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Shuttle (STS-119) Launch Postponed


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#1 OFFLINE   bobukcat

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 03:19 PM

I was looking forward to coverage of tonight's launch (since I'm not close enough to see it in person), next possible launch window is tomorrow (3/12) night.

Launch Scrubbed after Slight GH2 Leak
Wed, 11 Mar 2009 03:34:19 PM EDT


NASA officials scrubbed Wednesday’s attempt at 2:37 EDT to launch space shuttle Discovery after a slight leak was detected in a gaseous hydrogen (GH2) vent line. The vent line is at the intertank region of the external tank and is the overboard vent to the pad and the flare stack where the vented hydrogen is burned off. The launch team is resetting to preserve the option of attempting a Thursday night liftoff at 8:54 p.m. EDT depending on what repairs are needed and what managers decide. The Mission Management Team is meeting at 5 p.m. today to discuss the issue.


http://www.nasa.gov/...s/shuttle/main/

#2 OFFLINE   krock918316

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 03:23 PM

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 03:28 PM

Thanks for posting it here.
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#4 OFFLINE   bobukcat

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 03:35 PM

Already being discussed here:

http://www.dbstalk.c...ad.php?t=154048


Sorry about that but I don't check the D* forums as I'm not a sub and don't have anything to offer them. I did check all the general forums first (recording alerts, the OT, etc) before posting it here. If the mods want to move it or lock the thread with a redirect it's certainly fine with me (like I would have any say in the matter if they did - LOL :blackeye:)

#5 OFFLINE   Richard King

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Posted 11 March 2009 - 03:54 PM

A friend who is a freelance network cameraman and I were going to go up there tonight to do some shooting. Obviously, tonight's off, but we are planing on doing the same tomorrow night. I'll probably shoot video this time rather than the stills I usually shoot. I'll have my "cheap" Canon XL-2 and he'll have his Ikegami.
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Posted 14 March 2009 - 06:46 PM

The launch is now scheduled for 7:40 PM Sunday.
Sunset is 7:31, so it should be quite a show.

http://www.cnn.com/2...unch/index.html

#7 OFFLINE   Richard King

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Posted 14 March 2009 - 07:09 PM

I've witnessed other launches right around sunset and the can be spectacular. As the rocket climbs it climbs into the sun and puts on quite the show.
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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:38 AM

From nasa.gov:
The latest update for Discovery states that the external tank fueling was 50% complete.
The liquid hydrogen tank "topping" mode is scheduled to begin at about 12:35PM EDT.
The weather forecast is 80% "go" at this time.
It is still on schedule for the 7:43PM liftoff time tonight.

http://www.nasa.gov/...main/index.html

UPDATE: No signs of leaks have been found.

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 12:33 PM

From Yahoo:
An 85 photo slideshow of the shuttle,posted a little while ago.

http://news.yahoo.co...0605shuttlenasa

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#10 OFFLINE   Richard King

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Posted 15 March 2009 - 10:14 PM

I didn't get there, but I did watch it from a restaurant about 45 miles away (better than the 65 or so from home). Pictures didn't turn out at all because it was too windy to even keep the camera steady on the tripod. :( It was a great site through the long lens though and I was able to see the separation.
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