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SarasotaRepub
05-31-2008, 07:35 PM
Discovery made a perfect on time liftoff!

What FL members saw it??


SLW and I watched it on HDNET, very cools pics. :)

megimoo
05-31-2008, 07:46 PM
Discovery made a perfect on time liftoff!

What FL members saw it??


SLW and I watched it on HDNET, very cools pics. :)

Space Shuttle Launch Update: $1m lab and toilet pump for space station

The weather looks good and NASA have started fueling Discovery for the space shuttle launch late this afternoon, the external tank started receiving fuel at 7:38 a.m. EDT and it will take 500,000 gallons of liquid oxygen and hydrogen to fill it. NASA is currently reporting that all systems onboard Discovery are functioning normally and we are looking for the launch to go ahead as planned thanks to good weather.

The shuttle will be taking not only Japan’s precious $1m lab, but also something else that costs much less but is very precious. It’s a simple pump for the toilet, as you may have heard in the news earlier, the three occupants of the space station had to manually flush the toilet and this is a time-consuming job to keep doing several times a day with using extra water.

The toilet pump has come from Moscow just three days ago and officials hope it will solve the problem. The Japanese lab is really something special, it weighs 32,000 pounds and stretches 37 feet in length. This is the second part of the lab, the first reached the space station March 2007 and the third and final piece will fly up in 2009. This addition will be the biggest room by far and the lab has been named Kibo, this stands for “Hope” in Japanese.

"I thought they were talking about 'hope' for fixing the toilet ?"

http://www.onlykent.com/20080531/space-shuttle-launch-update-1m-lab-and-toilet-pump-for-space-station/

SarasotaRepub
05-31-2008, 08:01 PM
The toilet pump has come from Moscow...


They're DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED! :D

DarkScribe
05-31-2008, 08:06 PM
Discovery made a perfect on time liftoff!

What FL members saw it??


SLW and I watched it on HDNET, very cools pics. :)

I saw it...and talk about timing...I was leaving work, literally walking out into the parking lot to my car...and noticed out of the corner of my eye a smoke trail...glanced up and caught a second or two of the fiery tail of it before it disappeared into a large mass of clouds. Pretty cool stuff, even though I'd seen this dozens of times.

megimoo
05-31-2008, 08:33 PM
They're DOOOOOOOOOOOOMED! :D
With the recycled air and the broken toilet circulation fan that place must smell like a two seater after a church ham and bean supper !

SarasotaRepub
05-31-2008, 08:36 PM
With the recycled air and the broken toilet circulation fan that place must smell like a two seater after a church ham and bean supper !


NASA Recruitment fine print... ;):D

Bubba Dawg
05-31-2008, 10:23 PM
I used to work in Daytona and would watch every one that went up. I still miss that.

I have also been shaken awake by the twin sonic booms when they come in to land.

You can see the shuttle go up all the way up in Jacksonville, if you have an unobstructed view. My wife was watching when the Challenger blew up.

SarasotaRepub
05-31-2008, 10:34 PM
I've seen it go up when I was in Sarasota. One night there was a launch and I could see it clear on the other coast. Saw the boosters break off, very cool! :)

Bubba Dawg
05-31-2008, 10:36 PM
I've seen it go up when I was in Sarasota. One night there was a launch and I could see it clear on the other coast. Saw the boosters break off, very cool! :)

Dang. You may even be able to see it over in Baja Alabama.

SaintLouieWoman
05-31-2008, 10:45 PM
We watched it on a high def channel SR found. On our big flat screen, it was the best view I've ever had. Sadly have never seen it in Florida, although toured the launch site in Florida, but no launches at the time. I really enjoyed the visit to Cape Canaveral.

Shannon
05-31-2008, 11:16 PM
We watched it on a high def channel SR found. On our big flat screen, it was the best view I've ever had. Sadly have never seen it in Florida, although toured the launch site in Florida, but no launches at the time. I really enjoyed the visit to Cape Canaveral.


Honestly, I've seen them so many times that only the night ones are of any interest to me. They are fantastic to watch.

LogansPapa
06-01-2008, 12:12 AM
What are we gaining from manned space flight again? :confused: