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Upcoming shuttle flights

[color=#6200AA]According to the post-flight press conferences for STS-121 they have the following shuttle flights planned:[/color]
[color=#6200AA]Atlantis – STS-115 due for launch on 28th August at the earliest[/color]
[color=#6200AA]Discovery – provisional launch date of 14th December.[/color]

[color=#6200AA]Atlantis is due for Rollover to the vehicle assembly building on Tuesday 25 July (maybe monday 24th) followed by rollout to the launch pad a week later.[/color]

[color=#6200AA]The next shuttle flights are concentrating on construction of the International Space Station. ISS is due to be completed by September 2010.[/color]

[color=#6200aa]NASA are also looking into the possibility of doing a service on the Hubble telescope during one mission as well. The decision regarding whether this will be possible will be taken this Autumn.[/color]

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STS-121 Crew have left Discovery

[Color=#6200AA]The STS-121 crew have disembarked the space shuttle Discovery after it touched down safely at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida at 9.14 EDT. The crew are taking a walk around the shuttle before returning to their crew quarters.[/color]

[Color=#6200AA]Discovery’s mission covered more than 5 million miles and the Shuttle came to a stop at 9:15:49EDT with a mission elapsed time of 12 Days 18 hours 37 minutes and 54 seconds.[/color]

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Discovery Home Safe

[Color=#6200AA]Space shuttle Discovery has touched down safely at the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida.[/color]

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Discovery Home Safe

Discovery has just landed safely, more to follow!

Matt

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Deorbit Burn Complete

Deorbit burn has been completed. During the burn Discovery was flying upside down and backwards. The shuttle is now committed to landing today.

Matt

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Discovery Go For Deorbit Burn!

Mission control has given Discovery the go for deorbit burn! The thunderstorms have cleared and weather is forecasted to be good for the landing, scheduled for 9:14 a.m. We are 10 minutes away from the start of the deorbit burn.

Matt

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Discovery crew prepare to return

The crew of Discovery have been told to begin fluid loading, which means that they drink large amounts of fluids to aid them in their re-acclimation into Earth’s gravity. Each crew member will drink approximately 40 ounces of water. They are now dressed in their pumpkin-orange launch and entry suits.

Matt

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Shuttle due home

Space shuttle Discovery is due to return home today which will end it’s 13 day mission STS-121. The weather is looking good for a landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 0914 EDT. The crew will fire the shuttle’s engines at 0807 to begin the orbiter’s descent.

The landing will bring to an end a mission that the US space agency (Nasa) hopes will help reduce safety concerns over the shuttle programme that have been heightened since the loss of the Columbia ship.

More news as we find it!

Matt

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MoDaCo Summer Event

This weekend saw MoDaCo’s 2006 summer event. The event, held at Orange’s offices in Paddington, was the sixth such event organised by the Smartphone community forum.

This year’s event was certainly one to remember with the hosts Orange and contributors Microsoft pulling out all the stops. Throughout the day there were breakout sessions covering subjects such as programming for mobile devices, mobile gaming and mobile music.

Orange also gave their guests the unique opportunity to get hands on with new and unreleased mobile devices such as the Orange M3100 (HTC Hermes) and the Orange C100. It’s very rare to be allowed to play with unreleased devices!

Im sure that the highlight of the event for many was right at the end when Orange announced that they had a gift for everyone that attended. The gift was a special edition white Orange C600 with the MoDaCo logo printed on the back! Every attendee received a phone.

MoDaCo is a community forum with over 140,000 dedicated members and is the world’s largest Smartphone and Pocket PC mobile device website.

Matt

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