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Post Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:31 pm

Shuttle launch in new 10-30mins

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Post Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:49 pm

Re: Shuttle launch in new 10-30mins

Dave Rowland wrote:http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

currently watching this


I think they need a push or your jump leads Dave! :o
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Post Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:52 pm

Bring back the old Saturn V. :-?
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Post Sun Jul 12, 2009 11:57 pm

i been watching it for the last hour... currently a no-go for launch due to weather.

but they took about 20minutes to seal the hatch.. once one guy did his work, guy two had to check it. i mean, a light and a mirror to verify that the first guy he read the light colour correct.

20 minutes to pressurize

then holding countdowns etc.

and now no-go
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Post Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:07 am

cancelled!
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Post Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:08 am

I was lucky enough to be at the last launch )STS-125) and on the NASSA causeway (the closest public viewing area), and it was amazing.

To think, 4.5 minutes after leaving Florida it's over Spain!!
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Post Mon Jul 13, 2009 12:14 am

The Shuttle is a 30 year old rust bucket. If it was a car it would have been scrapped 20 years ago.

Unfortunately nothing better has come along since - and the shuttles replacement is nothing more that an Apollo capsule update and Saturn V equivalent.

Concorde has also been scrapped - what happened to the visionaries?

Today, national funding is spent on bailing out the banks and paying for obscene wars (Afghanistan and Iraq) that we have no hope of winning but result in the pointless maiming and deaths of Soldiers who are doing their duty for the rest of us?

Things can only get better :roll:
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Post Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:08 am

Phills getting ready for his best seller I think
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Post Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:59 pm

There's a space center in Huntsville, Alabama here in the U.S. that I've been to a few times when I was younger. I have an Uncle that works at that space center. They have a camp for kids, but they also have a week-long program for adults.

http://www.spacecamp.com/details.php?ca ... t+Programs

Pretty cool stuff if you're into the space program and are ever going to be in the area. Incidentally John, the Saturn 5 rocket was originally engineered at the space center I'm talking about, the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
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Post Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:54 pm

when u see a link with Adult Programs as part of the url, u start to wonder. lol


here we go again... they are pressurising the cabin... wonder if the weather will hold out
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Post Mon Jul 13, 2009 9:56 pm

Yeah, good one Dave. I didn't even think of that one. I guess if they ever get desperate for money.....

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Post Tue Jul 14, 2009 6:11 am

Phill wrote:The Shuttle is a 30 year old rust bucket.

A bit like the old Ford Capri. :D
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Post Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:10 am

John Childs wrote:
Phill wrote:The Shuttle is a 30 year old rust bucket.

A bit like the old Ford Capri. :D


But with fewer miles on the clock :-?
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Post Tue Jul 14, 2009 9:31 am

Dave Rowland wrote:here we go again... they are pressurising the cabin... wonder if the weather will hold out


and did it dave?



and if you believe, they put a man on the moon... man on the moon... trah-lah-lah... :wink:
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Post Tue Jul 14, 2009 12:56 pm

no weather was perfect until the hour before the launch... then they had 3 Red's and lightening too close to the launch pad.. so they do it again.
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Post Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:03 pm

here we go!!!! 22:20 launch is likely to happen tonight.. i am watching

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html
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Post Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:09 pm

got yeh now dave...wondered what you were bletherin about :lol1: :lol1: i'll away and watch it too, just out of curiosity :D

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Post Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:09 pm

It's due to cross Ireland 18 minutes after take off and will be visible....skies clear here at the moment ....here's hoping!

“We are predicting the best time to watch will be 11.21pm tonight, but people should watch for 10 minutes around this time as the launch time can be changed by NASA at the last minute” said David Moore of Astronomy Ireland.

“The shuttle is an incredible sight when it flies over, but what makes this event so incredibly rare, is that the giant fuel tank will be right next to the shuttle in the sky and will look distinctly orange.”
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Post Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:25 pm

well harry its T mine 9 minutes and in hold... so cant be right lol


I suggest... stay tuned NOW

correction ..28 minutes hold....
so 23:09 ish
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Post Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:29 pm

11.03 is launch time Dave.....stay with the programme!!! :roll: :roll: :D
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Post Wed Jul 15, 2009 10:54 pm

Good to Go... at last!! how many days have i been watching this
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Post Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:00 pm

5 mins
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Post Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:08 pm

that was really good, nice link dave.. :o :o
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Post Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:21 pm

its gooooneeeee
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Post Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:36 pm

Just passed over here.
A white fast moving dot with a orangey dot below & behind it moving at about the same speed. The orange yoke faded (cooled) to red & disappeared and not long after the white one went as well. About 20 seconds in total for me.
Thanks Dave!
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Post Wed Jul 15, 2009 11:39 pm

u took ur laptop on the roof?
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Post Thu Jul 16, 2009 10:57 am

view from my house at 01.23am last night :o
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Post Thu Jul 16, 2009 11:31 am

George Elsmore wrote:view from my house at 01.23am last night :o


Don't be silly George, that's the Ryanair Shuttle! :D
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Post Thu Jul 16, 2009 12:45 pm

If you're interested you can also see the International Space Station most days. Go here http://www.heavens-above.com/?lat=55.86&lng=-3.251&loc=Unspecified&alt=0&tz=CET If you enter your own location you can then get orbital data that tells you when and for how long the ISS can be seen from your location. I remember seeing it a few years ago and it should be much more impressive now that it is almost completed.
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Post Thu Jul 16, 2009 12:57 pm

when i was radio ham, we did datacomms with MiR!!
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Post Thu Jul 16, 2009 1:01 pm

Dave Rowland wrote:when i was radio ham, we did datacomms with MiR!!



:o :o Bold Boy!!!
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Post Thu Jul 16, 2009 2:02 pm

If you like looking at stars and constellations then an interesting bit of software is stellarium its free and has some interesting features
http://www.stellarium.org/

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Post Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:25 am

Sorry to post in an old thread and to be asking a stupid question if the answer is obvious but......


....if the space Shuttle program is due to end very soon, what is going to take supplies and staff to the International space station? Pardon me if I'm wrong but hasn't the space shuttle been in existence since the beginning of the ISS, so it (the ISS) has never had to do without it?

Or are there other craft that 'visit'/dock with the ISS?
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Post Sat Aug 29, 2009 10:39 am

Gareth Lewis wrote:
....if the space Shuttle program is due to end very soon, what is going to take supplies and staff to the International space station? Pardon me if I'm wrong but hasn't the space shuttle been in existence since the beginning of the ISS, so it (the ISS) has never had to do without it?

Or are there other craft that 'visit'/dock with the ISS?


Ryanair are gonna do it I think! :o :o
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Post Sat Aug 29, 2009 2:40 pm

See, I knew I'd get the answer here. Thanks Harry. I look forward to launch days....
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Post Sat Aug 29, 2009 4:23 pm

Harry, your a f@ckin nutter!!! :D :D :D Go and have a lie down mate. :wink:

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