Space is big. Really big…

Already delayed twice by weather, the BBC report concern about a fuel sensor ahead of the latest Space Shuttle launch, although it’s only one of four sensors used. NASA are providing their usual excellent on-line coverage of Space Shuttle Mission STS-115:Atlantis, including the Launch Blog and a variety of NASA TV options. Lift-off is scheduled for 1140 EDT (16.40 here) Update Launch scrubbed at 1054 EDT. Pesky sensors.. Another attempt tomorrow.

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  • esmereldavillalobos

    Cheers for this, Pete. I know you’ve taken some stick as to the “off-topic” nature of this but I’ve always found human space exploration facinating. However, watching these missions does give me a feeling of sitting by the road near an accident black spot and waiting for a car crash to happen.

    One thing: if i was in that orbiter, I’d want all my sensors working thank you very much, just like I’d like my O rings mighty thick and my foam securely fastened. When I hear of these “oh, shoot, let’s go anyway” NASA pronouncements, I wonder if they’ve learnt anything from the past.

    So keep up the fine space related blogging. I take it the cheque is in the post?

  • esmereldavillalobos

    Launch scrubbed for today. Seems they will try again tomorrow at 1115EDT.

  • Pete Baker

    Cheers esmie.

    The cheque is, indeed, in the post.. usual amount? ;o)

  • Hidden Gem

    Excellent blog Pete and excellent coverage via the Yahoo and the NASA website. Given the 2003 Columbia tragedy, it is always better to be safe than sorryโ€ฆ You can not gamble with peopleโ€™s lives. { lesson for here..? ] A 24 hour turn around, is not that long to wait. Letโ€™s hope that the launch tomorrow, at 16:15 BST, will be able to manage a less than 20 percent chance of the weather prohibiting the shuttle from blasting off, as was the case today. Florida’s summer thunderstorms and the tropical depression brewing in the Atlantic may pose a problem though.

    I wonder what the long term forecast gives for the weather over the Irish Sea in October.., thunderstorms. depressions or just hot air?

  • Crataegus

    This is the sort of event that lifts my spirit, humanity setting itself real challenges.

  • pith

    Space exploration is just like our problems in N Ireland.

    Right, good – got the first bit done. Now for the hard part – how to make an irrefutable argument(to me) that themmuns are to blame by mentioning a rocket, the Christian brothers, the British Empire and Clubsound all in one sentence.

  • Crataegus

    pith

    Space exploration is just like our problems in N Ireland.

    Into the empty void?

  • pith

    Crataegus,

    Yep. Well a void with bits in it anyway. Forever.

  • faartrickkk

    id love it to crash so we can rerun our old jokes…i love disasters

  • Pete Baker

    And you wonder why you keep getting banned, fartrick…

  • GurnyGub

    Makes me want to go and watch the next one, buzzcut, perfect kids, and a car with fins. Is it really true the boosters are smaller than they wanted because of constraints dating back to the Romans?

  • Greenflag

    ‘Space exploration is just like our problems in N Ireland. ‘

    I doubt it . Space exploration is about missions , objectives , results , discovery , technical innovation etc etc etc . The NI problem is about eternal navel gazing .

    The problems in NI are eternally circular . There is no solution until the 6 county NI State no longer exists and vice versa .

    Question :

    How many NI politicians will it take to solve the NI constitutional problem ?

    Answer : 1,700,000.

    Question:

    How many British Colonial Secretaries will it take will it take to solve the NI constitutional problem ?
    ?

    Answer :So far 12 but an infinite number cannot be ruled out .

    Question : How many no talks about no talks and no face to face meetings between the DUP and SF will it take will it take to solve the NI constitutional problem ?

    Answer : The same number as there are miles in 1 AU (Astronomicla Unit)- = 1 light year

    Let’s hope for a successful launch . Those astronauts must be browned off having to get in and out of that ###### in shuttle . It’s somewhat more challenging than getting on or off the 46 Bus ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Crataegus

    Rather than considering NI in terms of space generally I prefer the comparison with a singularity and the quest has to be asked have we crossed the event horizon into an area where no light can escape.

  • pith

    Greenflag,

    How many bicycles are there in Beijing?

  • Greenflag

    Pith,

    Greenflag,

    How many bicycles are there in Beijing?

    3,456, 789 and if you don’t believe me you can count them yourself ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Greenflag

    Crataegus ,

    ‘and the question has to be asked have we (NI) crossed the event horizon into an area where no light can escape.

    Yes and the ‘when ‘ is easily answered . 1920 .

    Since then the ‘gravitational pull’ of two nearby systems have disturbed the event horizon and apparently reversed the laws of physics. A big bang is forecast for November 24th . Others take the view that it will be just another damp super nothing nova.

  • Crataegus

    Green Flag

    Iโ€™m hoping that predictions that Black Holes can evaporate (disappear up their own anus) are true. But then we are into the realm of vacuum fluctuations and particles and antiparticles appearing out of nowhere before annihilating each other. One lives in hope.

  • Greenflag

    Crataegus ,

    Churchill in reply to the familiar philosophical question about whether there is any reality beyond perception answered

    ‘I can’t answer the philosophic question but I do know for sure that whether you perceive the sun or do not , if you fly too close to it you will be burned to a crisp ‘

    I suspect likewise that any approach to the event horizon af a Black Hole will be the final lifetime event experienced by the approacher ๐Ÿ™

    The more I read about the micro universe and particles coming in and out of existence sometimes for nanoseconds the more I ‘worry ‘ about these giant cyclatrons and particle accelerators ‘inadvertently’ sparking off a singular event and consigning one or all of us into a) another universe b) a Black Hole or c) tilting the planet of it’s magnetic axis and thus prempting a mile high ice sheet advancing from the North towards my back garden in a real live Ice Age part 2 ๐Ÿ™

    Hope ? Of course ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s part of the human condition . Once you lose all hope you become like me ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Crataegus

    Greenflag

    For once Churchill got it about right.

    I must confess to a certain fleeting interest in astronomy. It is a fascinating subject and the concepts that physicists and mathematicians are able to develop show the better side of humanity. Much of it is research purely in the search of knowledge. The hows and whys of the Universe. Then back to NI politics with a bump.

  • GurnyGub

    Crataegus and Greenflag
    Why back to ni ALL the time? I think Pete’s right, remember a lot of people maybe breathed their last here gazing up at those stars, for the sake of a wee bit of damp land. Let’s not be Charles Laughton and jump on the reflection of the moon in the puddle, all the time.

  • Greenflag

    ‘The hows and whys of the Universe. Then back to NI politics with a bump. ‘

    Of course : NI is after all a part of the universe -maybe even it’s own ๐Ÿ™‚ ?
    Now if they could only find a local black hole -hang on a minute -there is Ballymena .
    Now if only the IP (Ion Particle) could smash into – naw I better stop hoping at this point ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Greenflag

    ‘Much of it is research purely in the search of knowledge. ‘

    As human beings one of our innate drives is to learn . When this drive is cut off or closed due to barriers imposed by say a totalitarian police state or fanatical religious extremists then ‘revolution’ or ‘reform’ is inevitable . The Galileo’s of human history eventually triumph over Government or Church approved ignorance . Revolution also happens when our other human drives such as those to acquire basic human needs or to bond with our fellow humans or defend ourselves against tyrannical oppression , are attacked or restricted .

    Seems to me that getting the right ‘political and economic system ‘ to work in a changing world is to a large extent dependent on it being a systemic reflection of what drives us as human beings.

    Anyway congrats to the Atlantis team and let’s hope this Space Station finally gets built ๐Ÿ™‚ A truly great achievment by most of the worlds largest nations /communities. A symbol of hope in a world gone mad ?

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