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(NASA)   Final launch of Atlantis countdown proceeding as planned   (nasa.gov) divider line 404
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2010-05-14 02:37:27 PM  
nekom: 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.

Agreed. I REALLY want to make it out to Cape Canaveral for one of the final 2 launches.
 
2010-05-14 02:37:37 PM  
got a little choked up also once they got into orbit.

/almost feels like sending the RTF into the sun, except there is no bald skinjob controlling the ship and the fleet can't get out of LEO.
//not really, but still sad nonetheless.
 
2010-05-14 02:37:37 PM  
This is why we are alive.
 
2010-05-14 02:37:37 PM  
BZWingZero: 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.


Bolts with explosives! On some launches, they have a camera pointed straight down toward the base of the shuttle on the pad. If you watch very carefully, you can see them exploding just before the shuttle lifts off.
 
2010-05-14 02:38:52 PM  
Not bad for government work.
 
2010-05-14 02:40:14 PM  
Regnad Kcin: Not bad for government work.

lulz ... THIS!
 
2010-05-14 02:40:36 PM  
upload.wikimedia.org

I've watched these ever since I was a small child with awe. Such an incredible spectacle of human achievement. It's bittersweet, to see the shuttle lift off for its final voyage.

Godspeed Atlantis. Bring them home safely.
 
2010-05-14 02:40:45 PM  
Regnad Kcin: Not bad for government work.

especially since they almost certainly went with the lowest bidder for all the parts =D
 
2010-05-14 02:48:09 PM  
Uchiha_Cycliste: Regnad Kcin: Not bad for government work.

especially since they almost certainly went with the lowest bidder for all the parts =D


Not to mention all the contractors that likely conveniently added a zero to the end of all their bids prior to submission.
 
2010-05-14 02:48:09 PM  
img64.imageshack.us
 
2010-05-14 02:53:22 PM  
Wouldn't it be funny if nothing happened and all you could hear is the sound of a car trying to start with a battery going dead?

rrrr....rrrrr.rrrrr....rrrrr.....r............r.........r.......
 
2010-05-14 02:54:33 PM  
Farkomatic: Wouldn't it be funny if nothing happened and all you could hear is the sound of a car trying to start with a battery going dead?

rrrr....rrrrr.rrrrr....rrrrr.....r............r.........r.......


paulwilkinson.files.wordpress.com
 
2010-05-14 02:58:19 PM  
Every damn time those birds do that roll maneuver right
after clearing the tower, I fall head over heels in
love with 'em again.

And again.

And again.

It never gets old.

I'll be watching vids of these when I'm 90 and it'll feel exactly
the same, no matter what we have flying around by then.
 
2010-05-14 03:01:12 PM  
Farkomatic 2010-05-14 02:53:22 PM
Wouldn't it be funny if nothing happened and all you could hear is the sound of a car trying to start with a battery going dead?

rrrr....rrrrr.rrrrr....rrrrr.....r............r.........r.......


Sounds like a great idea for a YouTube/NASA poop :)
 
2010-05-14 03:08:09 PM  
www.nieu.org
 
2010-05-14 03:10:14 PM  
slimfast
Those guys look higher in that picture than they are right now.
 
2010-05-14 03:21:09 PM  
Lessee....

add spliffs for each crewman, and a shining golden weed leaf in place of the sundown on the emblem...
 
2010-05-14 03:23:38 PM  
This type of thread is like sex, ...... the anticipation, the build up, the teasing, the climax, ..... and now everyone is off smoking a cigarette or asleep.
 
2010-05-14 03:27:22 PM  
RiverRat: This type of thread is like sex, ...... the anticipation, the build up, the teasing, the climax, ..... and now everyone is off smoking a cigarette or asleep.

So ... was it good for all of you?

Because if I do say so myself, I was AWESOME!

/so good ...
 
2010-05-14 03:29:09 PM  
Hail Atlantis. Beautiful from downtown Orlando. Enjoying the hell out of NASA TV on the web atm.

/launch replays from dozens of angles are geek porn
 
2010-05-14 03:32:47 PM  
HawgWild: RiverRat: This type of thread is like sex, ...... the anticipation, the build up, the teasing, the climax, ..... and now everyone is off smoking a cigarette or asleep.

So ... was it good for all of you?

Because if I do say so myself, I was AWESOME!

/so good ...


It was wonderful... but I am actually ready to go again.
 
2010-05-14 03:33:17 PM  
BZWingZero: 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.


So the towers that cradle the orbiter's wings are for just balance?
 
2010-05-14 03:34:59 PM  
jadeblue: HawgWild: RiverRat: This type of thread is like sex, ...... the anticipation, the build up, the teasing, the climax, ..... and now everyone is off smoking a cigarette or asleep.

So ... was it good for all of you?

Because if I do say so myself, I was AWESOME!

/so good ...

It was wonderful... but I am actually ready to go again.


Well! Go, go gadget intertube wang!

/I don't blame you
//I'd want more of me, too
 
2010-05-14 03:38:26 PM  
RiverRat: This type of thread is like sex, ...... the anticipation, the build up, the teasing, the climax, ..... and now everyone is off smoking a cigarette or asleep.

Or eating! and readying for more.
 
2010-05-14 03:39:26 PM  
wage0048: BZWingZero: 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.

So the towers that cradle the orbiter's wings are for just balance?


The rounded structures in front of the wings are shields for umbilical connectors that attach to the side of the orbiter just below the OMS pods. When the shuttle goes up, the umbilicals retract inside so they don't get toasted.
 
2010-05-14 03:41:08 PM  
Atlantis to after-launch media briefing guys:

HEY I WANNA FLY SOME MORE!!
 
2010-05-14 03:45:14 PM  
mirror.servut.us
 
2010-05-14 03:54:40 PM  
Ow. Moarcat blows my wheels.

I think I need to lie down now and enjoy my catnip cookie.
 
2010-05-14 03:58:41 PM  
Good! Keep dem astrospacemen up in space where they belong! They move into a town and the property values plummet almost as fast as the crime rate increases. Lousy cosmophiles!
 
2010-05-14 04:11:44 PM  
Kittypie070: Ow. Moarcat blows my wheels.

I think I need to lie down now and enjoy my catnip cookie.


99, and enjoy! sleep all good like ^_^
 
2010-05-14 04:21:14 PM  
I was watching CNN at a restaurant at lunch with the CC captioning on. I caught the following go across the bottom of the screen:

WITH THIS CREW MAKING HISTORY BY BEING THE LAST CREW TO FRY IN THE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS

/which Farker types CC text for CNN?
 
2010-05-14 04:24:05 PM  
For those biatching about money spent on NASA, I present a list of notable spinoffs or improvements to existing methods that are a direct result of NASA developed technology, many of which were developed BECAUSE of the manned shuttle programs. (The full list is very long, so here's some of the big ones. If you want to learn more, go here: Link (new window))

Air quality monitoring
Semiconductor cubing
Virtual reality
Enriched baby food/formula
Water purification systems
Scratch-resistant lenses for glasses
Portable coolers/warmers that plug into your car
Dustbuster
Shock absorbing helmets (for the motorcyclists and short bus riders like douche99 out there)
Smoke detectors
flat-panel TVs
trash compactors
food packaging and freeze-drying technology (I think the military would agree that MREs are pretty important)
quartz crystal timing equipment
Solar Energy
Fire-resistant materials
Radiant barrier (I can personally testify to the importance of this stuff, living in Texas)
Earthquake prediction systems
Air purification
MRI scans
Programmable pacemaker
Portable x-ray device
Ultrasounds
automatic insulin pump
Breast cancer detection
Laser angioplasty
voice-controlled wheelchairs
wireless vital sign monitoring
invisible braces
high-pressure water stripping
advanced plasma welding torch
personal alarm systems (like the one advertised by G. Everett Coop)
wireless communications
the jaws of life
air tanks for firemen
personal lightning detector (my track coach had one of these)
improved aircraft engines
new wing design on Gulfstream jets
Electric car batteries
Electric cars

I'll stop there, but yeah-- those are just some of the ones you probably have heard of or seen applications of. I'm not a fangirl of NASA or anything, but I do believe that they have developed a lot of technologies that have made it into our everyday lives without us realizing it. Stop to think about NASA next time you talk on your cell phone, drop your scratch-resistant glasses on the ground, get an ultrasound, or get an MRI when you blow out your knee golfing using your new composite club and more aerodynamic balls (both NASA offshoots).

/research
//it isn't gonna hurt you to google before you open your pie hole
 
2010-05-14 04:49:41 PM  
I really wish I was smarter and had more ambition to get into this stuff when I was a kid...
 
2010-05-14 04:51:27 PM  
Just_Ducky All right... all right... but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order... what have NASA done for us?

^_^
 
2010-05-14 04:58:27 PM  
Uchiha_Cycliste: Just_Ducky All right... all right... but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order... what have NASA done for us?

^_^


I think the real question is: What has NASA done for us lately?

And by us, I mean me.

/selfish
 
2010-05-14 04:59:42 PM  
Drink water. It's virtually free, actually slakes your thirst and doesn't make you look like jabba the hut.
 
2010-05-14 05:06:09 PM  
mcgornia

*cue the quizzical dog*
 
2010-05-14 05:07:11 PM  
HawgWild: Uchiha_Cycliste: Just_Ducky All right... all right... but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order... what have NASA done for us?

^_^

I think the real question is: What has NASA done for us lately?

And by us, I mean me.

/selfish


You DID seemed to be quite entertained this morning, so I'd say you can thank Nasa for that. Eh? Eh, commrade, Eh?
 
2010-05-14 05:17:22 PM  
Uchiha_Cycliste: You DID seemed to be quite entertained this morning, so I'd say you can thank Nasa for that. Eh? Eh, commrade, Eh?

Don't pull me into your socialist ways, you liberal, pinko, commie-loving, hippie, granola head ... SO AND SO!
 
2010-05-14 05:52:39 PM  
HawgWild: Uchiha_Cycliste: You DID seemed to be quite entertained this morning, so I'd say you can thank Nasa for that. Eh? Eh, commrade, Eh?

Don't pull me into your socialist ways, you liberal, pinko, commie-loving, hippie, granola head ... SO AND SO!


Keep going, you're almost there, I also don't have a car or a TV ^_^
I use musette bags at the grocery store, and only shower at work.

Come to the dark side Commrade, help save Mother Earth!
 
2010-05-14 06:19:40 PM  
Uchiha_Cycliste: HawgWild: Uchiha_Cycliste: You DID seemed to be quite entertained this morning, so I'd say you can thank Nasa for that. Eh? Eh, commrade, Eh?

Don't pull me into your socialist ways, you liberal, pinko, commie-loving, hippie, granola head ... SO AND SO!

Keep going, you're almost there, I also don't have a car or a TV ^_^
I use musette bags at the grocery store, and only shower at work.

Come to the dark side Commrade, help save Mother Earth!


img.youtube.com

I'll never join you!
 
2010-05-14 06:21:11 PM  
roflrazzi.files.wordpress.com
 
2010-05-14 06:24:35 PM  
Oh. Well, in that case ...
 
2010-05-14 07:42:10 PM  
Uchiha_Cycliste: Just_Ducky All right... all right... but apart from better sanitation and medicine and education and irrigation and public health and roads and a freshwater system and baths and public order... what have NASA done for us?

^_^


um...

pop tarts and tang?
 
2010-05-14 09:50:48 PM  
I just wanted to tell you both good luck, we're all counting on you.
 
2010-05-14 10:44:39 PM  
The launch was so much fun to watch! They had a couple of former astronauts taking questions from the crowd. I have to say the only time I was close to killing anybody was about the fiftieth time somebody asked Messick "what it felt like in space". The 'nauts were very patient though. The KSC is amazing, I'll have to go back sometime it's less crowded.
 
2010-05-14 11:01:27 PM  
ziponwheels: doubled99

But you're right, the creation of Silly Putty, Velcro, and
superglue are worth untold trillions.

Silly putty was the result of a WWII attempt to make synthetic rubber that was worthless in its intended role but found good application as a toy. Superglue was another WWII era discovery that got re-purposed into a useful product. Velcro was inspired by plant burrs. None of these things had anything to do with the manned space program. Even protein crystals supposedly grown on the ISS were grown in earthbound labs. The contributions of the manned space program to human knowledge, post Apollo, have been none.

The manned space program is not science. Its anti-science. It draws scientists and engineers away from working on more relevant than keeping hairless apes alive in flying tin cans. Doubled99 us actually giving the space program more credit than it deserves. All you haters who accuse him of being an ignoramus should read what a real scientist has to say about the manned space program, www.bobpark.org, before posting pictures of bug eyed dogs.


Your above post shows how little you know. The manned space program has produced untold applications and technologies here on earth. Remote monitoring medical technology, cancer studies, study in the human immune system, experiments in water filtration and recycling, osteoperosis, understanding how the human body responds to micro-gravity, study of how the body handles and responds to various nutrients/vitamins and minerals. Long term (40+yrs) study of human health, experiments on long and short term exposure to various kinds of radiation and long term study of muscle growth/loss and maintenance. Study of human waste management and recycling. Medical science has been STRONGLY advanced because certain proteins and crystals grow differently in micro-gravity and thus respond differently here on earth and can and are able to work more effectively and be produced more purely. These are JUST SOME of the things NASA has given us and specifically the MANNED space program.
 
2010-05-14 11:55:48 PM  
Crews have been doing posters like this for a little while, really cool to see them a little less serious:

www.collectspace.com

Pumpkin suits are not a good look though.
 
2010-05-15 02:06:18 AM  
Yeah baby!

kaizenmedia.ca
/hawtlinked
 
2010-05-15 03:23:07 PM  
NASABOY

Your above post shows how little you know. The manned space program has produced untold applications and technologies here on earth. Remote monitoring medical technology, cancer studies, study in the human immune system, experiments in water filtration and recycling, osteoperosis, understanding how the human body responds to micro-gravity, study of how the body handles and responds to various nutrients/vitamins and minerals. Long term (40+yrs) study of human health, experiments on long and short term exposure to various kinds of radiation and long term study of muscle growth/loss and maintenance. Study of human waste management and recycling. Medical science has been STRONGLY advanced because certain proteins and crystals grow differently in micro-gravity and thus respond differently here on earth and can and are able to work more effectively and be produced more purely. These are JUST SOME of the things NASA has given us and specifically the MANNED space program.

I don't deny that the NASA manned space program has funded some useful research. Scientists that want to research interesting questions and engineers who want to develop useful technologies are always short of money. They're not above putting a space spin on their work to qualify for a NASA grant.

If you look at the list of claimed spinoff technologies posted by Just_ducky, you'll see that most of them are irrelevant to space travel. We don't shoot sick people into space! To demonstrate the claim that the manned space program is a worthwhile use of taxpayer money, you'd have to show that the similar research wouldn't have been funded my more pragmatic, earthbound agencies like the DOE or the NIH.

Also, name one protein that has been crystallized in space that has not been grown with greater yield and higher quality first on earth. Proteins have names. I will gladly reconsider if I can verify your claim in peer reviewed literature.
 
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