The Space Shuttle Discovery is due to launch this evening just before 10pm GMT. We've long been interested in the science behind space travel, and have perused a few launches before. For the first time in Sidepodhistory, we've got a live thread for the launch, as well as what I'm hoping will be quite awesome Factbyte Factbox coverage.
The launch can be viewed on a live stream via NASA TV, available here, and NASA are on Twitter as well, although I don't know how comprehensive their coverage will be.
(hearts) to nasa for the use of all their images. we need to start a nasa site, copyright free audio, video, everything.
Are all those people the astronauts? They don't look very suited up.
Those are the people who put the astronauts into the shuttle. The round hatch in the background is the shuttle
They are 255(I think) feet up in the air and once they complete everything they need to do to close out the shuttle they break down the white room they are in and are left on a platform up in the air
I told you before you need to take over NASA TV
this picture makes me mad: http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/02/space-shuttle-discoverys-final-launch/100015/#img25
how is it possible to type with big thumbs?
Lots of useful info on the space site Pat linked to in the daily. I had never seen it before but I think I am going to be checking it out regularly
They have their own pre-launch show streaming which I just found, might be more interesting than the NASA radio for a while.
I am watching that. They are presenting the subject far better than NASA TV ever did
I stick to this countdown clock rather than the official one. It actually counts down all the way rather than having stops all over the place
All these holds actually boggle my mind.
I can never remember when the holds are or how long they are so I just pretend they don't exist
Any time you here them say KFC they are actually saying KSC - Kennedy Space Centre. It gets me every single launch
christine just asked me if it's possible an astronaut could've started out at KFC.
I have fallen for that at least ten times. My brain refuses to learn
I just heard one of the feed mention that there may be an issue with a tile. It is not expected to be a problem. I guess they are checking it now
Looks like a little white circle can be seen on the damaged tile
lovely idea though - starting out at KFC lol
The Closeout Crew would be an excellent name for a band.
with their hit album, Ready For Launch.
They have made the white dot disappear
They coloured in the white dot. It's black again so all is well
space is easy.
I like the sound of this. Commercial company may fly the shuttles for a few years to fill the gap until NASA has a new vehicle available. Great news
I hope they didnt go over the line........
I don't see Mike Gascoyne being happy about someone fixing damage with a felt marker
Remember the Brawn? I thought that someone had gone mad with a highlighter pen. if it is good enough for NASA.....
If you are looking for facts. Steve Bowen is flying as a replacement for Tim Kopra who hurt himself on a bike. Bikes are dangerous.
"According to the STS-133 press kit, the Shuttle Liftoff Weight is 4,525,220 pounds. That's quite a lot."
how many elephants is that?
I am pretty sure it's more than 4
I've met Bassano!
Don't let him give you any cheeky Vimto
it's a jungle out there.
I hope you got your Sidepodhug :)
I've never had a Sidepodhug :(
:lol: :lol: :lol:
Shuttle / African elephant = 301.6 (approximately
thank you ian :)
FBFB got there first. Fortunately both have the same number
Same person, two different names :D
30 minutes to launch and everything seems to be running to plan now the white bit on the tile has been coloured in.
I still think the fact that we can launch things into space is just about the coolest thing ever.
Janna, I got your message and i'll send it to you when I get home. Thanks :)
If you ever wondered how they can tell which solid rocket booster is which when they fish them out of the sea after launch the left one has a thick black stripe round it near the top.
I never noticed it either until it was pointed out
Space robot has his own twitter account
Disappointed that it doesn't have just one tweet "DESTROY. ALL. HUMANS"
THe range is red because of a computer.
Multiple redundancy NASA - multiple redundancy.
How can you lose all the money associated with a launch because of a computer glitch?
Wait till he gets control of the ISS
this being the US gov't, the computer is probably older than we are.
"About to rain death from above. lulz!"
Probably been around is Wehner von Braun
Geek point - weight = 3,200 F1 cars but engine power = 50,000 F1 cars. Great on the straights but it would corner like a brick.
They are going to run the countdown down to T-5minutes before they pull the plug if the computer is not functional
More a drag racer than an F1 car then
They keep saying they will go to 5 minutes then hold. I don't see how they can hold when there is only about a minute of a launch window. If they hold for more than a minute at 5 minutes it is an abort
I like this bit.
Flight controller poll
All go apart from range who have the blue screen of death
I love listening back to Apollo polls. THe flight controllers barely had time to say yes before the flight director called the next one
They can go 3 minutes beyond the planned launch time. If they hold at 5 minutes for 3 minutes 1 second it's game over and reset to go again tomorrow
Jut like Thunderbirds as they pull back the crew access arm
the fbfb countdown has never been more apt. it just needs to look more nasa-y now.
Just not Jut
I think they should pull the plug early on this
We are go for launch
Whats up with the eastern range? Like I even know what that means...
too many okies.
The computer that blows up the shuttle if it ends up pointing at a town had the blue screen of death
windows reboot required on the pc that runs the air force.
I can barely send a photo on my mobile, this is awesome technology for me!
It was probably an Adobe update, I always get those at the most inopportune times.
it even looks awesome. can't fault this.
3 minutes to go
Did not realise BBC News shows it live. I'm in.
The beanie cap is being retracted
Hi All - fingers crossed :) The top's off!
Very impressed with the technical knowledge
ahh, the fbfb timer was a bit fast.
nah nasa is just slow
Fourstar is in Florida
watching these launches will never get old
They got through throttle up. Phew
I'm pretty sure that was my first one, pretty spectacular.
only one more to go....maybe.
that was awesome.
You wait until you see thermal cam ;)
what's PAIN1 ??
BBC said 2?
2 engine TAL
They can get across the Atlantic on 2 of 3 main engines
I'll believe the BBC. I haven't checked lately. over the last few months they added one. maybe they added another. i'll check...
was that tiles that just came off?
It's 2. THey added one
Abort to orbit.
If everything fails now they go to orbit rather than try to land
Nice of them to wait for me to get home from picking up the eldest - had 2 minutes to spare :D
Endeavour - April 19 & Atlantis June 28 (dates are "targeted for")
Wow look at those pictures, thats the earth below!!
Makes me wish NASA named one of their shuttles "Thunderbird" :)
That's the atmos burning up top right? I haven't seen a camera stay this good throughout liftoff - normally they cut away right?
Main engine cut off
External fuel tank jettisoned
Shuttle is free!
From the camera on the external fuel tank? Best. Onboard. Camera. Angle. EVER. :D
How does the FBFB know how fast Thunderbird 1 goes?
control room - see some guy heading home with his bag? he's done....
The shuttle is off the ground. Your fired now
Guy there just checking his mobile, must have gone well.
Agree with CAMikaze - I'd like to stay with the fuel tank!
I am impressed
#STS133 We witnessed history today as NASA's oldest and most experienced space shuttle thundered into orbit for its last scheduled mission.
@Christine - I thought you were over shuttle launches (or was that just the delays?)
I wonder if there was a feeling of melancholy at Kennedy Space Center today...
Chunks of foam falling off the external fuel tank.
Did I say that? I don't recall, but I may have been having a strop at NASA that day :)
I missed that live
"Hear me baby? Hold together." - Han Solo
i caught it - scroll up ;) it looked big but it was only out of the corner of my eye
Replays coming up on
THe foam coming off the external tank is not intentional. It can cause serious damage to the heat shield. The shuttle that blew up on re-entry to the atmosphere did so because of damage caused by that foam
You can track the shuttle and station live at http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/tracking/index.html
You can also find out when you can see either or both flying over your head by picking your country on the menu in the left hand column and then your local area.
You won't see the OHMS burn
I just stole all of that comment :)
NASA has an app too for the iphone and it does the sightings thing for you once you tell it where you are. Also, heavens-above.com can do some cool stuff once you set up where you are. use google maps to find the latitude and longitude of where you are
I am going to follow Rupert Murdoch's example and start charging for comments :)
On to the pub, great dinner, great company, lots of fun!
I linked to a NASA page a few weeks ago that listed a few apps
The guy who docks shuttle to ISS @ 17k mph - wonder if his wife gives him grief about his parking performance at the mall like mine does.
I'm really impressed at how many people were tweeting about the launch.
am stunned anyone is commenting it too. we thought a post would be overkill.
Oh please. We fill one up with Eurovision....
Have embedded the FBFB replay in the post. This was too much fun, peoples.
My whole feed lit up. Here I thought we'd just have me, Steven and you guys, posting the odd comment in the Daily.
So will you break out the FBFB for the landing?
I have to say my favourite FBFB moment of the launch was the green flag
Thanks Christine - haven't watched a shuttle launch in years, never knew when they were on, news coverage is zero. Having watched the original Apollo launches I thought we'd be mining Titan by now!
The latest XKCD cartoon refers.
I liked that too :) :)
I may do just that :)
But she would have been caught out if we needed a white one, right? ;)
is landing day or night? I love the head up display as it comes in, maybe the infrared through the night sky too?
I really wish they would publicise them more and NASA TV were not useless. There is no point complaining about their budget if they don't take the best chance they have to sell their program.
I think we all thought that the moon would be populated by now and Mars too
mars is populated, just not my humans.
I haven't even looked at the rest of the mission since the original launch was aborted.
Well we should go there and kick them out.
we sent the rovers to drive up and down there street. step one - "annoy the elderly neighbours with cars". step two - develop real estate.
*their not there.
I think if I had been in charge there would not have been a launch today. If a computer crashes for any reason is it really a good idea to trust the lives of all the people in one of the towns in the area to it when it has only been back up and running for a minute or two?
External Tank Camera replay is about to start
look for pieces coming off after about two-three minutes (?)
pieces fell off - about four minutes. yep just saw stuff go from right to left
Just reading through the FBFB for bits I missed.
I have no idea what that is meant to be
I should have read the next line. It was internal power
"heroes in a half shell!"
It weighs in elephants but is powered by turles. Amazing it ever got off the ground
or ninja's if you live outside the uk.
Post launch conference coming up top of the hour
It's Ninja here too now
Heroes is better.
hero always sounded more... heroic.
Ninja is way better than hero
Partners in Kryme if I remember rightly - it sure is an eclectic mix on the space shuttle's ipod
There is only one way and that is upwards :) Why do we love speed? It's the only way how to exceed the gravity!