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  • OT-Shuttle Launch 2:28 AM EDT Tuesday

    STS-123/Endeavour is scheduled to launch at 2:28 AM EDT Tuesday/11:28 PM Monday PDT.


    From the right (front row) are astronauts Dominic L. Gorie, (Captain, USN, Ret.) commander; and Col. Gregory H. Johnson, USAF, shuttle pilot. From the left (back row) are astronauts Richard M. Linnehan, DVM; Maj. Robert L. Behnken, Ph. D, USAF; Garrett E. Reisman, Ph. D; Capt. Michael J. Foreman, USN; and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) Takao Doi, Ph. D, all mission specialists. Their mission is to deliver and install the Japanese Kibo Logistics Module and the Canadian Dextre robotics system to the International Space Station. They will also be bringing back ESA astronaut Léopold Eyharts who has been on the Station for about a month.

    Johnson, Behnken, Foreman and Reisman are on their first mission. Reisman will be remaining on the station, to return with STS-124 in May.
    "Only a fool fights in a burning house."-Kang

    "If you listen to fools....The Maaahhhhb Ruuuules....."-Ronnie James Dio

  • #2
    I was wondering if I had to post this in your stead. Should have known you would come through!

    It's hard to stay up that late. If liftoff were at, say, 1:28 AM somehow, I might have been able to make it...
    No weather forecasts are ever guaranteed, even if confidence level is high. Even a 99% probability will miss 1% of the time. That's the best anybody can do when predicting highly complex events.

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    • #3
      I bet that somewhere, someone (not associated with NASA) has
      every mission patch from Mercury onward. That would be a very
      cool collection.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Ydawg
        I bet that somewhere, someone (not associated with NASA) has
        every mission patch from Mercury onward. That would be a very
        cool collection.
        On Route 1, somewhere north of Cocoa Beach, there's a restaraunt which is filled with NASA memorabilia. Darn it all I can't remember the name of it...maybe someone else knows....but they must have most if not all of the patches...going back to even before the shuttle.
        Doctorindy.com

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Ren Butler
          It's hard to stay up that late. If liftoff were at, say, 1:28 AM somehow, I might have been able to make it...
          orbital mechanics is unfair sometimes.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Doctorindy
            On Route 1, somewhere north of Cocoa Beach, there's a restaraunt which is filled with NASA memorabilia. Darn it all I can't remember the name of it...maybe someone else knows....but they must have most if not all of the patches...going back to even before the shuttle.
            There is a joint here in the Houston area, down by NASA that is chock full of NASA memorabilia. It has been an astronaut/NASA staff hangout for decades. The name of the place slips my mind, but I have been in there (probably why I can't recall). It also makes an appearance in the movie, "Space Cowboys".
            Carey in Manvel

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            • #7
              This is cool! A night launch! I'm staying up for it (and probably would even if it weren't spring break).
              Some fans claim one series or another runs "real race cars." What's everybody else running, fake race cars? :confused:

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Cmakin
                There is a joint here in the Houston area, down by NASA that is chock full of NASA memorabilia. It has been an astronaut/NASA staff hangout for decades. The name of the place slips my mind, but I have been in there (probably why I can't recall). It also makes an appearance in the movie, "Space Cowboys".

                The Outpost Tavern.

                As for the place at the Cape, there are a number of hangouts, but are you thinking of Bernard's Surf, aka The Surf?
                "Only a fool fights in a burning house."-Kang

                "If you listen to fools....The Maaahhhhb Ruuuules....."-Ronnie James Dio

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                • #9
                  I guess I will break out the Little Giant Ladder and climb up on the roof tonight. On a clear night here in Tampa, we can see the launch and see the solid boosters seperate and fall away from way over on the other coast.

                  If you ever get the opportunity to see a night launch from the cape, do it! The only thing more spectacular is 11 rows of 3.
                  Open the pod bay doors, HAL

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                  • #10
                    There belting in now!

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                    • #11
                      This is cool.

                      Before I race, I always have to pee. These folks have to have the same rush - what do they do?

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Jimmy_22
                        This is cool.

                        Before I race, I always have to pee. These folks have to have the same rush - what do they do?
                        That's why they wear those diapers. (I'm not making that up)

                        roach

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                        • #13
                          Those Diapers last like 17 hours, so if you want to drive from, lets say Houston, Texas to Orlando, Florida! You don't even have to make a bathroom stop the whole trip!
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                          • #14
                            Live coverage on HDNet now.

                            roach

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                            • #15
                              When the crews are awakened and go to eat breakfast they are encouraged to not drink anything. This helps the non use of the diapers.
                              "Life's journey is not to arrive at the grave safely in a well preserved
                              body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting
                              "...holy $^!+...what a ride!"
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