Nerd Alert: Last mission of the space shuttle Atlantis

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    May 15, 2010 9:10 PM GMT
    Atlantis is currently in orbit on its last mission. There are only two more shuttle flights left.

    I just realized that Atlantis is older than my boyfriend, so I thought I'd take note of this historic day by posting the NASA video tribute to her.

    (Well, the NASA video embed code doesn't work in RJ, so we'll have to suffer with a link instead)

    http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=13901622

    Odds are low that I'll get em, but I'm going to try and snag tickets to see one of the last two launches in person. That's been on my "to do before I die list" for a while, and I think I've procrastinated a bit too long on it. Apparently the 2-3,000 tickets for the causeway viewing area (the closest and best place to watch) sell out in a matter of minutes. I'm crossing my fingers for a miracle of luck.
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    May 15, 2010 9:31 PM GMT
    Even if you can't snag tickets, come out here and be on the beach in Cocoa Beach for the launch. It is very close to Kennedy space center and the views are incredible.

    Just make sure you get into position early and be equipped to stay a while, because traffic tends to break down in the area on launch day.
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    May 15, 2010 9:52 PM GMT
    For the next few years after that, the U.S. will not have any manned spaceflight capability. If they want to launch astronauts into space, they will have to ask the Russians.

    This is, to say the least, ironic. At least to those of us old enough to have grown up during the cold war.

    The Russians have won the space race after all.
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    May 15, 2010 9:53 PM GMT
    bernd said...Just make sure you get into position early and be equipped to stay a while, because traffic tends to break down in the area on launch day.


    Good advice. We'll pack a cooler with a leisurely lunch/dinner and tailgate it!

    What about the sounds on Cocoa Beach? Can you feel it? Does the sonic boom hit you there?
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    May 15, 2010 9:58 PM GMT
    Sonic boom????

    As far as I know there is only a sonic boom (double boom actually) when the shuttle lands. I hear is in the office when the shuttle flies in over Orlando.

    However, yes, it will be pretty loud on the beach as well.
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    May 15, 2010 10:05 PM GMT
    I've heard of the "double boom" on landing, but the people in the causeway viewing area say they get hit by a boom about 45 secs after lift off. Because it occurs at high altitude, its dispersal pattern is wider, so I was wondering how far it traveled.

    It's cool you get to hear it on landing tho! I lived near a National Guard air base in western Massachusetts one summer and I heard a bunch of em -- the first time I ducked and almost shit my pants -- I thought a bomb went off near me!
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    May 16, 2010 10:02 AM GMT
    The double sonic boom of the shuttle was a staple of life when I lived in Studio City California. You would hear it whenever the shuttle was landing at Edwards.




    Just for fun I was looking at information on the Russian Buran Shuttle last night (yeah, I know, this is my idea of a hot Saturday night).

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    May 16, 2010 12:22 PM GMT
    They should make it a GAY Cruise

    They wouldn't even have to change the logo icon_cool.gif

    atlantis_logo.jpg
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    May 16, 2010 3:17 PM GMT

    Atlantis flew over us last night at around 8:20 p.m. The clouds cleared just in time to get a look at a piece of history.
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    May 17, 2010 2:53 PM GMT