Category Archives: Countdown

All STS-135 Tweetup Tweeps

Here is a group picture of all 150 STS-135 NASA Tweetup attendees. It was just after 7:00 so we appeared on several national morning news shows who were doing live shots of the countdown clock. I’m about four over from … Continue reading

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The Delay

The launch of space shuttle Atlantis (STS-135) was delayed approximately 2 minutes because of the Gaseous Oxygen Vent Arm, also called the Beanie Cap. You may recall seeing it looking almost like part of the launch tower that holds the … Continue reading

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3 Days Until Launch

We are loading the car and ready for the big trip. The big trip that may be in vain, if it rains us out.¬† But that’s the space game (she said, trying to sound like one of the club). A … Continue reading

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Weather and Clocks

All eyes turn to the weather forecast. They’re calling for rain on launch day. And according to SPACE SHUTTLE WEATHER LAUNCH COMMIT CRITERIA , they cancel for almost anything. There’s a 60 percent chance of conditions that could prevent a … Continue reading

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6 Days Until Launch

Five days until the Tweetup’s first day, 4 days until we get to Florida. This week somewhat reminds me of New Year’s Eve the year that Virginia Tech played Texas in the Sugar Bowl. I was so busy with the … Continue reading

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They Can Say Hamlet

The dress rehearsal¬†for the July 8th shuttle launch was last Thursday. The day started at 6:30 a.m.. The astronauts in full gear were taken to the shuttle, loaded, and the close-out crew shutting the door. Sounds simple but what happened … Continue reading

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11 Days Until Launch

I have my cameras now, including a nice HD video camera, tripod, and all the accoutrements of someone who actually knows what they are doing with cameras. Which I don’t. However, my kind benefactor was telling me what aperture was. … Continue reading

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