Tuesday, July 26, 2005


Beautiful...just beautiful.

T-plus 2:30: Boosters away!

I can't imagine what the people at NASA are feeling right now.

T-plus Four minutes: Negative return call--they're not coming back. Still about four minutes of powered flight, when they could still abort if they lose engines.

T-Plus Five minutes: Okay, now they only need two engines to continue on to orbit. And they're officially in space now--sixty miles up, which means that the two rookies are now astronauts. Cool.

They've got a camera on the side of the external fuel tank to watch for debris hitting the shuttle, and now you can see the earth with the blackness of space behind it.

Another minute until the cutoff of the main engine.

Engine off!

Whoa, money shot...we just saw the shuttle releasing the tank, from the tank's perspective, then saw the shuttle fire its jets and move away.

Orbital maneuvering system not required, they just said, which means the launch was flawless. No little adjustments needed.

Godspeed, Discovery. Come home safe.


The tank-cam was great. I've never seen what separation looks like before. Beautiful launch. Woo-hoo!

Posted by: Blogger Andrew at 7/26/2005 2:41 PM

No matter how many I've seen, it's awesome.Cecilia

Posted by: Anonymous Anonymous at 7/26/2005 3:02 PM

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