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  • STS-128 delivering COLBERT to the ISS

    Space Shuttle Discovery is set to launch in about 7 hours. Here's NASA's STS-128 mission page:
    NASA - Space Shuttle

    Mainly a re-supply mission, the crew is also delivering the COLBERT treadmill.

    There are only 6 more missions left for the space shuttle after this one is complete.
    The rest of the schedule is as follows:
    STS-129: Nov 12, 2009 Atlantis
    STS-130: Feb 4, 2010 Endeavour
    STS-131: Mar 18, 2010 Atlantis
    STS-132: May 14, 2010 Discovery
    STS-133: July 29, 2010 Endeavour
    STS-134: Sept 16, 2010 Discovery

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    Re: STS-128 delivering COLBERT to the ISS

    Go Stephen!

    er...

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    • #3
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      Just under 2 hours until launch.

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        45 minutes to go! Watch on NASA TV:
        NASA - NASA TV

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          T -9 minutes to launch, weather is good, and no technical problems.

          Some cool night shots on the pad on NASA TV.

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            Re: STS-128 delivering COLBERT to the ISS

            They've launched and off they go to chase down the ISS. That was a nice night launch. Hopefully not much foam fell off the fuel tank.

            They said on NASA TV that it's Discovery's 25th birthday. This is also the 3rd-to-last mission for Discovery.

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              Re: STS-128 delivering COLBERT to the ISS

              Here's a cool photo from the launch:
              Discovery crew inspects shuttle's heat shield

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                Re: STS-128 delivering COLBERT to the ISS

                Buzz Lightyear is returning to earth. From CTV news:
                Discovery will pull away from the international space station Tuesday afternoon, ending a resupply visit that spanned just over a week. The shuttle will bring home seven astronauts and a Buzz Lightyear doll that was launched last year.
                CTV.ca | Space crews say goodbye, shuttle departing Tuesday

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                • #9
                  Re: STS-128 delivering COLBERT to the ISS

                  Just watching NASA TV. Discovery will be landing at Edwards AFB today due to bad weather on the east coast. The deorbit burn will be happening in about 2 hours.

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                  • #10
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                    Discovery did its de-orbit burn and is coming down now for a landing. It will be landing in about 58 mins, it's over the Indiana Ocean right now. They said it will be coming down over Ventura, so for those of you there, look-up and see if you'll spot it.

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                    • #11
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                      Discovery is nearing the west coast. You guys in southern California might hear the sonic boom soon. 15 mins to touchdown.

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                      • #12
                        Re: STS-128 delivering COLBERT to the ISS

                        Touchdown! STS-128 is back home safe.

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