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Shuttle Discovery's final launch

Post by waspe414 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:47 am

(Carbon copy off YSP)
After 29 years of launches and delays, the very last Shuttle mission set to go.

February 24, at 4:50 EST, 2100h Zulu, Discovery will make its final flight (attempt to, once again).
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shutt ... index.html

Can anyone find a live feed yet? NASATV coverage apparently starts at 7:15AM...
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Re: Shuttle Discovery's final launch

Post by halberdier25 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:51 am

I hope there's a live feed. I don't want to have to comandeer the TV in the UC to watch it.

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Re: Shuttle Discovery's final launch

Post by Phoenix » Thu Feb 24, 2011 12:30 pm

Its such a shame that they are retiring the shuttle, especially as Hubble is still up there.

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Re: Shuttle Discovery's final launch

Post by Taskforce 58 » Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:12 pm

Plankowner of the Discovery: Henry Hartsfield, Jr. (CDR) Michael Coats (PLT) Richard M. Mullane (MS1) Steven Hawley (MS2) Judith Resnik (MS3) Charles Walker (PS), mission STS-41-D

Some of you might have recognized Jodith Resnik's name. Her second mission to space (STS-41-D was her first) was on board the Challenger on mission STS-51-L.
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Re: Shuttle Discovery's final launch

Post by Phoenix » Tue Mar 08, 2011 5:30 pm

Discovery is due to make its final landing tomorrow.

Here is what this amazing vehicle has achieved.
Wikipedia wrote:Discovery has flown 38 flights, completed 5,247 orbits, and has spent 322 days in orbit. Discovery is the orbiter fleet leader, having flown more flights than any other orbiter in the fleet, including four in 1985 alone. Discovery flew all three "return to flight" missions after the Challenger and Columbia disasters: STS-26 in 1986, STS-114 in 2005, and STS-121 in 2006. Discovery is scheduled to fly the second to last space shuttle mission STS-133 currently targeted to launch no earlier than (NET) Feb. 24, 2011.

* STS-41-D: First flight
* STS-51-D: Carried first incumbent United States member of Congress into space, Senator Jake Garn (R–Utah)
* STS-26: Return to space after Challenger disaster (STS-51-L)
* STS-31: Launch of Hubble Space Telescope
* STS-60: First Russian launched in an American spacecraft (Sergei Krikalev)
* STS-95: Second flight of John Glenn, oldest man in space and third incumbent member of Congress to enter space
* STS-92: The 100th Space Shuttle mission
* STS-114: Return to space after Columbia disaster (STS-107)
* STS-116: First night time launch of a shuttle since the Columbia disaster. Last Shuttle launch from LC-39B
* STS-131: Longest mission for this orbiter
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Re: Shuttle Discovery's final launch

Post by waspe414 » Tue Mar 08, 2011 8:23 pm

Endeavour now does the dance with the weather, the launch window, and the bureaucracy.
Launch scheduled for April 19+. Emphasis on the +...
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Post by Taskforce 58 » Wed Mar 09, 2011 6:15 pm

I have tears in my eyes as I watched Discovery rolled to a stop on rwy15 of KSC.
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Re: Shuttle Discovery's final launch

Post by Phoenix » Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:59 pm

Discovery, you have done us all proud.

Farewell.

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Re: Shuttle Discovery's final launch

Post by Justen Not Relevent » Fri Mar 18, 2011 10:39 pm

The Shuttle is a craft truly ahead of its time.
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Re: Shuttle Discovery's final launch

Post by Phoenix » Sat Mar 19, 2011 12:16 pm

No. It was right on time.

Now NASA has to look out, rather than in.

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Re: Shuttle Discovery's final launch

Post by aleksandar » Sun Mar 20, 2011 3:58 pm

Now the United States will soon have to rely on Soyuz.

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Re: Shuttle Discovery's final launch

Post by Phoenix » Sun Mar 20, 2011 4:01 pm

Thank you NASA, for scrapping manned spaceflight.

I fear that space travel is in danger. The private sector must step in.

Come on Scaled Composites!

(Any other space news, please post in the nearly empty space news topic (please)

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