Sunday, February 07, 2010

Watching STS-130

I'm in Florida to watch the STS-130 Launch. I have NASA Guest tickets and the Launch viewing area is next to the Saturn V display at the Cape. The Temps for last nights scrub were a tad below 50F but the wind was blowing and damp. I did not really pack appropriately for these temps, it was really cold. I left the hotel at Midnight and got back to the room at 7:15 am. My internal clock is saying WTF?

Once again I'm stunned by the scale of the Saturn V, the size of the launch vehicle necessary to put 2 men on the moon in one shot is just staggering. I post and tweet my observations of the launch when it happens. The couple sitting behind us on the NASA bus has come out for 9 shuttle launches and has seen 9 scrubs and zero launches. It looks like they will try again Tonight but Tuesday Mornings Forecast is for worse weather so they probably won't even make the attempt.

7 Comments:

Blogger heroineworshipper said...

Ate a $14 slice of pizza there. Soon it won't have a view of anything. Hopefully photos are being taken.

2:54 PM  
Blogger Stevo Harrington said...

I am watching it on TV, and thinking that if Obama were doing the play by play, we might get more support for NASA activities.

Steve

9:18 PM  
Blogger Gaetano Marano said...

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it seems the Shuttle had ET FOAM problems ... AGAIN ... despite there are only four Shuttle missions to fly, they will carry over 25 astronauts/LIVES aboard and a couple of billion$ of hardware, so, it could be STILL a good idea to TEST (and to adopt, if the test results are good) my $5000 idea to avoid the foam issue: http://ow.ly/150y8
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8:53 AM  
Blogger heroineworshipper said...

Yet another adventure with no pictures.

10:24 AM  
Blogger Paul Breed said...

I have some video of the Saturn V display/hardware that is really impressive, I just can't edit it until I get home.
I'm flying home on Sunday, until then I'm doing the tourist thing in the keys....

http://www.robbies.com/tarpon.htm

9:22 PM  
Anonymous KirkBailey said...

NASA is political. They use it to garner votes. then they abandon it. Tjhere is no comittment to space exploration and devlopment, other than it's more immediate gainful uses, such as commo, recon, and GPS. It is a football, a chess-piece, a popular icon to pull out and wave like a flag at election time, or to persuade someone to sign onto a bill they don't really support, but has a clause in it to give NASA some money. i am so disgusted with the federal government over this, I want to puke- on congress, from the balcony.

10:40 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Sad i did not get to see you there. I went with a friend to see this launch, and yes that Sunday night was cold, but I was SOO glad i added 1 extra day in my travel as a buffer in case it got scrubbed...my friend took photos and video (we were at the causeway), so if you want to send me a message on Facebook i can send out any of the media. SAWEET LAUNCH! Hope u had fun Paul.

Respectfully,
Jonathan Pickrel

PS- The Saturn V is more than a monster...it truly is awe-inspiring how freakin huge it is...

12:51 PM  

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