Thursday, March 12, 2009

shuttle discovery ready to launch

NASA's STS-119 mission is ready to go! shuttle discovery sits in wait on the launch pad with the currently full moon shining overhead.


the 10 year old international space station (ISS) will benefit from this mission as the crew will install the final truss segment needed for the solar array! the full set of solar arrays will stretch out to 100 meters (the size of a football field) and will increase the energy available to the space station so that starting this year, six people will be able to live on the ISS instead of just three.

launch is set for tonight, 11 march, 2009 at 9:20 pm EDT.

14 comments:

Steve Jeffery said...

That reminds me, there'll be a video webcast of the event by Spaceflight Now from 4:30pm EDT. Do I interpret your Blog widget correctly in thinking that EDT is four hours behind the UK? Assuming it's accessible from here I was going to tune in.

Frances said...

Astropixie, congratulations on being recognized as a blog of note. BTW, that's a beautiful picture. Also, since you are in a field which has few women, have you heard of Catherine Asaro? She's an overachiever too. Three cheers for overachievers. :-)

astropixie said...

yes, EDT is 4 hours ahead of UK time right now.

thanks frances! can you recommend a book of hers to read?

Dr Atomix said...

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w.w.i.i.g.g.s.s. said...

I await the full set of solar arrays with much anticipation! Thank you!

Jimmy P said...

I remember the Apollo launches when I was very small and they sparked my love of astronomy and space exploration. I watched all of the shuttle launches (and I've witnessed the disasters) and at one time I had a very large book of news clippings. I even have a copy of the "shuttle operator's manual" though it's not in very good shape after 30 years. It's always a thrill to watch the launches, now if I could only witness one in person.

Steve Jeffery said...

Bad news. This evening's launch has been scrubbed due to a hydrogen leak. Bugger.

Steve Jeffery said...

Tentatively rescheduled for tomorrow at 8:45pm EDT.

Sawyer said...

OH i heard about this on discovery channel.
it ended up having a hydrogen leak or something rather.
and now its planned to launch Thursday.

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theme said...

Hi Dear,


That's true, you know. As a matter of fact, the ISS astronauts faced some difficults due to the amount of debris to maneuver the ISS in time. So, today,(Mar 14th), they went to the Russian Space MIR. The main reason was to avoid a possible shake with the largest piece of the two collided satellites. Therefore, the big debris among a thousand of them was the engine of one of the Sats. Fortunately, nothing happened with the ISS and, as soon as they could, they returned to the ISS. Good Blog yrs :)

theme said...

NB - Instead of MIR read Soyouz.