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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #840 on: August 14, 2009, 06:15 AM »
I wonder when we are going to get pictures of the alien base on the dark side of the moon?

Nope, it's underground...  ;)   :D

Has anyone seen this footage from the U2 spyplane... cool!  8)

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #841 on: August 14, 2009, 10:51 AM »
Did you notice the U2 has only two wheels? When coming in it has to balance itself on just those wheels. Amazing pictures. Not being able to scratch my face would drive me mad.
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #842 on: August 20, 2009, 03:14 AM »
Discovery set to launch next week for space station



Rollout of space shuttle Discovery was slow-going due to the onset of lightning in the area of Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

First motion of the shuttle out of the Vehicle Assembly Building was at 2:07 a.m. Aug. 4. Discovery's 13-day flight will deliver a new crew member and 33,000 pounds of equipment to the International Space Station. The equipment includes science and storage racks, a freezer to store research samples, a new sleeping compartment and the COLBERT treadmill. Launch of Discovery on its STS-128 mission is targeted for late August. Credit: Photo Courtesy of Justin Dernier/EPA.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #843 on: August 20, 2009, 09:50 AM »
That's an awesome photo!

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #844 on: August 20, 2009, 09:57 AM »
Yep, it sure is. Clicky the pic below for a full size of the image.  :)


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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #845 on: August 20, 2009, 09:39 PM »
I had to set that as my wallpaper. The earth really is an amazingly beautiful place. Thanks for the link to that U2 footage Dale that was great stuff. :)
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #846 on: August 20, 2009, 10:31 PM »
I had to set that as my wallpaper.

I just did the same.  Beautiful!  I only have a 15" here at home, but this would look great with my dual 17" screens at work.   8)
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #847 on: August 20, 2009, 11:10 PM »
The last of the GPS IIR-M Satellites launched.

This is also the last time GPS will be launched on a Delta II launch vehicle.  The next one will be launched on the new Delta IV.

Needless to say, it's been pretty busy at work.   :D
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #848 on: August 20, 2009, 11:18 PM »
Love this shot of that launch.   8)


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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #849 on: August 22, 2009, 12:34 AM »
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #851 on: August 25, 2009, 10:34 AM »
Weather delays Space Shuttle Discovery launch

A friend of mine who is a huge NASA, Aeronautics, and Camera buff happened to be in Florida this week on business.  He was headed to watch the launch with his Canon 50D and f/2.8 300mm lens.  Hopefully it launches soon as I'd hate for him to miss his opportunity to get some of his own shots of it!

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #852 on: August 25, 2009, 10:42 AM »


The space shuttle Discovery is poised for liftoff on the STS-128 mission from Pad 39a at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Monday, Aug. 24, 2009. Discovery is scheduled to launch early Tuesday morning at 1:36 a.m. EDT. Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.

Weather delays Space Shuttle Discovery launch

A friend of mine who is a huge NASA, Aeronautics, and Camera buff happened to be in Florida this week on business.  He was headed to watch the launch with his Canon 50D and f/2.8 300mm lens.  Hopefully it launches soon as I'd hate for him to miss his opportunity to get some of his own shots of it!

Just hope your friend is wide awake for the launch if all goes well & if he does grab some shots, see if you can get a few to post.  :)

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The mission to the international space station was postponed until 1:10 a.m. ET Wednesday, NASA said.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #853 on: August 26, 2009, 05:29 AM »
Another day for a delay... Discovery launch postponed again

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Bad weather forced mission controllers to put off a pre-dawn launch Tuesday, while a second planned launch was scrubbed after a hydrogen valve failed to show up on controllers' displays as being closed. NASA now hopes to launch the shuttle at 12:22 a.m. Friday after new tests on the valve, which controls the flow of liquid hydrogen into the shuttle's external fuel tank, launch integration manager Mike Moses told reporters Tuesday night.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #854 on: August 29, 2009, 12:51 AM »
Hey everybody, long time no see or type, how is everyone been doing?

Should have a good view from my side yard to see the launch hopefully in 7 minutes