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(Spaceflight Now)   NASA astronaut Joe Acaba and two cosmonauts are launching tonight to the ISS at 11:01 p.m. EDT from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan; follow countdown progress with live video here   (spaceflightnow.com) divider line 128
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2012-05-14 10:28:09 PM  
OOoh, thrilling, a Tang run. Maybe some Kraft DInner, the kind with the fusili. Wow. Exciting science happening there boy!
 
2012-05-14 10:30:04 PM  
Nice link, this should be fun
 
2012-05-14 10:30:21 PM  
I would not be on a rocket in Kazakhstan for all the oil in that mangy, camel-ridden nation.

Just saying. It is a scary, crumbling, terrorist-infested hellhole.
 
2012-05-14 10:31:20 PM  
In before some dumbass brings up the stupid rumors that Acaba is an Absorbaloff.
 
2012-05-14 10:33:14 PM  

Gyrfalcon: I would not be on a rocket in Kazakhstan for all the oil in that mangy, camel-ridden nation.

Just saying. It is a scary, crumbling, terrorist-infested hellhole.


It is still better than our current space program!

:-D
 
2012-05-14 10:33:34 PM  
Thanks for the heads up. I don't understand a farking word of it, but listening to the communications in Russian is pretty interesting nonetheless.
 
2012-05-14 10:33:50 PM  
"Joe Acaba, 44, previously flew to the International Space Station aboard the shuttle Discovery's STS-119 mission in 2009, installing the final pair of power-generating solar wings and conducting two spacewalks on the flight. Born in Anaheim, California, Acaba holds a Master's degree in geology, served in the Dominican Republic for the U.S. Peace Corps and taught high school science in Melbourne, Florida, and middle school math and science at Dunnellon Middle School, Florida, before becoming an astronaut."

Astronauts should run for political office more often.

That is all.
 
2012-05-14 10:33:51 PM  
Ya know, it takes a big brass pair to strap yourself on top of a rocket filled with lots of things that go boom and burninate really good that is made by the lowest bidder.

But how much bigger do they have to be if said lowest bidder is in a 3rd world country?
 
2012-05-14 10:33:54 PM  
BTW this is also being shown on NASA TV for those who have it.
 
2012-05-14 10:35:05 PM  

Mock26: Gyrfalcon: I would not be on a rocket in Kazakhstan for all the oil in that mangy, camel-ridden nation.

Just saying. It is a scary, crumbling, terrorist-infested hellhole.

It is still better than our current space program!

:-D


Sad but true.

Remember, the country Borat is (supposed to be) from has more manned space launch capability than the US right now.

WTF.

Also, didn't I just see this episode of The Big Bang Theory last week? ;)
 
2012-05-14 10:35:29 PM  
So ridiculous the country that pioneered space is now hitching a ride. This is like Henry Ford sticking out his thumb trying to bumb a ride.

/Degrasse for President
 
2012-05-14 10:36:35 PM  

WhyteRaven74: BTW this is also being shown on NASA TV for those who have it.


Do you have a link you could post in the thread?
 
2012-05-14 10:36:49 PM  
Not that I'm nit picky, but shouldn't he be called a cosmonaut if he's going up in a Russian craft?
/never mind
 
2012-05-14 10:37:39 PM  

carmi990: So ridiculous the country that pioneered space is now hitching a ride.


Guessed you missed the news that the Soviet Union went out of business in 1991.
 
2012-05-14 10:38:37 PM  

i.r.id10t: Ya know, it takes a big brass pair to strap yourself on top of a rocket filled with lots of things that go boom and burninate really good that is made by the lowest bidder.



yea, I saw that movie too.
 
2012-05-14 10:39:00 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Do you have a link you could post in the thread?


Link
 
2012-05-14 10:39:24 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Do you have a link you could post in the thread?


Here you go
 
2012-05-14 10:39:43 PM  

But Wait There's More: Bathia_Mapes: Do you have a link you could post in the thread?

Link


Thanks.
 
2012-05-14 10:39:45 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: WhyteRaven74: BTW this is also being shown on NASA TV for those who have it.

Do you have a link you could post in the thread?


Link
 
2012-05-14 10:40:09 PM  

carmi990: So ridiculous the country that pioneered space is now hitching a ride. This is like Henry Ford sticking out his thumb trying to bumb a ride.


May I point you to the next SpaceX launch, which happens in 5 days.
 
2012-05-14 10:40:39 PM  
And showing how awesome NASA is, the online streams are a few seconds ahead of the actual TV channel. I've got NASA TV going on my TV and it's a few seconds behind the streams.
 
2012-05-14 10:40:46 PM  

Bathia_Mapes: Thanks.


Always a good idea to get on the good side of an admin.
 
2012-05-14 10:42:24 PM  
Why was there music playing? Are they going to rock the fark out on their way up? Was that a music test?

/Music officer has no constraints for launch?
 
2012-05-14 10:43:57 PM  

But Wait There's More: Bathia_Mapes: Do you have a link you could post in the thread?

Link


Thanks. I just downloaded the iPad app from that link. It works great.
 
2012-05-14 10:44:13 PM  
Make's me proud we're still at the top of the space race.
i.imgur.com

What's that? Oh...
 
2012-05-14 10:45:43 PM  

flamingboard: Make's me proud we're still at the top of the space race.
[i.imgur.com image 362x403]

What's that? Oh...


Not sure if serious...

but it actually pisses me off a bit.

 
2012-05-14 10:46:36 PM  

nekom: Why was there music playing?


Cause it's Russians.
 
2012-05-14 10:48:42 PM  

WhyteRaven74: nekom: Why was there music playing?

Cause it's Russians.


Yeah, they seem to do things a bit differently. Also why are there no support buildings? It's just a rocket by itself in the desert, unless there's a lot out of frame. Are they afraid to get too close to that thing or what?
 
2012-05-14 10:48:46 PM  
We're now that loser friend that doesn't have a car and always needs a ride.
 
2012-05-14 10:50:28 PM  
I'd give everything I've ever had and everything I will ever have to trade places with one of those guys atop that rocket.
 
2012-05-14 10:50:43 PM  
are they really listening to The Prayer in the capsule?

LoL
 
2012-05-14 10:51:15 PM  
The cosmonaut is using a stick to reach buttons on the flight deck. WTF?!!
 
2012-05-14 10:52:47 PM  

nekom: Also why are there no support buildings?


There are support buildings there, just way out of the frame. Here's the buildings the launch facility is to the north-northeast. About two and a half miles away.
 
2012-05-14 10:53:14 PM  

nekom: Are they afraid to get too close to that thing or what?


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nedelin_catastrophe
 
2012-05-14 10:53:14 PM  
What the fark are they listening to?
 
2012-05-14 10:53:38 PM  

themeaningoflifeisnot: The cosmonaut is using a stick to reach buttons on the flight deck. WTF?!!


Welcome to Russian capsule design.

vegasj: are they really listening to The Prayer in the capsule?


Yep they are.
 
2012-05-14 10:54:30 PM  
I wonder how big that rocket is. The perspective makes it seem small.
 
2012-05-14 10:55:02 PM  

Silverstaff: Remember, the country Borat is (supposed to be) from has more manned space launch capability than the US right now.


We have more pressing issues. Like making sure gay marriage stay illegal so we don't join this list of degenerate nations:

Argentina
Belgium
Canada
Iceland
The Netherlands
Norway
Portugal
South Africa
Spain
Sweden

Seriously, the fact that farking South Africa is ahead of us on human rights is absurd.
 
2012-05-14 10:55:14 PM  
Is it just me or does that thing look like a model?
 
2012-05-14 10:56:47 PM  

vegasj: Bathia_Mapes: WhyteRaven74: BTW this is also being shown on NASA TV for those who have it.

Do you have a link you could post in the thread?

Link


Thanks
 
2012-05-14 10:56:51 PM  

carmi990: So ridiculous the country that pioneered space is now hitching a ride. This is like Henry Ford sticking out his thumb trying to bumb a ride.t


ATT'N: Irony Police. This counts as irony, right?
 
2012-05-14 10:57:01 PM  

themeaningoflifeisnot: I wonder how big that rocket is. The perspective makes it seem small.


It's about 170 feet tall
 
2012-05-14 10:57:54 PM  

WhyteRaven74: There are support buildings there, just way out of the frame. Here's the buildings the launch facility is to the north-northeast. About two and a half miles away.


Cool! Guss they just keep things more at arm's length than NASA does.


flamingboard: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nedelin_catastrophe


Aaaaand I guess I don't blame them. Actually it may be the more sensible thing to do.

Looks like everything is still go. Good luck to all parties involved. As Asimov said, there is a single light of science, and to brighten it anywhere is to brighten it everywhere. I hope they turn the dimmer switch on that light up just a tad today. Godspeed, whatever Russians call that particular Soyuz thingie.
 
2012-05-14 10:58:08 PM  

But Wait There's More: Bathia_Mapes: Thanks.

Always a good idea to get on the good side of an admin.


Heh!
 
2012-05-14 10:58:17 PM  
And BTW yes there's empty space in between the first and second stages, they're just held together by an exposed lattice work.
 
2012-05-14 10:58:32 PM  

Gyrfalcon: I would not be on a rocket in Kazakhstan for all the oil in that mangy, camel-ridden nation.

Just saying. It is a scary, crumbling, terrorist-infested hellhole.


What's important is that you've found a way to feel superior, while also depending on them.
 
2012-05-14 10:58:53 PM  

jmr61: I'd give everything I've ever had and everything I will ever have to trade places with one of those guys atop that rocket.


I'm too claustrophobic, watching the video is enough. Thank you
 
2012-05-14 10:59:11 PM  

WhyteRaven74: themeaningoflifeisnot: The cosmonaut is using a stick to reach buttons on the flight deck. WTF?!!

Welcome to Russian capsule design.

vegasj: are they really listening to The Prayer in the capsule?

Yep they are.


I couldn't tell... but I hope it wasn't the Charlotte Church version. God, that'd be the last thing I'd want to hear before shooting off into space hoping I make it.

 
2012-05-14 10:59:49 PM  

nekom: Cool! Guss they just keep things more at arm's length than NASA does.


Pretty much. Also the current launch facility isn't the only one that's been on the site, there have been others nearer to the various buildings.
 
2012-05-14 11:00:53 PM  
It reminds me of those rockets they used to launch at Godzilla in the movies.
 
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