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Anything related to rockets always reminds me of the controversy around the 1969 launch.

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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla.--After a last-minute Air Force computer glitch threatened to derail launch, the shuttle Discovery, carrying an all-veteran crew of six, critical supplies, and a final U.S. module for the International Space Station, blasted off with seconds to spare and vaulted into orbit Thursday to begin its 39th and final flight.

Read more: http://news.cnet.com/8301-19514_3-20...#ixzz1EwBAvGA2
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ditto
    
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Godspeed Discovery!
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that's one big OOPS moment
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How do they have seconds to spare? If they waited a few seconds would they have blown up? No I didnt read the article. Is it that they had seconds to spare before the earth's rotation took them off course?
    
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How do they have seconds to spare? If they waited a few seconds would they have blown up? No I didnt read the article. Is it that they had seconds to spare before the earth's rotation took them off course?
IDK, maybe you should read the article.
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IDK, maybe you should read the article.
same goes to you, my dear student
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How do they have seconds to spare? If they waited a few seconds would they have blown up? No I didnt read the article. Is it that they had seconds to spare before the earth's rotation took them off course?
They had only a 3min launch window.
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to await liftoff at 4:50:27 p.m., roughly the moment Earth's rotation carried the launch pad into the plane of the space station's orbit.

But trouble with an Air Force range safety system computer put the launch in doubt as the countdown ticked into its final minutes. With the end of Discovery's short 3-minute launch window approaching, Launch Director Mike Leinbach ordered engineers to pick up the countdown at the T-minus-9-minute mark and to press ahead in hopes the Air Force would be ready in time.
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It was an enjoyable sight. They were showing the camera where you could see the earth from the ship while they were leaving.

It made me ask "what would one of those THEEARTHISFLAT believers would say if they saw this pale blue dot."
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same goes to you, my dear student
Why? He asked a question, while the answer was right there in the article. I did not ask a question, and if I was curious about what happened then I would surely go and read the article.
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