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NASA To Delay Endeavour By 10 Days 36

Posted by Soulskill
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gabbo529 writes "NASA announced recently it will be delaying the upcoming launch of the space shuttle Endeavour — the final one for the well-traveled spacecraft. Endeavour was originally slated to launch April 19, but due to a scheduling conflict with a Russian supply vehicle, NASA is delaying it. Likely, NASA will delay it 10 days to April 29, but nothing is official yet."
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NASA To Delay Endeavour By 10 Days

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  • Saw the Endeavour at it's first launch from the VIP pad.. wish I was still in the industry to do it for the last. /rip space program
    • by elrous0 (869638) *

      You could always go to Russia and watch a launch there. They'll still be sending people up.

      • by bhcompy (1877290)
        Sure, but going to the first and last launch of a vessel that will be shuttered for tech that's even more ancient would mean more. I can see ICBM launches all the time at Vandenberg
        • by vlm (69642)

          Sure, but going to the first and last launch of a vessel that will be shuttered for tech that's even more ancient would mean more. I can see ICBM launches all the time at Vandenberg

          Soyuz-TMA is much more modern than an ancient space shuttle. And not by a small amount either. The new TMA-M revision is younger than my youngest kid... in comparison the shuttle was designed before my parents first met... And I "waited until later in life" to have kids.

          • by bhcompy (1877290)
            Sure, but it's still just an ICBM. The Shuttle launch is a completely different animal to watch lift off
            • by vlm (69642)

              Sure, but it's still just an ICBM. The Shuttle launch is a completely different animal to watch lift off

              I think we are well out of the limits of logical discussion about tangible things, but I wish you well anyway. I'd agree with you if it didn't burn chemical fuel, or did horizontal takeoff, or the (manned?) boosters flew themselves back to the launch site for reuse on the next launch, or it used a launch loop or something equally exotic, but ... the physics and chemistry are pretty much the same.

              • by Frangible (881728)
                The TMA represents minor revisions to the original Soyuz. It is still a cramped, mostly-obsolete capsule on top of an ICBM.

                Both the Buran and the STS are more advanced designs, and the STS has been continually updated with stuff like a glass cockpit. The capabilities of the STS and Buran far exceed that of the Soyuz.

                Not trying to bash the Soyuz, but it's like comparing a Geo Metro to a semi tractor.
                • by elrous0 (869638) *

                  Except that semi is no longer on the road, and the Geo still is. Besides, the Geo is a lot more fuel efficient and reliable.

    • by khallow (566160)
      What's the point of having a really sweet ride, if you can't afford to fly it anywhere? As I see it, if the US's space program dies, then the Shuttle killed it. As I see it, there's no place for the Shuttle whether the US chooses to have a space program or not.
      • by vlm (69642)

        What's the point of having a really sweet ride, if you can't afford to fly it anywhere? As I see it, if the US's space program dies, then the Shuttle killed it. As I see it, there's no place for the Shuttle whether the US chooses to have a space program or not.

        Maybe rephrased a little: After all the budget cuts, the only purpose remaining for the shuttle was to visit the station, and the only purpose of the station was to have the shuttle visit it. Once one is gone, the other will rapidly follow. And at least superficially we'll never be able to do either again, unless we do both, which makes it quite unlikely. Looks like we're leaving the universe to more advanced countries, like China, Europe...

  • I'll be in FL then, and I'd love to see the launch. I've always wanted to see one of the launches, but never made it down there.
    • by bhcompy (1877290)
      They're awesome and worth it, if not just for the Kennedy Space Center tour
    • Do it! I once lived 80 miles south of the Space Center and the launches were still huge events there. Everyone in the neighborhood would wander out to their driveways (but not the lawns, damn fire ants!) to watch that stream of fire streak through the sky.
      • I'm going to the launch, too. Realistically, how close do you have to BE in order to really experience it (hear the engines, be able to see it without binoculars, or at least without expensive binoculars, etc)? The closest I've ever come to seeing a shuttle launch in person was back around '94, when there was a night launch on a rare cloudless night, and I was able to stand on the roof (in Miami) and see a small orange blob rising over the horizon for about 14 seconds.

        • You can hear it from 80 miles away, though you can't see much detail. You might get a pretty good vantage from Titusville or the other suburb-y places near the space center. There's lots of beach-front on the Indialantic within five miles of the launchpad.
  • Sucks for anyone who's scheduled launch parties or travel plans to view it in person. Though, delays are a shuttle launch staple, so anyone making those kind of plans should be prepared for that sort of thing.

    • by k6mfw (1182893)
      >Sucks for anyone who's scheduled launch parties or travel plans to view it in person.

      you simply have to deal with it. continue to sleep in whatever motel (or car) or better yet RV, eat whatever, mitigate time off from work (somewhat unpredictable). From talking with people that witnessed STS launches, the SRB flame is really bright, it's quiet when it leaves the pad then the sound comes roaring. Dammit, I'm going though the trip won't be cheap. I heard the mosquitos are merciless.

      Viewing Soyuz launc

    • by Morty (32057)

      Fly Southwest. They do penalty-free rebooking.

      Find out when the launch window opens and closes, and plan to be in Florida for the duration.

      Book your hotel and car for the duration. If it launches before the last day, you can cancel the rest of the window. In most cases, you can cancel with 24 hours' notice with no fee. With less than 24 hours' notice, you pay for one day.

      Watch the launch schedule on websites like spaceflightnow.com. If the schedule changes, prepare to change your plans ASAP.

      If the laun

  • Maybe they don't have kosher for passover meals?
  • Wow bummer. I was just there last week to see her sitting on the Launch Pad. Even though the hotel I was staying at was over 40 miles away they have been booked for months. Everyone should get to KSC and see the space shuttle on the launch pad before the last one goes up. They are already taking apart one of the 2 shuttle launch pads :-(
  • That sucks, I was flying my parents from Italy to see the launch.

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