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Spider 'attacks' Nasa space shuttle Atlantis
The Telegraph ^ | 12/13/07 | Megan Levy

Posted on 12/13/2007 8:18:21 PM PST by bruinbirdman

A giant spider has attacked the space shuttle Atlantis as it attempted to blast off into space.

At least, that's how it appeared when the inquisitive arachnid crawled onto Nasa’s launch camera at Cape Canaveral in Florida at the weekend.


Watch: Footage of the spider 'attack' on YouTube

For 26 seconds, the magnified beast could be seen on webcam appearing to take a bite out of the shuttle’s nose cone as it sat on the launch pad awaiting lift-off.

Then, just as abruptly as it appeared, the spider wandered off screen.

The Atlantis launch was eventually delayed – although the eight-legged encounter was not to blame.

Faulty fuel tank sensors, a problem that has plagued Nasa since 2005, forced controllers to delay the mission until Jan 2 at the earliest.

The Atlantis and its crew of seven, including a German and a French astronaut, will eventually attempt to install a new laboratory on the International Space Station.


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1 posted on 12/13/2007 8:18:22 PM PST by bruinbirdman
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To: bruinbirdman
Spider, spider on da wall,

Ain't you got no sense at all?....

2 posted on 12/13/2007 8:21:46 PM PST by stboz
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To: MozarkDawg
Arachnophobe ping.
3 posted on 12/13/2007 8:25:36 PM PST by dighton
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To: bruinbirdman

There’s another pic like this out there with a giant bird pecking at the shuttle. :)


4 posted on 12/13/2007 8:25:40 PM PST by MarineBrat (My wife and I took an AIDS vaccination that the Church offers.)
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To: bruinbirdman

I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords.


5 posted on 12/13/2007 8:28:09 PM PST by Generic_Login_1787
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To: bruinbirdman
Not true! An absolute misinterpretation of what actually happened.

  Here it is with the AUDIO on.

6 posted on 12/13/2007 8:29:11 PM PST by Luke Skyfreeper
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To: bruinbirdman

7 posted on 12/13/2007 8:31:58 PM PST by Tribune7 (Dems want to rob from the poor to give to the rich)
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To: bruinbirdman

And its name is Boris...


8 posted on 12/13/2007 8:33:54 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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To: Luke Skyfreeper

That was great!


9 posted on 12/13/2007 8:34:18 PM PST by Dianna
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To: bruinbirdman; BenLurkin; KevinDavis

Eensy Beensy Spider, he burned his little butt.


10 posted on 12/13/2007 8:35:12 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Monday, December 10, 2007____________________https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Hyzenthlay

ping


11 posted on 12/13/2007 8:35:25 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

funny ping


12 posted on 12/13/2007 8:37:07 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: bruinbirdman

ROTFLOL!!


13 posted on 12/13/2007 8:37:17 PM PST by CyberAnt (AMERICA: THE GREATEST FORCE for good in the world!)
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To: bruinbirdman

Hahaha...my dad showed me that video yesterday when he was watching the Atlantis footage. Funny stuff.


14 posted on 12/13/2007 8:39:32 PM PST by G8 Diplomat (Creatures are divided into 6 kingdoms: Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Monera, Protista, & Saudi Arabia)
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To: bruinbirdman

Evil Warlord Miss Muffett and her Spider Army!!


15 posted on 12/13/2007 8:42:03 PM PST by JoeSixPack1
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To: bruinbirdman

Nom...nom...nom...

no taste gud....


16 posted on 12/13/2007 8:42:14 PM PST by Ronin (Bushed out!!! Another tragic victim of BDS.)
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To: Blue Highway

ping


17 posted on 12/13/2007 8:42:59 PM PST by perfect stranger
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To: bruinbirdman
Once upon a time, there was a spider named Jack. He lived in Florida by the edge of a swamp and spent most of his time lapping bugs as they passed.

One day, Jack saw a HUGE bug. no matter what he did, he couldn't coax the bug into his web.

Jack decided to venture away from his web. Perhaps he could entice the HUGE bug by being clever.

As he approached the HUGE bug, he decided that the bug looked kinda like a Praying Mantis. Now, having dealt with Praying Mantis' before, he remember enticing one young'n by doing his famous spider jig.

So Jack began to jig. He jigged all day. He jigged all night. The bug just stood there. Jack's jig had failed.

Jack then remembered singing to one Praying Mantis. So Jack sang his famous Spider Opera. His voice was sweet and mellow. Surely the Mantis would follow him to his web. But the HUGE bug didn't move.

Than Jack remembered cooking for one Mantis. All of a sudden, the HUGE bug let out a HUGE flame.

And from then on, Jack was always remembered as Black Jack.

18 posted on 12/13/2007 8:43:16 PM PST by Sacajaweau ("The Cracker" will be renamed "The Crapper")
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To: perfect stranger

armyaircorps beat me to it in post 8. Was “Boris The Spider” a Who song or a solo thing Entwistle did?


19 posted on 12/13/2007 8:53:44 PM PST by Blue Highway
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To: Luke Skyfreeper

That was good.. : )


20 posted on 12/13/2007 8:55:28 PM PST by The Mayor ( A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.—Proverbs 16:9)
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To: Blue Highway

It was a Who song.


21 posted on 12/13/2007 8:59:18 PM PST by perfect stranger
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To: bruinbirdman
"Looks like old Shelob's been havin' a bit of fun!"
22 posted on 12/13/2007 8:59:21 PM PST by DaveLoneRanger (May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.)
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To: Generic_Login_1787

Life imitates art!


23 posted on 12/13/2007 9:33:51 PM PST by dr_lew
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To: metmom; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
Be sure to check out the video in post #6.


24 posted on 12/13/2007 10:21:32 PM PST by Slings and Arrows ("Bush is destroying the solar system:The ice caps on Mars are shrinking too." --Right_Wing_Madman)
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To: bruinbirdman
Obviously in cahoots with the giant mountain sucking fly.



Trend, ya think?
25 posted on 12/13/2007 10:25:24 PM PST by djf (Holly is a noxious weed, Might as well "Deck the halls with Poison Ivy!")
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To: bruinbirdman; mylife; lainie
"Everything sounds better on a stolen guitar,

you're messin with a spider from Mars."

David Bowie

26 posted on 12/14/2007 12:19:36 AM PST by Cheapskate ( Celebrate Sept.8 as Pajamatag , the day the pajamahadeem busted Dan Rather!!)
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To: bruinbirdman

Oh No! Call Algore! Global warming has created giant spiders! AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!


27 posted on 12/14/2007 12:37:04 AM PST by hoagy62 (Happily watching the Left go full-goose bozo.)
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To: dighton

28 posted on 12/14/2007 7:54:52 AM PST by MozarkDawg
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To: bruinbirdman

Aspiga!


29 posted on 12/14/2007 7:56:04 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: MozarkDawg

=8-0


30 posted on 12/14/2007 7:56:23 AM PST by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: bruinbirdman

greatest moster-movie poster since the early 60's

31 posted on 12/14/2007 8:36:30 AM PST by jiggyboy (Ten per cent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: jiggyboy

What’s really ironically funny about this is that one of the Atlantis astronauts, Leland Melvin, is a University of Richmond alumnus. What is UR’s nickname? The SPIDERS of course!


32 posted on 12/14/2007 2:44:43 PM PST by Batman11
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33 posted on 12/14/2007 2:55:41 PM PST by P.O.E.
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