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Re: Spaceflight

Post by narboza22 on Fri 8 Jul 2011 - 3:08

Still, a shuttle launch was one of the things that I've wanted to see since I was a kid.

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Re: Spaceflight

Post by nickyf1 on Fri 8 Jul 2011 - 11:38

Wow... 1,000,000 people...

Retiring the Shuttle might, ironically, boost the American public's view of spaceflight.

Live coverage: http://www.spacevidcast.com/


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Re: Spaceflight

Post by nickyf1 on Fri 8 Jul 2011 - 11:41

Go/No-Go decision will be made at 7:30 EDT.

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Re: Spaceflight

Post by narboza22 on Fri 8 Jul 2011 - 12:07

That's good to know. I'll still be awake for F1 practice then so I'll know if I need to change my alarm that's set to get me up for ALMS qualy.

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Re: Spaceflight

Post by nickyf1 on Fri 8 Jul 2011 - 12:49

Ok, the crew are in the Astrovan making their way out to the pad.

All they need is a five minute break in the weather.

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Re: Spaceflight

Post by nickyf1 on Fri 8 Jul 2011 - 13:00

Commander going in.

Pilot using a phone and heading to the toilet.

Seriously.

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Re: Spaceflight

Post by sbiggs on Fri 8 Jul 2011 - 13:09

FINE! Ok I'll watch too...

3 Hours?! I thought it was like within the hour? NM I know nothing. I guess it does take "a while" to prepare the launch.


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Re: Spaceflight

Post by nickyf1 on Fri 8 Jul 2011 - 16:39

That's it in orbit. MECO. ET sep. Rendezvous with ISS next. Engines performed perfectly. OMS 1 not required.

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Re: Spaceflight

Post by Johniboy on Fri 8 Jul 2011 - 19:21

Cool little article. Link from a Major Nelson tweet.

http://blog.al.com/space-news/2011/07/space_shuttle_fast_facts_xbox.html

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Re: Spaceflight

Post by nickyf1 on Fri 8 Jul 2011 - 19:31

That first fact plainly demonstrates just how old the Orbiter really is!

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Re: Spaceflight

Post by Radiation Louis on Fri 8 Jul 2011 - 21:45

i honestly cant believe they launched that, the weather opened up just at the right time because literally before it launched weather sucked and right after weather sucked.... that was truely amazing



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Re: Spaceflight

Post by nickyf1 on Sat 9 Jul 2011 - 0:12

I heard they were looking to launch through a ''hole''.

Looks like that hole actually turned up!

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Re: Spaceflight

Post by nickyf1 on Sat 9 Jul 2011 - 0:24

The Space Shuttle's Replacement:

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Re: Spaceflight

Post by nickyf1 on Sat 9 Jul 2011 - 15:31

Crew Flight Day 2 wake-up call.

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Re: Spaceflight

Post by nickyf1 on Sun 10 Jul 2011 - 15:35

Flight Day 2 Highlights:

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Re: Spaceflight

Post by nickyf1 on Sun 10 Jul 2011 - 15:49

Atlantis performs her final RBAR Pitch Maneuver under the ISS. This is executed so that the ISS crew can take photographs of the heatsheild and look for any damage to the underside.


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Re: Spaceflight

Post by nickyf1 on Sun 10 Jul 2011 - 16:23

Contact and Capture!

Atlantis docks to the ISS!

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Re: Spaceflight

Post by nickyf1 on Sun 10 Jul 2011 - 16:26

India joins the ISS programme!
http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/india-to-join-international-space-station/204738?cp

NASA (USA), CSA (Canada), PKA (Russia), ESA (Europe) and JAXA (Japan) will be joined by ISRO (India).

C'mon China, man up and join, add some of your modules to the ISS and use that magnificent Shenzhou craft to transport some more Astros!

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Re: Spaceflight

Post by nickyf1 on Sun 10 Jul 2011 - 16:48


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Re: Spaceflight

Post by nickyf1 on Thu 21 Jul 2011 - 12:08

The Space Shuttle Program ends on the 21st of July 2011 as Atlantis touches down at the Kennedy Space Centre, almost quietly, just sneaking in before sunrise. Atlantis will be put on display at KSC, along side the Saturn V, for many generations of visitors to wonder at.

The next time human's take off from the Cape in half a decades time, we will be going in a very different direction. But, for now, the only Human Spaceflight happening will be out of the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.


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Re: Spaceflight

Post by HCR generaltso on Sat 23 Jul 2011 - 20:39

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/07/space_shuttle_era_ends_with_at.html

great pictures.

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Re: Spaceflight

Post by nickyf1 on Sat 23 Jul 2011 - 22:13

Wow. Thanks Travis.

That 32nd picture of the EVA. Thats why the ISS is so damn awesome.

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Re: Spaceflight

Post by nickyf1 on Mon 25 Jul 2011 - 9:28

40 years ago, on the 26th of July 1971, Apollo 15 launched.

After Apollo was grounded for a year in the wake of the Apollo 13 ''anomaly'', Apollo 14 successfully carried out the failed Apollo 13 mission, landing at Fra Mauro.

Apollo 14 would be the last of the ''H'' missions - a short lunar stay. This meant that Apollo 15 would be the first ''J'' mission, a longer stay on the moon and a greater focus on doing science. Geology, for example, was one of the many things the Apollo 15 crew would have to learn about prior to the mission. This would also be the first mission which made use of the Lunar Rover, which would be used on two further flights till the end of the Apollo Lunar Landing Program.

The crew was made up of Commander Dave Scott, Command Module Pilot Al Worden and Lunar Module Pilot James Irwin.

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Re: Spaceflight

Post by nickyf1 on Thu 28 Jul 2011 - 13:32

According to this article..
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/preliminary-nasa-evolved-sls-vehicle-21-years-away/

The missions of the new SLS Program are listed.

SLS-1 - December 2017 - Unmanned Lunar Orbital Flight.
SLS-2 - August 2021 - Manned Lunar Orbital Flight, Pacific landing.
SLS-3 - August 2022 - Manned Lunar Orbital Flight, Pacific landing.
SLS-4 - August 2023 - Manned Lunar Orbital Flight, Pacific landing.
SLS-5 - August 2024 - Cargo SLS debut.
SLS-6 - August 2025 - Manned 'exploration' Mission, likely Asteroid mission.
SLS-7 - August 2026 - Cargo SLS - New expendable SSME's used.
SLS-8 - August 2027 - Manned Mission
SLS-9 - August 2028 - Cargo Mission
SLS-10 - August 2029 - Manned Mission
SLS-11 - August 2030 - Cargo Mission (debut of more powerful SLS with two extra SSME's)
SLS-12 - August 2031 - Manned Mission (SLS-11 type configuration)
SLS-13 - August 2032 - Cargo Mission (debut of the fully evolved 130mT HLV)

WE HAVE DATES Smile



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Re: Spaceflight

Post by nickyf1 on Fri 5 Aug 2011 - 16:29

For those interested, go onto http://www.spacevidcast.com/ for live coverage of the launch of Juno, and interplanetary spacecraft bound for Jupiter.

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