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Mark L. Polansky will command the shuttle Endeavour for STS-127. Douglas G. Hurley will serve as the pilot. Mission specialists are Christopher J. Cassidy, Thomas H. Marshburn, David A. Wolf and Julie Payette, a Canadian Space Agency astronaut.

The mission will deliver Timothy L. Kopra to the station as a flight engineer and science officer and return Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata to Earth. Hurley, Cassidy, Marshburn and Kopra will be making their first trips to space.

Endeavour sets sail on its 23rd mission with the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility and Experiment Logistics Module Exposed Section. The facility will provide a type of "front porch" for experiments in the exposed environment, and a robotic arm that will be attached to the Kibo Pressurized Module and used to position experiments outside the station. The mission will include five spacewalks.

STS-127 is the 29th shuttle mission to the International Space Station.


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This will be a 16 day mission, not the longest ever but only the second time astronauts have launched knowing they will stay up for this long. Launch is currently set as luchtime on Saturday, 12:17pm BST.




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Goodness me I wonder what Mr Al Gore thinks of this "Carbon footstep" ;)




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annie27 wrote:Goodness me I wonder what Mr Al Gore thinks of this "Carbon footstep" ;)


He is actually in favour of the manned space program, many experiments on the ISS are related to enviromental issues




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martyn20 wrote:
annie27 wrote:Goodness me I wonder what Mr Al Gore thinks of this "Carbon footstep" ;)


He is actually in favour of the manned space program, many experiments on the ISS are related to enviromental issues


well thats a lot of "Carbon Emission Tax" to pay out ! oh no he will let the American people do that .... ;)




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Final countdown is set to start on time tomorrow and there is an 80% weather being ok for launch on Saturday




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annie27 wrote:Goodness me I wonder what Mr Al Gore thinks of this "Carbon footstep" ;)


Al Gore couldn't give a shit about the environment. if he did he wouldn't have a $30,000 energy bill for his fucking huge mansions

Back home in Tennessee, safely ensconced in his suburban Nashville home, Vice President Al Gore is no doubt basking in the Oscar awarded to "An Inconvenient Truth," the documentary he inspired and in which he starred. But a local free-market think tank is trying to make that very home emblematic of what it deems Gore's environmental hypocrisy.

Armed with Gore's utility bills for the last two years, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research charged Monday that the gas and electric bills for the former vice president's 20-room home and pool house devoured nearly 221,000 kilowatt-hours in 2006, more than 20 times the national average of 10,656 kilowatt-hours.

"If this were any other person with $30,000-a-year in utility bills, I wouldn't care," says the Center's 27-year-old president, Drew Johnson. "But he tells other people how to live and he's not following his own rules."


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Gore is just an Establishment tool. I highly dislike him.

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They should at least pose naked!! That would be fun.

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annie27 wrote:Goodness me I wonder what Mr Al Gore thinks of this "Carbon footstep" ;)


Al Gore couldn't give a shit about the environment. if he did he wouldn't have a $30,000 energy bill for his fucking huge mansions

Back home in Tennessee, safely ensconced in his suburban Nashville home, Vice President Al Gore is no doubt basking in the Oscar awarded to "An Inconvenient Truth," the documentary he inspired and in which he starred. But a local free-market think tank is trying to make that very home emblematic of what it deems Gore's environmental hypocrisy.

Armed with Gore's utility bills for the last two years, the Tennessee Center for Policy Research charged Monday that the gas and electric bills for the former vice president's 20-room home and pool house devoured nearly 221,000 kilowatt-hours in 2006, more than 20 times the national average of 10,656 kilowatt-hours.

"If this were any other person with $30,000-a-year in utility bills, I wouldn't care," says the Center's 27-year-old president, Drew Johnson. "But he tells other people how to live and he's not following his own rules."


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Gore is just an Establishment tool. I highly dislike him.


I know Smeggy I know ............. ;)




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martyn20 wrote:
annie27 wrote:Goodness me I wonder what Mr Al Gore thinks of this "Carbon footstep" ;)


He is actually in favour of the manned space program, many experiments on the ISS are related to enviromental issues


you need to research Mr Gores intentions to put tax tariffs on breathing out !




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The countdown is proceeding for Endeavours 12:17pm BST launch tomorrow lunchtime. The coverage will start on Nasa.gov at 7:00am BST. The weather was 90% go at the last update.




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Launch off for today due to a leak during tanking, they may attempt on 17th but there is another launch at KSC which may block that. They only have a few chances before they will have to wait until 11h July. The teams can't get in to see what the problem is for 24 hours while the tank drains, so tomorrow they will have an idea of what is needed to repair.




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Shuttle going for launch attempt, 10:40am BST Wednesday morning

From http://www.Spaceflightnow.com

Space shuttle Endeavour will bump its way into the Cape Canaveral launch lineup and target a 5:40 a.m. EDT liftoff Wednesday, NASA officials decided today. That means the Atlas 5 rocket originally scheduled to launch at that day carrying two Moon-bound science satellites will be pushed back.

Both launches face Saturday deadlines due to the lunar launch window closing and thermal constraints on Endeavour's orbit with the space station.




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martyn20 wrote:Launch off for today due to a leak during tanking, they may attempt on 17th but there is another launch at KSC which may block that. They only have a few chances before they will have to wait until 11h July. The teams can't get in to see what the problem is for 24 hours while the tank drains, so tomorrow they will have an idea of what is needed to repair.


They could turn 'collisions' off!!


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Your a bad man.lol,
The weather for Wednesday is 80% for a go, this is a one shot attempt, if they don't get off they will have to wait until the second week in July to try again.




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Launch scrubbed after leak started again despite repair that was done, they will have a month to sort out the problem before they try again.




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Caught this on the news this morning and thought of you Martyn. Seems to be another fuel leek if I heard right?

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True red wrote:Caught this on the news this morning and thought of you Martyn. Seems to be another fuel leek if I heard right?


Yes they don't know exactly why it happen's but they did the same repair they carried out the last time it happened on a previous mission but it failed again. Next try would be 11th July if they can sort this out.




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So it will be nearly a month's delay - I wonder if this is something telling them not to do it?

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True red wrote:So it will be nearly a month's delay - I wonder if this is something telling them not to do it?


It does make you wonder, this hardware is getting very old, most people don't have cars that are as old as the shuttle.




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martyn20 wrote:It does make you wonder, this hardware is getting very old, most people don't have cars that are as old as the shuttle.


A bit ageist there, a couple of my motorcycles are much older and keep going well. A lot more modern cars than mine are constantly in the garage.

Concorde was not withdrawn owing to age, and the Nimrod and Hercules are still used by the military.

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