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 Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)

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PostSubject: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sat May 31, 2008 8:38 pm

Notice to MN Members (thanks to BreakingNew.ie)

Space enthusiasts will be in for a rare treat tonight as the shuttle Discovery is expected to be visible across Irish skies just minutes after its Florida launch. Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven Like a Star @ heaven

Astronomy Ireland predicts the shuttle should be seen about 18 minutes after its departure at around 10pm Irish time.

It will then travel for up to three days to catch up with the International Space Station where it will deliver logistical supplies.

Astronomy Ireland chairman David Moore said depending on the weather star gazers could get the chance to see the two ships in the sky.

“We should see the extremely rare sight of the Shuttle with its huge external fuel tank trailing behind it, an extremely rare and very impressive sight,” he said.

“To see two brilliant space ships, which are up to 100 times brighter than the brightest star in the sky, chasing each other across the sky is an extremely impressive sight.

“What is more, we are watching history in the making as this Shuttle mission is bringing another huge section of ISS up to the complex.

“Our children will read about ISS in their history books as mankind’s first true outpost in space, much like they read about the three ships Columbus used to get to the Americas.”

Astronomy Ireland is urging people to look out for the shuttle and email any sightings to issastronomy.ie

ISS is the most expensive object ever built, at a cost of around $100bn.

It orbits the Earth every 1.5 hours at near 30,000 km/hour some 340km above the Earth’s surface.

There are three astronauts on board the ISS and seven more on the Space Shuttle Discovery.
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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sat May 31, 2008 9:09 pm



You can listen to this as you watch. It's rather lovely - the real acoustic deal before it became a trendy MTV trend.
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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sat May 31, 2008 9:10 pm

Actually, it would be a nice MN moment if lots of us were watching it together. I'll be out, hoping that the clouds will part.
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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:25 am

Bah, missed it.
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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:32 am

Me too!
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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:33 am

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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:39 am

I saw it. Haven't missed one yet.

I feckin' told ye about it on the MN News scrapbook thread.
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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:44 am

I... SAW... NOTHING!
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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sun Jun 01, 2008 12:45 am

What time, EVM - I was out and watchful...
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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sun Jun 01, 2008 1:11 am

EvotingMachine0197 wrote:
I saw it. Haven't missed one yet.

I feckin' told ye about it on the MN News scrapbook thread.

We are relying on you EVM for a dazzling description even better than the real thing. Shocked
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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:03 am

So come on evm tell us what it was like. I've seen the ISS before along with Mir and others and squibillions of satellites. Did it look like a satellite?

In the magazine Astronomy Ireland once, one dude showed a grainy photo he took with a 16" telescope of the shuttle docking on the ISS.. how feckin cool is that?

Did it look like a satellite anyway or a plane?
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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:20 am

Jaze, I didn't see it real, I saw it on the tele. I'm not that mad. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:23 am

EvotingMachine0197 wrote:
Jaze, I didn't see it real, I saw it on the tele. I'm not that mad. Sad
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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:29 am

Click on Launch Video, Its Awsome
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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:32 am

What did the kids think of it? I used to love that stuff as a child because my old grandmother loved it. I think she was somehow a bit of a geek.

There's a future missions section of it too - lot's on at Nasa lately.

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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:35 am

Overwhelming.
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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:39 am

You can see a list of times when and where you can see the ISS for example
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/sightings/
http://science.nasa.gov/realtime/

so you can have a star party drunken
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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:40 am

Auditor #9 wrote:
What did the kids think of it? I used to love that stuff as a child because my old grandmother loved it. I think she was somehow a bit of a geek.

There's a future missions section of it too - lot's on at Nasa lately.


That's an amazing logo, it reminds me of the Spire!
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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:43 am

Auditor #9 wrote:
You can see a list of times when and where you can see the ISS for example
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/sightings/
http://science.nasa.gov/realtime/

so you can have a star party drunken

That website is quite funny. There is a "dock the shuttle in the space station game" and the directions are to first cut out a paper shuttle and space station......


When you think they spend 100 billion on the project
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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Sun Jun 01, 2008 2:45 am

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Auditor #9 wrote:
You can see a list of times when and where you can see the ISS for example
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/sightings/
http://science.nasa.gov/realtime/

so you can have a star party drunken

That website is quite funny. There is a "dock the shuttle in the space station game" and the directions are to first cut out a paper shuttle and space station......


When you think they spend 100 billion on the project

Laughing

Penny wise and pound foolish seems an understatement in those circumstances.
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PostSubject: Re: Space Shuttle Alert! Watch it at 10.15 tonight (31 May 2008)   Wed Jun 04, 2008 12:34 pm



Quote :
A team of astronauts have attached a $1bn (£500m) Japanese laboratory to the International Space Station (ISS).

The 16-tonne Kibo lab was delivered by the shuttle Discovery. It will be the station's biggest room, for the study of biomedicine and material sciences.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/7432466.stm

The article says their toilet has been broken for the past two weeks but now the latest shuttle visit deposited a new pump to fix it. How have they been downloading all along What a Face ?
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