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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #780 on: May 22, 2009, 03:18 AM »


An STS-125 crew member aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis captured this still image of the Hubble Space Telescope as the two spacecraft continue their relative separation on May 19, 2009. Credit: NASA.



Backdropped by the blackness of space and the thin line of Earth's atmosphere, space shuttle Atlantis' payload bay, Canadian-built remote manipulator system robotic arm, vertical stabilizer and orbital maneuvering system pods are featured in this image photographed by the STS-125 crew on flight day 10. Credit: NASA.

As Atlantis’ crew prepares for landing Friday, mission managers are closely monitoring a low pressure system that has brought 16 inches of rain in three days to the Shuttle Landing Facility at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Forecasters report the system is slowly moving away but it could still bring more rain, possible thunderstorms and winds that could violate the shuttle’s flight rules into the Florida spaceport area. The two Friday landing opportunities are at 10:00 and 11:39 a.m. EDT.

Should mission managers wave off landing the next four opportunities will be Saturday with two at Kennedy and two at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The shuttle has enough supplies to remain in space until Monday.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #781 on: May 22, 2009, 05:32 PM »
NASA puts off shuttle landing until Saturday

The first opportunity to land the shuttle at Florida's Kennedy Space Center will be at 9:16 a.m. ET Saturday, NASA said on its Web site.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #782 on: May 23, 2009, 04:54 PM »
NASA looks to Sunday shuttle landing

The next landing opportunity at Florida's Kennedy Space Center will be at 10:11 a.m. ET Sunday.



The STS-125 crew aboard space shuttle Atlantis captured this still image of the Hubble Space Telescope as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation on May 19, 2009, after having been linked together for nearly a week. During the week, five spacewalks were performed to complete the final servicing mission to the telescope. Credit: NASA.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #783 on: May 24, 2009, 01:24 PM »
California landing ends shuttle's Hubble trip



Space shuttle Atlantis lands at Edwards Air Force Base in California, completing the final servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope, on May 24, 2009. Credit: NASA TV.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #784 on: May 25, 2009, 12:56 PM »


Atlantis and the crew of the STS-125 mission landed safely in California at Edwards Air Force Base after completing the Hubble Servicing Mission on Sunday, May 24, 2009. The almost 5.3-million-mile mission included five spacewalks to repair and upgrade the world-famous observatory. Credit: NASA/Carla Thomas.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #785 on: June 2, 2009, 12:08 PM »

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #786 on: June 12, 2009, 10:29 AM »
With Endeavour trip, NASA to unite 'lucky 13'

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When the seven crew members of space shuttle Endeavour meet up with the six astronauts on the international space station in a few days, the 13 visitors from Earth will comprise the largest space get-together.

Endeavour is set to blast off Saturday at 7:17 a.m. ET for a 16-day mission to help expand the space station. The rendezvous will be truly international: Among the 13 crew members of the station and shuttle are Canadian, European and Japanese astronauts, along with Russian cosmonauts



The space shuttle Endeavour sits atop Pad 39A at NASA's seaside Kennedy Space Center launch complex for a planned 7:17 a.m. EDT (1117 GMT) liftoff on June 13, 2009 on the STS-127 mission to the ISS. Credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett.

Japan’s moon probe makes crash landing

Kaguya Probe Shoots HD Moon Video

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The Japanese Kaguya probe, a robot craft currently orbiting the Moon, has some sensors not found on previous space-faring robots, HD video cameras. The amazing video returned is so clear it's easy to mistake for a computer simulation. Kaguya will be ending its Moon mission at 18:30 UTC on June 10 with an impact on the lunar surface.

******* unreal footage!  8)

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #787 on: June 12, 2009, 02:34 PM »
Amazing moon video. It's hard to tell what the scale is. Are we looking at a mile or hundreds of miles?
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #789 on: June 13, 2009, 01:12 PM »

Boy Hit By Meteorite Travelling At 30,000mph


At least he wasn't hit by a toliet seat cover like in "Dead like me".
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #790 on: June 15, 2009, 01:37 PM »
Not sure but it looks like a few miles.

NASA scrubs Saturday launch of space shuttle Endeavour

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Endeavour is now scheduled to launch on Wednesday.  Time is TBD.
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #791 on: June 15, 2009, 11:04 PM »
Space shuttle launch now set for Wednesday

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NASA has rescheduled the launch of space shuttle Endeavour for 5:40 a.m. ET Wednesday, pushing back the planned launch of a separate lunar mission.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #793 on: June 18, 2009, 11:50 AM »
U.S. Shoots for the Moon, This Time to Stay

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Say this for the U.S. space program: we may have spent the last 40 years mostly ignoring the moon, but when we go back, we go back with a bang. Later today — if weather conditions and hardware permit — NASA will launch its much-anticipated and deeply imaginative Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), the first American spacecraft of any kind to make a lunar trip since 1999. Not only will LRO help us study the moon in greater detail than ever before, it should also give us our first look at the six Apollo landing sites since we abandoned the historic campgrounds two generations ago.

Easily the most exciting piece of hardware aboard the ship, however — for lay lunarphiles at least — will be the camera. Even the best reconnaissance photography before the Apollo visits missed things, which is why Apollo 11's landing almost came to grief when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin found themselves piloting their lander over an unexpected boulder field just seconds before touchdown. That's less likely to happen this time, thanks to a camera that can visualize objects as small as a few feet across. What's more, since the LRO will be in a polar orbit instead of an equatorial one — or, vertical rather than horizontal — the moon's 28-day rotation will eventually carry virtually every spot on the surface beneath the camera's lens.

"The moon will essentially walk around underneath the orbiter," says Garvin. "With the detail we get in the photographs, every picture will be like a mini-landing." That includes photos of the Apollo sites, all half dozen of which should have their portraits snapped. If NASA gets lucky, Garvin believes the first such images could be in hand by the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11, on July 20.

Well that should shut up the conspiracy theorists!  ;D

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #794 on: June 18, 2009, 01:21 PM »
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