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    Shuttle Launch
    It looks like NASA will get Discovery in the air in just under 2 hours. The weather is perfect for it. I wish them the best!
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    I wish I could drive over to the east coast today to see it. Going to do the next best thing and go to a tall public building in Tampa and try to get a look. The daytime launches are not as visible from here as the nighttime ones, but that's still a pretty big candle...should be able to see it.
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    Watching from Orlando as well. Been a while - it's special again. Listening to it on radio in my office now - countdown proceeding as planned.

    [infoTim - and then my son and I are heading your way - Red Sox are in Tampa (actually St. Pete) - Bostonians would be shocked to see the great seats you can get down here in the air conditioned tropicana field ballpark! Went last night - $42 a seat - just 3-4 seats past 1st base, row Q - ~17 rows from spitting on the bag - going to Mon-Tues-Wed games over your way... and again in Sept when RSox return to the Trop!]

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    I wish best of luck to them. Hope they get back to Earth safe.

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    Hey Donuts...lots of people gripe about Tropicana Field, but I don't mind it. As you say, the seats are cheap and plentiful. :-)
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    Perfect Lift Off!

    Was at my computer and the house started rumbling. Ran outside & watched
    as Discovery disappeared.

    It has been a while. So happy everything went Okay!

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    Saw it on TV and now replay on Internet. My kids pitched a fit cuz Elmo was on but I managed to get them excited about the "Rocket Ship"...what kid can resist that!

    gettnthar Lucky You!! Very Cool!
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    It was hazy and bright towards the east so we watched it on the DirecTV NASA feed...beautiful sight!
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    I walked down to the waterfront park to find the entire population of the town there to watch. Unfortunately we had some low clouds close to us that blocked most of it. We usually get a pretty good view, can see the booster tank separation, but not today
    We did feel the rumble as we are about 40 miles away.


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    I found it scarey, I kept thinking something bad was going to happen. Thank god all went well.

    We did however just get a DVR so my husband replayed it about 20 times...by then I was crying for Elmo.

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    Good luck, Americans!

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    Hurrah!

    It's been a long wait. Let's hope it all goes well.

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    Not sure if anyone has been following the status of the Shuttle mission, but I am fascinated with it and having trouble getting other things done!

    I live about 8 miles from NASA Houston, so the launch is the "talk of the town" at the moment. Houston has the NASA channel on standard cable TV here and I know you can also access it via some satellite systems.

    If you don't have access via your TV, you can watch moment-by-moment details LIVE on your computer.

    http://www1.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

    NASA has cameras EVERYWHERE for this mission and are transmitting video and photos like never before. It is truly fascinating - almost like being there at times.
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    Yep, my tivo is stuck on DirecTV channel 376. (NASA)
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    I heard there were some minor problems after the launch. I hope they get back to Earth safe.

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    There are always increased risks when it comes to space travel. However I believe these risks are worth the reward. Space exploration is fascinating and we should continue to learn from and purse the unknown.

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    If one looks at the history of the tile system, you can see that a few issues crop up on each flight. Apparently, these are "normal" usage issues, and don't present a danger. Of course, the press has focused (pun intended) on the issue this time. Remember, there are thousands of tiles on each spacecraft.

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    Some tile damage is expected according to the news conferences. Interestingly, on this mission there is a robotic boom camera outside the shuttle taking video and photos of the tiles. I got to watch the whole thing this morning!

    It is my understanding that if there is severe damage enough to jeopardize re-entry upon return - they will know ahead of time and should be able to make repairs. Leaps and bounds ahead of the last mission.

    Yes, the press is focusing on potential problems - I am sure NASA was expecting such.

    If you are not catching this, you should! Some absolutely AWESOME images of Earth are being sent back. Amazing technology at work.

    Last night Houston sent up plans for crew's workday and sent the 'Print' command. Crew reported back the printer was on a different network, the "Windows 98 network" and they would have to move the printer to the other network. Today, they spoke of sending up a Powerpoint presentation. I wanted to call them and tell them to updgrade to XP.
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    I remember win98

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    Clearly not mission critical, I hope.

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    Its rolling out on runway 22.. Wheels stop. "Happy to be back," Collins said to Capcom Ken Ham. Its back safe & sound. yooooohooooooo!!!!!!!!

    kudos to the crew & to all those who worked behind the scene!

    cheers!
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    Great news...

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    Glad they're back safe, but bummed they didn't fly over my house today...I always get a kick out of the big sonic boom(s).
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    Glad they landed okay!

    bummed they didn't fly over my house today...I always get a kick out of the big sonic boom(s).
    *Makes mental note*
    If I don't want to be woken up at some ridiculous hour, and have a heart attack due to forgetting that X day was landing day, make sure any FL house I have built is NOT below the path of that thing!
    */mental note*
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