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Official STS-116 Discovery Mission Thread  
User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1660 posts, RR: 1
Posted (8 years 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7593 times:

Since STS-115 just landed, it is almost time to start thinking about the next mission, STS-116.

Mission Facts (As of 9/21/06):

Target Launch Date: December 16, 2006
Orbiter: Discovery
Crew:

Mark Polansky
Commander

William Oefelein
Pilot

Joan Higginbotham
Nicholas Patrick
Christer Fuglesang (ESA)
Mission Specialists

Sunita Williams
Flight Engineer
She will join Expedition 14 in progress and serve as a flight engineer after traveling to the station on space shuttle mission STS-116.


Home Airport: Capital Region International Airport (KLAN)
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User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7580 times:

Actually, STS-116 is scheduled for launch on December 14, 2006, but yesterday's Press Conference hinted that an advance to December 7 in in the works so Discovery can be home for Christmas.

STS-116 will be carrying a Spacehab single module (the lone double module was lost with Columbia) with Space Station supplies and the P-5 Truss segment, which will be attached to the newly-installed P-4.

STS-116 will also retract the P6 left solar wing (which should be dramatic, and might very well get stuck, it's been up there much longer before retraction than planned.) so that the new P4 arrays can begin rotating to follow the Sun, and begin providing electricity to the Space Station.


User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1660 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 days ago) and read 7563 times:

Quoting Thorny (Reply 1):
Actually, STS-116 is scheduled for launch on December 14, 2006, but yesterday's Press Conference hinted that an advance to December 7 in in the works so Discovery can be home for Christmas.

Cool. I got the info this morning from STS-116 website which they must not have updated from when they made the announcement.



Home Airport: Capital Region International Airport (KLAN)
User currently offlineBEG2IAH From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 968 posts, RR: 18
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 days ago) and read 7556 times:
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Quoting JetBlueGuy2006 (Thread starter):
Crew:

It seems that you missed mentioning Robert Curbeam, Mission Specialist.

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sh.../shuttlemissions/sts116/index.html

BEG2IAH



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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7541 times:

So should I start the 117, 118, 119 threads now???  Yeah sure  Yeah sure  Yeah sure

User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7529 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 4):
So should I start the 117, 118, 119 threads now???

I think its fair game after the completion of the previous mission. 116 yes. 117 no.


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7526 times:

Quoting Thorny (Reply 5):
I think its fair game after the completion of the previous mission. 116 yes. 117 no.

I would wait until the real countdown clock started, but that's just me...


User currently offlineTPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7509 times:

Interesting to note that with free-flying-foam seemingly less of a problem,
NASA is considering a night launch. Have never covered one at the Cape, but they're spectacular, even from as far away as Tampa. One clear winter night, standing in the parking lot of a bar, watched one til the SRB's fell away,
tiny red dots...just amazing...
TPAnx



I read the news today..oh boy
User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7505 times:

Quoting TPAnx (Reply 7):
NASA is considering a night launch.

This has been the plan for about two years: two Shuttle launches without major foam loss and NASA would relax the daylight launch criteria. The foam problems on STS-114 last year pushed back the resumption of night launches from STS-115 to STS-116.


User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 20
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7488 times:

Quoting TPAnx (Reply 7):
NASA is considering a night launch.

How many night launches have there been in NASA history (All)?

With NASA finishing up the ISS, finishing up shuttle and moving to a new project, things are getting exciting. I actually watch the launches again. Hadn't done that since I was in Elementary school.

Quoting Thorny (Reply 1):
(which should be dramatic, and might very well get stuck, it's been up there much longer before retraction than planned.)

Too bad Pete Conrad is not with us...I would have said, "reinstate and send him back to do the job...again in reverse."



Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 7454 times:

Quoting Centrair (Reply 9):
How many night launches have there been in NASA history (All)?

29 manned launches at night.


User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 7435 times:

Quoting TedTAce (Reply 6):
I would wait until the real countdown clock started, but that's just me...

A lot of interesting things happen before the countdown though-- rollover, rollout, launch date changes (just look at STS-114 and STS-121...)


User currently offlineCentrair From Japan, joined Jan 2005, 3598 posts, RR: 20
Reply 12, posted (8 years 19 hours ago) and read 7399 times:

Quoting Thorny (Reply 10):
29 manned launches at night

Sorry to get on this but weren't much of them in Shuttle? How many night lauches were non-shuttle launches?



Yes...I am not a KIX fan. Let's Japanese Aviation!
User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 hours ago) and read 7366 times:

Quoting Centrair (Reply 12):
Sorry to get on this but weren't much of them in Shuttle? How many night lauches were non-shuttle launches?

Just one: Apollo 17.


User currently offlineF86sabre From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7332 times:

The only launch I’ve seen in person was a night launch and it was spectacular. We watched from Cocoa Beach. It still gives me shivers thinking about it. I’m fairly stunned that NASA is thinking of giving a night launch a go again.

It would have been pretty amazing to see a night launch of the Saturn V.
http://nix.larc.nasa.gov/info;jsessi...tdr9dj8ga?id=MSFC-7035849&orgid=11

Best wishes,
F86sabre


User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 12 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7327 times:

Quoting F86sabre (Reply 14):
I’m fairly stunned that NASA is thinking of giving a night launch a go again.

There would be no hope of completing the Space Station by 2010 without night launches.

Regardless, it isn't necessary any longer (with the possible exception of STS-117 and its new Ice-Frost Ramp equipped Tank) since other methods have now been proven to show the Shuttle was not damaged at launch. Radar at the Cape has spotted all of the shedding events on STS-114, STS-121, and STS-115, and even has spotted a few debris objects that the optical cameras did not. The OBSS boom and Space Station photography have removed any doubt that damage to the heat shield can be detected even if an impact event is missed. And even at night, there is growing confidence that optical cameras will still be useful, thanks to ambient light coming from the SRBs (and once the SRBs are jettisoned, the Shuttle is past the impact event danger area.)

So, after a thorough analysis of Atlantis over the next two or three weeks, expect NASA to drop the daylight-launch criteria (which was a NASA in-house recommendation and did not come from the Columbia Accident Investigation Board) and simultaneously advance STS-116 from December 14 (daylight launch) to December 7 (night launch.)


User currently offlineTPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 7246 times:

Give Thorny a cigar..NASA is now talking about 9:38 PM on December 7th.
Nothing's final yet..but a night launch looks pretty certain.
TPAnx



I read the news today..oh boy
User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (7 years 12 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 7230 times:

Quoting TPAnx (Reply 16):
NASA is now talking about 9:38 PM on December 7th.

If the Fat lady sings on this one it will be pretty cool (my first night launch in person), though I'd lke to see a 24-48 hour delay. This will work nicely.


User currently offlineMke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2458 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (7 years 12 months 16 hours ago) and read 7204 times:

As long as the launch isn't scheduled while I'm at school it'll all be good so I can watch it.


Will you watch the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions on Sunday? Only if coach Eric Mangini resigned after a loss.
User currently offlineChksix From Sweden, joined Sep 2005, 345 posts, RR: 4
Reply 19, posted (7 years 12 months 12 hours ago) and read 7194 times:

The ET for Atlantis and the Launch On Need might cause a delay. The tank might not be ready in time to provide support for sts-116.


The conveyor belt plane will fly
User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7069 times:

December 7 night launch is official now...

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/news/status-20061006.html

During Thursday's Program Requirements Control Board meeting, Space Shuttle Program managers discussed the self-imposed restriction to daylight launches of the first two missions following the Columbia accident. The Program agreed to evaluate daylight versus night launches on a mission by mission basis when requirements for highly desirable launch and ascent imagery are identified. The consensus was that restoring night launch capability of the shuttle does not impose additional risk to the safety of the vehicle and crew. It provides flexibility in scheduling missions to the International Space Station toward fulfilling the shuttle's mission to finish station construction within the remaining life of the shuttle fleet prior to the fleet's retirement in 2010. The current no earlier than launch date would have a launch time of 9:38 p.m.


User currently offlineTPAnx From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1021 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 6944 times:

Looks as though there will be delays...but not for STS 116
story's here:
http://www.bradenton.com/mld/bradenton/news/15774644.htm
TPAnx  Sad



I read the news today..oh boy
User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 6917 times:

Quoting TPAnx (Reply 21):
Looks as though there will be delays...but not for STS 116

Not all that surprised. LockMart is still trying to get up to speed with the redesigned External Tanks. And if NASA decides the updated Ice/Frost Ramps need a daylight launch to watch them for debris, STS-117 won't fly until April anyway.


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21642 posts, RR: 55
Reply 23, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6906 times:

Quoting Thorny (Reply 22):
And if NASA decides the updated Ice/Frost Ramps need a daylight launch to watch them for debris, STS-117 won't fly until April anyway.

This is probably a stupid question, but why would the wait have to be so long? I understand that there has to be coordination of where the station is when the station is when the shuttle launches, but it's surprising to me that it's so drastic.

-Mir



7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
User currently offlineChksix From Sweden, joined Sep 2005, 345 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (7 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 6889 times:

It has to do with the building and checkout of the external tanks and the turnaround of the standby rescue orbiter.


The conveyor belt plane will fly
25 Thorny : No, the requirement for a standby rescue orbiter (STS-300) officially went away after STS-115 last month. It was only needed for two consecutive flig
26 Post contains links and images Chksix : Thorny, you have to check this forum out: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/for...-view.asp?tid=4859&posts=5&start=1 I asked the question straight to t
27 Thorny : Whoops, you're right. There is still a Launch on Need schedule. But I don't think LON is driving the schedule delays, it is ET production and Soyuz s
28 TedTAce : 5 flights... what a beautiful year 07 will be if this sticks!!!
29 BigWNFan : Will STS-116 be the last launch from Pad 39B?
30 Thorny : Yes.
31 Mke717spotter : So 39B is shutting down already? I thought they were gonna shut one down in 2008.
32 Thorny : The handover date from Space Shuttle Program to Constellation Systems is currently April, 2007, but NASA is still deliberting on whether it needs 39B
33 JetBlueGuy2006 : What exactly is the "handover" refering to? I have never heard that term before? Thanks
34 Chksix : NASA are switching from the STS shuttles to capsules and that's what they call Handover.
35 Thorny : It is simply the relinquishing of "ownership" of Launch Pad 39B from the Space Shuttle program to its successor, Project Constellation (the Orion spa
36 Mir : Why would they need a rescue shuttle for that mission particularly as opposed to all the other ones? -Mir
37 Thorny : All the others are going to the Space Station, which can serve as a Safe Haven for the crew if the Shuttle is unable to return to Earth. Hubble's orb
38 Post contains images TPAnx : NASA managers are to discuss the Hubble mission Friday, the administrator then has the final say. Hope it's go..Hubble has shown us so much of our uni
39 TedTAce : Yes, but it's several years off.
40 Post contains links Thorny : Not exactly. There are no successors planned with Hubble's visible light capability. However, the James Webb Space Telescope will be an enormous tele
41 TPAnx : Back on topic..Discovery moves to the VAB in a few days... TPAnx
42 JetBlueGuy2006 : Cool
43 RichardPrice : Ok, regarding the JWST and its 'replacement' of Hubble. Its not going to be a replacement, and when JWST goes up we are *still* going to be in the sa
44 TedTAce : No, we either talk about waiting for a suitable replacement (in process at that time) or wishing someone would start to make one. There is absolutely
45 TPAnx : Mission managers discussed the mission today...Monday...Discovery moves to the pad Tuesday, November 7th.. TPAnx
46 Thorny : Um... make that 12:01am Thursday, 9 Nov. NASA is now looking at advancing launch to 6 December, but the delay in rollout might have killed that optio
47 RichPhitzwell : Has any launch ever been on or ahead of schedule?
48 Thorny : I vaguely recall at least one was rescheduled for an earlier launch, but in the end other problems (weather?) ended up pushing launch back to the ori
49 Thorny : Discovery arrived at Launch Pad 39B this morning. Liftoff of STS-116 remains scheduled for December 7, but an advance to December 6 is still on the ta
50 Post contains images TPAnx : Read that NASA may move the launch up even earlier, to make sure that Discovery will not be in orbit on New Year's. Seems, according to the AP article
51 Thorny : The advance to December 6 has now been abandoned due to tight training schedules. The YERO (Year End Roll Over) issue is probably much ado about noth
52 TedTAce : Am I the only one who has the willies about Dec 7th? I know I'm reaching, but Pearl Harbor comes to mind, not launching STS's. A great launch would be
53 Thorny : Apollo 17 launched on December 7, 1972.
54 ZANL188 : I get in my car and drive on 7 Dec no problem... If I were concerned about a date for a manned launch it would be the last week of January.. 27 Jan 6
55 Thorny : 31 Jan 71 Apollo 14 24 Jan 85 STS-51C Challenger 22 Jan 92 STS-42 Discovery 22 Jan 98 STS-89 Endeavour and of course the most important US space laun
56 RichPhitzwell : Ok, So who wants to put odds on the launch happening between the 7th and the 10th. I am going to europe on the 13ths and need to be in NY after the 10
57 ZANL188 : Anybody besides Rich planning on attending the launch? If it delays to Friday or Saturday I may try and swing by. Ted?
58 TedTAce : I will be leaving work as close to 5PM as possible. I'll have my D80 and my laptop in the trunk. I have to drop off a friend in Longwood/Altamonte Sp
59 Thorny : No, but I hope to be in the area for the landing.
60 TedTAce : Boom Boom, me too!!! [joking] Why haven't the landing tracks been posted yet?[/joking]
61 Mir : I am. Last time (STS-115) I used the causeway at Titusville, but if anyone knows of better spots, I'd be more than willing to try them out. -Mir
62 Eksath : This maybe be helpful for any photographers heading over to KSC to catch the spectacular NIGHT launch coming up..perhaps the last such event! Good luc
63 Post contains images Thorny : It's a night launch. No such thing as a bad viewing spot...
64 Post contains images TPAnx : Dress warmly--it's going to be cold..by Florida standards. Then windy for the next couple of days..so it looks as though Thursday is the best opportun
65 Post contains images TPAnx : Weather update: Shuttle WX officer Kathy Winter says there's a 40 per cent chance weather will allow a Thursday night launch, and only a 30 per cent c
66 Jonathan-l : I got to see STS-113 (Endeavour), a night laucnch. An awesome sight!! How long is this mission?
67 Scouseflyer : Remember seeing STS-93 launch at night - I was on the opposite side of Florida and could still see it burn a red strip accross the night.........
68 Post contains links CPH-R : A link to follow the nights launch directly in Windows Media Player: http://www.nasa.gov/145590main_Digital_Media.asx
69 TedTAce : I'm at the Big Boy's in KSFB and as soon as slam this greaseburger down my throat I'm going to be enrte to meet Mir @ 406/the causeway...
70 Eksath : Update from KSC. The weather is turning around. T-9 and holding. Looking good..finally...34 minutes remaining in the hold.
71 Post contains images Chksix : Here's hoping she'll fly! And no mishaps! I get the feeling a lot of the swedes who have a special interest in this flight went to bed since it looked
72 Thorny : SCRUB Tonight's launch attempt has been scrubbed due to low/thick cloudcover. There will be no launch attempt Friday due to a hopeless weather forecas
73 LTU932 : CNN is now reporting that NASA scrubbed today's launch. When's the best next window for launch of STS-116?
74 Chksix : Next attempt will be on saturday 8:48 PM EST
75 Mir : Disappointment tonight, but hopefully it'll go off on Saturday. Thanks to Ted for an enjoyable couple of hours nonetheless. -Mir
76 Thorny : Weather forecast to be 70% No-Go on Saturday. I bet they'll abandon the Saturday attempt early and then go for three consecutive attempts on Sunday t
77 Post contains images TedTAce : You are really quite welcome. I had a very enjoyable evening as well considering it was spent standing around 1/2 freezing with 3 guys.. whatching so
78 Post contains links TedTAce : I just saw the ad on TV for NASA advertising that if you get there by 2 PM you can get a great spot for Saturday. Given that: http://www.nasa.gov/mis
79 TPAnx : NASA just scrubbed the Saturday launch attempt. Weather's too "iffy". Or did it? AP seems to be backtracking from its original report..now saying engi
80 TPAnx : As of 11am (EST), the launch is still on..with a 30 per cent chance of good weather. Some reporters must have partied hard last night.. TPAnx
81 ZANL188 : I thought there was something dodgy there as I saw no indication here that the launch for tonight was scrubbed.
82 Mir : Weather looks like it may be getting better, so I'm planning on heading down there again tonight. -Mir
83 ZANL188 : Count just picked up at T-3 hours. Inspection team getting ready to leave the pad. Crew getting ready to leave for the pad.... ZANL188
84 ZANL188 : Weather: 60% chance of launch commit criteria violation. Crosswinds at the SLF a concern for RTLS. All go at the moment. Crew doing perp walk to astro
85 ZANL188 : Astros arriving at pad.
86 ZANL188 : CDR boarding Discovery.
87 NoUFO : As much as I like this ominous Astrovan, as little information is out on the net. According to Wikipedia The AstroVan is a NASA owned vehicle to trans
88 ZANL188 : It's just a fancy RV. There have been several. The present one is an Airstream.
89 NoUFO : RV? Sorry, but I'm not familiar with US cars. Thanks for your response.
90 ZANL188 : Recreational vehicle. A motorized "caravan".
91 ZANL188 : Weather Update: Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF) crosswinds trending in a favorable direction.
92 ZANL188 : All crew now aboard.
93 Mir : I'll be leaving in about twenty minutes for the SR-406 causeway across (and a little further out) from the Fish & Wildlife building, as on Thursday ni
94 Post contains images ZANL188 : Mir -- what's the laymans view of the weather in the area? Besides cold,
95 Post contains images Mir : Number one, it's not that cold. Until it gets to 0C, it ain't cold. Second of all, out the window in DAB it looks to be clear enough. Winds look to be
96 ZANL188 : It's 45F here in South Georgia... And that's cold for South Georgia!! Brrr.... I'm sure it will be nippier at the Cape by launch time -- take a jacke
97 Post contains images Mir : -Mir
98 ZANL188 : Hatch closed. Pressurization/leak tests underway
99 ZANL188 : Weather Update: 30% chance of launch commit criteria violation. This change due to crosswinds trending to the favorable side.
100 Post contains links and images Eksath : well..we seem to be heading towards the 2047H liftoff...fingers crossed..these pics below are from my view this morning..more will follow when i got m
101 ZANL188 : Great Pix Eksath.... Where were they shot from? If I had to guess I'd say the visitors observation tower. ZANL188
102 Eksath : from Pad 39B and the crawler way outside the pad for the long shots.
103 TedTAce : Well Shit... Here I sit almost 50 miles away and I'm going to miss it up close and personal...#@%$#@ Oh well, I'll try to do a long exposure over the
104 ZANL188 : What happened? I figured you and Mir would hook up again... ZANL188
105 TedTAce : If the launch was set for tomorow yes.. I thought they were not even going to try today.. Now it's basically too late... I dunno... I'm thinking abou
106 ZANL188 : Yeah same here, I didn't think they were going to go today...
107 ZANL188 : Now in the t-20 minute hold. A programmed hold that lasts 10 minutes.
108 ZANL188 : Count resumes The message you were about to post is too short and probably not of any higher value to the topic at hand. You should think long and har
109 Thorny : 7:47 pm EST... Shuttle Launch Control has announced that weather is currently observed Go for launch and forecast Go for launch. One hour until launch
110 ZANL188 : Count now holding at the t-9 minute mark. A programmed hold that lasts about 45 minutes.
111 DfwRevolution : About 15 minutes from end of T-9:00 hold. Everything looking good, weather remains within launch constraints.
112 ZANL188 : Polls completed. We are go for launch.
113 ZANL188 : Count resumes. T-9 minutes and counting
114 ZANL188 : Go for APU start The message you were about to post is too short and probably not of any higher value to the topic at hand. You should think long and
115 ZANL188 : Engines being gimbaled and aero surfaces being tested
116 ZANL188 : Away goes the oxygen vent hood, AKA the "beanie" cap
117 Mymorningsong : Live on HDNET right now
118 Post contains images KPDX : 30 SECONDS! GO DISCOVERY! KPDX
119 Post contains images KPDX : BEAUTIFUL takeoff! KPDX
120 Post contains images ZANL188 : Main Engine Cutoff... Spectacular night launch!!
121 Post contains images FlyingColours : Just seperated from the tank, beautiful Phil FlyingColours
122 ZANL188 : Some awesome video of the ET jettison as well!!
123 LTU932 : That was a beautiful nighttime launch! I hope no debris hit the shuttle, but I guess they'll check on that before docking with the ISS.
124 BEG2IAH : Godspeed, Discovery. What a beautiful launch. BEG2IAH
125 FlyingColours : They are about to overfly devon by the look of it. That was a great launch, shame I can't get a better video feed. Phil FlyingColours
126 TedTAce : Damn I have some of the shitiest pictures I have ever taken.. Beautiful to watch from Altamonte Springs though.. I wish I would have gone...
127 Post contains images A346Dude : Cool launch. My internet connection crapped out at the worst possible time. Luckily, I got it back with only seconds to spare!
128 Thorny : STS-116 Key Events (All Times Eastern)... Sat, 9 Dec 06 8:47pm: Launch from Kennedy Space Center Sun, 10 Dec 06 3:38pm: Begin OBSS Boom Surveys of Dis
129 TPAnx : "Discovery" easily visible from the Tampa Bay area (across the state for you non-Floridians)...first as a bright reddish glow in the clouds..then the
130 Post contains links and images Mir : Beautiful night for a spectacular launch. The pictures are predictably crappy, but here they are nonetheless. Apologies for the power lines - I decide
131 Post contains images KPDX : Those are some cool pics Mir! The quality of the photos doesnt necessarily matter, more the fact that you captured a amazing moment! KPDX
132 Mir : Disregard. filler -Mir[Edited 2006-12-10 07:35:45]
133 Post contains links and images ConcordeGBOAD : Wow, those are great pics Mir and Eksath. Thanks for sharing. Here's a video of the launch too if you want to see it again. I watched it a few times h
134 Sinlock : My family and I watched it on NASA tv and from the back yard in Ft Lauderdale. We didn't see about first 20 seconds as it was to low but we could see
135 GDB : Looked impressive, and Mir's pics convey this. Here's to the remaining 4 years of STS operations being busy, productive and safe.
136 HaveBlue : I watched it here from Daytona Beach, FL. Spectacular launch and though I've seen the boosters seperate during the daytime (rarely) it is so much clea
137 Thorny : No, that was the "OMS Assist" maneuver. They fire up the Orbital Maneuvering System engines for about a minute right after SRB seperation. They get a
138 Post contains images HaveBlue : Very cool, didn't know that Thorny. For pointing that out and for sharing the schedule of events a few posts up, thank you.
139 Post contains images ZANL188 : Very cool that someone was able to see the OAMs manuever. I looked for it on the NASA TV feed and didn't see it.
140 Mir : I saw that too, and wondered if it was because the shuttle was rolling to be on top of the tank. I guess not. Thanks for the explanation on that. Unfo
141 ZANL188 : The OMS burn they just did a minute ago was pretty cool as well. Tail end glowed red as the nozzles warmed up....
142 Mir : I'm watching NASA TV at the moment (like C-SPAN, but twice as interesting despite twice the action), and does anyone know what the numerous yellow cir
143 Chksix : I think they are local horizon lines that show the range of ground stations. You can also see the coverage of the TDRSS sats too in the same way.
144 ZANL188 : Yes, the yellow circles over Russia represent the range of the Russian ground stations. The TDRSS circles aren't quite the same though, the TDRSS cir
145 Post contains images Chksix : Ok thanks! I never thought about it that way
146 Mir : Are the TDRSS circles visible on the screen? I see some other circles that overlap (much larger ones), but it seems strange that there would be no rad
147 UAL Bagsmasher : I saw the shuttle from Wilmington, Delaware during the launch. I saw it about 6 minutes after it launched. It stayed in view for about a minute and a
148 Chksix : All launches to the ISS will follow the same "route" or inclination. It will just be the mission to Hubble that will have a more easterly inclination.
149 UAL Bagsmasher : Thanks for the information!
150 ZANL188 : Yes they are. There are two TDRSS satellites which the shuttle normally uses: TDRSS-East & TDRSS-West. The large circle that represents the area of n
151 Mir : I see three circles on the screen - one over the Americas, one over Europe/Africa, and one over the Indian Ocean/Asia. What's the third one (over the
152 ZANL188 : I was afraid you were going to ask that. There's a third TDRSS, I believe it's called TDRSS-Z, over the Indian Ocean. It supports programs other than
153 TedTAce : Ok, Ok.. If you have the chutzpah to put these up I'll upload mine too. Look for them sometime tonight.
154 Post contains links TedTAce : Upload in progress: http://www.airspaceonline.com/STS116/
155 Post contains images Mir : #50 -Mir
156 BEG2IAH : TedTAce, #50 is amazing. Does anyone have a video so that we can hear some real sound? BEG2IAH
157 Post contains links TedTAce : I like what that shot COULD have been. Sure the lighting made it impossible for a clear shot of the stack, and I get that, but the blurring of the cl
158 Post contains images KPDX : Right here! Friggen incredible! KPDX
159 Post contains images BEG2IAH : Thanks, TedTAce. KPDX sent exactly what I was looking for - it's more personal and realistic sound you hear. BEG2IAH
160 Post contains images TedTAce : Yeap, I have 4 sound recordings I have to get before 2010 STS Launch from the Banana River (Nasa Pkwy E) STS Launch from New Symrna STS Landing from
161 Post contains images BEG2IAH : Good luck with that! Maybe you can find a few people who could help you out. I hope I'll make it to Florida for at least one launch before 2010. BEG2
162 Thorny : Yikes... taking your life into your own hands at that intersection... When I was in High School, it was called "Bloody 520" and now it has about doub
163 Post contains links and images KPDX : Also theres this video, that has awesome sound, but also its STS-107 and her crew on her last takeoff ever. RIP. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y5K46p
164 Sudden : Just friggin incredible! I have never experienced the true sound, and this made it even better. Thanks for posting the link! Aim for the sky! Sudden
165 ZANL188 : Just FYI for you all... A very interesting space walk is in progress at the moment.... Beamer & Sonny are outside shaking the solar array wing trying
166 TedTAce : And now they are going to do it again for a seperate space walk. What I don't get is the mixed message. A) Having astronauts touching this panel is d
167 ZANL188 : If they were touching the panel itself I might agree, but they're not so I won't. They're shaking the box it retracts into, touching it is no more da
168 Post contains links ZANL188 : Here's some more on the array.... (This document was emailed up to the crew today) http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=22804 "P6 Loads Analys
169 Thorny : P-6 is scheduled to be relocated to the end of P-5 (where it will join the permanent electrical system) next August. Both of the arrays (right and le
170 DfwRevolution : What's the consequence for NASA if the solay array can't be unjammed?
171 Thorny : Potential abandonment of the array overboard, and 25% less electrical power for the life of the Station. But they're down to 35% remaining, they'll p
172 ORD2pm : Thorny wrote this back in september. Very good prediction dude. Im impressed, how did you "know" that the P-6 left solar wing would get stuck?
173 ZANL188 : Solar array is retracted and latched.... Given the problems during the original deploy of this array, the "stiction" problems during the deploy of the
174 Thorny : Thanks! They had a lot of trouble deploying the P-6 arrays in 2000 (lessons learned have been applied to the new arrays, thankfully) but it seemed cl
175 TedTAce : Are the ground tracks posted yet?
176 Glidepath73 : Hi to all! I just came back from outside, was able to spot Discovery passing by followed by ISS one minute later. (6.13 to 6.18 local time) So cool! H
177 ZANL188 : Yeah isn't that cool!! Have you spotted ISS before? If you have how would rate the brightest now as opposed to before the new solar array was added.
178 Post contains links and images Eksath : No that we are close to landing ...here are some pictures to remind the fire and noise of launch. Clearing the steam cloud- preparing for roll proceed
179 Lnglive1011yyz : Question for all -- IF Discovery does land at New Mexico, is it even worth-while thinking about a photography trip down? I.E, is the actual area the S
180 Post contains links Mir : http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sh...emissions/sts116/news/landing.html I should add: what makes them pick the runway that they did? I assume it wa
181 DfwRevolution : El Paso International is probably the closest
182 Thorny : They can change runways on the way down. It's happened before. But they can't switch to a radically different landing site, once they de-orbit for Ke
183 TedTAce : I imagine MCO would be the only 'likely' scenario in this picture. But it would have to be something amazing to force the OV to MCO.
184 Sudden : Bay doors just closed and locked. Double checked with camera as a microswitch gave faulty reading. All latches in position. At time of writing they ar
185 Post contains links and images Mke717spotter : Great landing! Watching a shuttle landing just doesn't get old! [Edited 2006-12-22 23:49:47]
186 TedTAce : OMFG!!! I was convinced that after waiving the first attempt they wouldn't be landing @ KSC today. DAMN!!! I COULD have recorded the sound from my eff
187 Post contains images LTU932 : Don't worry about it, Ted, I'm sure you'll catch it again once Atlantis flies again as STS-117. Just watched the landing at KSC on the NASA website an
188 Sudden : Same here. Stopped watching after the crew left with the Astrovan. I must say that I was so nervous about the re-entry that I could not sit still the
189 LTU932 : Let's not forget the medical they have to undergo, especially Thomas Reiter, whom I believe they picked up from the ISS after six months. I can't ima
190 TedTAce : They usually didn't walk, but this is a subject for another thread.
191 Thorny : Polyakov, the record-holder at 438 days on Mir, did in fact walk off under his own power, much to the surprise of the medical crew sent out for him.
192 LTU932 : Not just the walking, but also how their body would take the gravity in general. I didn't know! Thanks for sharing.
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