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SHUTTLE ATLANTIS COVERAGE

 
Atma  (OP)

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06/08/2007 05:50 PM
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2142 GMT (5:42 p.m. EDT)

Now passing the T-minus 1 hour mark in the countdown. Two scheduled holds are planned at T-minus 20 minutes and T-minus 9 minutes, leading to the target liftoff time of 7:38 p.m.

The final pre-flight alignment of Atlantis' guidance system inertial measurement units is underway.

Weather conditions remain "go" for launch at this time. Skies have cleared over Kennedy Space Center and things look good right now.
Anonymous Coward
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06/08/2007 05:52 PM
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God speed Astronauts,and a safe journey
i love these controlled burn off`s
Fanging it up into the heavens what a way to go
the g forces must be fantastic.
Evil Twin

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06/08/2007 05:56 PM
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I'm starting to get excited!
I have clear skies to the east, and should be able to see her going up.
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I'm starting to get excited!
I have clear skies to the east, and should be able to see her going up.
 Quoting: Evil Twin



That would be so cool to see in person.
Anonymous Coward
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06/08/2007 05:59 PM
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Hey Eat, there are no baddys in the bushes,
security would make sure of that fine point.
askakido nli
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06/08/2007 05:59 PM
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Part of the cargo are the third pair of solar arrays (out of four pair) to increase the amount of power and the reliablity of the power systems on ISS. I remember watching the astronauts getting the second pair unstuck as they had jammed up a bit while being deployed. It was quite a sight to watch them bouncing the jam up out of those two arrays.
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06/08/2007 06:01 PM
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you lucky sod Evil Twin
i hope you take some pix for us less fortunate sky gazers
ºEATº

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06/08/2007 06:02 PM
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Anyone else but me get the feeling that this shuttle won't see the ISS???

What is up with that hole in the ISS anyway? Is it a bullet hole? Did the American astronut shot the Russian cosmonut?
Coffee in the morning. Tea in the afternoon.
Evil Twin

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06/08/2007 06:03 PM
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I'm starting to get excited!
I have clear skies to the east, and should be able to see her going up.



That would be so cool to see in person.
 Quoting: Atma

I'm roughly 90 miles away, but the exhaust plume is still pretty spectacular when one launches.

I still remember watching the Challenger launch, which was terrible.
Atma  (OP)

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06/08/2007 06:07 PM
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I still remember watching the Challenger launch, which was terrible.
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Yeah, I think that would have been tough to watch.
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06/08/2007 06:11 PM
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There must be an easier way of getting up into space
and safely back down
Todays rocket science is still very primitive, the amount of rocket required for such small payloads needs to be greatly improved.
Atma  (OP)

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06/08/2007 06:24 PM
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2222 GMT (6:22 p.m. EDT)

T-minus 20 minutes and holding. The countdown has paused for a 10-minute built-in hold. Launch is scheduled for 7:38 p.m. EDT. Everything is going smoothly with the countdown and weather is still looking good.
Anonymous Coward
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06/08/2007 06:35 PM
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Cool
all systems go for full throttle up, YE HA
Anonymous Coward
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06/08/2007 06:44 PM
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How many Astronauts on board
Anonymous Coward
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06/08/2007 06:45 PM
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Anyone else but me get the feeling that this shuttle won't see the ISS???

What is up with that hole in the ISS anyway? Is it a bullet hole? Did the American astronut shot the Russian cosmonut?
 Quoting: ºEATº


"Micro" meteor hit the ISS. Surprising it hasn't happend long long before this, with over 45+ years of manned space flight. Or is that what really got the Columbia? Something the size of a golf ball hitting the Columbia during re-entry? Of course NASA would never admit it if that was indeed the case. Interestingly, Yesterday, that is Thrusday, there was a Senate committee hearing on safty at NASA and all the infighting that has been going on for some time there.
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06/08/2007 06:47 PM
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Sky almost clear,good view from house, always let you holding your breath!!!!
Anonymous Coward
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06/08/2007 06:48 PM
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What is with camera 36 on NASA TV, why are they still using BW camera's? I do realize the NASA budget keeps getting screwed around with all the time... it just seems weird in this day an time to keep switching from full color to Black and White.
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it will be a routine mish with no hitches
thats my gut feeling
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Sky almost clear,good view from house, always let you holding your breath!!!!
 Quoting: s 219684


Certainly I would love to be there to see a launch. Color me, "green with envy".
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anyone got a web cam on this
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No go on overseas landing spots. Does this mean its going to be canceled??
Atma  (OP)

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2248 GMT (6:48 p.m. EDT)

A concern has arisen in the countdown. Both of the Transatlantic Abort Landing sites available today -- Zaragoza in Spain and Istres, France. There are rainshowers at Zaragoza and fog at Istres. One of the sites must have acceptable weather for Atlantis to be cleared for launch.

If Atlantis experiences a problem with its main engines or some other critical system, the shuttle needs to have one of the TAL sites available to land immediately during the ascent.

Local weather here at Kennedy Space Center remains "go."



Crap
Wraith

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Figures.
Anonymous Coward
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No go on overseas landing spots. Does this mean its going to be canceled??
 Quoting: Wraith


They can land in Scotland!!!

Camera is ready!!!!!!!!

:gemini2:
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06/08/2007 06:53 PM
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A rain shower never stopped planes landing. This is supposed to be a state of the art space shuttle and it cant land in rain or fog? WTF does it not have radar.
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There must be an easier way of getting up into space
and safely back down
Todays rocket science is still very primitive, the amount of rocket required for such small payloads needs to be greatly improved.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 248880

Rockets are Primitve
In 1555 the first ballistic missile in the world(2 stage) was launched in transylvania,near Sibiu ,by cpt Conrad Haas ,against the turks(ottomans)
In 1292 the first rocket(non-ballistic) was launched in China
Gravitational lenticular air/space vehicles were designed around 1898
In Arvena Neo et in Arcadia Ego
I am an Atlantean living in Atlantis when it flew again :)
ZAL Moxe
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They could always land at Heathrow, im sure they could find a landing slot.
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A rain shower never stopped planes landing. This is supposed to be a state of the art space shuttle and it cant land in rain or fog? WTF does it not have radar.
 Quoting: Anonymous Coward 248108


Remember, the Shuttle is a glider, and a relatively poor one at that.
Anonymous Coward
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06/08/2007 06:55 PM
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maybe just a delay ?
Anonymous Coward
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06/08/2007 06:57 PM
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A brick with side flaps





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