Skip to comments.Space Shuttle Endeavour Launch Live Thread (05/16/11 8:56 EDT)
Posted on 05/15/2011 4:46:27 PM PDT by KevinDavis
Zero should stand below it with a Bic Lighter to set it off!
I’ll be watching from East Orlando. Don’t want to battle the crowds.
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.
Discovery’s space shuttle launch viewed from an airplane.
Fits right into that whole "Post American Future" thing don't it.
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!
Don’t see it scheduled on TV ??
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.....
IF it goes.....I’ll be watching from my front yard.
Godspeed to the crew!
I thought this was THE last one ?
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.
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 Teams Live Coverage of the STS-134 Launch beginning at 7:45 a.m. Monday May 16 on the Education Channel.
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!!!
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.spacevidcast.com/ (in HD)
NASA Television Schedule:
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* 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.
Official Mission Poster based on a Star Trek promotional poster.
Hi-Res (132.24 Mb)
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
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.
You just spoke a volume.
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.
What? Has the last one been canceled?
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)
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.
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.
Not that I know of. Atlantis will go in June.
And on NASA TV, of course.
When we launch a high profile vehicle, there is all kinds of defense mechanisms in place, most of which we don't even see.
All astronauts on board. Comm checks complete
Crew module close-out checklist in progress...
Step 772-774: cabin leak check
current radar summary:
Request made for mandatory discussion persuant to observed tile damage.
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.
Nothing like having a roll of Mach 3 tape in yer truck at the pad...For just such contingiencies...hehehe
Live coverage and tweets from one of my local channels:
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
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.
BTW SE Mom...thank you for that link. Really enjoying the tweets!
You’re welcome! A little cloudy inland about 20 miles- but it is due to clear up shortly.
Per local weather people- clouds no longer a threat to launch!!
Final GO-NOGO poll conducted...Endavour GO for launch!!
WOOO HOOOO!! About 10 minutes now.
Butterflies starting :)