November 24, 2017

AstroEvent of the Week:08.06.09:the STS-127 Launch.

(Hey, can you believe that we’ve been doing “Event of the Week” for exactly a year now without missing a beat? I thought that next week’s Summer Solstice post rang a bell… ironically, our first “event” post was also a Shuttle launch!)

The shuttle Endeavor is once again vaulting into orbit. Fresh off of STS-400, the stand-by contingency mission to rescue Atlantis that was thankfully never needed, it is slated for launch from the Kennedy Space Center Saturday morning. The window opens up 7:17 AM EDT on June 13th, shortly after local sunrise. This should afford cool launch views for hundreds of miles around, (including Astroguyz HQ, about 105 miles away!) weather willing. [Read more...]

Astro-Event of the Week: 05.11.09: See STS-125 dock with Hubble!

First; the good news. This week’s potential launch of Atlantis on STS-125 for it’s much delayed servicing mission (the 4th and final) to the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) will provide spectacular views, both of the initial launch along the Space Coast of Florida and the dawn and dusk skies as it chases the orbiting observatory. Now for the bad; the current orbit of Hubble is positioned such that most of the northern hemisphere won’t see the action! The HST is inclined at a 28.5 degree orbit, far different than the normal 51.6 degree orbit the shuttle orbiters must attain to dock with the ISS.

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