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post Sep 26 2005, 09:56 PM
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NASA Press Release
APL press release
Space.com Article

Coming up...
October: communications checks
November: hydrazine loading and Atlas V countdown rehearsal
December: integration with Atlas V
January: LAUNCH! biggrin.gif

No pictures on the KSC webcams yet. unsure.gif

But still pictures here. cool.gif


Is that the flight RTG attached to the spacecraft? blink.gif Or just a dummy?
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post Sep 27 2005, 12:43 AM
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I just showed this picture to my 8 year old, and told her that when that spaceship finally gets to Pluto, she will have graduated from high school and be getting ready to go to college. Her reply:

"Whoa!"

Indeed...


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post Sep 27 2005, 02:07 AM
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She sure is pretty with all that gold foil. biggrin.gif

Alan et al, any last minute emergencies or "Holy sh__!" like they had on MER?


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post Sep 27 2005, 09:30 AM
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[quote]
Is that the flight RTG attached to the spacecraft? blink.gif Or just a dummy?
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IMHO it is just a dummy with the proper mass/dimensions to be used for spin/balance testing.

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post Sep 27 2005, 09:31 AM
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As I understand it, the only possible show-stopper now is that they still need official permission from Bush to launch that much plutonium. I'm sure he'll agree, once they've explained to him what Pluto is.
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post Sep 27 2005, 10:26 AM
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QUOTE (BruceMoomaw @ Sep 27 2005, 10:31 AM)
I'm sure he'll agree, once they've explained to him what Pluto is.
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trouble is nobody is quite sure at the moment what pluto is rolleyes.gif
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post Sep 27 2005, 02:06 PM
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"I'm sure he'll agree, once they've explained to him what Pluto is. "

just say this is the only chance he'll get to launch something nuclear and get away with it. He'll love it wink.gif
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post Sep 27 2005, 05:56 PM
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I thought it was "nucular" biggrin.gif


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post Sep 27 2005, 06:00 PM
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QUOTE (odave @ Sep 27 2005, 01:56 PM)
I thought it was "nucular"  biggrin.gif
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At least it isn't "nuklarr!" tongue.gif
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post Sep 27 2005, 08:46 PM
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QUOTE (BruceMoomaw @ Sep 27 2005, 10:31 AM)
As I understand it, the only possible show-stopper now is that they still need official permission from Bush to launch that much plutonium.  I'm sure he'll agree, once they've explained to him what Pluto is.
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post Sep 27 2005, 09:20 PM
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Actually, the blood-chilling thing about "nucular" is how many non-Bushians pronounce it the same way -- including Tony Blair, Walter Mondale, and (as the supreme insult) Clinton's first Defense Secretary, Les Aspin. A DEFENSE SECRETARY who can't say "nuclear" is a bit much. And what the hell was Tony learning in those pricey private schools, besides a plummy accent?
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post Sep 27 2005, 10:10 PM
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QUOTE (BruceMoomaw @ Sep 27 2005, 10:20 PM)
Actually, the blood-chilling thing about "nucular" is how many non-Bushians pronounce it the same way -- including Tony Blair, Walter Mondale, and (as the supreme insult) Clinton's first Defense Secretary, Les Aspin.  A DEFENSE SECRETARY who can't say "nuclear" is a bit much.  And what the hell was Tony learning in those pricey private schools, besides a plummy accent?
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Bruce:

If we tell you what Tony Blair was *really* taught, then we'll have to kill you. Aha.

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post Sep 27 2005, 10:38 PM
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QUOTE (BruceMoomaw @ Sep 27 2005, 04:20 PM)
Actually, the blood-chilling thing about "nucular" is how many non-Bushians pronounce it the same way -- including Tony Blair, Walter Mondale, and (as the supreme insult) Clinton's first Defense Secretary, Les Aspin.  A DEFENSE SECRETARY who can't say "nuclear" is a bit much.  And what the hell was Tony learning in those pricey private schools, besides a plummy accent?
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Sadly enough, look at Webster. Pronunciations:
'nü-klE-&r, 'nyü-, ÷-ky&-l&r


I don't know when it happened (post-2000 perhaps?wink.gif) but nucular is apparently an approved pronunciation now. Who wants to be the first to storm Merriam Webster's HQ?
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How many RTG pellets are now on board??


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post Sep 28 2005, 12:30 AM
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"Mr. President, we're sending the plutonium back to Pluto, where it came from." Now we just need to get some Neptunium onto a spacecraft...


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