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I hope the media doesn't spin this to make it sound like NASA was under pressure to get the orbiter off the ground or something. I'm certain that foam has been falling off of the orbiters for every launch over the past two decades. We only notice it now because we are looking for it.



They already did that pre-launch. Talked about the director saying it needed to go up, safety measures be damned.

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I watched the launch in HD and it was just beautiful. I really need to get out to the coast and catch one out there at some point. I'm not too worried about the foam as it probably happens at every launch. I just can't wait for NASA and the space agencies around the world get working on getting to the moon or Mars. I'd love for us to use either planet in some commercially viable way.

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Bird droppings survive space launch




NASA's rocket scientists have a new appreciation for the out-of-this-world power of bird droppings. The orbiting space shuttle Discovery sported some whitish splotches on its black right wing edge that NASA officials said appeared to be bird droppings.


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Shuttle lead flight director Tony Ceccacci said he saw the same splotches on the identical part of the shuttle about three weeks ago when Discovery was on the launch pad and laughed when pictures beamed back from space Wednesday showed they were still there.


That means these bird droppings withstood regular Florida thunderstorms, a mighty Fourth of July launch during which 300,000 gallons of water is sprayed at the shuttle's main engines, and a burst upward through Earth's atmosphere. During that launch Discovery went from zero to 17,500 mph in just under 9 minutes.


And still the bird droppings remained in place. Mostly.


Some of the droppings may have shaken off during liftoff, Ceccacci guessed. He figures the rest will burn up during landing, when the shuttle's edges get as hot as 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit.


Rob Fergus, science coordinator for Audubon At Home, a division of the National Audubon Society, sometimes gets calls from people asking how to remove bird excrement from their cars.


"Usually they can hose it off," he said. "Apparently that doesn't work with the space shuttle. Maybe they need a bigger hose."






they have a nice little picture in the article.

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when did the rocket go off..and at what time? ..i'm surprised i didn't know it was going off. my dad and i are usually up to watch it..we can sometimes see it here in ft. lauderdale.(only if it's really late at night) and we usually get a call from my aunt who lives so close to KSC that her house shakes...one time she even fell out of bed..

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