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Made the trip to Florida (1)

Tildedot (137711) | more than 3 years ago | (#36054604)

...from Houston, to watch it take off last week. Couldn't stay more than 10 days, and had to get back to work. Sad that it didn't launch while I could see it -- still, I'd rather it launch and recover *safely* than anything else.
Also, there's a girl working the 7-11 at Cocoa Beach that has successfully called the scrubbed launches for *years* apparently. Maybe I should have called her before heading out east.

Re:Made the trip to Florida (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36054660)

Also, there's a girl working the 7-11 at Cocoa Beach that has successfully called the scrubbed launches

Her name is Melissa Ramirez. Bitch tried to press charges against me when she tried to make me stop because I didn't want to put on condom.

Nobody is objective about rape. It is a horror and a titillation and a mystery all at one. Women are terrified of being raped, but somewhere in the back of every womb there is one rebellious nerve ending that tingles with curiosity whenever the word is mentioned. This is even more terrifying, for it hints at basic depravity and secret lusts too dangerous to even think about.

Men speak of rapists with loathing and are sympathetic to victims, but always aware. Raped women have been divorced by their husbands -- who couldn't bear to live with the awful knowledge, the visions, the possibility that it wasn't really rape. There is the bone of it, the unspeakable mystery. Everybody has heard the joke about the lawyer who used a quill and an ink bottle to get his client acquitted on a rape charge. He told the jury that there was no such thing as rape, and proved it by having a witness try to put the quill in the bottle -- which he manipulated so deftly that the witness finally gave up.

What does a jury make of testimony to the effect that the first hump was for love, the second for kicks, and all others being rape?

In short, the space shuttle is a large penis raping the sky.

Re:Made the trip to Florida (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36054678)

+1 Window seat to Hell.

Re:Made the trip to Florida (1)

pspahn (1175617) | more than 3 years ago | (#36054736)

In short, the space shuttle is a large penis raping the sky.

Yeah, but GP's point is (and we've all seen 2001) that space exploration is this great mystery. And apparently so is the launch date.

Re: because I didn't want to put on condom (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36055002)

Asshole, "No" means "No". For whatever reason. *ESPECIALLY* when it comes to using a condom! If you did that to my daughter I'd take a 12 ga. full of bird-shot to your crotch.

http://www.medicinaligenerici.com/ (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36054812)

Cialis

Dopo le droghe come Viagra e Cialis ha rivoluzionato il trattamento di disfunzione sessuale maschio verso la fine degli anni 90, un turbine di neve dei test clinici sono stati condotti in donne nelle speranze che le droghe potrebbero fare lo stessi per fare rivivere l'azionamento di sesso diminuente della donna.

http://www.medicinaligenerici.com/

Re:http://www.medicinaligenerici.com/ (1)

JockTroll (996521) | more than 3 years ago | (#36055366)

Cagati addosso, pezzo di merda, e ficcati il tuo spam nel buco del culo. E adesso usa babelfish per tradurre e strozzati mentre ti spompini da solo nel cumulo di feci in cui di masturbi guardando filmini pedoporno.

Excellent time! (1)

MavEtJu (241979) | more than 3 years ago | (#36054860)

May 16 at 8:56 a.m. EDT.
That is just before midnight in Sydney, Australia. Count me in!

Re:Excellent time! (2)

ProdigyPuNk (614140) | more than 3 years ago | (#36054928)

...NASA officials said via Twitter. Really? Twitter !?

Re:Excellent time! (2)

Leebert (1694) | more than 3 years ago | (#36055846)

Actually, NASA's Twitter feed is one of the timeliest ways to get these updates, short of watching the various news conferences on NASA TV.

If you're trying to see a shuttle launch, the Twitter feed is indispensable. It kept me from getting on a plane at one of STS-133's many delays.

Re:Excellent time! (1)

Brucelet (1857158) | more than 3 years ago | (#36056528)

And it's not just for shuttles. A lot of robotic NASA missions use twitter these days for updates. For an organization which is often trapped in the past, it's been one of their better PR trends over the last few years.

Not an accident. (5, Interesting)

CasualFriday (1804992) | more than 3 years ago | (#36054958)

I spent the first 20 years of my life on the space coast. I'd just like to say that I don't believe these delays are accidental at all. From the stories I've heard about people who work for NASA, United Space Alliance, EG&G, etc., I don't doubt for a second that the people working at KSC are extending these launches as much as possible. I was raised in Titusville, a town that HEAVILY depends on the space program and the tourism it brings. When a launch happens, the population instantly goes up from 40,000 to probably 400,000+. When a scrub happens, half of those people don't just say "oh well" and go home. They hang out for a long time. I was working at the KSC Visitor's Center when one of the launches got scrubbed in 2009. This British guy asked me how long it would be delayed and I sadly told him almost two weeks. He wasn't even phased, just immediately asked me if I knew a good extended stay hotel in the area. Now, for places like Titusville, those launch-campers pump millions of dollars into the economy every launch day, and having them hang out for two weeks is just icing.

Re:Not an accident. (3, Insightful)

quacking duck (607555) | more than 3 years ago | (#36055782)

I love the irony in your title--NASA of course really would prefer this launch be "not an accident" :-)

There may be a little bit of grandstanding involved, but NASA has been severely raked over the coals twice for not following safety procedures. One was for a relatively high-profile mission (Challenger, teacher in space), where there was a lot of pressure to launch and managers overrode or ignored engineers' warnings. Columbia, managers ignored warnings of possible damage, even overriding a request to have pictures of the wing taken by military assets in space. With the whole world watching these last missions (and this one in particular, thanks to the commander's wife being the congresswoman recovering from a point-blank shot to the head), they don't need another incident and accusations that they rushed things due to outside pressure.

Re:Not an accident. (2)

CasualFriday (1804992) | more than 3 years ago | (#36056522)

I agree that there is extra attention paid to these, but the fact is that the ultra-absolute and ultra-safe atmosphere people would like to believe about KSC simply doesn't exist. My father was part of the crew that re-tiled the exterior of the shuttle for 25 years and he said the corners cut out there were absolutely disgusting. The phrase "good enough for government work" is a joke to a lot of the blue-collar types working on the orbiters. There seems to be a minority of people who really appreciate the fact that there are human lives depending on the work they're doing.

Re:Not an accident. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36056504)

plenty of these engineers are going to be laid off after this shuttle flight completes

you can bet your bottom dollar they are looking for every and any reason to delay the layoff, because 4 more weeks of pay is 4 more weeks of pay

the last two shuttle flights have been plagued by "unusual" delays (oops, dropped a wrench which damaged the foam on the tank, my bad), suicide jumper which caused a delay for "counseling", on and on

I suspect sabotage in several instances, perhaps the latest delay as well (an electrical short in a cable that requires the entire cable to be removed)

There goes a $100M (4, Interesting)

savuporo (658486) | more than 3 years ago | (#36054962)

Im just reposting this from elsewhere but .. as Shuttle program costs around $200M a month, this delay just cost [theonion.com] NASA around $100M. Other people have built large companies for that money ..

Re:There goes a $100M (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 3 years ago | (#36055034)

and remember! this is 90% a PR move to show us how much we need NASA right now

Re:There goes a $100M (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36055146)

Instead of spending $100M on this we should give tax cuts to the rich!

Re:There goes a $100M (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#36055440)

Or stop giving $600M to a single car company so that it can pretend to manufacture 200 electric cars that only movie stars can afford.

Re:There goes a $100M (1)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#36055436)

That's rather the whole point. I mean if your program (and by extension your job) is going to be canned after the launch, you will try to delay the launch as much as possible. I guarantee you that this will be the most meticulously planned and safest launch NASA has ever done. And that probably it won't launch in May. Depending on how tough the job market looks. Could even be next year.

As long as it's before May 21 (1)

G3CK0 (708703) | more than 3 years ago | (#36055188)

According to these guys http://www.ebiblefellowship.com/may21/ [ebiblefellowship.com] , we need to launch before the 21st.

The end of the line (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36055206)

So the US manned space program has less than two weeks left before it becomes part of the past. I guess it was nice while it lasted.

Re:The end of the line (1)

THE anonymus coward (92468) | more than 3 years ago | (#36056050)

no no... there is still STS-135 that will launch in... late June, maybe early July.

Why in the hell... (1)

Red_Chaos1 (95148) | more than 3 years ago | (#36055456)

...was a place like Florida picked anyway? Why not use someplace a bit more weather neutral?

Re:Why in the hell... (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36055550)

Florida is one of the states closest to the equator, saving us fuel costs on the way up into orbit by the fact that the earth rotates.

Re:Why in the hell... (1)

countertrolling (1585477) | more than 3 years ago | (#36055868)

Hawaii is a bit closer, but it puts the mainland downrange and in danger of being hit by falling debris.. better to have it fall on Africa...

Re:Why in the hell... (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 3 years ago | (#36056076)

Hawaii is a bit closer, but it puts the mainland downrange and in danger of being hit by falling debris.

Mainland? Have you looked at a map? Launches generally are not done north of straight east. They are done on a more southerly bearing; ideally angled south of straight east by the same angle as the latitude of the launch pad. For Hawaii, straight east would send the rocket over Mexico. Angling a little south, it would go over Honduras. If the launch were angled towards Ecuador or Columbia, then you've got more open ocean between the launch site and land than you do between Florida and Africa. Not only that, but you could launch directly south for polar orbit launches.

Why aren't you launching from Hawaii?

Re:Why in the hell... (1)

Brucelet (1857158) | more than 3 years ago | (#36056578)

Shuttle launches to the ISS are actually always done to the northeast. Orbital mechanics also permits a launch oppurtunity 12 hours later in a southdirestionction but this would take the shuttle over cuba which they want to avoid. Northeast launches also mean there are abort stations in europe in the event of a problem.,

Re:Why in the hell... (1)

am 2k (217885) | more than 3 years ago | (#36056596)

Why aren't you launching from Hawaii?

My guess is because Hawaii joined the US in 1957 [wikipedia.org] , but the space program got started in 1955 [wikipedia.org] .

Re:Why in the hell... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36057228)

Why aren't you launching from Hawaii?

Because it's on the side of a big volcano and surrounded by ocean rather than connected by highways, and because it's already been bombed by a foreign power once.

Re:Why in the hell... (1)

Vectormatic (1759674) | more than 3 years ago | (#36058260)

it's already been bombed by a foreign power once.

you have a point on the logistics (and a good enough point to put the whole debate to bed right away i might add), but the bombing thing is totally irrelevant, in this day and age anyone who doesnt like the US space program either has ICBM and cruismissiles (and the subs to deploy them right off the coast), or suicide bombers, terrorists or just simply place a bomb on a shipping container from china. Bomber ranges might have mattered in 1941, but these days Florida is just as easy a target as Hawaii, or any other place on the globe.

Re:Why in the hell... (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 3 years ago | (#36058720)

You say that like it's true but the level of scrutiny is much higher and much more would have to be paid to Hawaii if a space program were there, so I maintain that such logistics are relevant. I also challenge the notion that everyone who doesn't like our space program has functional ICBMs. Cruise missile range is more relevant, but we have the best ones. We had better, for how much we spend on them.

Re:Why in the hell... (1)

Vectormatic (1759674) | more than 3 years ago | (#36060634)

i didnt say everyone had ICBMs, i said everyone has either ICBMs or suicide bomber. My point is that these days even a five man group with a suitably connected arms dealer could be a credible threat, and that you dont need a four carrier fleet with dive-bombers anymore.

Also, having the best cruise missiles doesnt mean anything in terms of defense, only in terms of retaliation.

Although i admit you once again have a point on the logistics, putting the same security measures in place would take more effort on hawaii then florida

Also, the comment system still fucking sucks

Re:Why in the hell... (1)

camperdave (969942) | more than 3 years ago | (#36055906)

Not only that, but there is a big "empty" ocean for failed rockets and spent stages to fall into.

Re:Why in the hell... (1)

quacking duck (607555) | more than 3 years ago | (#36055728)

Where else, within the continental US?

Can't be central--the launch path would be directly over populated areas. Occasional tornados.

Can't be further north along the east coast--winters are longer and colder, and though earlier rockets may have fared okay the shuttle transport system is demonstrably dangerous when launching in cold weather.

Though there were certainly political reasons for choosing Florida as the main US launch site back in the 50s and 60s, it was one of the best locations regardless.

Re:Why in the hell... (1)

Osgeld (1900440) | more than 3 years ago | (#36057464)

well you can buy that fuel bullshit, but really in the 1950s-1970's Florida was mostly swampland that you could not give away

Here comes what US Engineers make better than... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#36055624)

their Russian counterparts. They can design shuttles that can not fly.

5/21 (1)

defaria (741527) | more than 3 years ago | (#36056354)

Better get it in before 5/21 or the world will end anyway (http://goo.gl/Ywd3G)

Of course they keep putting it off (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#36056618)

After the last shuttle launch, aren't there going to be a lot of people out of a job?
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