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  The Chatter Box : Blathering On
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Godspeed Endeavor! by canaveralgumby on 15 November 2008 1:02am
Going to bring the 2nd bathroom to the ISS! Okay, my job is done here.
Re: Godspeed Endeavor! by tucsonmike on 15 November 2008 1:08am
Re: Godspeed Endeavor! by canaveralgumby on 15 November 2008 1:25am
I'm not joking!

They're bringing more crew quarters. Someone must be sharing a bedroom up there - there are fewer rooms than crew members! And a 2nd toilet, and a functioning "kitchenette." The voice of mission control said they're taking home improvement to a whole new level. Really, I'm not kidding!
Re: Godspeed Endeavor! by MMMmmm... on 15 November 2008 5:37am
I heard one of the astronauts on NPR say they are very happy to be getting a fridge. She said something like: "believe it or not, drinking lukewarm orange juice for months can really get to you."
Re: Godspeed Endeavor! by canaveralgumby on 15 November 2008 8:38pm
Here is the local cable news page. I link to it because it includes night launch footage. It was really nice!!


The story references the door to the "white room." (enter Ginger Baker & Cream now!) That's the room on the launch gantry, NOT part of the Shuttle, in which the astronauts are dressed for launch, from which they are buckled into their seats. The outside door was flapping around before the launch. Mission Control saw it from one of the fixed cameras. It's never happened before, and they were scurrying to find it in the Mission Control "What to do if" manuals, or whatever they're called! And it couldn't be found, so Mission Control made an executive decision that moment to go ahead with launch.

All is well.
Re: Godspeed Endeavor! by canaveralgumby on 17 November 2008 3:19pm
Re: Godspeed Endeavor! by ev on 20 November 2008 10:52am
Great picture of the launch on NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day:

Re: Godspeed Endeavor! by canaveralgumby on 20 November 2008 4:27pm
That is an excellent pic, that about sums it up. Full moon and everything.

A bag of tools was lost during one of the spacewalks. It isn't known whether it was human error or materials failure, but it wasn't secured as it was supposed to be. The object will not interfere with anything up there. Other than that, it's hunky-dory up there.

Re: Godspeed Endeavor! by Lounge Trekker on 20 November 2008 5:23pm
Thanks for the news Cori. Your posts about shuttle launches reminds me to think about the on-going ISS project and I always hope nothing goes wrong.

Earth-bound Trekker
Re: Godspeed Endeavor! by canaveralgumby on 21 November 2008 2:22am
Well, if I have a "job" on this message board, this is it! And I'm usually pretty lax at it!
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