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    Launch of STS - 118

    The Space Shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to launch at 18:36 today.

    The Crew is currently being suited-up and will be beginning their journey to Pad 39A within 20 minutes.
    The countdown is at 3 hours and holding.

    *EDIT*

    The countdown has resumed.

    *EDIT*

    The crew has begun their journey to 39A.
    Last edited by WDW Monorail; 08-08-2007 at 10:50 AM.



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    Re: Launch of STS - 118

    We live close enough that we can see the launch from our front yard.
    I hope all goes well!!

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    Re: Launch of STS - 118

    Hopefully they have a safe trip. Is the launch being played over the internet?
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    Re: Launch of STS - 118

    It is available on NASA TV. Go to NASA's front page and there should be a link there.
    http://www.nasa.gov/

    The crew is inside and the close out crew is getting ready to close the hatch.



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    Re: Launch of STS - 118

    Cool ... maybe we'll get to see it from the apartment if the weather clears a bit.


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    Re: Launch of STS - 118

    I'm watching in online now.
    I hope its real time with no delay. I can't tell.
    There's just over 5 minutes left.

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    Re: Launch of STS - 118

    Lift off has occured at 6:36 EDT. Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) separation has occured. Awaiting main engine cut off and external fuel tank separation.

    *EDIT*

    External Fuel Tank separation has occured.



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    Re: Launch of STS - 118

    Holy Crap!
    At it's fastest speed it goes 5 miles per second!!
    That's crazy!

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    Re: Launch of STS - 118

    Quote Originally Posted by cal4iri View Post
    Holy Crap!
    At it's fastest speed it goes 5 miles per second!!
    That's crazy!
    In orbit, it travels at 19,225 mph.



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    Re: Launch of STS - 118

    Quote Originally Posted by WDW Monorail View Post
    In orbit, it travels at 19,225 mph.
    I didn't get to hear it all but I did hear 15,000 mph!
    JEEZ! Why can't we get a ride like that in Disneyland? Another upgrade to Space Mountain perhaps....

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    Re: Launch of STS - 118

    Quote Originally Posted by WDW Monorail View Post
    In orbit, it travels at 19,225 mph.
    That is a tad on the higher side. The speed is directly related to the altitude of the orbit. At a given altitude, and a given orbital shape, there is a corresponding speed to maintain orbit. A majority of shuttle missions happen in the 17,500 mph range. Missions to the International Space Station, which is at a higher orbit than most shuttle missions, result in the shuttle flying faster than in a typical mission.

    Average speed of the ISS: 17,239.2 MPH.
    Last edited by Osky; 08-08-2007 at 03:16 PM.
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    Re: Launch of STS - 118

    Quote Originally Posted by Osky View Post
    That is a tad on the higher side. The speed is directly related to the altitude of the orbit. At a given altitude, and a given orbital shape, there is a corresponding speed to maintain orbit. A majority of shuttle missions happen in the 17,500 mph range. Missions to the International Space Station, which is at a higher orbit than most shuttle missions, result in the shuttle flying slower than in a typical mission.
    Sure the speed varies at different altitudes and pressures. To simplify, I used the speed of sound at STP.

    *EDIT*
    Which I probably shouldn't have done.
    Last edited by WDW Monorail; 08-08-2007 at 03:36 PM.



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    Re: Launch of STS - 118

    Quote Originally Posted by WDW Monorail View Post
    Sure the speed varies at different altitudes and pressures. To simplify, I used the spreed of sound at STP.

    *EDIT*
    Which I probably shouldn't have done.
    My bad. I screwed that up anyway. The higher you are, the faster you need to travel, but the longer the orbital period.
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    The moderate pig lost his house to the wolf too
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