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Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch Live Thread (05/16/11 8:56 EDT)
05/15/11 | Kevin Davis

Posted on 05/15/2011 4:46:27 PM PDT by KevinDavis



TOPICS: Breaking News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: endeavour; giffords; nasa; shuttle; space; spaceshuttle
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2 posted on 05/15/2011 4:47:28 PM PDT by KevinDavis (The Constitution is a suicide pact.)
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To: KevinDavis

Zero should stand below it with a Bic Lighter to set it off!


3 posted on 05/15/2011 4:53:25 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: onyx; KevinDavis
B T T T ! ! !


4 posted on 05/15/2011 4:53:52 PM PDT by onyx (If you truly support Sarah Palin and want to be on her busy ping list, let me know!)
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To: KevinDavis

I’ll be watching from East Orlando. Don’t want to battle the crowds.


5 posted on 05/15/2011 4:55:35 PM PDT by techworker
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6 posted on 05/15/2011 4:55:45 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are at your door! How will you answer the knock?)
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To: KevinDavis

We were there for the initial launch date when it was cancelled. Unfortunately, we won’t be able to make this one. Might be able to see it from Lakeland if there isn’t any cloud cover between Lakeland and the Cape.


7 posted on 05/15/2011 4:59:07 PM PDT by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: KevinDavis

place holder


8 posted on 05/15/2011 5:04:30 PM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran ((B.?) Hussein (Obama?Soetoro?Dunham?) Change America Will Die From.)
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To: KevinDavis

Discovery’s space shuttle launch viewed from an airplane.

http://www.wimp.com/shuttlelaunch/


10 posted on 05/15/2011 5:05:32 PM PDT by Gumption
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To: KevinDavis
And so ends 50 years of US human space flight. For the next 10 years we will have 0 launch capability.

Fits right into that whole "Post American Future" thing don't it.

11 posted on 05/15/2011 5:12:27 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (How much longer can the charade last?)
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To: Red_Devil 232
Zero should stand below it with a Bic Lighter to set it off!

Would that be considered a Muslim Outreach Program?

12 posted on 05/15/2011 5:21:37 PM PDT by DrewsDad (Environmental Extremism Eventually Endangers Everyone)
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To: DrewsDad
Would that be considered a Muslim Outreach Program?

No, it would be considered a gift to the United States of America.

Having said my political piece...

I'll be getting up for tomorrow's (tres early for the West Coast) launch. Coffee will be set to auto-brew @ 5:15am and then...Go Endeavour, Go!

13 posted on 05/15/2011 5:35:48 PM PDT by hoagy62 (Help stamp out crack-pull up your pants.)
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To: KevinDavis

Don’t see it scheduled on TV ??


14 posted on 05/15/2011 5:39:28 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: 1066AD

It never realy is scheduled, but most of the major news networks interrupt programmiong to show it live. I usually tune in to NASA TV online and avoid the mindless droning of the know-nothing newsies that cover the launches.

Geez...only one more launch to go after this.....


15 posted on 05/15/2011 5:43:13 PM PDT by hoagy62 (Help stamp out crack-pull up your pants.)
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To: KevinDavis

IF it goes.....I’ll be watching from my front yard.


16 posted on 05/15/2011 5:45:05 PM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: KevinDavis

Godspeed to the crew!


17 posted on 05/15/2011 5:47:29 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: hoagy62

I thought this was THE last one ?


18 posted on 05/15/2011 5:52:29 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: 1066AD

For Endeavour.


19 posted on 05/15/2011 5:55:22 PM PDT by John W (Natural-born US citizen since 1955)
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To: Gumption
Funny, But number 10 post looked just like a regularly scheduled incoming flight to LAX only without the sunset colors to set it off...or something.

PS: Ive watched every day since the "was it a launch or was it my imagination" debate and still not seen any contrails that looked like a missile (shuttle) launch.

20 posted on 05/15/2011 5:55:36 PM PDT by norton (ten miles south of LAX)
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To: KevinDavis
Since this song was inspired by the beginning of the Space Shuttle era, it seems fitting to play it at the end.

Countdown

21 posted on 05/15/2011 6:01:42 PM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: Drill Thrawl
A man can still dream

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22 posted on 05/15/2011 6:04:21 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: John W

I guess it’s on Monday now:

From NASA’s site:

NASA TV Daily Schedule: All Times are Eastern Time Zone

Program Notice: A live shot of the Shuttle on the launch pad will be provided between programming when possible. Also, NTV presents the NASA Edge Team’s Live Coverage of the STS-134 Launch beginning at 7:45 a.m. Monday May 16 on the Education Channel.


23 posted on 05/15/2011 6:12:15 PM PDT by 1066AD
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To: 1066AD

Try spaceflightnow.com for live coverage. Going home at 0330, getting up at 0830 hoping it goes so no 2nd shift tomorrow night. Go Endeavour!!!


24 posted on 05/15/2011 6:17:05 PM PDT by rktman
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To: KevinDavis

Orbiter: Endeavour
Mission: STS-134 (A four-spacewalk voyage to deliver supplies, spare parts and a $2 billion particle physics detector to the International Space Station.)
Payloads: Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer 2 (AMS-02), ExPRESS Logistics Carrier 3, MISSE 8, STORRM DTO, GLACIER Freezer Module, OBSS
Mission Experiments: Endeavour will perform four Department of Defense payloads of opportunity: MAUI, SEITI, RAMBO-2, and SIMPLEX. All four of these experiments require engine and thruster firings. They will be completed if there is sufficient propellants on board Endeavour.
Launch Date: Monday, 16 May 2011
Time: 5:56 a.m. PDT
Launch Window: 5:55 a.m. PDT - 6:01 a.m. PDT
Launch Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Orbital Altitude: 188 nautical miles (348 km)
Orbital Inclination: 51.6 degrees
Mission Length: 14 days
Landing: 31 May 2011 @ 11:32 p.m. PDT
Landing Site: KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility
Live Launch Coverage:
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts134/status.html
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html
http://www.spacevidcast.com/ (in HD)

NASA Television Schedule:
http://spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts134/fdf/134tvskedrev0.pdf
Twitter Feed:
http://twitter.com/#!/spaceflightnow/
(U.S. readers can also sign up from their phone by texting “follow spaceflightnow” to 40404.)
Space Flight Now Facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Spaceflight-Now/123621931040548

More info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STS-134
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html

Mission Milestones:
* 165th NASA manned space flight
* 134th shuttle mission since STS-1
* 25th and final flight for Endeavour
* 35th shuttle mission to the ISS
* 109th post-Challenger mission
* 21st post-Columbia mission
This is the second to last flight of the Space Shuttle program with the last remaining Shuttle mission for STS-135 on 12JUL2011 using the Atlantis orbiter.

Mission Insignia:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/6a/STS-134_patch.png

Official Mission Poster based on a Star Trek promotional poster.
Hi-Res (132.24 Mb)
http://sfa.nasa.gov/MISSIONPOSTERS/sts134/134%20popup%20print.pdf
Lo-Res (152.4K)
http://sfa.nasa.gov/MISSIONPOSTERS/sts134/STS-134%20poster%20lores.pdf

Latest updates from SpaceFlightNow.com

0030 GMT (8:30 p.m. EDT)
Hands-on work to configure launch pad 39A has been completed for space shuttle
Endeavour’s liftoff. The final ground technicians will be clearing the complex
shortly in preparation of tonight’s hazardous fueling operations that occur via
remote control.

SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2011
2300 GMT (7:00 p.m. EDT)
In a pre-flight interview, Endeavour commander Mark Kelly talked about the space
shuttle program’s retirement and its legacy:

“I’ve flown on Endeavour before so I’m excited to fly on it again, and my
brother’s flown on Endeavour.

“The space shuttle was designed to build the space station, and that’s why it
has this big payload bay, and it never really got to do that for the first 20
years of its life, and now in the last ten it’s been critical in building ISS.
Without the space shuttle, International Space Station would not be what it is
today. We would not have been able to build the space station, so I think it’s
somewhat fitting that the end of the shuttle era is being finished with the
assembly of the space station, and the utilization part for the next 10 or 15
years,” he said.

“More people have flown on the space shuttle than any other spacecraft,
including Soyuz. The ability to fly seven people into space and have this huge
payload bay and an airlock and a robotic arm and to be able to bring payloads
home and land on a runway: this is the most capable spacecraft that’s ever been built and probably will be built for a long period of time. And, I think Americans should be proud that we’ve been able to build such a thing and operate it successfully for such a long period of time.”

2136 GMT (4:36 p.m. EDT)
T-minus 11 hours and counting. Clocks are running again after this half-day hold. The countdown will proceed to the next pause at T-minus 6 hours tonight.


25 posted on 05/15/2011 6:52:21 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Drill Thrawl
And so ends 50 years of US human space flight.

You just spoke a volume.

26 posted on 05/15/2011 7:47:31 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Marking time on the government's dime...)
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To: Bushbacker1

Yeah, I decided not to go when I heard that The Wun was going to be there and they blocked the NASA workers from watching.

Now, I can’t get down there in time, unless it’s delayed again.


27 posted on 05/15/2011 8:01:30 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Drill Thrawl

What? Has the last one been canceled?


28 posted on 05/15/2011 8:03:05 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Gumption
Click to enlarge:

         

Lt. Col. Gabriel Green and Capt. Zachary Bartoe patrol the airspace in an F-15E Strike Eagle as the Space Shuttle Atlantis launches May 14, 2010, at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Colonel Green is the 333rd Fighter Squadron commander and Captain Bartoe is a 333rd FS weapons system officer. Both aircrew members are assigned to Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Capt. John Peltier)

29 posted on 05/15/2011 8:13:08 PM PDT by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: KevinDavis

bump


30 posted on 05/15/2011 8:41:28 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: KevinDavis

I will be heading to the last one. Hopefully no delays and it stays in the last week of June. Need to keep an eye out for tickets soon.


31 posted on 05/15/2011 8:47:26 PM PDT by Chipper (You can't kill an Obamazombie by destroying the brain...they didn't have one to begin with.)
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To: Gondring

Not that I know of. I’m fairly confident that no matter what nature or Murphy throw at them. That candles is gonna get lit.


32 posted on 05/15/2011 9:14:15 PM PDT by Drill Thrawl (How much longer can the charade last?)
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To: Gondring

Not that I know of. Atlantis will go in June.

We hope.


33 posted on 05/15/2011 9:18:22 PM PDT by hoagy62 (Help stamp out crack-pull up your pants.)
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To: 1066AD
ABC News Announces Special Coverage of the Space Shuttle Endeavour's Final Launch

And on NASA TV, of course.

34 posted on 05/15/2011 10:43:08 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Trekkies


35 posted on 05/15/2011 10:49:32 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open ( <o> ---)
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To: Gondring
Nice pic!

When we launch a high profile vehicle, there is all kinds of defense mechanisms in place, most of which we don't even see.

36 posted on 05/15/2011 10:54:07 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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All astronauts on board. Comm checks complete

Crew module close-out checklist in progress...


37 posted on 05/16/2011 3:46:34 AM PDT by raygun
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Step 767: Hatch has been closed.

Step 772-774: cabin leak check

current radar summary:


38 posted on 05/16/2011 4:05:52 AM PDT by raygun
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Request made for mandatory discussion persuant to observed tile damage.


39 posted on 05/16/2011 4:12:10 AM PDT by raygun
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Tile in question is near crew hatch and appears to have been previously repaired. Damage is being measured, specs checked. One of the close-out crew members is running down to his truck to get a tile-repair kit.


40 posted on 05/16/2011 4:17:39 AM PDT by raygun
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To: raygun

Nothing like having a roll of Mach 3 tape in yer truck at the pad...For just such contingiencies...hehehe


41 posted on 05/16/2011 4:36:03 AM PDT by stevie_d_64 (I'm jus' sayin')
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To: KevinDavis

Live coverage and tweets from one of my local channels:

http://livewire.wesh.com/Event/Shuttle_Endeavours_Final_Launch2


42 posted on 05/16/2011 4:47:30 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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curently @T -20: built-in hold for 10 minutes.

next built in hold @ T -9 (about 40 minutes from now)

T 0: 8:56:28 EDT

43 posted on 05/16/2011 5:00:08 AM PDT by raygun
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To: raygun

Tile has been repaired, close-out crew is away. Out of T-20 hold and countdown continuing apace.

Weather still looks ‘green’ at this time.


44 posted on 05/16/2011 5:09:46 AM PDT by hoagy62 (Help stamp out crack-pull up your pants.)
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To: SE Mom

BTW SE Mom...thank you for that link. Really enjoying the tweets!


45 posted on 05/16/2011 5:11:17 AM PDT by hoagy62 (Help stamp out crack-pull up your pants.)
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To: hoagy62
My bad. We just went into built in hold T-9 for the 40 minute hold.
46 posted on 05/16/2011 5:20:13 AM PDT by raygun
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To: hoagy62

You’re welcome! A little cloudy inland about 20 miles- but it is due to clear up shortly.


47 posted on 05/16/2011 5:20:26 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

Per local weather people- clouds no longer a threat to launch!!


48 posted on 05/16/2011 5:53:41 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: SE Mom

Final GO-NOGO poll conducted...Endavour GO for launch!!


49 posted on 05/16/2011 5:56:43 AM PDT by hoagy62 (Help stamp out crack-pull up your pants.)
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To: hoagy62

WOOO HOOOO!! About 10 minutes now.

Butterflies starting :)


50 posted on 05/16/2011 5:57:36 AM PDT by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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