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Space Shuttle liftoff scheduled for 3/11, ~8:20pm CT...

by shmody / March 10, 2009 10:37 AM PDT
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additional coverage; launch is postponed until Thurs, 7:54pm
by shmody / March 11, 2009 5:17 AM PDT

additional coverage; launch is postponed until Thurs, 7:54pm

Launch Scrubbed for Wednesday
Wed, 11 Mar 2009 01:48:47 PM CDT

The STS-119 launch was scrubbed at 2:37 p.m. EDT due to a hydrogen leak in a Liquid Hydrogen vent line between the shuttle and the external tank. The launch team is currently beginning the process of draining the external fuel tank. We'll turn around for launch attempt tomorrow at 8:54 p.m. EDT.

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They're Clunkers, don't you know?
by n74jw / March 15, 2009 10:36 AM PDT

Judging by the host's attitude toward Shuttles in the last episode (929), this thread may not get much traction here. While I do agree the shuttles are old and in desperate need of replacement, they far exceed the capability of any other reusable spacecraft in service right now.

The youngest shuttle, Endeavour, made it's first flight on 5/7/1992, and was launched into space for the first time on 9/12/1992. Endeavour has been on 22 missions into space and is scheduled for at least one more. During that time, Endeavor has traveled over 103 million miles at speeds around Mach 40. Not too bad for a clunker.

The dates make Endeavor almost 17 years old, not 30 Tom/Natali. While most of use do not have cars as old as Endeavor, the average car does not cost as much to acquire and operate as a post-modern spacecraft. The oldest shuttle in service, Discovery, first went up into space on 8/30/1983, making it just over 26 years old. 26 ≠ 30

I am not a space fan, per se, I do appreciate it's technological benefit. The space shuttles are marvels of aeronautical, chemical, computer, and structural ingenuity. The hosts might want to cut it some slack...

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Good Show!
by n74jw / March 15, 2009 11:30 PM PDT
In reply to: Beautiful lift-off

Glad to see the old girl got off the planet safe.

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wow that was a warming and sweet comment! :)
by shmody / March 16, 2009 12:15 AM PDT
In reply to: Good Show!

I'll have to forward that to some of my the folks I know back in Houston Happy

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It was a minor stab
by n74jw / March 16, 2009 12:26 AM PDT

Thanks! The reply was a minor stab at the BOL hosts for their comments last Friday. I am an avid aerospace fan as well as an amateur pilot, and consider the shuttle to be the pinnacle of aerospace technology, operating in the public today. I have no interest in going into space, the idea of hitting the atmosphere at Mach 8 sounds fun. It takes an incredible amount of balls, despite the safe-guards, to climb in and ride the rocket into space. During launch, you'll break the sound-barrier twice going straight off the ground! Military aircraft can only do that in level flight, and usually in a clean configuration.

Look into the technology that powers the shuttle, it is hauntingly fascinating.

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