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Space Shuttle going up again

  1. Jun 30, 2006 #1
    Depending on the weather in Florida, possibly tomorrow (Saturday), otherwise next Tuesday:
    New York Times

    (That's 3:49 PM EST or 20:49 GMT.)

    As to questions of safety, or of whether the awful management of NASA has improved at all since Columbia (or for that matter, Richard Feynman and the Challenger committee), I find the following two quotes taken together, err, illuminating:
    (both from page 2 of the NYT article)
     
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  3. Jun 30, 2006 #2

    Pengwuino

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    What are the definite consequences for keeping the shuttle grounded longer?
     
  4. Jun 30, 2006 #3
    None really, the Russians can rescue the ISS guys when they run out of food.
     
  5. Jun 30, 2006 #4

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    So the ISS is just going to basically become useless?
     
  6. Jun 30, 2006 #5
    Not at all, the Russians can send people up with their Soyuz rockets - at only half the price of a Shuttle mission. They've been the exclusive transport to ISS for some time with the Shuttle grounded.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Space_Agency#ISS_involvement

    List of ISS flights: (last seven going up were all Soyuz)
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Space_Station#ISS_Expeditions
     
  7. Jun 30, 2006 #6

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    I wonder what the rush is. I heard yesterday that the engineers gave a 'unanimous go ahead' on the launch so this was strange to hear.

    50 million for a space flight... come on... i wouldn't pay no 50 million to be launched into space as a tourist.
     
  8. Jun 30, 2006 #7
    Pressure from PR offices, high-ranking politicians, and management hack Michael Griffin.

    Of course not. That's why they have a discount for tourists - only $20 million round trip! :biggrin:
     
  9. Jun 30, 2006 #8

    Pengwuino

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    Sweet, something i can squeeze into my budget! :grumpy:
     
  10. Jun 30, 2006 #9

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  11. Jul 1, 2006 #10
    Wishing them all a very safe flight.
     
  12. Jul 1, 2006 #11
    With you on that.

    Clear skies, open eyes, VISION!

    A PFB Hoping
     
  13. Jul 1, 2006 #12

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  14. Jul 1, 2006 #13
    Cancelled for weather, next launch attempt tomorrow (Sunday) at 3:26 PM EST, according to CNN.

    (20:26 GMT)
     
  15. Jul 1, 2006 #14
    No, cancelled because everyone was watching brasil and France on the world cup :rofl:
     
  16. Jul 1, 2006 #15
    Copy That!
    Network violation.
    Try again in 24 hours.
    Hope for a channel clearing.
     
  17. Jul 2, 2006 #16
    Seems to be enough water up thar in them skies to scrub real good today.

    Please pass the floating foam duckie and tearless shampoo.

    YO-HO!~
     
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  19. Jul 2, 2006 #18
    NO! THEY SCRUBBED IT! tuesday at 2:38 Eastern time.
     
  20. Jul 2, 2006 #19

    Sorry Rocketboy, They justed scrubbed the launch again.

    But is that going to be one REALLY clean shuttle huh?!~
     
  21. Jul 2, 2006 #20
    :rofl: hopefully they don't scrub it too much or the panels might weaken.
     
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