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Lets hope your dreams and feelings don't come to be. You say goodbye I say hello, hello hello
Originally posted by MagicaRose
Quite a few years ago I dreamed that the Challenger exploded two weeks before it really happened.
It was exactly as it was in my dream on TV, all in color.
I've often wondered if there was anything I could have done to prevent this from happening.
Yesterday, when I watched the shuttle lift off I had the strangest , saddest feeling.
It felt Like I was saying good-by to them.
I hope they will be ok and return safely.
Does anyone know if they have arrived at the Hubble yet,
and when will the first walk be?
Originally posted by Max_TO
Sorry to go a bit off topic here , but is there mission to Hubble still on ?
How many delays can such a mission in tail before it becomes necessary to scrap the mission ?
Originally posted by cropmuncher
It does seem fishy that they have a back up this time even if it is a more risky mission.
Originally posted by Rapacious
From Spaceflightnow: "Mission control has informed the crew there will be no need for a focused inspection of the small area of tile damaged during yesterday's launch."
Originally posted by Ambient Sound
I love space exploration and cringe at how far behind we are compaired to where we could have been.
Crew Completes Heat Shield Inspection, Rendezvous Preps Atlantis’ crew completed a planned survey of the shuttle heat shielding Tuesday, noting a few dings in tiles that experts will continue to analyze. Flight Director Tony Ceccacci said that upon an initial look, damage found during the inspection appeared to be minor and likely not a concern, but he said experts would analyze it as is normal to be certain the shuttle’s heat shielding is in good shape. The damage included small dings along an area of about 21 inches spanning four of the shuttle’s thermal tiles located on the starboard side of the spacecraft where the wing blends into the forward fuselage. Throughout the day, the crew prepared for Wednesday’s rendezvous with the Hubble Space Telescope. The day's activities included the check out of tools they will use during the rendezvous with the telescope. The rendezvous is scheduled to occur at 7:41 a.m. Wednesday. The crew members also checked out spacesuits they will use during the mission’s five scheduled spacewalks.
Columbia had the worst, they lost a tile I think...
I would make a close inspection of the tile if I were there. Maybe, softly test hammer it with some semi-hard object and see if it moves out of place or something.
Even better, since the Columbia disaster, they should've invented some sort of hand portable x-ray inspection device in case of situations like this..
They cannot seem to get off the ground without damage to the vehicle.
I wonder why this seems to be such an issue over the last few years and not so much in the previous decades.
It is too bad that they did not think much ahead and it will be at least five years before the Orion class is ready.
Also makes me think about the commercial airplane that I flew on this year that still has ashtrays. An old bird for sure. I wanted off that thing as soon as possible.
Most dangerous mission since going to the moon
second shuttle on standby
Nasa funding to be decreased