Here's the link to NASA TV that I provided previously.
Atlantis is scheduled to lift off Monday, 05/11/2009 at 2:01 PM.
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.
Live feed. 9 mins left.
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.
I thought we already fixed hubble? What's wrong with it?
See also - http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html - pdf files at bottom of Space Shuttle Mission: STS-125 notice
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.
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!
Fox News covered it for 2 days.
The risk of damage from space junk appears to be a real concern.
I already have a thread about this.... FAIL. (on my part!)
And ESA's Planck and Herschel missions launch on thursday.
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.
The shuttle did sustain some damage from falling foam. Right now they don't think it is serious but are checking.
Damage to heat shield: NASA says it is minor.
I don't really get why they have this problem still.
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.
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.
Pictures of the nicks to the shielding. And below that the frame that shows the damage taking place during launch.
Damage to tiles.
Astronauts grab Hubble Space Telescope
Apparently the nicks on the tiles are of no concern.
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