Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Liveblogging: Shuttle Liftoff

All times in Pacific Time Zone
7:31 AM - Seven minutes to liftoff. There's the shuttle sitting there. I'm so excited!
7:33 AM - They're checking data now, while the shuttle sits there. Talking about engineering analysis. See, engineers can be cool!
7:34 AM - They just said that the crew doesn't fly the spacecraft. I guess that's why it's still just sitting there. Wait, what are they there for then?
7:35 AM - So, it's still sitting there, about to take off...
7:36 AM - They're telling us what we're going to see, but what I'm seeing right now is a shuttle just sitting there.
7:37 AM - I swear the newscaster just used the word "suckers" to refer to the fuel rockets.
7:38 AM - Yup, the shuttle is still sitting there.
7:38 AM - Listening to mission control now. Lots of complicated-sounding stuff I don't understand about computers. Tee-minus 31 seconds...Up, up, and away!
7:39 AM - 3, 2, 1...
7:39 AM - Liftoff! Woo! There it goes! The newscaster is yelling now!
7:40 AM - The newscaster just said something about "maximum dynamic pressure" as if he knew what it meant.
7:41 AM - There it goes, still flying up...
7:41 AM - HOLY CRAP, something huge just fell off! Oh wait, those were just the booster rockets, I guess they're supposed to do that.
7:42 AM - Shuttle keeps going up... Newspeople keep exchanging inane banter...
7:43 AM - "Totally normal. Everything is just fine."
7:44 AM - So, it's up and away, and everything is "just fine." Whew! What a rush that was!
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Blogger Nathan said...

*does the happy dance of SCIENCE!*

I wish someone would've gagged those talking heads. It was physically painful to listen to them try to sound like they knew what they were talking about.

11:32 AM, July 26, 2005  

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