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Anyone in the inside track: will the shuttle launch on Oct 23?
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Oct 18, 2007, 08:23 AM
 
Shuttle cleared for launch despite wing concerns - CNN.com

Anyone know if it will be worth taking the day off from work, just to go to Titusville that morning? I've never seen a Shuttle launch personally.
     
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Oct 18, 2007, 09:49 AM
 
yep. the Aft should be closed by tomorrow. not gonna comment on the news stuff. pffffft
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Oct 18, 2007, 10:03 AM
 
Is it being televised? I missed those. I remember in grade school in the early to mid 80s we'd go into the library and watch it lift off. I was a Space Shuttle nut K-3rd grade. All kinds of models and books on the thing.

I didn't care about the star wars space ships. The Space Shuttle was real.

My brother-in-law got to see it up close many times when he was in the air force. Brought back many pictures.

I don't think it's replacement is going to be as elegant or neat as it was.

Rockets never impressed me. This thing actually LOOKED like a spaceship.
     
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Oct 18, 2007, 10:10 AM
 
yep NASA always televises launch's, but it's up to the TV folks on your end as to what you get to see.
ya can watch here.
http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/...deo/video.html
     
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Oct 18, 2007, 10:34 AM
 
Doesn't NASA always put the video on their web site too? I watched the last landing that way. I'm afraid that I'll never get to see a live shuttle launch-too busy at school and stuff to cut loose and head out there to see it, drat it all.

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Oct 18, 2007, 10:45 AM
 
Yeah my bro-in-law was stationed in Texas when he saw it. He said it was a piece of working art. I am jealous.
     
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Oct 18, 2007, 11:36 AM
 
I hear it is still on schedule but they might secretly add iTunes like scrollbars last minute as one of the top secret features Steve mentioned.
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Oct 18, 2007, 12:52 PM
 
If you get the NASA channel on satellite or cable, you can watch launches live. Since that channel is public domain, it's often available (on Dish Network at least) even if your service is otherwise inactive.
     
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Oct 18, 2007, 01:10 PM
 
Originally Posted by analogue SPRINKLES View Post
I hear it is still on schedule but they might secretly ad iTunes like scrollbars last minute as one of the top secret features Steve mentioned.


Be careful though, you might be accused of character assassination and fanboyism for saying that. And so I don't get accused of it too for not saying anything on topic...

CNN.com usually has it on their site too in the live video section.
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Oct 23, 2007, 08:44 AM
 
well hopefully it'll launch today. go here if it's not televised.
http://countdown.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/countdown/cdt/
     
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Oct 23, 2007, 09:52 AM
 
Here at work we get to see the liftoff! Working at NASA does have it's perks.
     
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Oct 23, 2007, 11:34 AM
 
Originally Posted by BadKosh View Post
Here at work we get to see the liftoff! Working at NASA does have it's perks.

yep, I work in the VAB and at Pad(s) (and the OPF's when I have to) orbiter Q.C.

and the clock is counting down.
     
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Oct 23, 2007, 11:51 AM
 
Just watched on HDNet.
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Oct 23, 2007, 12:06 PM
 
I watched a launch from just across the lake in Cape Canaveral in the mid-eighties. We were pretty freakin close and it was really cool. I've seen 4 or 5 launches otherwise from down here in S. Florida, depending on the time of day and weather, it still looks pretty cool from hundreds of miles away.
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Oct 23, 2007, 01:40 PM
 
Originally Posted by dillerX View Post
Just watched on HDNet.
Link?
     
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Oct 23, 2007, 03:12 PM
 
You want a link to a Television Station?

Heh, ok. HDNet Home Page
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Oct 23, 2007, 04:07 PM
 
NASA should sell HD-DVD and BluRays of their shuttle launches for like $10. Those would be cool.
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Oct 23, 2007, 05:06 PM
 
Originally Posted by olePigeon View Post
NASA should sell HD-DVD and BluRays of their shuttle launches for like $10. Those would be cool.
HDnet does; in their best of series. It isn't all shuttle launches; but the HD-DVD content is still very nice.
     
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Oct 23, 2007, 08:40 PM
 
The launch was beautiful

...even through Real Player Work has always stood between me and Titusville on launch day since I moved to FL
     
   
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