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Old 14-11-2008, 09:33 PM   #1
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Default God speed Endeavour

God speed to the shuttle crew as they launch tonight,heres a link if you fancy watching it live
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html
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Old 14-11-2008, 09:48 PM   #2
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think i misspelt endeavour lol
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Old 14-11-2008, 09:54 PM   #3
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My brother is in Florida with his family watching the launch. We've seen four but this is their first. A night launch always looks spectacular.
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Old 14-11-2008, 10:04 PM   #4
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i bet that it is awesome to be there and see it live.not been lucky enough myself,but next year hopefully
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Old 14-11-2008, 10:20 PM   #5
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You'd best be quick as you're running out of lauches. May this be a successful flight.
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Old 14-11-2008, 11:12 PM   #6
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I must get down there myself. It's probably about a 10 or 12-hour drive to central Florida from where I live. Yes,the book will be closed on the Shuttle in 2010 when NASA moves to the next level. My sister lives in Houston so next time I visit her,perhaps she will take me to the Johnson Space Center again.

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Old 14-11-2008, 11:24 PM   #7
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Wish them the best on their mission. the only time we see the shuttle in this area is for refueling on coming from California to Florida and riding piggy back on another acft. I wish they would have more on that future spot in burns flat ok called space port. Hoping to get a job in that area.
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If there aren't too many clouds in the sky, I'll be able to see the launch just from my house in less than 30 minutes from now!

Update: I just saw the launch! From where I am it takes about a couple of minutes after ignition before one can see it clear the horizon. One can see the flames streaking upwards in the distance and even the side boosters jettisoning faintly but after that it's just a point light source moving across the sky.

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Old 15-11-2008, 04:27 AM   #9
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Well, sounds like she's up safely.
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Old 16-11-2008, 05:23 AM   #10
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So, when is the government going to stop doing the same thing over again and again and acting like its new and actually do something new?
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Old 16-11-2008, 07:47 AM   #11
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Maybe once it's inaugurated - 20th Jan I think.
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Old 16-11-2008, 04:33 PM   #12
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Courtesy of my brother Mike:

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Old 16-11-2008, 05:16 PM   #13
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Watched on NASA TV-how can you forget to fasten the door in the white room!!???
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Old 16-11-2008, 08:31 PM   #14
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Thanks for the link Rob

Does anybody know what is going to happen after all the "shuttles'" go in to retirement????

Is there a "Shuttle MK11" on the horizon? or what???????




Perhaps it is the Eagle at last ???????? (20 years late and way over budget. . . . . . . . that sounds about right!!!!!!)
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Old 16-11-2008, 08:44 PM   #15
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Cargo rockets and Soyuz(just ideal when relations with Russia at at a low ebb).
Like after the end of Concorde,we are about to go backwards

Why they never seem to follow through with developement of the technology I'll never know...oh yes I do-MONEY!!
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Old 17-11-2008, 08:35 AM   #16
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It will be interesting to see if a new space race actually eventuates with China and India and all sorts of other people in there as well. Will the US and Russia get seriously going with the moon and Mars or what? I can feel the frustration of NASA all the way from here in AU. We'd be on Mars now, or close if they could just get the money together. The latest economic climate is not the best, but it ain't gunna stop say the Chinese from busting their guts over it. A red moon after all.
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Old 17-11-2008, 10:38 AM   #17
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Interesting points there Tony. Reminds me of a poem penned by G. Mennen Williams, the Democratic governor of Michigan:

Oh little Sputnik, flying high
With made-in-Moscow beep,
You tell the world it's a Commie sky
and Uncle Sam's asleep.

You say on fairway and on rough
The Kremlin knows it all,
We hope our golfer knows enough
To get us on the ball.
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Old 17-11-2008, 10:55 AM   #18
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Technological advancement happens at it's fastest when countries compete. China heading to the Moon may be a blessing that finally gets things moving again.
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I've been a bit out of touch with space exploration stuff lately (and other things in general...) - have the Chinese partnered with any other countries, sending up other astronauts etc?
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have the Chinese partnered with any other countries, sending up other astronauts etc?
Visions of Indian and Chinese comedians doing impressions of Aldrin and Armstrong...

The Hindustani has landed.... One small step for a mandarin...
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