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Subject: STS-116 launch
EW3    12/9/2006 9:16:44 PM
The STS-116 is in space.... Was ironic to have NBC TV on with a series called Heroes on during the launch. Hollywierd goes to great lengths to "create" heroes, all they had to do was cut to KSC to show the real deal. Have you wondered why the astronauts don't complain when the scrub a mission? Seems rather a pain to go through all the suiting up etc with a scrub. I think I found the secret. Pre Launch Meals ;) the astronauts' lunch menu for today.... CDR - Mark Polansky * Two lobster tails * Baked potato with butter & cheese * Salad with Dorine's dressing * Caffeine-free Coke PLT - William Oefelein * Ribeye steak - medium * Baked potato * Salad with candied walnuts * Garlic bread * Cheesecake * Skim milk MS1 - Nicholas Patrick * Hamburger and fries * Citrus fruit with berries MS2 - Robert Curbeam * Grilled steak * Grilled lobster tail * Horseradish and sour cream (mixed half and half) * Greek salad MS3 - Christer Fuglesang * Hamburger and fries MS4 - Joan Higginbotham * Grilled salmon with mashed potatoes * Salad with candied walnuts * Water MS5 - Sunita Williams * Grilled cheddar cheese with tomato sandwich on nine-grain bread * Tomato soup with crackers * Bowl of fruit
 
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Nanheyangrouchuan       12/10/2006 4:06:42 AM
Sounds like its time to test the effects of "space farts" and the behavior of said gas clouds.  Would the cloud disperse normally or cling to the body of the emitter, thus identifying the offender?
 
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Mechanic       12/10/2006 6:47:28 AM
The launch is considered so dangerous that the astronauts are allowed the last meal, right?
 
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EW3       12/11/2006 5:10:32 PM

The launch is considered so dangerous that the astronauts are allowed the last meal, right?

Just tradition going back to mercury days.  used to be steak and eggs. 
hint - Long digestive period
By the way if you can http://www.whooda.com/nasatv will show you docking with ISS in progress right now..

 
 
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EW3       12/11/2006 5:35:52 PM
Guess when you get older you ponder the changes sometimes....
First time I saw a space mission was when Alan Shepard flew in 1961....
Was in the 5th grade and they herded us down to the "TV Room". It was just black and white.
Now I'm watching the docking of 2 massive spacecraft right on my computer in color. 
the changes are the stuff that make science fiction pale. 
My little desktop likely has more cpu power and more memory and disk storage than
all the NASA computers put together back then. 
Imagine 45 years from now!  I know I can't.  I'm amazed at the idea of us going back to the moon.
And that is a short term goal. 
  
 
 
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AussieEngineer       12/11/2006 7:05:34 PM
yeah, I really hope they do go back to the moon soon
 
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EW3       12/11/2006 7:08:59 PM
About time.  We were headed the right way until the 70s.  Then things stalled out. 
Always felt a bit cheated from the promise of the 60s.   Remember 2001 a space oddity?
or the TV series "Space 1999" ..  We could be so much further ahead except for a lost
decade, which I will always connect with the Vietnam War.  Thank God that Reagan
got us out of our funk.
yeah, I really hope they do go back to the moon soon


 
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Herald1234       12/11/2006 8:00:31 PM

About time.  We were headed the right way until the 70s.  Then things stalled out. 

Always felt a bit cheated from the promise of the 60s.   Remember 2001 a space oddity?

or the TV series "Space 1999" ..  We could be so much further ahead except for a lost

decade, which I will always connect with the Vietnam War.  Thank God that Reagan

got us out of our funk.

yeah, I really hope they do go back to the moon soon




1. With regards to meals, why wouldn't you give a crew that volunteered to sit on a  3000 kiloton bomb whatever they wanted in the way of a meal?

2. With regards to Reagan and the national funk, too bad we don't have that old cowboy now when we need him!

Herald

 
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EW3       12/11/2006 8:26:35 PM
Herald, remember in his time Reagan was considered a dope like the current president is.
Even though he had a higher grade point average in Yale and a higher SAT, and earned his MBA
from Harvard.  Hell Carry can't even get a joke right.
And never compare a stupid river boat skipper to a pilot.  The senior POs covered their butts.  Who was
in the jet with the current president. 
But only dems are allowed to be smart.
Clinton was a Rhodes scholar (even though he never got his degree)
Carter was a nuclear Navy officer, although he never spent a day serving on a nuke.
Then we have the current president's father. 
He had the "Whimp factor".   Front page on times (or maybe newsweek)
A whimp?  The youngest man to ever earn a Naval Aviators Wings?  He jumps out of
airplanes at his age.  Has a DFC.  The media boils my oil.  What slugs. 
  
 
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Herald1234    I never said GWB was dumb................   12/11/2006 9:44:53 PM
....................but he lacks the political shark skills of the Great Communicator, and he sure could use a little of that Reagan luck.

Herald
 
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Herald1234    Back on topic.   12/11/2006 10:10:36 PM
What is our mission objective with STS 116 besides cleaning up loose ends on the ISS?

Will the new Congress even fund a viable or realistic space program now that the Democrats are in charge?

Herald

 
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