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Launch of Discovery half hour & counting

post #1 of 21
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Any of our Amercian friends gonna watch ?? and why are they sending it up if theres a problem (so the UK news reports)
post #2 of 21
Just a teeny piece of foam fell off, no big problem, it's actually in an hour.
post #3 of 21
Is anyone else watching Discovery launch? It's going to launch in about 5 minutes, so I'm off to the tele!
post #4 of 21
Just watched it from my front yard! Looked like a peice of rice in the sky. I tol dmy husband "look, there it is!" He argued with me saying it was just a plane... He went in an turned on the TV and said "yeah, you're right" We had about 5 people walking down the street watching it... I told him "you think all these people are looking at an airplane?"
post #5 of 21
wow! you're lucky!
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I was tiny, but it was definatly it! About 12 years ago there was one that went up and it made a sonic boom.. It was the weirdest but coolest thing. Everything shook... Even your brain! Car alarms were going off, and windows breaking...I was at my mom's work with a friend and we were walking through the shopping center and BOOOM! We just looked at each other like "WTH?"
post #7 of 21
wow!
post #8 of 21
I missed in on TV...hopefully I'll catch a replay later on.
post #9 of 21
Actually its kind of interesting...on another forum a few months ago someone who was working on the shuttle said there was going to be a problem with the foam....and then there was!! Weird eh? I imagine if anything goes wrong with the flight, they will wish they listened to him.
post #10 of 21
So they decided to go for it? I haven't been looking or listening to anything. (no tv) I pray that everything is smooth and safe!
post #11 of 21
Yeap.. I watched it!
post #12 of 21
I actually dont like to watch that. It scared the heck out of me. Mostly because I keep thinking about the people on the ship, and how scared they are. You know?

It's just gotta be one of the most scariest things to do in the whole world. Gosh, just imagine one of thier moms. ugh...there is no way I'd let my kid get on a spaceship.

I just hope it all goes well for them.
post #13 of 21
I watched it, it was the first time I've actually watched a launch on TV before, it was kinda cool, we had our daughter watch too....a great thing!!
post #14 of 21
Argh! I missed it We can usually stand outside and watch it take off in the distance. I was all ready for it Saturday and then Sunday.... but today I forgot!
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by ButterflyDream
I watched it, it was the first time I've actually watched a launch on TV before, it was kinda cool.
I want it to see it outside, but I was south of it.
post #16 of 21
Well I'm up north. So I'm only stuck watching it on TV. And I don't know if I watched Challenger or not when I was in school, if I did I was too young to remember.

But it was pretty amazing to watch.
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by ButterflyDream
Well I'm up north. So I'm only stuck watching it on TV. And I don't know if I watched Challenger or not when I was in school, if I did I was too young to remember.

But it was pretty amazing to watch.
I remember watching the Challenger. I was in kindergarten... I remember the explosion and one of the main things I remember was my teacher crying That was a sad day.
post #18 of 21
I remember vividly when Challenger blew up during launch. It was awful! My hubby had gone to work and I woke up to watch. I turned on the TV just after the accident. I was wondering what the heck was going on.
post #19 of 21
Well I know that I've seen the footage from it and then the disaster from last year.....and all these foam issues this current launch, it was like sitting on one's toes even watching it from here.

But that disaster last year didn't occur till re-entry. So I guess it's still a wait and see (but I also think that's why they are taking alot of pictures of the shuttle and stuff as part of this particular mission).
post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by ButterflyDream
Well I know that I've seen the footage from it and then the disaster from last year.....and all these foam issues this current launch, it was like sitting on one's toes even watching it from here.

But that disaster last year didn't occur till re-entry. So I guess it's still a wait and see (but I also think that's why they are taking alot of pictures of the shuttle and stuff as part of this particular mission).

The Columbia disaster actually happened in 2003. This is the second shuttle launch since. When the Discovery launched into space in 2005 they performed test heat shield repairs while on a space walk. I remember watching it on tv and found it amazing that they were capable of actually doing repairs while in space
post #21 of 21
Wow there's lots of us in florida huh?
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