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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #675 on: November 14, 2008, 07:48 PM »
Endeavour launches in a little under 10 minutes from the Kennedy Space Center.  Night launches are always very impressive to watch.
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #676 on: November 14, 2008, 08:57 PM »

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #677 on: November 14, 2008, 09:15 PM »


Space shuttle Endeavour races toward space in a shower of clouds and steam from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Credit: NASA/KSC.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #678 on: November 14, 2008, 10:44 PM »

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #679 on: November 15, 2008, 03:54 PM »
NASA astronauts to drink their own urine today?

Yummy!  :-X

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #680 on: November 15, 2008, 07:27 PM »
Shuttle inspects heat shield on way to space post







Ground-based cameras caught this view of what appears to be a strip of thermal blanket insulation falling away during the shuttle Endeavour's Nov. 14, 2008 launch on the STS-126 mission. Credit: NASA.

Docking is scheduled for 5:13 p.m. EST Sunday & if all goes as planned, Endeavour is scheduled to undock on the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday Nov. 27. After now-routine late inspections using the robotic arm and extension boom, Endeavour is targeted for a landing back at Kennedy on 2:10 p.m. EST Nov. 29.

No report on the urine sampling yet.  :P

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #681 on: November 16, 2008, 09:33 PM »
Endeavour docks with space station



The space shuttle Endeavour approaches the International Space Station for a Nov. 16, 2008 docking during the STS-126 mission. The end of the station's Japanese Kibo lab and robotic arm appears at bottom left. Credit: NASA TV.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #682 on: November 17, 2008, 09:58 PM »


The Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module is shown attached to the International Space Station after its Nov. 17, 2008 installation during NASA's STS-126 mission. Credit: NASA TV.

Nasa reports that the heat shelid is in good condition.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #683 on: November 18, 2008, 09:47 PM »
Astronaut loses tool bag during spacewalk



STS-126 spacewalker Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper hauls an empty nitrogen tank the size of an office desk from the ISS to the shuttle Endeavour with the blue Earth and solar arrays in the background on Nov. 18, 2008. Credit: NASA TV.



An equipment bag drifts away from spacewalker Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper as she works on a solar array gear during a Nov.18, 2008 spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Credit: NASA TV.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #684 on: November 20, 2008, 05:48 AM »
Nations Around the World Mark 10th Anniversary of International Space Station

International Space Station Assembly - Past Flights



The Zarya Control Module was launched atop a Russian Proton rocket from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on Nov. 20, 1998. Zarya provides battery power, fuel storage and rendezvous and docking capability for Soyuz and Progress space vehicles. Credit NASA.



The developing International Space Station (ISS) has changed its appearance again. March 5th, 2008; the Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis visited the ISS and added components that included the Columbus Science Laboratory. The entire array of expansive solar panels is visible in this picture taken by the Atlantis Crew after leaving the ISS to return to Earth. The world's foremost space outpost can be seen developing over the past several years by comparing the above image to past images. Also visible above are many different types of modules, a robotic arm, another impressive set of solar panels, and a supply ship. Construction began on the ISS in 1998. Credit NASA.

She's come along way & still far to go.

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #685 on: November 20, 2008, 12:25 PM »
Astronaut loses tool bag during spacewalk



STS-126 spacewalker Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper hauls an empty nitrogen tank the size of an office desk from the ISS to the shuttle Endeavour with the blue Earth and solar arrays in the background on Nov. 18, 2008. Credit: NASA TV.



An equipment bag drifts away from spacewalker Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper as she works on a solar array gear during a Nov.18, 2008 spacewalk outside the International Space Station. Credit: NASA TV.


Typical woman-lost her purse.  :P
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #686 on: November 21, 2008, 01:46 PM »
Quite the light show here last night, seems a very bright meteor passed over the city & the provences of Saskatchewan & Manitoba around 5:30pm. Dang, I was crashed out during that time.  :-\

Mysterious fireball may have never touched down



A fireball shoots across downtown Edmonton is this image taken from video sent to CTV Edmonton by Andrew Bartlet, late Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008.



A CTV map details the area of western Canada where the flash was reportedly visible.

The meteor was caught on tape, clicky links below. The best youtube footage thus far is the "Police dash cam of Meteor over Edmonton, Canada". ******* awesome.  :o  8)

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #687 on: November 21, 2008, 03:28 PM »
It could have been the government shooting down a UFO with the SDI.
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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #688 on: November 22, 2008, 05:27 PM »
It could have been the government shooting down a UFO with the SDI.

Close but what about this that happened shortly before this meteor came down...

Japanese ship fails to hit missile target off Kauai

Some say a meteor, others the missle or the escape pod from ANH  ::) & others the tool bag that the female astronaut lost.  :D

Whatever is was, the hunt is on.

Hunt on for meteorite

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Re: The Official Space Exploration Thread
« Reply #689 on: November 28, 2008, 07:45 PM »


A look at the Thanksgiving dinner of smoked turkey, stuffing, green beans and mushrooms and other treats for the STS-126 crew of shuttle Endeavour on Nov. 27, 2008. Credit: collectSPACE.com.

Shuttle departs space station for Earth



The International Space Station as seen by cameras aboard NASA's shuttle Endeavour after its Nov. 28, 2008 undocking during the STS-126 mission. Credit: NASA TV.



Backdropped against white clouds, space shuttle Endeavour is seen from the International Space Station shortly after undocking on Nov. 28, 2008 during the STS-126 mission. Credit: NASA TV.

Endeavour is scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Sunday at 1:19 p.m.