Post by kiwithrottlejockey on Dec 12, 2017 15:57:29 GMT 12
Nah, NASA say 3, 2, 1, ignition, liftoff.....followed a couple of minutes later by a HUGE EXPLOSION up in the sky.
Anyway, talking of space....The Washington Post currently has a news story on their site about President Dumb declaring that America is going to fly to the moon again.
Hundreds of reader comments have been posted in reply to that article riddiculing Trump, with some comments even suggesting that President Dumb himself be blasted to the moon in an unpressurised space capsule. Hilarious!!
Australia's first rocket launcher prepares for lift-off
That's odd - short memory these journos - Australia was the seventh country to launch its own artificial satellite into space in 1967, the WRESAT (from Weapons Research Establishment based at Woomera, from where the rocket, a modified US Redstone missile named Sparta was launched). Australia became only the third country to launch a satellite into space from its own territory.
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Post by kiwithrottlejockey on Jan 20, 2018 15:25:33 GMT 12
Probably on 15 minutes (or less) from Gisborne Airport to the southern tip of Mahia Penninsula.
Mission control has just announced that their launch window will remain open until 1830hrs today and that they currently have an aeroplane on the way to the rogue boat.
However, they have also said that there are black spots within that launch window where the rocket could come into conflict with low orbit satellites already up there, so they have to avoid those launch spots and are currently re-calculating the exact periods of time they can launch until 1830hrs and the periods of time they cannot launch.
Post by kiwithrottlejockey on Jan 20, 2018 15:40:50 GMT 12
They're counting down again from “T minus 45”.
That new countdown started about five minutes ago.
Fingers crossed for a launch today; however mission control has announced that if they are unable to launch today (they now have further pleasure boats in the exclusion zone to deal with), then will re-schedule for tomorrow afternoon. The weather forecast for tomorrow is looking great, so it looks like they've got a good plan B.
If you aren't living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space!