Discussion in 'Current Events' started by GoCamels, Feb 4, 2008.
Call to stations at 5:30pm on Launch Attempt number 2.
I missed it,did it off ?
nice to have MJ back :hamm:
Launch is currently set for Thursday afternoon, but weather is forecast to be a factor (60% likely against). Friday or Saturday looking better.
First nothing, then everything...
Cliff's notes: Space Shuttle Atlantis is going to launch on Thursday if it's sunny.
Thank you...my P.O.S. generic brand 'puter crashed in mid-post earlier.
Nice to see someone else who follows Bill Harwood's great updates, too.
Latest update -- Weather is 70% no-go.
Another attempt available on Friday.
I'm not getting fooled again. IF it doesn't launch tomorrow, and the weather looks better for Friday, maybe I'll take the ride up to Titusville. It was windy as hell today and the clouds were rolling in late this afternoon.
My luck (bad) will be that they somehow manage to get the lauch off tomorrow.
Even without the weather threat, afternoon launches have a higher likelihood of cancellation due to wind. Morning is much calmer.
ECO sensors working perfectly.
Crew headed to pad now.
Weather still looks like shit.
Launched on schedule, weather held which suprised me.
Check this site later for the different launch camera shots:
In a few days, they'll have the camera feeds from the SRBs... from launch, through splashdown. Always freaky to see the earth tumbling, and the water coming up at an insane speed.
Why do I have a feeling you, like myself, are an L2 member at www.nasaspaceflight.com ...all looking good at the moment...and the call just in for GO for ORBIT OPS...welcome to space Columbus!!!
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I reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaly want to join it, but I haven't yet made the plunge and bought a sub. Seems kinda steep.
But I'm a ridiculous NASA geek... so maybe I will soon.
I know that there are plenty of NASA/Shuttle haters around but I must state I am watching NASA tv & a replay of the Roll/Pitch today when Atlantis caught up with the Station and it was to sound like Chris Farley AWESOME. Very cool shots of the earth below the shuttle as it docks with the station as well.
Little drama on this mission. There's an undisclosed health issue with one of the astronauts. They had to reschedule and reassign the first spacewalk to another astronaut.
NASA wouldn't say who it was or what he was suffering from, but it's likely German astronaut Hans Schlegel... since during the wakeup call today, they were offering him wellwishes.
They do say now that he'll do a spacewalk on Wednesday.
Wonder if it was some kind of panic attack or something.
"Undisclosed health issue."
That's NASAspeak for "drunk off his ass".
I was SCREAMING at the TV during Saturday's post flight day PC..."HIPA...HIPA...HIPA!!!"
Three Hole's reponse is exactly why they SHOULD say what's wrong.
And Fr....you'll not BELIEVE the info that comes in through L2...I mean full text of emails and memos straight off the computers inside NASA, and on that site within minutes.
Just put him in the airlock with no space suit, open door, and things will work themselves out.
Okay, maybe I will sign up. I love that stuff! Wonder how they get that stuff so fast, and how they have such unfettered access? I guess it's possible they have a lot of great contacts. Not that hard. I know the former Deputy Administrator for Public Affairs. He's since moved on to the private sector, but while he was there, I got a few tidbits about Orion before it was made public. He also got me, my brother and a friend on an inside tour into the depths of KSC. Best vacation ever.
No, he got into the experiments and did his own "experiment" with the space chicken. He is German, after all.
Here's a better idea... shit can the stupid ISS and shuttle programs altogether. Fricken' money sumps. Aside from the "Gee whiz!" photo ops and the "Neato!" public realtions factor it's all pretty much worthless from a space exploration standpoint.
Our unmanned probes have made it to the edge of our solar system and beyond, meanwhile our dumb shuttle and ISS haven't gotten any further than you could go on a moped in a day of leisurely riding.
Unmanned missions... waaaaaaay more bang for the buck.
Sigh... You wanna take this one, GoC?
Nah, I'll do it.
THP... Learn2read. Kthanxbye!
Then there's also protein crystals. What are they? They're essential in producing medicines. But they grow painfully slow on the ground. In microgravity, they grow multitudes of times faster... on the order of months, IIRC. So every mission brings back a new stock of crystals that researchers need to experiment with and create new, lifesaving medications.