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Post Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 10:05 am
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In case you didn't notice: There's a bird on the pad and today is launch day!


STS-121 Ice Team Does Final Inspections

Less than five hours to go!

NASA has a blog for the STS-121 launch, here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/sts-121/launch-vlcc.html

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 10:32 am
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There's even a blog for the blog for the STS-121 launch? Rolling on the Floor Laughing
I told you everyone's blogging. cheers

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 1:41 pm
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STS-121 at T-20 minutes and holding

This is nerve-wracking! They're all ready to go but there's one dadgum anvil cloud in the neighborhood. If that cloud doesn't move, they'll have to scrub for today.

Meanwhile, the guys in the White Room are closing out the Orbiter and everything is continuing for a launch at 3:49 PM EDT today.

I want to run over to JSC and watch the launch in the auditorium if they're going to go today, but I'm also worried about a thunderstorm sitting on top of my house in El Lago.

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 2:45 pm
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Oh, pooh. Scrubbed due to weather today. Perhaps tomorrow.

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 9:02 pm
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I hope they launch tomorrow and you get to watch it.
I always wanted to see a launch!

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 9:14 pm
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Watching it at the auditorium at JSC isn't the same as being there in person at The Cape, but at least it's a on a huge screen and with an audience who really care about what's happening.

The one chance I had to see a launch live at KSC, back in 1992, they had to scrub due to thunderstorms. At least this time it was just a wasted 10-minute trip!

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Post Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2006 9:41 pm
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I'm sure it does make a difference who you're watching it with. It's like a comedy, many times it's funnier depending who your watching the movie with. wink

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 12:43 pm
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I saw a spaceshuttle launch once! I was in St. Petersburg at the time, and it was a tiny stream of light rising from the far horizon, but still...
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Eleyia wrote:
I saw a spaceshuttle launch once! I was in St. Petersburg at the time, and it was a tiny stream of light rising from the far horizon, but still...


Cool! Could you hear it all the way in St. Petersburg?

Even though I've worked on NASA programs for 27 years, the only launch I've seen in person was Apollo 14. That was a seriously awesome experience! I'll never forget feeling the waves of sound thrumming around in my chest when that Saturn V lifted off!

From what I've heard of the new Cargo Launch Vehicle, dubbed Ares V just last week, the thunder may return! Ares V will be able to lift even more cargo to orbit than the Saturn V could!

There's also going to be a separate, smaller Crew Launch Vehicle named Ares I. That makes me happy. I spent decades campaigning for seperating the crew launcher from the heavy cargo launchers so I feel rather vindicated that finally the great thinkers at NASA HQ agree on that point.

In other news: They had another weather scrub today. The next launch attempt for STS-121 will be on Tuesday, the Fourth of July.

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 6:58 pm
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In other news: They had another weather scrub today. The next launch attempt for STS-121 will be on Tuesday, the Fourth of July

They should put some red, white and blue smoke out with that launch!

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Post Posted: Sun Jul 02, 2006 8:05 pm
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That's a neat idea! If they put the right chemicals in each of the Solid Rocket Boosters they'd have red and blue plumes with the white coming from the vapor trail left by the main engines!
Rolling on the Floor Laughing




Then the French would take credit for it.

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 9:35 am
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I've always wanted to see a launch live. The one time I was anywhere close to Cape Canavarel was a couple of years ago when there was absolutely nothing going on because they were still on hiatus from the explosion. I was hoping to at least catch this launch on TV while I'm off so maybe I'll be able to catch it Tuesday amidst the festivities here before I have to go back out on the road Wednesday.

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Post Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 1:05 pm
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Greg wrote:
Eleyia wrote:
I saw a spaceshuttle launch once! I was in St. Petersburg at the time, and it was a tiny stream of light rising from the far horizon, but still...


Cool! Could you hear it all the way in St. Petersburg?



No, I couldn't hear it at all. If I hadn't known it was happening, and been looking for it, it wouldn't have even registered to my visual senses.
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Post Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2006 2:55 pm
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During the Apollo era, I kept telling myself that I'd get back to see another Saturn V launch. After all, they'd go on forever, right?

Obviously, I was wrong about that. Now we couldn't launch a Saturn V even if we built one because the launch towers at pads 39-A and 39-B have been modified for the Space Shuttle.

If things go as planned, there will only be 16 more Space Shuttle launches, so anyone who is hoping to see one ought to be making travel plans. The Shuttle program will end in 2010 whether the new rockets are ready or not.

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Post Posted: Tue Jul 04, 2006 9:06 am
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Happy Independence Day!

STS-121 at T-3:00 and Holding on July 4, 2006


The third time's the charm, right? The PAO guy just said that the weather is looking pretty good at the cape for the launch today. The final inspection team departing the pad at this moment. The crew is getting suited up. STS-121 is at T-3:00 and holding and everything is GO for a launch today!

This will be the first time that NASA has done a launch on the 4th of July!


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NASA's STS-121 launch blog is here: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/sts-121/launch-vlcc.html


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