Just a brief note about the US shuttle program. It’s continuing. In fact it continues again at 11:00am tomorrow morning. Shuttle Discovery leaves pad 39a for a two week sojourn at the International Space Station, delivering the Japanese Kiko laboratory as the next portion of the low-Earth orbit reno going on over our heads. The Kibo lab is the largest single component of the ISS to be lifted into orbit to date.
If you’re interested enough to consider watching what I reckon is an awesome display of power and high technology, not to mention an exceptional sum of US taxpayer dollars being turned into vapour, then tune your interwebs to NASA TV. I’m having a look right now, in fact. Dawn is just lightening the sky over Florida as I type.
Fuelling in about six hours, the crew clamber aboard a few hours later. Then the fuse is lit and the sky-rocket takes off. It’s quite a sight.
FUCKUP: Sorry, I miscalculated the timezone difference. She actually went up at 7:00am AEST, and I was asleep. Bugger and Damn!