Atlantis now in Orbit

Since you won’t hear a peep out of the so-called “mainstream media”, I thought I’d hook y’all up with the info you deserve.

While the rest of us snoozed in our beds, NASA put a whole mess of hardware into space. Atlantis’ mission: Add a much-needed Airlock to the ever-growing station. This will be the first of several assembly missions that will require the new station arm (nicknamed “The Big Arm”) to snatch the payload from the orbiter and assemble itself. The Big Arm had been malfunctioning (thus delaying this launch), but it appears to have corrected itself.

What’s more, they’re in a bit of a hurry. Water lines in the new airlock will freeze if they can’t get it installed withing 10 hours of leaving the shuttle’s cargo bay.

Good luck kids!

In related shuttle news, NASA is apparently considering mothballing Columbia, the first space-worthy shuttle. Due to a projected budget shortfall of about $800 million over the next six years, NASA’s looking for ways to cut costs.

How about that? I’ve written my representatives (House | Senate) in Washington, have you?

4 replies on “Atlantis now in Orbit”

  1. theangrymob says:

    How funny…

    No sooner do I condemn the media, it redeems itself. Check out this really cool article from USA Today about the growing facelessness of our current crop of astronauts.

    • Dave says:

      Re: How funny…

      No sooner do I condemn the media, it redeems itself. Check out this really cool article from USA Today about the growing facelessness of our current crop of astronauts.

      Sadly, it seems that article isn’t there anymore (at least when I just loaded that page, it was a different article, something about the Olympics).

      • Dave says:

        Re: How funny…

        Sadly, it seems that article isn’t there anymore
        (at least when I just loaded that page, it was a different article,
        something about the Olympics).

        Thanks to the hundreds of
        people commenting on a very similar story at /., here’s the correct
        link. Wheee.

      • fiziko says:

        Re: How funny…

        Sadly, it seems that article isn’t there anymore (at least
        when I just loaded that page, it was a different article,
        something about the Olympics).

        They did move it. The Atlantis article is here.

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