Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Discovery Prepares for Launch

Things are looking good for liftoff of Shuttle Discovery at 10:39am EDT. The ECO sensor problems that forced the scrubbing of the last attempt at launch have not resurfaced. Good luck to the crew of STS-114. Godspeed.

Edit: We have a successful launch of STS-114. MECO occurred a few minutes ago and there was a good external tank separation. Discovery is currently preparing for an OMS burn to place it in the proper orbit to rendevous with the ISS later in the mission.

Edit: Finally found a picture showing the dramatic new camera angle I saw for the first time today. It's from a camera mounted between the orbiter and the external tank, facing backwards. During liftoff, it was spectacular to see how fast the Florida coastline came into view. The next most amazing shot was of ETSEP (External Tank Separation), which I've included here. Cool!


Blogger Adam said...

Roger, Whooter, we have lift off...

July 26, 2005 10:51 AM  
Blogger darlaG said...

thank you thank you! i didn't think i would get to see anything until i got home this evening. 1st time to miss in long time.

July 26, 2005 11:35 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

I really hate saying this... but it has crossed my mind: NASA seems to be living it up in the media right now. Yes, it is a return to space following a disaster... but I dont' remember this much media coverage for a shuttle launch since maybe a year the return to space following the Challenger disaster. And the last time I saw a Shuttle land??? CBS used to break in with special reports for launches and landings. But in more recent times it has been an afterthought.

Didn't the Homer Simpson blast NASA for boring space launches?

July 26, 2005 12:21 PM  
Blogger Whooter said...

Well, NASA obviously wants to put on their best show when the media IS paying attention. After a few flights, and it gets back to being routine, the coverage will drop off again. The phenomenon isn't new. The Challenger disaster wasn't being covered live by the mainstream media (it was on CNN because of the "Teacher in Space" angle.) During the Apollo program, media coverage dwindled after the Moon landing, until the Apollo XIII accident. Drama gets ratings, and right now, the Shuttle program is dramatic again. At least to the masses. It's always been dramatic to me.

July 26, 2005 1:41 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

oh yeah, I remember my mom pulling me out of class for shuttle launches-- usually to a science room at school-- I especially remember the return the space following Challenger.

July 26, 2005 2:16 PM  
Blogger Sam said...

hey- why don't we hear about the Russian space program having these problems?

July 28, 2005 1:02 PM  
Blogger Whooter said...

Because they're just getting around to where we're at...

Russian Space Web

July 28, 2005 1:04 PM  

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