Spider – We Have Liftoff…

At 6:36 this evening, the Space Shuttle Endeavour will lift off after 4 1/2 years of being on the ground.

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Endeavour will be carrying several experiments including one with 10 million basal cells in an attempt to see if they will grow in space as well as grow on earth after being weightless in space.

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The shuttle will also be working to replace defective stabilizers on the International Space Station. Remembering that the Shuttle program will be phased out in 2010 with approximately fifteen (15) remaining flights, part of the goal of the remaining missions is to perform as much work on the Space Station as possible.

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Endeavour has spent most of the 4 1/2 years it has been grounded here in the OPF – Orbiter Processing Facility – getting heat resistant tiles replaced, new computer systems and other upgrades. Endeavour is the newest of the shuttle fleet and only one (1) of three (3) remaining shuttles after the loss of Columbia and Challenger. The author thanks Brad for pointing out his error of my earlier post… The seven (7) person crew includes one (1) civilian – Barbara Morgan – a school teacher from Idaho who was Christa McAuliffe backup when she lifted-off on Columbia.

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As a long time supporter of the space program, I have a problem with “civilians” being sent into space. This is far to dangerous of an occupation to send “non-professionals” into space. The shuttle program has prided itself on making public education a big part of the program – and bringing the program to the public – but there are better ways than sending schoolteachers into space. There are certainly enough educated and qualified individuals in the program.

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So, make sure if you are near a TV or a computer this evening, make sure you tune into the launch is special and exciting and something to be watched.

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~ by Brett on August 8, 2007.

6 Responses to “Spider – We Have Liftoff…”

  1. i was not ever aware; thank you for telling us.

  2. Ooo. There’s still three left. Discovery and Atlantis are the other two. I may just watch this lift-off this evening… Thanks for the reminder!

    SPIDER SAYS – You are absolutely correct Brad – thanks for pointing out my error – I guess I need to double check my facts and not rely on my memory!

  3. Since Endeavour was only built after the Challenger disaster, your memory didn’t fail you at all, sweetie. It’s a wild card.

  4. EWWWW! There is a spider on the picture of Endeavor. I best run out and get the fly swatter. Need to get rid of that nasty critter! LMAO!

  5. is the weather clear enough that you guys will be able to possibly see it? I’d love to see that. I remember in grade school listening to my science teacher talking about the Apollo missions. Man, how times have changed.

  6. I was glad to hear that the shuttle launched successfully. Fingers crossed that all goes well with the mission.

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