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NASA Space Science

NASA's Atlantis Ready For June 8 Launch 52

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the back-in-action dept.
lifuchi writes "The guys and girls at NASA are at it again with Atlantis. The newly repaired space shuttle is set launch on June 8. The hail-damaged fuel tank has been repaired and is said to be a bit of an eyesore. Zee News is quoted as saying, 'Instead of being a uniform orange, it has a patchwork of white spots where technicians sprayed, scraped and filled fresh foam into the more than 4200 areas that were damaged during a freak hailstorm in February.'"
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NASA's Atlantis Ready For June 8 Launch

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  • What the hell... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday May 12, 2007 @11:41AM (#19096113)
    "Inspires confidence."
    "Why not replace it?"

    WHO CARES? This is a rocket... going into space... manned by men and woman who know that they have a more than average chance of dying. Paint adds weight and takes away from the mission payload (for reference... painting a 747 adds about 1,000 lbs to the overall take off weight). On the shuttle it's there for a functional purpose... not for feng shui.

    Get them off the ground... get them in space and do it safely and as cheaply as possible (so they can do it more often). Leave fashion and style for the paris hilton's of the world. mmm-kay?
  • Scary (Score:4, Insightful)

    by lightversusdark (922292) on Saturday May 12, 2007 @11:58AM (#19096221) Journal

    "There's not at all a problem with this," Chapman said. "We have total confidence in the integrity of the repairs but I'm telling you right now that your mind will have a hard time convincing your eyes."
    That must not be very reassuring for the astronauts.
    There has been a new fuel tank built for the shuttle. Last weekend NASA were still deciding whether to use the new tank on this mission or go with the patched-up one. []
    They have opted to instead keep the new tank for the Endeavour mission in August (STS-118).

    The mission overview is here. []
  • Re:Scary (Score:5, Insightful)

    by $RANDOMLUSER (804576) on Saturday May 12, 2007 @12:14PM (#19096331)

    That must not be very reassuring for the astronauts.
    "It's a very sobering feeling to be up in space and realize that one's safety factor was determined by the lowest bidder on a government contract."
    --Alan Shepard

An optimist believes we live in the best world possible; a pessimist fears this is true.