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Launch unlikely

| July 2, 2006 |

Latest news from Florida is that the Shuttle launch is unlikely for today. Weather monitoring says that there is only a 30% chance that the weather will allow for a launch. If Discovery can’t launch today it will be Tuesday before they can try again! Matt [Technorati tag(s): shuttle, nasa, Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle Discovery, […]

Countdown restarted

| July 2, 2006 |

The launch coundown for the Shuttle Discovery on STS-121 has restarted. Nasa are looking for a launch window that opens up at 19:26 GMT. Nasa are hopeful for a launch but the weather forecast makes it look rather unlikely. There are a number of thunder storms in the area. However there is plenty of time […]

Launch cancelled until tomorrow

| July 1, 2006 |

Due to weather constraints the launch has been scrubbed for today. The aim is to have a 24hr turn around to launch tomorrow at 19:26 GMT. Feel very sorry for everyone involved, especially the crew that will have to wait quite some time before they can be extracted from the orbiter to do it all […]

No go for weather?

| July 1, 2006 |

Currently the launch of Discovery STS-121 is a negative due to weather. There are storms in the launch area but the weather conditions must be acceptable at one of the three Transatlantic Abort Landing (TAL) sites to launch. The sites are Zaragoza, Spain; Moron, Spain; or Istres, France. Today’s preferred landing site is in Moron, […]

About 25 minutes to go!

About 25 minutes to go!

| July 1, 2006 |

The closeout crew are just leaving the launch tower as we are part way through a 40 minute scheduled hold. The launch window has just been confirmed and is just over four minutes long! There was an issue earlier on with a shuttle thruster but the issue has been cleared for launch by the Mission […]

Crew on board

| July 1, 2006 |

The crew are no on board Discovery ready for the launch of STS-121 and are now conducting air-ground communication checks. There were some concerns earlier on that the weather could preven a launch but a flight in a Shuttle Training Aircraft by Astronaut Mike Bloomfield will assess the weather during the reat of the launch […]

Countdown continues

| July 1, 2006 |

The ‘Ice team’ are just finishing up their inspection of the vehicle on the pad and the countdown clock is running once again. The crew a dressing in their space suits and will soon be entering the orbiter. Matt [Technorati tag(s): shuttle, nasa, Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle Discovery, Discovery, Space, Science, STS-121]

Discovery set for Launch

Discovery set for Launch

| July 1, 2006 |

NASA’s Space shuttle Discovery is all set for launch on what will be the second mission since the loss of Columbia. Mission STS-121 (Discovery’s 32nd flight) should see Discovery launch at around 1549 EDT (1949 GMT) but is dependent on local weather conditions being suitable. Modifications NASA have made a number of modifications to the […]

Nintendo makes you Wii in the dark!

| May 25, 2006 |

Just read this article over at Gizmodo. Apparantly if you have halogen lights in your house you may not be able to use the Wii wireless remote control. According to sources at Nintendo this problem only affects your Wii if you are directly in a halogen beam. Read more HERE Matt [Technorati tag(s): Nintendo, Wii, […]

Shuttle foam question.

Shuttle foam question.

| March 5, 2006 |

It’s good news that the Shuttle is likely to carry out three missions this year, I’m a big fan of the shuttle programme. I have one question that perhaps someone can clear up for me: Is the problem with the insulation foam breaking off the external tank a new one? Over the years I have […]

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