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Atlantis to Launch 2:00 PM

  1. May 10, 2009 #1

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    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/10/AR2009051001513.html
     
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  4. May 10, 2009 #3

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    Great. I was going to look for that, though I think the thirst for content on cable news is such at that time of day it will most definitely be available through the standard sources.

    I see there is a backup flight being prepared, due to the destination remoteness from the space station, in case of complications arising after launch that might require rescue.
     
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  6. May 11, 2009 #5
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    And away they go! The astronauts on board gave a talk here at NASA Goddard a couple months ago. They are going to fix hubble.
     
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  7. May 11, 2009 #6
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    I thought we already fixed hubble? What's wrong with it?
     
  8. May 11, 2009 #7

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    http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/hst_sm4/overview.html
    See also - http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html - pdf files at bottom of Space Shuttle Mission: STS-125 notice
     
  9. May 11, 2009 #8
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    A lot of the parts are old and need replacing. Gyros, accels, etc. The astronauts said pretty much every second of their space walk is planned. They don't even have time to stop what they are doing and look at the earth below them. It's work, work, work. That guy's got a lottt of screws hes going to have to take off and put back on. I forget the number of them he said it was, but wearing a space suit with bulky gloves why trying to put in screws is not an easy task.
     
  10. May 11, 2009 #9

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    I haven't gotten an email from my cousin yet today. He's the project manager for the lead contractor on the upgrade. I don't imagine he's had much free time the last couple of days. Good luck, crew!
     
  11. May 11, 2009 #10
    Fox News covered it for 2 days.
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,519719,00.html
    http://origin.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,519638,00.html

    The risk of damage from space junk appears to be a real concern.
     
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  12. May 11, 2009 #11
    I already have a thread about this.... FAIL. (on my part!)
     
  13. May 11, 2009 #12

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    And ESA's Planck and Herschel missions launch on thursday.
     
  14. May 11, 2009 #13

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    The last launch, I found NASA TV to be a more interesting feed, because it was just the launch and the controller chatter without all the other uninteresting regurgitations. They also provided the on board feed for quite some time after launch.

    I noted that Discovery Channel mounted a modest effort that wasn't half bad today. Unfortunately I never got linked to the NASA feed.
     
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  15. May 12, 2009 #14

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    The shuttle did sustain some damage from falling foam. Right now they don't think it is serious but are checking.
     
  16. May 12, 2009 #15
    Damage to heat shield: NASA says it is minor.
    http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hXE20ad4x496Dm6pr31gSpJTmuiA [Broken]
     
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  17. May 12, 2009 #16

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    I don't really get why they have this problem still.
     
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  18. May 13, 2009 #17

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    Last night's NOVA was on the Columbia disaster. Foam from the external fuel tank damaged the leading edge of a wing during launch and the shuttle burned up during re-entry. The interaction (or lack of it) between NASA engineers and management is interesting - a must-see show for those interested in manned space-flight.
     
  19. May 13, 2009 #18

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    Unless you stop using cryogenic fuel or invent a better heat shield there isn't much you can do - it's a fundemental design flaw of the vehicle.
    All they can do is check it after each launch and have a spare rescue shuttle ready. Since the shuttle is due to be scrapped soon there's no need for anythignmore.
     
  20. May 13, 2009 #19

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  21. May 13, 2009 #20

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    Astronauts grab Hubble Space Telescope
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090513/ap_on_sc/us_shuttle_hubble [Broken]
    Apparently the nicks on the tiles are of no concern.
     
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