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(CNN) Video 132 space shuttle launches for the coolest 132 seconds you'll watch today. Bonus: Fadeouts to black and white are your cue to has a sad   (cnn.com) divider line 26
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2011-02-24 11:11:01 AM
well that was cool.
 
2011-02-24 11:14:08 AM
Is there a greenlit thread for today's scheduled launch of Discovery? (4:50 P.M. EST)
 
2011-02-24 11:15:36 AM
The biggest sad I get is knowing that I will never get the chance to slip the surly bonds of Earth and touch the face of God for myself.
 
2011-02-24 11:21:11 AM
apropos:
icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com

/hotlinked
 
2011-02-24 11:25:59 AM
My sad was compounded by my daughter, almost 3, sitting in my lap to watch this.

Her "What's that?"
Me "Space shuttle launches, to outer space, where the moon and stars are"
Her "Goodnight stars, goodnight air, goodnight noises everywhere"

The last bit was said as one of the fade to blacks went through ;_;
 
2011-02-24 11:28:53 AM

RonEdwards: The biggest sad I get is knowing that I will never get the chance to slip the surly bonds of Earth and touch the face of God for myself.


Why?
 
2011-02-24 11:30:10 AM

Aerdrie: My sad was compounded by my daughter, almost 3, sitting in my lap to watch this.

Her "What's that?"
Me "Space shuttle launches, to outer space, where the moon and stars are"
Her "Goodnight stars, goodnight air, goodnight noises everywhere"

The last bit was said as one of the fade to blacks went through ;_;


That's farkin adorable. Off of fark with this wholesome goodness.
 
2011-02-24 11:31:34 AM

Quick Fixer: RonEdwards: The biggest sad I get is knowing that I will never get the chance to slip the surly bonds of Earth and touch the face of God for myself.

Why?


Because being an astronaut would be friggin' sweet and you know it. Mass Effect is the closest I will ever get to being an intergalactic awesome-guy
 
2011-02-24 11:41:19 AM

RonEdwards: Quick Fixer: RonEdwards: The biggest sad I get is knowing that I will never get the chance to slip the surly bonds of Earth and touch the face of God for myself.

Why?

Because being an astronaut would be friggin' sweet and you know it. Mass Effect is the closest I will ever get to being an intergalactic awesome-guy


Yeah, but the guy who wrote that poem was flying a plane. It wasn't even supersonic.

Most people could become pilots with nothing but money and free time. (Although the more of both, the better.)
 
2011-02-24 11:43:35 AM

dv-ous: RonEdwards: Quick Fixer: RonEdwards: The biggest sad I get is knowing that I will never get the chance to slip the surly bonds of Earth and touch the face of God for myself.

Why?

Because being an astronaut would be friggin' sweet and you know it. Mass Effect is the closest I will ever get to being an intergalactic awesome-guy

Yeah, but the guy who wrote that poem was flying a plane. It wasn't even supersonic.

Most people could become pilots with nothing but money and free time. (Although the more of both, the better.)


Yeah.. I am on a lot of planes, so I personally don't consider flying all that special.

Now, to actually get into space... Yeah. That seems like quite a feat.
 
2011-02-24 11:50:20 AM
Still love the vids from the cameras mounted on the vehicle
Link (new window)
 
2011-02-24 11:55:54 AM

Quick Fixer: RonEdwards: The biggest sad I get is knowing that I will never get the chance to slip the surly bonds of Earth and touch the face of God for myself.

Why?


My name is Connor MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod, and I cannot die.
 
2011-02-24 11:58:30 AM
Nasa does cheesy clip shows now!

Must be nearing the end of its run.
 
2011-02-24 12:05:33 PM

Colin O'Scopy: Nasa does cheesy clip shows now!

Must be nearing the end of its run.


I'll be generous and give you a 2/132.
 
2011-02-24 12:06:52 PM

Aerdrie: My sad was compounded by my daughter, almost 3, sitting in my lap to watch this.

Her "What's that?"
Me "Space shuttle launches, to outer space, where the moon and stars are"
Her "Goodnight stars, goodnight air, goodnight noises everywhere"

The last bit was said as one of the fade to blacks went through ;_;


Awesome.
 
2011-02-24 12:15:43 PM
Cool -

Watching a 1950's concept that was built with 1960's technology that was assembled in the 1970's and first launched in the 1980's that could have been done cheaper and better yet we used for over 30 years with a couple of notable issues and no real successor to the program available at this time

/ am a space exploration supporter
// feel we should have gone to Mars and beyond by now
/// space exploration by committee, politicians, and as a sidelight to the defense group is a no-win
 
2011-02-24 12:32:49 PM

RonEdwards: Quick Fixer: RonEdwards: The biggest sad I get is knowing that I will never get the chance to slip the surly bonds of Earth and touch the face of God for myself.

Why?

Because being an astronaut would be friggin' sweet and you know it. Mass Effect is the closest I will ever get to being an intergalactic awesome-guy


Sorry; I should clarify: the end of the shuttle missions probably hasn't fundamentally impacted your personal odds of getting into space. Are they decommissioning the astronaut training program? I assumed they weren't.

If they are, then that slightly impacts your chances. But there's still becoming a millionaire and/or attaching yourself to a private space-shot enterprise or another nation's space program. So what's stopping you?

// Me... I hate roller-coasters. Step one is conquer coaster fear, step two is pilot's license
/// Then maybe step 3, in a decade or so.
 
2011-02-24 12:54:26 PM
how bout you replace those shuttle launches with saturn v launches. cause the shuttle ended up costing as much as the saturn v per launch, but the shuttle could only put up about 20 tonnes of payload, while the saturn v could put up around 120 tonnes of payload. ill not miss the shuttle, thats for sure. think of how much more we could have done.
 
2011-02-24 01:04:02 PM

Quick Fixer: RonEdwards: Quick Fixer: RonEdwards: The biggest sad I get is knowing that I will never get the chance to slip the surly bonds of Earth and touch the face of God for myself.

Why?

Because being an astronaut would be friggin' sweet and you know it. Mass Effect is the closest I will ever get to being an intergalactic awesome-guy

Sorry; I should clarify: the end of the shuttle missions probably hasn't fundamentally impacted your personal odds of getting into space. Are they decommissioning the astronaut training program? I assumed they weren't.

If they are, then that slightly impacts your chances. But there's still becoming a millionaire and/or attaching yourself to a private space-shot enterprise or another nation's space program. So what's stopping you?

// Me... I hate roller-coasters. Step one is conquer coaster fear, step two is pilot's license
/// Then maybe step 3, in a decade or so.


What is stopping me? The fact that I'm done with college and not already an astrophysicist or extremely wealthy. Lacking in those two things, the only way to get into space was if everyone was doing it. Like on the Jetsons.
 
2011-02-24 01:36:09 PM

JohnCarter:
/ am a space exploration supporter
// feel we should have gone to Mars and beyond by now
/// space exploration by committee, politicians, and as a sidelight to the defense group is a no-win


It's better than nuthin', though I'm with you. Was very sad when the turn of the Millenia rolled around and there was still no sight of this:

www.wired.com
/hot
 
2011-02-24 01:44:56 PM
How come there was no footage of the launches of the military shuttle out of Vandenburg?
 
2011-02-24 02:07:31 PM

amd1433: JohnCarter:
/ am a space exploration supporter
// feel we should have gone to Mars and beyond by now
/// space exploration by committee, politicians, and as a sidelight to the defense group is a no-win

It's better than nuthin', though I'm with you. Was very sad when the turn of the Millenia rolled around and there was still no sight of this:


/hot


We should have been flying around in these things before then!geektyrant.com
 
2011-02-24 03:51:02 PM
Please post pics of hot astronaut babes. without the spacesuit of course. helmet ok but definitley no spacesuit
 
2011-02-24 04:02:42 PM
How about a UFO ?

i91.photobucket.com
 
2011-02-24 09:53:19 PM
I was there for the final Atlantis launch. I wish I could have seen it with my father, who was born in 1955 and has always been obsessed with space flight. Unfortunately he couldn't take off work, but I did get to see it with my fiancee. It's sad I won't be able to see a shuttle launch with him now.
 
2011-02-24 11:36:01 PM
I watched today's launch from Orlando.
i56.tinypic.com
/mine
//wish I was using something better than a cell phone
 
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