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STS-133 Shuttle Launch

Thu Aug 26, 2010 12:42 am

I cant believe they pushed back the STS-133 launch of Space Shuttle Discovery from 09-16 to November 1, 2010. Now we gotta wait even longer, no shuttle launch next month I guess  http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/index.html
 
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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch

Sat Sep 18, 2010 2:24 pm

Quoting propilot83 (Thread starter):
I cant believe they pushed back the STS-133 launch of Space Shuttle Discovery from 09-16 to November 1, 2010. Now we gotta wait even longer, no shuttle launch next month I guess

Operational reasons and safety consideration trump all other reasons. Launching a space shuttle is a complex process and there is a tremendous attention to detail before a launch is approved and executed. There is no "go fever".

Here is Discovery on most likely her last lift.


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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch

Sat Sep 18, 2010 9:20 pm

Quoting eksath (Reply 1):
Here is Discovery on most likely her last lift.

She'll get another on to the back of the SCA, maybe two if she has to land at Edwards...  
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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch

Sun Sep 19, 2010 4:06 am

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 2):
She'll get another on to the back of the SCA, maybe two if she has to land at Edwards...

It is not the same type of lift as what she undergoes for a lift for mating with the rest of the stack. Usually when we say lift it means the big one i.e. this.
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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch

Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:04 pm

Quoting eksath (Reply 3):
It is not the same type of lift as what she undergoes for a lift for mating with the rest of the stack. Usually when we say lift it means the big one i.e. this.

Trust me the lift on to or off the back of the SCA is a big one, especially when done away from Palmdale or KSC.
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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch

Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:38 pm

Certainly not the last lift but probably the last rotation to vertical....


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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch

Sun Sep 19, 2010 12:57 pm

We'll be seeing more lifts like this one soon... Unfortunately...

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RE: STS-133 Shuttle Launch

Fri Sep 24, 2010 9:28 pm

As Discovery heads towards retirement at the Smithsonian there will be a lot of "lasts". This is one such one. Her last scheduled rollout for STS 133 in Nov.

Enjoy

The whole series is here:

http://www.atapattu.net/sts133rollout/atapattu00.html


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