Space Shuttle Endeavour to launch tonight

STS-126 patchDespite its success in capturing the first direct observation in visible light of an exo-planet the Hubble Space Telescope’s recent difficulties, noted here, have resulted in Space Shuttle mission STS-126 leap-frogging the Hubble service mission STS-125. Later tonight, 12.55 am [GMT], as the BBC report, the Space Shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to lift-off from Kennedy Space Centre to refit the International Space Station. Along with the usual excellent NASA’s launch blog and online TV coverage comes Twitter updates.

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  • Greenflag

    Thanks Pete -Once again you have lifted our spirits from earth bound contemplation of world financial meltdowns and burning halls/clubs etc .

    On matters earthly -have you forgotten or missed that yesterday was Charles Darwin’s bicentenary ? There was a report on the RTE news re an exhibition being held at London’s Natural History Museum . Surely the great man’s bicentenary should not go unremarked on slugger ? There may be some here who might benefit from being ‘introduced’ to Mr Darwin’s enlightenment 😉

  • Wilde Rover

    There’s life in the auld jalopy yet.

  • The Serpent

    Permit me to go off topic but can I suggest by way of a tenuous link that Zoe Salmon be invited on the next Shuttle Mission and be jettisoned on the way some where suitably non-atmospheric.

    Her cringeworthy performance on last nights Children in need programme was unspeakably embarrassing. I don’t know where to start but her brainless wittering grated from the first moment whether it was her painful ad-libs, the missed links or her dreadful autocue reading. Her faux laughter and inane grinning was bad enough but the piece de resistance was definately the stage Norn Oirish accent that she didnt pick up in Glenlola Collegiate or as a legacy from Biddy Baxter. If she really does talk like that then space might just be the place for her given sound doesnt carry in a vacuum……….

  • Wilde Rover

    The Serpent,

    “Permit me to go off topic”

    No.

    That was a terrible threadjack.

    This is why we can’t have nice things.

  • The serpent

    It may be a threadjack ( A not uncommon occurance on here ) but better to jack a thread thats not on Northern ireland politics or culture in the first place and move it in a direction towards one that is. 😉

    Anyway Zoe was even more painfully bad than the execrable John Daly last night and thats a depth that is rarely sunk to with such inelegant ease……

  • Wilde Rover

    The serpent,

    “It may be a threadjack ( A not uncommon occurance on here ) but better to jack a thread thats not on Northern ireland politics or culture in the first place and move it in a direction towards one that is. ;”

    I would put it the other way around. It would be better to threadjack one of the Groundhog Day threads and move it towards something different, but that’s just me;)