Discovery: A very large rocket for the 4th!

Yesterday on the 4th of July the Shuttle Discovery lifted off from Cape Canaveral into orbit. Every time I watch a shuttle launch I am simply amazed. I watch the shuttle leave the launch pad and leave our atmosphere. I stair in awe at the representation of mankind’s technological achievement. I get lost in the scale of the operation. The size of the building/vehicals/launchpads the complexity of the everything is simply incredible, and it all works. Granted there are accidents, things fail; with something this complex it will happen. Our hope is that the failure can be mitigated. If you listen to the mission controllers during launch, every step of the way they are calling out where the shuttle will abort to, if anything goes wrong. Unfortunately Columbia and Challenger’s disasters occurred with no chance of saving the crew’s. But we learned from their sacrifices and find solutions.

Our Space exploration was born out of a contest with the old Soviet Union. Now China has set a plan in place to go to Mars and we have picked up their gauntlet. I hope China nor us give up on this ambitious plan. Going to the moon was an unbelievable accomplishment, if either of country gets a man to mars, and returns him to earth, it is the next Everest.

5 Responses to “Discovery: A very large rocket for the 4th!”

  1. akuma Says:

    I watched this one from television as well. Simply breathtaking. A few days ago, there was a Delta 4 rocket launched from Van Nuys AFB and we got to see at least part of the launch path from San Diego. Just amazing…

  2. Taz Says:

    Why does everyone want to go to space? You all know how its going to end. Then someone is going to have to defend Earth from invaders from Omicron Persei 8!

    “Ha-ha You are defeated! Instead of shooting where I was, you should have shot at where I was going to be…” – Lrrr from the planet Omicron Persei 8.

  3. gregh Says:

    Sigh, makes me wish I lived in Florida to see a shuttle launch. I would love to see a shuttle launch.

  4. gregh Says:

    Nasa just put up a videos from a cameras mounted on the Right Forward and Aft Solid Rocket Booster for the flight. Pretty incredible they go from 1 minute before luanch till splashdown in the ocean.

    Here’s the link to the page with the video and others: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/multimedia/index.html

    Looks like the landing is scheduled for next week Monday morning.

  5. Prisoner Says:

    I have actually seen 2 shuttle launches And while I am a big space buff, or at least was, I’ll have to say it was much more impressive watching the monitors that were recording the event. There isnt really much of a whooosh either which I found highly dissapointing. Then again I was around 12 years old and I wanted some excitement. Stick to riding the CTA busses if you want an adrenaline rush I say. But space Shuttle launches are better on TV… really they are.

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