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    Wednesday, July 13, 2005

    "Let's Light This Candle"

    Stardate 4237.7

    "Let's light this candle" - The Right Stuff

    In the immortal words of the Mercury Astronauts, we all wait for the time to arrive. There has been two years since the last shuttle tragedy, and many upgrades have been made to the shuttle to help keep those brave explorers safe. This very cool page shows much of the new tech and a great general layout of all the shuttle workings.

    Another pre-launch hitch held up the fueling of the supercooled liquid hydrogen and oxygen when a heater unit for the fuel tank nitrogen line failed... A back-up was available though, and fueling carried on very quickly. There was another mishap as well, when a window cover fell off and damaged several tiles.. They were easily fixed however, and should also pose no threat to the launch. The last concern is the weather, and it is looking like a 60% chance it will be GOOD!

    The launch is set for 3:50:53 pm ET from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. We can all watch it live, starting at 12:30 om ET by going to the MSNBC Video page. In fact, that page has tons of stuff, from interviews to the schedules for Spacewalks and the whole shabang! Have fun and hope for sunny weather :D

    *** UPDATE ***

    AOL is also featuring a schwack of video coverage, including four camera views...

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