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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #150 on: July 6, 2005, 01:06 AM »
Just an update on the Space Program:

NASA: Shuttle launch date July 13

It's been along haul since the Columbia accident, almost 2 1/2 years. I will be glued to the TV set and the online NASA channel.



You can read more on NASA'S Return to Flight Here   :)

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #151 on: July 6, 2005, 04:46 AM »
This spectacular image of comet Tempel 1 was taken 67 seconds after it obliterated Deep Impact's impactor spacecraft. The image was taken by the high-resolution camera on the mission's flyby craft. Scattered light from the collision saturated the camera's detector, creating the bright splash seen here. Linear spokes of light radiate away from the impact site, while reflected sunlight illuminates most of the comet surface. The image reveals topographic features, including ridges, scalloped edges and possibly impact craters formed long ago.



This video is just amazing, just click on Play Tempel 1 movie in the link below.   8)

Capturing the Flash

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #152 on: July 6, 2005, 11:10 AM »
Wow, Great video! Thanks for posting the link!
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #153 on: July 6, 2005, 04:35 PM »
Hey!  I think it says ILM at the end of that clip!!!  ;D

Just kidding...cool video.

Anyone else here an amature astronomer?  I get my telescope out occaisionally and look up. 
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #154 on: July 13, 2005, 10:09 AM »
I wish I owned a telescope, some nights I just head down to the Science Centre and use theres.  ;)

Well just undcer 6 hrs. till the launch of Discovery and the Return To Flight.  8)

You can catch it live on the TV or the NASA network or on Yahoo. Launch takes place at 3:51 pm ET.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #155 on: July 13, 2005, 02:09 PM »
not today.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #156 on: July 13, 2005, 02:16 PM »

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #157 on: July 13, 2005, 03:14 PM »
Shucks, I had my spacesuit on, and everything. >:(

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #158 on: July 13, 2005, 03:21 PM »
Shucks, I had my spacesuit on, and everything. >:(

Kevin

Are you wearing your space Underoos?  :P

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #159 on: July 20, 2005, 11:24 AM »
36 years ago today. July 20, 1969. Neil Armstrong walks on the moon.

"That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind."



The real truth: It's a very mysterious    :D

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #160 on: July 26, 2005, 09:53 AM »
Hopefully they should be lighting the candle in about an hour.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #161 on: July 26, 2005, 10:55 AM »
We're back! The Launch was beautiful and the view from the main tank was just stunning!
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #162 on: July 26, 2005, 04:20 PM »
Hooray! I prolonged and dragged out my work all morning, just so I could watch this go off this morning, and I'm glad I did! ;D

I'm impressed at the coverage all the news networks used. They had people who actually knew what they were talking about.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #163 on: July 26, 2005, 08:30 PM »
We're back! The Launch was beautiful and the view from the main tank was just stunning!

I missed it as I was at work but I just watched it on the NASA web site.

Shuttle Returns to Space, Heads to Space Station

Super lift off and that view from the External tank is something.  8)

Tho not out of the woods yet, they have to inspect the shuttle for any damage, deliver supplies to the station and do some repairs and bring them all safely home.

Looks like some debris was spotted during liftoff so there checking that out.

NASA examining video of debris spotted during liftoff





This shot below is amazing, click on the pic for a bigger view.  8)


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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #164 on: July 27, 2005, 07:20 PM »
Looks like some debris was spotted during liftoff so there checking that out.

After hearing over the past couple days that the piece of debris was no big deal, I just received this CNN breaking news story in my inbox:

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-- NASA grounds the space shuttle progam while engineers determine the effects of debris falling from Discovery during blastoff.

That sucks.  Hope everything turns out OK.  Dale, do we have the ability to fix something like this now, or maybe the folks at the International Space Station, perhaps?