How many times does a Space Shuttle fly on the day it’s supposed to?
That said, what is it with apparently not flying through clouds – I swear… while NASA has an over technical excuse for everything, it was like they were dragging their feet (again)….
If after 30 years of shuttle flights they can’t take off in rain, thunder or snow – it’s a pretty piss poor bloody show in my view…. I’m just saying like ;-)
It got to the point that yesterday when I jumped on the NASA twitter feed and said “Hey, next time you build a spaceship – think 747, heat tiles, retractable wings and 2 Solid Rocket Boosters – because a 747 can take off in any bloody weather”
Finally they gave it a go but not before they suddenly felt it necessary to explain in technical detail why the weather was an issue – seriously!! I think 7 people strapped to a bomb would have more to worry about than “is it cloudy outside?”
After all, we don’t really want any East Coast preferred cocktails being 1 part Teachers, 7up, and a big bang again!!
So, the countdown resumed finally – but not before half a dozen depts. had to try to say something profound in a monotone fashion..
But then a real problem occurred – they couldn’t see if the bottle top had disengaged from the top of the main tank… seconds later a cctv camera swung around and confirmed it had….
Then whoosh!!! Atlantis was finally away….
My only wish was to have seen a launch in person – but saying goodbye to the Shuttle? Not so sad actually.
You see, the Shuttle is an amazing bit of engineering, it really is! But it’s old and by now we (or they) should have developed new propulsion, artificial gravity, safer re-entry… Space travel should be quick, easy and cheap now…. And it’s simply not…