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Old 03-11-2008, 09:02 PM   #11
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Shuttle launch

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Talking about shuttle launches:






I wish I knew how to take night pics!


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Old 03-11-2008, 09:28 PM   #12
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That's just cool.

Can you watch the shuttle land? I've always thought watching the take off and landing of the same flight would be cool. A Sportsmobile seems like a good way to accomplish that.
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Old 03-12-2008, 06:34 AM   #13
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Shuttle launch

I think you are too far away to see it. There are no rockets igniting, hopefully.
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Old 03-12-2008, 08:46 PM   #14
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Great pics Al!

An SMB launch is not as colorful as a shuttle launch, but starting the 6 liter diesel at zero degrees is probably almost as loud!
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T minus 9 hours and counting.

Final loading of SMB Mountain Rover is complete and the launch vehicle's electrical system is on internal power prior to the 0600 Thursday pre-dawn lift off of Mission #4 to Death Valley National Park.

Local weather is expected to deteriorate slightly near launch time, with scattered snow showers coming into the area with a low of -2 degrees Celsius at Casa Eduardo, but still within acceptable mission parameters. Good weather is needed not only for the three early morning crossings of the Continental Divide on I-15 while leaving the Northern Rockies, but also to allow the SMB to successfully transit the Salt Lake City Metroplex prior to the late afternoon gridlock.

Hopefully the SMB and it's two man crew will be cruising in the open desert south of Provo before 1600 hours Thursday on their way to a late arrival at Cedar City Utah.

On Friday, it's on to Furnace Creek and Death Valley by mid-afternoon. Thanks everyone for their advice on campsites, and we will be seeing you again upon re-entry in ten days.
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