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(NASA)   Final launch of Atlantis countdown proceeding as planned   (nasa.gov) divider line 404
    More: Cool, Atlantis, Space Shuttle Atlantis, Kennedy Space Center, overviews, launch windows, International Space Station, tendency, launch pads  
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2010-05-14 02:22:30 PM  
I read fark for the pics: Serious farking goosebumps


We are farking awesome.


Not bad for a bunch monkey's eh?
 
2010-05-14 02:22:51 PM  
Go, Atlantis!
 
2010-05-14 02:23:03 PM  
2 engine TAL
 
2010-05-14 02:23:05 PM  
Two-engine TAL!
 
2010-05-14 02:23:20 PM  
SRB SEP!!!!!
 
2010-05-14 02:23:58 PM  
*18,000 times the speed of light.jpg*
 
2010-05-14 02:24:14 PM  
SRB separation!

Also:

WHEEEEE!!!!
 
2010-05-14 02:24:26 PM  
Atlantis is negative return!
 
2010-05-14 02:24:26 PM  
negative return
 
2010-05-14 02:24:37 PM  
Negative return
 
2010-05-14 02:25:00 PM  
dstanley: *18,000 times the speed of light.jpg*

Came for this reference...leaving semi-satisfied.
 
2010-05-14 02:25:12 PM  
We're pretty good at that shiat. Too bad it's going away.
 
2010-05-14 02:25:23 PM  
Atlantis is press to ATO!
 
2010-05-14 02:25:23 PM  
press to ATO
 
2010-05-14 02:25:28 PM  
Negative return? What if they have a receipt?

/loves watching these things
 
2010-05-14 02:25:31 PM  
120 seconds later and it's already 180 miles away....

Should have been a public streaming astronaut Face-Cam available long ago, just to see their looks.
 
2010-05-14 02:25:35 PM  
dstanley: *18,000 times the speed of light.jpg*

Allow me:

twinbottles.com
 
2010-05-14 02:26:07 PM  
Single engine ops 3
 
2010-05-14 02:26:23 PM  
Do it in the suit.
 
2010-05-14 02:26:35 PM  
Roll to heads-up, press for MECO and single-engine Zaragosa
 
2010-05-14 02:26:42 PM  
Press to MECO, single engine Zaragoza 104.
 
2010-05-14 02:26:55 PM  
Did I just hear a "lucky dawg?"
 
2010-05-14 02:27:17 PM  
Nominal shutdown, go for plus x, go for pitch.
 
2010-05-14 02:27:35 PM  
Single engine press
 
2010-05-14 02:28:08 PM  
rats -- nasatv is now blocked at work -- I'm counting on you, Fark!
 
2010-05-14 02:28:33 PM  
nekom: Nominal shutdown, go for plus x, go for pitch.

nekom: Press to MECO, single engine Zaragoza 104.

*fapfapfap*
 
2010-05-14 02:28:43 PM  
Standing by for MECO.
 
2010-05-14 02:29:02 PM  
aaaaaaaand MECO. Fantastic job, guys. Flawless victory!
 
2010-05-14 02:29:09 PM  
IC Stars: rats -- nasatv is now blocked at work

Try Cnn.com
 
2010-05-14 02:29:25 PM  
MECO confirmed, ET sep confirmed.
 
2010-05-14 02:29:28 PM  
kthxbye, fuel tank!
 
2010-05-14 02:29:29 PM  
Gettign ready to shut down engines, Atlatis is in orbit. Seperating tank now.
 
2010-05-14 02:29:51 PM  
Nominal MECO, OMS-1 is not required.
 
2010-05-14 02:30:06 PM  
groininjury: dstanley: *18,000 times the speed of light.jpg*

Came for this reference...leaving semi-satisfied.


I think we're a few years off for that yet. Gotta have that warp 5 drive up and ready first. Some details and safety issues to work out.
 
2010-05-14 02:30:17 PM  
Thank goodness that stupid volcano didn't fark this up ...
 
2010-05-14 02:30:24 PM  
MECO nominal

ET sep nominal
 
2010-05-14 02:30:26 PM  
Everything nominal! Great job guys and gals.

Side note - had a helluva crash of thunder here just at ET sep. Creepy!
 
2010-05-14 02:31:10 PM  
Damn, I love watching these. I'm really going to miss the shuttle.
 
2010-05-14 02:31:28 PM  
fanbladesaresharp: Publikwerks: Wow, is it behind. Went from t-4 minutes to t-3 minutes

It's an expected effect. That happens when things count down to 0.


Yes, but not in 10 seconds.
 
2010-05-14 02:31:30 PM  
Holy fark. There are no words.

/something in my eye
 
2010-05-14 02:31:48 PM  
Question: As the shuttle sits on the launch pad, on what does is rest? In other words what part of the vehicle is supporting the weight and what keeps it upright?


/ok 2 questions
 
2010-05-14 02:31:53 PM  
Witchydiva 2010-05-14 02:27:35 PM

Single engine press



Such dynamic tension is really hard work.

//no quoting or other posting options unless I'm already signed in?
 
2010-05-14 02:32:22 PM  
Always get choked up a little. Good luck, Atlantis.
 
2010-05-14 02:33:38 PM  
mynameismark: Question: As the shuttle sits on the launch pad, on what does is rest? In other words what part of the vehicle is supporting the weight and what keeps it upright?

It balances on eight bolts. Four under each SRB. That's it.
 
2010-05-14 02:33:50 PM  
That HD feed was teh shiat.
 
2010-05-14 02:34:15 PM  
Randumb: Thanks. What's the purpose?

It keeps the engines super cold so that they don't melt when the main engines are fired.
 
2010-05-14 02:35:24 PM  
I'd say "hairless apes in flying tin cans" are pretty
gods damn resplendently ass-kicking right now.

/I gots something in my eye too
 
2010-05-14 02:36:03 PM  
Kittypie070: I'd say "hairless apes in flying tin cans" are pretty
gods damn resplendently ass-kicking right now.


Proud to be a hairless ape.
 
2010-05-14 02:36:28 PM  
Kittypie070: I'd say "hairless apes in flying tin cans" are pretty
gods damn resplendently ass-kicking right now.


I couldn't agree more. I was born in 1980 I've grown up with the shuttle program. I never miss a launch or a landing. STILL it fills me with awe. Every. Single. Time.
 
2010-05-14 02:36:57 PM  
There are no words...

...but I've been to three launches (and one scrub), so I've got pictures!

mynameismark: Question: As the shuttle sits on the launch pad, on what does is rest? In other words what part of the vehicle is supporting the weight and what keeps it upright?


/ok 2 questions


The SRBs are bolted to the pad. The bolts are cut by shaped charges at launch.
 
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