posted on Nov, 22 2013 @ 07:11 AM
.... but was this mission launched to the northeast, as the video states, and not southeast as all the other shuttle missions were? That was new to
me, so interesting.
No shuttle EVER launched to the southeast, this is a lie aimed at a specific target audience -- did it hit its target?
Satellite launch missions usually headed due east, and space station visits headed northeast up the US East Coast.
Solo shuttle science missions like this and Spacelab missions tended to have inclinations around 35 to 40 degrees, designed to overlay its end of
mission ground tracks across the landing site. I was involved in some of the mission designing for this feature -- not this one, however.
ADD: This nasa graphic shows the physical safety limits, and does indicate a southerly eastern ascent path is allowed -- but for shuttles it was never
used to the best of my recollection. The shuttle needed an emergency downrange landing site for launch aborts, and they ranged from Spain south to
Senegal, but southeast launches would only have had open ocean ahead of them.
edit on 22-11-2013 by JimOberg because: (no reason given)