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zanl188
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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:57 pm



Quoting Thorny (Reply 96):
One side of the arrays is bright solar cells, the other is dark.

Even the "bright" side of the arrays is very dark in comparison to the radiators and other parts of the station.
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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Sat Mar 28, 2009 12:15 pm

Watch this HD video of the Space Station flyaround. One of the most impressive Videos of the ISS I have ever seen.

http://anon.nasa-global.edgesuite.ne...S_119_HD_ISS_FLyaround_Sped_Up.mov
 
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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Sat Mar 28, 2009 3:50 pm

Weather is pretty spotty for this afternoons landing attempts. Winds are going in and out of limits...

1st Opportunity:

Burn: 1233EDT/1633UTC
Landing: 1339EDT/1739UTC

2nd Opportunity:

Burn: 1408EDT/1808UTC
Landing: 1514EDT/1914UTC

Looking for a decision on the 1st opportunity in about 20 minutes. Cloud cover building to the west...
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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Sat Mar 28, 2009 4:15 pm

First attempt scrubbed due to exceeding crosswind limits & other factors. Expecting improved conditions for the 2nd opportunity.
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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Sat Mar 28, 2009 4:16 pm

Landing delayed.

They think the weather might be better on the next orbit, but that is contrary to the weather forecasts earlier today.

Sunday is predicted to be worse at KSC. So we might be looking at a Monday landing.
 
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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Sat Mar 28, 2009 4:30 pm



Quoting Thorny (Reply 104):

How long can they remain in Orbit before they must land? I guess they have plenty of time to wait this time, as the mission was relatively short.
 
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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Sat Mar 28, 2009 4:41 pm

BTW: Soyuz hatch just opened on ISS. Good to see Genady & Mike back together on the station.....
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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Sat Mar 28, 2009 5:36 pm



Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 105):

How long can they remain in Orbit before they must land? I guess they have plenty of time to wait this time, as the mission was relatively short.

They can stay in orbit until Tuesday, but they will land Monday at KSC, Edwards or White Sands if they haven't landed before that.

Weather forecast looking more optimistic for landing today.
 
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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Sat Mar 28, 2009 5:57 pm

Go for the burn.

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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Sat Mar 28, 2009 5:58 pm

GO FOR DE-ORBIT!

Landing will be 3:14pm ET.
 
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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Sat Mar 28, 2009 7:11 pm

Just heard and felt the sonic boom, Discovery is almost home!
 
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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Sat Mar 28, 2009 7:16 pm

Wheels stop. Discovery is safely home.
 
TheSonntag
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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Sat Mar 28, 2009 7:18 pm

Welcome home Discovery. Another great mission, soon, ISS is finished. A great job!
 
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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Sat Mar 28, 2009 7:23 pm

I don't know why, but Discovery is my favorite ship. Welcome back home!

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beefstew25
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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Sat Mar 28, 2009 7:47 pm

Sonic boom seemed kind of muffled this time.
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Thorny
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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Sat Mar 28, 2009 7:55 pm



Quoting BEEFSTEW25 (Reply 114):
Sonic boom seemed kind of muffled this time.

Thick cloud deck.
 
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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Sat Mar 28, 2009 11:54 pm



Quoting BEG2IAH (Reply 113):
I don't know why, but Discovery is my favorite ship.

Same for me. Maybe it is because its launch after the Challenger disaster was the first I really witnessed. It also was first to launch after the Columbia-disaster.

I wonder which one is the most popular among crews...
 
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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Sun Mar 29, 2009 5:52 am



Quoting BEEFSTEW25 (Reply 114):
Sonic boom seemed kind of muffled this time.

Really? This had to of been one of the loudest twin booms I've heard. Really shook the windows and everything else inside the house...seemed more 'pronounced' than usual.
 
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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Sun Mar 29, 2009 2:08 pm



Quoting JustinPistone (Reply 117):
Really? This had to of been one of the loudest twin booms I've heard. Really shook the windows and everything else inside the house...seemed more 'pronounced' than usual.

My buddies in Tampa and Orlando said it was super loud for them. It sounded like low thunder down in MLB.

Quoting Thorny (Reply 115):
Thick cloud deck.

Yeah I was thinking that. Also, I know it could be where I was located. One came in from the south that was a tooth rattler a couple landings ago.
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nomadd22
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RE: Official STS-119 Discovery Shuttle Mission Thread

Sun Mar 29, 2009 3:21 pm

Coulda been an inversion layer. Going from reflecting off the top and sounding muffled to reflecting off the bottom as the shuttle passed through the layer and sounding louder in a second.

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