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Final Space Shuttle

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Final Space Shuttle

The last ever space shuttle takes off this afternoon at 4.26pm UK time.  Fuelling is now underway.
Final Shuttle
The weather isn't kind at present with only a 30% chance of lift off.
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@artmo, thanks for the reminder, was on the radio news this morning but just said 'Today', didn't mention the time.
Let us hope for good weather Smiley
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Weather not looking good at present but it can change quickly in Florida.
here's an interesting item from the BBC
Space Shuttle
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Latest weather at Cape Canaveral
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dont like this one
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Weather still giving a 30% chance of lift off.  Nothing to worry about as this is typical weather for this time of year in Florida.
There was a lightening strike yesterday on the launch pad.  See:

Lightening Strike
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Cautiously optimistic with under half an hour to go:
Lift off
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Phew!!!  That was a close call, they nearly lost their window.  God's speed Smiley
In the words of NASA controller, Rock and Roll Atlantis. Smiley Smiley
Here's some live coverage - don't know how long they will run it for.
Live Coverage
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Here's something for those Interested. Space shuttle tracker....http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-13877321
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One can see the altitude of the shuttle gradually increasing but it'll take some time before it reaches the space station.
I just want to see them safely back on Earth.
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As this is the last shuttle there isn't another available if anything goes wrong and the crew need help.  Let's hope it all goes well for them.
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Quote from: artmo
As this is the last shuttle there isn't another available if anything goes wrong and the crew need help.  Let's hope it all goes well for them.

Those are generally the sentiments of much of the world but according to a few USA space program/airforce guys its what has held the space race back.
As nearly as I can remember what was said was the obvious. It was along the lines of space travel is dangerous and will always be so, a high percentage of astronauts are expected to die, but despite that there will never be a shortage of volunteers.
Instead of great advancements and leaps forward things have generally gone backwards as the money went on safety to the ninth degree.
Some things can never be safe and the cost of trying to make them safe just stifles it until it becomes pointless.
After watching the moon landing all those years ago I genuinely, at that time, expected to be donning my silver suit by now for some holiday fun in outer space.
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Watching the flight deck of Atlantis, can't help but get the impression Doug Hurley is slightly short sighted, the way he moves papers away to focus;

edit: he has now found his glasses Roll eyes
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That's good news.  I'm a little surprised they allowed someone without perfect vision to fly.  It's possibly not the first time it's happened.