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    What are you doing at 11:26 am central on Friday July 8 (that's tomorrow)?

    Answer: getting yourself to a tv or internet feed and watching the launch of STS-135, the last space shuttle mission ever. After 135 missions over the last three decades, this is it...the final mission that will conclude a piece of American history.

    The launch should be able to be viewed on any major network or news station. If you're not around a TV, pull up the video feed at www.nasa.gov.

    Launch tomorrow is pending weather (which looks iffy) as well as an assesment of a lightning strike on the pad earlier this afternoon. So be ready to stay tuned on Saturday or Sunday if required.

    I'm road-tripping it to Florida as I type, so I will try to provide some updates as things develop.

    Geaux Atlantis!



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    Any UL logo's on the hardware this trip?


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    Quote Originally Posted by BabbForHeisman View Post
    _ What are you doing at 11:26 am central on Friday July 8 (that's tomorrow)?

    Answer: getting yourself to a tv or internet feed and watching the launch of STS-135, the last space shuttle mission ever. After 135 missions over the last three decades, this is it...the final mission that will conclude a piece of American history.

    The launch should be able to be viewed on any major network or news station. If you're not around a TV, pull up the video feed at www.nasa.gov.

    Launch tomorrow is pending weather (which looks iffy) as well as an assesment of a lightning strike on the pad earlier this afternoon. So be ready to stay tuned on Saturday or Sunday if required.

    I'm road-tripping it to Florida as I type, so I will try to provide some updates as things develop.

    Geaux Atlantis!



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    For me this is a very sad day in American history. Venturing into outer space was the most defining moment for American ingenuity IMO, we were determined to land a man on the moon and we did so. Little kids dreamed of being astronauts and those astronauts made regular people believe anything was possible. I am saddened that this day has arrived.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cajun4life View Post
    _ For me this is a very sad day in American history. Venturing into outer space was the most defining moment for American ingenuity IMO, we were determined to land a man on the moon and we did so. Little kids dreamed of being astronauts and those astronauts made regular people believe anything was possible. I am saddened that this day has arrived. _
    AGREED.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabbForHeisman View Post
    _ What are you doing at 11:26 am central on Friday July 8 (that's tomorrow)?

    Answer: getting yourself to a tv or internet feed and watching the launch of STS-135, the last space shuttle mission ever. After 135 missions over the last three decades, this is it...the final mission that will conclude a piece of American history.

    The launch should be able to be viewed on any major network or news station. If you're not around a TV, pull up the video feed at www.nasa.gov.

    Launch tomorrow is pending weather (which looks iffy) as well as an assesment of a lightning strike on the pad earlier this afternoon. So be ready to stay tuned on Saturday or Sunday if required.

    I'm road-tripping it to Florida as I type, so I will try to provide some updates as things develop.

    Geaux Atlantis!



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    Damn, I really miss going outside and watching the shuttles take off from my backyard. Babbfor, if you're going to be in Titusville, try getting some rock shrimp at Dixie Crossroads. Those things are great boiled. Have a great trip and keep a watch out for the damn snowbirds when you're driving.

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    Can someone explain NASA's future plans now that the space shuttle launches will commence?

    What does this mean to the rest of us Americans
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    Quote Originally Posted by ulforlife View Post
    _ Can someone explain NASA's future plans now that the space shuttle launches will commence?

    What does this mean to the rest of us Americans
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    That is my question... so it's just over? I know NASA is busy making middle east nations love us (B.O. order), which is a full time job, but what now? I'm sure we will still have space exploration, but whats the future plans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunMarine81 View Post
    _ That is my question... so it's just over? I know NASA is busy making middle east nations love us (B.O. order), which is a full time job, but what now? I'm sure we will still have space exploration, but whats the future plans? _

    Pay out the _____ to the Russians for a ride to support the space station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BabbForHeisman View Post

    Launch tomorrow is pending weather (which looks iffy) as well as an assesment of a lightning strike on the pad earlier this afternoon. So be ready to stay tuned on Saturday or Sunday if required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ulforlife View Post
    Can someone explain NASA's future plans now that the space shuttle launches will commence?

    What does this mean to the rest of us Americans
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    I think a manned mission to Mars is in the planning stages. I saw some shows on the NASA channel, and the project seems to be well on the way.

    I think they also plan to use a cross between the shuttle and the old Apollo rocket as a launch vehicle for personnel and materials. It would use an Apollo like main rocket, with outboard recoverable solid rocket boosters. My understanding is it's more economical than having a single vehicle do both at the same time.

    Hopefully BFH can lead us to some updated info on plans and timelines.

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    Ragin' Cajuns Re: Last Shuttle Launch

    The REAL question now is, how long are we going to let the russkies and the chi-coms run everything in outerspace??


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    Quote Originally Posted by NOCajun View Post
    The REAL question now is, how long are we going to let the russkies and the chi-coms run everything in outerspace??
    On the NBC video I watched earlier, the announcer mentioned it would be the last launch from Florida for four years.

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540...5578&#43685578

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    I actually thought this video from the NASA site was pretty cool as well.

    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/video...a_id=100262181


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    Below are a couple of links to planned future space program actions involving Mars. None look like manned for at minimum 10+ years.

    Maven
    http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/prog.../future/maven/

    ExoMars/Trace Gas Orbiter
    http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/prog...re/exomarstgo/

    US & European Space Agency's (ESA's) ExoMars rover
    http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/prog...ture/mars2018/

    Further programs to return Mars samples to earth
    http://marsprogram.jpl.nasa.gov/prog...utureMissions/

    Possible future manned mission
    http://www.nasa.gov/exploration/home/index.html


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    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) Atlantis and four astronauts rocketed into orbit Friday on NASA's last space shuttle voyage, dodging bad weather and delighting hundreds of thousands of spectators on hand to witness the end of an era. It will be at least ...


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    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - The last spacewalk of NASA's space shuttle era is under way nearly 250 miles above Earth. Space station astronauts Michael Fossum and Ronald Garan Jr. ventured out Tuesday morning. They'll retrieve a broken ammonia pump outside ...


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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunAmos View Post
    _ I think a manned mission to Mars is in the planning stages. I saw some shows on the NASA channel, and the project seems to be well on the way.

    I think they also plan to use a cross between the shuttle and the old Apollo rocket as a launch vehicle for personnel and materials. It would use an Apollo like main rocket, with outboard recoverable solid rocket boosters. My understanding is it's more economical than having a single vehicle do both at the same time.

    Hopefully BFH can lead us to some updated info on plans and timelines. _
    That's actually a pretty good summary. Let me back up and try to answer everyone's questions:

    The shuttle has been around for 30 years and has been one heck of a vehicle. But like any good vehicle, if you put enough miles on it, there will eventually be a time when you need to move on to something else.

    The shuttle has been great at what it does. Its basically like a 18-wheeler that goes to space. You load it up with cargo and away it goes. We've launched nearly every component of the International Space Station in the shuttle's payload bay. Most people don't realize how big the space station is. The current volume is around 34,000 ft3. For a point of comparison, if you assume 10 foot ceilings, that's like a 3,400 ft2 house, which is pretty sizable. Now consider that when you are on earth, the floor is the only livable surface in the house. When you are in space, all surfaces are livable. So it seems a lot bigger than that.

    Now that the space station is complete, the shuttle's job is over. Why is that? Because its time for humans to once again explore beyond low earth orbit (the station flies at ~200 miles up). It's time to go beyond that. The moon, Mars, even an asteroid are all potential destinations.

    So why can't the shuttle go there? For the same reason an 18-wheeler can't go very far on a gallon of gas. It's meant for hauling cargo, not for efficient long distance travel. We are currently working on developing a new vehicle (called Orion) that will be a scaled-up, high tech version of an Apollo capsule. It will be strapped on top of a bigger and better rocket than this country has ever produced. Call it the space version of a smart car...not so much cargo, but it can go a long way on a gallon of gas.

    Current plans show that Orion will be ready to fly sometime in the 2016-2017 timeframe. You might hear a lot of people out there saying that NASA doesn't have a plan. In a lot of respects, that's true. The current administration has not authorized us to plan a mission to any one particular place. But they have authorized us to build a vehicle. And we're building a vehicle capable of going to virtually any place. Without getting to political, I think the hope is that a new administration down the line will say "we want NASA to go to ____", and we'll be able to say "cool, we have this vehicle lying around that will do just that."

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    Quote Originally Posted by CajunAmos View Post
    _ Any UL logo's on the hardware this trip? _
    Haha, you didn't see the Ragin' Cajun flag hanging off the back end at liftoff?

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    For those of you still keeping up, landing is scheduled for 4:56 am central on Thursday.

    My last shift in Mission Control is tomorrow from 5:30am - 2:30pm. If you turn on NASA TV, you'll probably see me there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BabbForHeisman View Post
    For those of you still keeping up, landing is scheduled for 4:56 am central on Thursday.

    My last shift in Mission Control is tomorrow from 5:30am - 2:30pm. If you turn on NASA TV, you'll probably see me there.
    Is your shift the entire time?

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