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Posted: Jul 18, 2011 - 8:08am

When the Space Shuttle lands, everybody wear Ape suits, pass it on.
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Posted: Jul 11, 2011 - 11:39am

I posted this on my journal entry but thought more people may see it here.

Ex-Astronaut Story Musgrave Blasts NASA, Washington, Over Space Shuttle Program Failures



From the article:

"The shuttle did not turn out like we planned," Dr. Story Musgrave told The Huffington Post. "It was going to 66 times a year and it ended up with about five times a year. It was going to cost $10 million a flight, and two months ago, an independent study showed that it cost $1.2 billion a flight. It was massively fragile, difficult to operate and exceedingly dangerous."

and

"The downside is the space station needs us, needs a shuttle to service it in a way that nothing else can," he said.

"I think what the real problem is: Why are we so poor in our vision and so poor in our project management that we come to a point where it's reasonable to phase out the current program and we have no idea what the next one is? Washington has to stop doing that."

"Washington is in total failure that this has happened," he added. "It is Washington's fault and they have to look in the mirror and have to see their failure. It's NASA, Washington, Congress and the administration — they are in failure."

As an example of what he perceives as NASA's failure "to have any vision leadership or project management," Musgrave talked about NASA's Assured Crew Return Vehicle — or escape module — proposal for the International Space Station.

"That's the lifeboat. In 1974, when we saw that a space station was going to happen, we had a requirement to have a lifeboat to be able to get off the station in case of a fire or some other catastrophe. That was 1974. Where is our lifeboat? We don't have one because there's no leadership in Washington, there is no vision and they're unable to manage a project like that.

"It can be a totally manually flown thing without a computer — it's so simply done, and we toyed with it for years. If you want to have the biggest example of failure in Washington to be able to do anything, where is the assured crew return vehicle?"



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Posted: Jul 9, 2011 - 7:29am

For my thoughts on the shuttle and America in space check out my journal entry.
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Posted: Jul 8, 2011 - 9:59am

 Zep wrote:

That would have been great for Mixtape.

 

 

Aw hell, LOTS of things would be great for Mixtape. I have a long, long list of ideas. It's torture when our turn comes around and we have to actually pick ONE. {#Lol}
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Posted: Jul 8, 2011 - 9:39am

 Alexandra wrote:
BillG is doing a rocket theme, for the occasion of the last Shuttle. (Or else it's a HUGE coincidence)  {#Good-vibes}
 
That would have been great for Mixtape.

 
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Posted: Jul 8, 2011 - 9:26am

 Alexandra wrote:
BillG is doing a rocket theme, for the occasion of the last Shuttle. (Or else it's a HUGE coincidence)  {#Good-vibes}

 


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Posted: Jul 8, 2011 - 9:14am

BillG is doing a rocket theme, for the occasion of the last Shuttle. (Or else it's a HUGE coincidence)  {#Good-vibes}
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Posted: Jul 8, 2011 - 8:57am

 Businessgypsy wrote:
 kysmet wrote:
Yeah, we were going to go to the roof of our building but because of the clouds, we watched it on our HD flat screen in the conference room. I got a little teary-eyed.
Way cloudy here, glad I caught a few earlier launches up close like
 
I've only been over there to see one and that was in the early 90s. I had always wanted to catch a night launch but alas, it wasn't to be.

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Posted: Jul 8, 2011 - 8:51am

Been watching NASA all my life and it never fails to amaze.
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Posted: Jul 8, 2011 - 8:49am

 kysmet wrote:
Yeah, we were going to go to the roof of our building but because of the clouds, we watched it on our HD flat screen in the conference room. I got a little teary-eyed.
Way cloudy here, glad I caught a few earlier launches up close like

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Posted: Jul 8, 2011 - 8:38am

 miamizsun wrote:

friggin clouds, wanted to try and see in person. oh well, logged in and watching in hd.

thx {#Hug}

 
Yeah, we were going to go to the roof of our building but because of the clouds, we watched it on our HD flat screen in the conference room. I got a little teary-eyed.

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Posted: Jul 8, 2011 - 8:36am

 kysmet wrote: 
very cool! thanks
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Posted: Jul 8, 2011 - 8:24am

 kysmet wrote: 
friggin clouds, wanted to try and see in person. oh well, logged in and watching in hd.

thx {#Hug}
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Posted: Jul 8, 2011 - 8:18am

Watch the launch in HD
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Posted: May 6, 2010 - 8:11pm

 edieraye wrote:

I've been following NASA on twitter and it is a BLAST!  

 
Very cool!  This almost makes up for the fact that you said you don't think you'd notice scratches on your glasstop.    
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Posted: May 6, 2010 - 6:16pm

 edieraye wrote:

I've been following NASA on twitter and it is a BLAST!  There was a meeting yesterday about an upcoming launch.  Someone updated the twitter feed every few minutes.  Half the time I had no idea what they were talking about it but that didn't keep me from being utterly fascinated.  For example: Discussed a missing ceramic plug from around a window on Discovery's mission. So we installed STS-132 plugs with new locking cords. I was so excited that I told my husband.  He asked me what it meant.  Admitted I didn't know but, "Isn't it just cool?" He might not have been as into it as I was. {#Lol} Here is something else I learned that really is interesting: Risk for the loss of crew or shuttle from micrometeoroid & orbital debris is 1 in 379, typical for shuttle missions to space station. Did you know that?  I didn't.  Doesn't that seem high?

Anyway, the little girl in me who was fascinated with the stars, the teenager who devoured Andre Norton books, and the grown woman who keeps looking for adventure around every bend are all completely enamored with the NASA twitter feed.  And no, you don't have to sign up or join twitter or give blood or anything.  Just click here:  twitter.com/NASA



 
woW. {#Lol} I  would love to stargaze with YOU!

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Posted: May 6, 2010 - 6:10pm

I've been following NASA on twitter and it is a BLAST!  There was a meeting yesterday about an upcoming launch.  Someone updated the twitter feed every few minutes.  Half the time I had no idea what they were talking about it but that didn't keep me from being utterly fascinated.  For example: Discussed a missing ceramic plug from around a window on Discovery's mission. So we installed STS-132 plugs with new locking cords. I was so excited that I told my husband.  He asked me what it meant.  Admitted I didn't know but, "Isn't it just cool?" He might not have been as into it as I was. {#Lol} Here is something else I learned that really is interesting: Risk for the loss of crew or shuttle from micrometeoroid & orbital debris is 1 in 379, typical for shuttle missions to space station. Did you know that?  I didn't.  Doesn't that seem high?

Anyway, the little girl in me who was fascinated with the stars, the teenager who devoured Andre Norton books, and the grown woman who keeps looking for adventure around every bend are all completely enamored with the NASA twitter feed.  And no, you don't have to sign up or join twitter or give blood or anything.  Just click here:  twitter.com/NASA




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Posted: Apr 2, 2009 - 11:59am

Isn't there some row on board the space station now? Something about the Russian astronaut not being allowed to use the U.S astronauts lavatory?

I caught a snippet of conversation on radio 4 the other day but never followed it up.

A cold war IN space now?


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Posted: Apr 2, 2009 - 11:54am

 n4ku wrote:
Legendary commander tells story of shuttle's close call
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE" & USED WITH PERMISSION
Posted: March 27, 2009

The exhaustive attention NASA now devotes to making sure shuttle heat shields are damage-free and safe for re-entry is a direct result of the 2003 Columbia disaster. But a blacked-out military flight 21 years ago still stands out as a warning to astronauts, engineers and managers, a frightening "close call" that had the potential to bring the shuttle program to an early end.

It was that close.

 
The sick thing about that is that they didn't LEARN from it, and Columbia paid the price.


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Posted: Apr 2, 2009 - 11:30am

Legendary commander tells story of shuttle's close call
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE" & USED WITH PERMISSION
Posted: March 27, 2009

The exhaustive attention NASA now devotes to making sure shuttle heat shields are damage-free and safe for re-entry is a direct result of the 2003 Columbia disaster. But a blacked-out military flight 21 years ago still stands out as a warning to astronauts, engineers and managers, a frightening "close call" that had the potential to bring the shuttle program to an early end.

It was that close.


Extensive tile damage is visible on the ship's underside during landing on Dec. 6, 1988. Credit: NASA
   
    
Read the entire article HERE.



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