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Shuttle Launch

Everything looks set for a successful launch of the shuttle Discovery from the Kennedy Space Centre on Monday.
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The launch is at 6.21am EDT and will be the last launch in darkness. There are only 3 launches remaining in this programme.
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I see that the most recent carriage of personnel to the Space station was on a Russian rocket as the Shuttle is due to retire soon and no replacement in the pipe line
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Only three more planned after this one

last is scheduled for September
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President Obama is here in Florida this week to discuss the future of the space programme.  It's unlikely it will continue in it's present form but something may be saved.  Also there is a private consortium interested in using some of the expertise.
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Went outside and saw the launch this morning.  It was beautiful against the night sky.
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We were in a Florida motel room Monday morning (Knights Inn, not greatly recommended but it sufficed for a night’s kip before flying home) but having driven down from Charleston SC the evening before I’m afraid we were still asleep and missed it. Honestly, 30 miles from a shuttle launch and we sleep through it! Doh!
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You would have got a great view as well I bet.  Often that distance away is better than actually being at Kennedy.
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The shuttle's return has been delayed as we had rain here yesterday in Florida and a cloudy morning.  As I type this Kennedy has just confirmed the 10.23am landing is 'no go'.  They will attempt a landing at 6.23am tomorrow and failing that it will land at Edwards.
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Seems strange that they can design a method of transporting human beings, and equipment to the moon, and outer space, but they haven`t figured how to land it in "bad" weather.... rain?  never stopped a commercial airliner (as far as I know) and the shuttle is only a large version .....  !
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With a couple of slight differences - the Shuttle is landing as a glider with no power, and it descends about as gracefully as a brick.
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YAY!... but..... they have got a computer program that guides the plane to it`s ultimate airfield landing, and it (the computer) does all the calculations, to adjust angle of descent and attack in the flight path,  in just the same way as an auto pilot on a 747,  and they also have human pilots that can control the airframe..... so not a lot of difference....
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Interesting point guys.  I'll see if I can find the answer.  I hope it lands at Kennedy as we will get a great view of the re-entry.  Weather picked up here this morning and the forecast looks promising for tomorrow.
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Just put the question to the guys at the Computer Cafe and they come up with the same answer as Barry Smiley  The shuttle drops into the earth's atmosphere and glides down.  There is no power to control it.  5 stars to Barry Smiley
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oh well, in that case........ Lips are sealed