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Space Shuttle Atlantis Returns Home

Zonk posted more than 7 years ago | from the hooray-for-earth dept.

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Digitus1337 writes to mention the news that Space Shuttle Atlantis has returned to Earth after a successful twelve-day mission. Everything involving the mission went smoothly, resulting in high praise from NASA officials. The only drama came from 'mysterious' debris floating alongside the shuttle; this turned out to likely be trash from the cargo bay accidentally released into space. From the article: "The unplanned drama threatened to overshadow what had been a nearly flawless mission filled with strenuous spacewalks and rigorous robotics work that placed the space station back on a path to completion after its long hiatus. The crew of five men and one woman were the longest-trained in NASA history, because they were originally supposed to fly to the space station in 2003. But the Columbia accident kept them grounded."

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Take the quotes off... (0, Offtopic)

cp.tar (871488) | more than 7 years ago | (#16155549)

The only drama came from 'mysterious' debris floating alongside the shuttle; this turned out to likely be trash from the cargo bay accidentally released into space.

Of course they'll say that.

And all the other UFOs were, of course, flocks of geese and meteorological balloons and whatnot.

The government is just trying to hush it up.

Remarkable success, really... governments don't usually succeed in anything else but hushing up UFOs.

Re:Take the quotes off... (3, Funny)

R3d M3rcury (871886) | more than 7 years ago | (#16155887)

And all the other UFOs were, of course, flocks of geese and meteorological balloons and whatnot.
I thought it was swamp gas from a weather balloon trapped in a thermal pocket which reflected the light from Venus. Really. This guy in a black suit [imdb.com] told me...

Re:Take the quotes off... (1)

TheGreek (2403) | more than 7 years ago | (#16155922)

And all the other UFOs were, of course, flocks of geese and meteorological balloons and whatnot.

The government is just trying to hush it up.

Remarkable success, really... governments don't usually succeed in anything else but hushing up UFOs.
So, uh, what does Occam's Razor tell you about that?

Re:Take the quotes off... (1)

cp.tar (871488) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156324)

So, uh, what does Occam's Razor tell you about that?

That the sole purpose of governments is to conceal the existance of the UFOs, of course.

Re:Take the quotes off... (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156093)

It was trash from the cargo bay. This being Atlantis, it was Ancient trash.

Re:Take the quotes off... (1)

Kelson (129150) | more than 7 years ago | (#16157050)

This being Atlantis, it was Ancient trash.

At least it wasn't more of that Ori trash. ;)

Trash from the shuttle? (3, Funny)

Intron (870560) | more than 7 years ago | (#16155579)

Among the debris: 6 McDonalds fries containers, a comb with gum stuck on it, a toll receipt for the GW bridge dated 1995, that missing glove from the EVA 10 years ago, an empty chapstick, two Miller Lite beer cans, and directions to the party that you don't want to remember now.

Other drama (1)

spamchang (302052) | more than 7 years ago | (#16155581)

Don't forget about the "butterfingers" loss of a couple of space station bolts into space and the oxygen machine's 'toxic' irritant spill...

Plastic carrier bags in space? (1)

DamonHD (794830) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156135)

Yes, how big were the UFOs relative to the bolts? That was my first thought.

When I heard the theory that at least one of the UFOsmay have been a plastic bag my instant thought was "I know that carrier bags can blow high in the air, but *that* high?" B^>

Rgds

Damon

I don't know what the big deal was. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 7 years ago | (#16155605)

I knew immediately that there wasn't a problem and NASA was overreacting - as usual.

Oh, about me. I have an Associate in Sciences (A.S.s.) degree from Ithica Community College and I'm smarter than the NASA guys becuase I've studied a whole semester of each science! Including home making science! Really! I'm that well versed.

wait till the next engineering problem that the space program has and I'll exlplain to all of you on /. how I'm smarter.

Photo of Atlantis and ISS transiting the sun (4, Interesting)

Kelson (129150) | more than 7 years ago | (#16155606)

Yesterday the Bad Astronomy site posted a great photo of Atlantis and the ISS [badastronomy.com] silhouetted against the sun. The photo was taken last Sunday... from the ground! The post over there also links to photographer Thierry Legault's website, with a bunch more space photos.

...in color (2, Informative)

Megane (129182) | more than 7 years ago | (#16155889)

It's also today's APOD [nasa.gov] picture:

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap060921.html [nasa.gov]

For those who were "too lazy; didn't read" the comments on the badastronomy page, the transit only lasted one second. So not only was it great camera work, it was great timing, too.

Re:Photo of Atlantis and ISS transiting the sun (1)

LordVader717 (888547) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156203)

Wow. That's just awesome.

You kind of think of it differently when you see the pictures taken in orbit. But when you see something actually taken from the ground, and think that it's up there floating around it makes you think completely differently.

New NASA Rule: No burritos in the hanger (2, Funny)

xxxJonBoyxxx (565205) | more than 7 years ago | (#16155610)

New NASA Rule: No burritos in the hanger - period. For Christ's sake, if you make a Taco Bell run, it's not like people aren't going to be able to tell from the smell, so quit throwing your wrappers in the cargo bay.

woke me up (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 7 years ago | (#16155831)

there was a boom that rattled the windows of the house. my wife said, "what was that?". i wasn't sure - still half asleep and then she said, "oh, the shuttle is back". went back to sleep happy that they made it back safe.

Re:woke me up (1)

bunions (970377) | more than 7 years ago | (#16155976)

Ok thanks for the update. If anything else wakes you up, be sure to post it. What did you have for breakfast?

Re:woke me up (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 7 years ago | (#16160323)

last night a street sweeper woke me up. 1:00 - 1:30 a.m. really annoying. for breakfast yesterday i had vanilla yogurt and a glass of low sodium v-8. (not simultaneously) today i overslept because of the street sweeper and blew off breakfast, but i just had chips and salsa that someone brought in. it was o.k. but the guy who makes it always goes mild because people around here can't handle spicy. but hey, it was free.

Re:woke me up (1)

Villageidiot9390 (640068) | more than 7 years ago | (#16157751)

Whereabouts do you live that you were able to hear the boom from the shuttle re-entering the atmosphere? I'm just outside of Orlando, FL and I didn't hear a thing. And I even woke up to listen and see if I could see the shuttle making it's approach. (I was heading over to KSC this morning)

Re:woke me up (1)

stoolpigeon (454276) | more than 7 years ago | (#16160301)

I live in South East Orlando. The Lake Hart area. The prior landing before that was easy to hear in my office building- so I assumed it was that way pretty much throughout town.

ZPM (1)

WilliamSChips (793741) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156122)

I see that McKay managed to find three ZPMs...

Meanwhile... (1)

LordVader717 (888547) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156232)

I've been fiddeling around with Orbiter [ucl.ac.uk] lately. Sadly, I haven't managed to get a shuttle to orbit yet. Really good to get an impression of the scale and principles of spaceflight.

The shuttle commander's name is Jett! For real... (1)

Optic7 (688717) | more than 7 years ago | (#16156981)

Brent Jett, commander of the space shuttle [yahoo.com] . Too funny.

That goes along with a couple of other weird name/profession matches that I have heard about: My dad's dentist when he was a kid was "Mr. Molar", and the school where my wife was an after-school program mentor for a while had a shop teacher, "Mr. Wood". This is all 100% for real. Again, too funny.

Re:The shuttle commander's name is Jett! For real. (1)

Nefarious Wheel (628136) | more than 7 years ago | (#16157281)

There was an osteopath in Redondo Beach named Ira Bonecutter.
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