'm doing when it comes on... and I just smile. It's really neat that they have Discovery show hosts singing, but I also like that Stephen Hawking "sings."

fran "thanks for the earworm" java
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Old 25 June 2008, 09:23 PM
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I've had a HiRes version of the second pic on my wall for quite some time now - mainly because I can almost see my house from there.
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Oooo - another local! I kept that same photo when it came round - for the same reason.
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Old 26 June 2008, 03:49 AM
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You doubt there's someone working for NASA that has grandparents? I don't get it, what part of the story do you find implausible?
That the photos were from the most recent mission and that it was Hurricane Dean.

The web adress was odd too, texasjim; nothing but the photos. Most times when someone sends out photos from work they are attached or embedded to an email not as a link to a dodgey website. If the granddaughter worked for NASA why not send a link to the NASA site? It just came across as not quite legit, like a bunch of photos from a different source put together with a wrong caption, and we see that often enough.
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Old 26 June 2008, 04:42 AM
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I can't believe they got the wrong hurricane. Can't they tell Irene from Dean? Geez, the're not even the same gender.
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I love the mountains, I love the clear blue sky...
I love big bridges, I love when great whites fly..
I love the whole world with all its sights and sounds...

Wonko "boomdeyadda, boomdeyadda, boomdeyadda, boomdeyadda..." theSane
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I love that commercial!

BTW, is that the Red vs. Blue guys talking from the space suits in the beginning? I'm sure it is.
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My favorite commercial EVER!!!! I will stop whatever I'm doing when it comes on... and I just smile. It's really neat that they have Discovery show hosts singing, but I also like that Stephen Hawking "sings."

fran "thanks for the earworm" java
A Wikipedia article about the ad (with links to downloads of the video and mp3!).

No I can't find anything confirming that the RvsB guys are the astronauts, but I 'm just going to keep believing that it is them; it makes just a wee bit cooler

RvsB PSA#36 seem rather appropriate, since this is a forum.
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Old 26 June 2008, 12:37 PM
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I've had a HiRes version of the second pic on my wall for quite some time now - mainly because I can almost see my house from there.
When did you get the poster? That's one of the pictures I couldn't find in the STS-118 gallery (I was looking particularly because I hadn't worked out that that was the North Island of New Zealand until your post), so I wasn't sure it was from the same set as the others. Have you had it longer than a year?

Ah, I guess you printed it out yourself which means there wouldn't be much delay between the photo being released and you putting it on your wall; at first I read that it was a poster you'd bought.

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I can't believe they got the wrong hurricane. Can't they tell Irene from Dean? Geez, the're not even the same gender.
It is Hurricane Dean though...
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Old 26 June 2008, 03:23 PM
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The first picture shows one of the trusses before they attached the solar arrays and associated equipment, so it is DEFINITELY not from the latest mission.

Others are correct. All these photos are at the NASA site in various resolutions. Here is a link to the gallery. Check it out. All sorts of wonderful photos and images, going all the way back to Mercury missions. (Hover the pointer over the "gallery" link at the top, and get a list of various programs.) Videos and communications audio clips too. And it's all free for the taking. You can use them for whatever you want, within reason. It says in their policies that "NASA material is not protected by copyright unless noted."

And why not? US taxpayers paid for it.
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Old 26 June 2008, 06:16 PM
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...it is DEFINITELY not from the latest mission.
None of them as far as I know are from "the latest" mission; there's no date on the page to show when the guy put them up. The ones I identified were from STS-118 in August 2007, as I said, and the poster seems to know it as he talks about Hurricane Dean.
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