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MSL launch day, peanut-chomping time
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post Nov 26 2011, 02:54 PM
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Following the launch proceedings on
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html (Live NASA TV)
and on
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=27385.0 (Live thread with updates, including images)
and of course chomping peanuts furiously...

Any fellow UMSF'ers out there, and where are you at?

- Go MSL!
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post Nov 26 2011, 02:55 PM
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Go MSL - I should coco! Things are looking good for launch; currently at T-4 minutes and holding.
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post Nov 26 2011, 02:57 PM
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I'm at home in north Wales. Blowing a gale outside. Starting to get rather excited about it all - after months (years) of budget trouble and uncertainty, there was a time when I reckoned it would never get off the ground.

On the live feed, the NLM just wished Curiosity Godspeed.
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post Nov 26 2011, 02:59 PM
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I'm in San Diego watching on USTREAM:

http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl

Fingers crossed! All GO!


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post Nov 26 2011, 03:01 PM
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My link to NASA Spaceflight forum is about thirty seconds in front of my NASA TV feed - it's a very odd experience watching people post about things that appear not to have happened yet... huh.gif

90 seconds to go!
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post Nov 26 2011, 03:02 PM
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GO GO!


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post Nov 26 2011, 03:07 PM
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MECO! Centaur looks good! smile.gif


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post Nov 26 2011, 03:09 PM
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Booster sep, fairing sep all accomplished - that's looking as smooth as ice so far.
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post Nov 26 2011, 03:11 PM
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Nice shots of payload fairing separation and staging !

(Edited to add; look how slowly I type and post from prior post, LOL)
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post Nov 26 2011, 03:18 PM
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So far, so good...


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post Nov 26 2011, 03:18 PM
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That unexpected data loss moment gave me a nasty turn for a few moments there...ph34r.gif
Very happy to hear everything's back to normal. Go Curiosity!


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post Nov 26 2011, 03:21 PM
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Hmm. Still getting data losses - 'though when we do get some data back, all levels are as expected'.
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post Nov 26 2011, 03:29 PM
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These continuing intermittent data drop outs are getting a bit worrisome (or is it just me?) Anyone know if this telemetry's being transmitted from the actual cruise stage, or from the still-attached Centaur?


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post Nov 26 2011, 03:33 PM
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According to the commentary all looks well. We will soon get data via a South African ground station instead of the satellite relay, so I guess that will be better.

I plan to post the first 26 minutes of the mission on youtube, it should be uploaded in HD by tomorrow.

Great clean launch so far, woohoo!!!! - This is wonderful. Now crossing fingers for trans-Mars injection.
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post Nov 26 2011, 03:33 PM
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Not sure, but let's remember that the comm chain has many links (TDRS, ground stations, commercial satcom links, landlines, etc.) and there are many variables, chief among them geometry. There's no reason to assume that this indicates a problem with MSL or the booster.


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