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Crew of Discovery

Meet the crew of Space Shuttle Discovery.

Discovery is scheduled for lift-off tomorrow. It will be the first shuttle mission since the Columbia crash on February 1, 2003.

"Besides their individual stories, each crewmember also brings their own responsibilities and skill-set to the mission. As taxing as the flight will be physically and mentally, the greatest burden -- for the astronauts and their families -- may be psychological, as they lift off knowing that the most recent shuttle crew didn't return alive.

'There [are] going to be times up in orbit that we're going to think about it, and especially the Columbia crew and families,' said James Kelly, pilot of the Discovery mission.

'Until our wheels [hit] down, that heightened level of awareness for our families and the people around us is going to be the same as it is for the ascent. There are going to be a lot of fingernails bitten off.'

...Columbia's demise made crystal clear the perils of space travel. But even with that tragedy fresh in their minds, the Discovery crew nonetheless is raring to go."

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kwanyin2004
Jul. 12th, 2005 09:20 am (UTC)
go, girls, go
I'm glad you posted this. I don't watch tv much, especially in summer, or listen to the radio. I miss out on a lot of news. This is so exciting. There are two women on board too. I love that! I know in North America we almost take women's accomplishments for granted but we have to remind ourselves that elsewhere in the world, women are still beaten, maimed, and killed without censor for not doing exactly what they are told by men. This type of freedom and achievement brings me close to tears.

Do you know what time they launch and what stations are carrying it? I might actually get my lazy butt out of bed to watch it live.
silverdee
Jul. 12th, 2005 11:11 am (UTC)
Re: go, girls, go
Excellent point about the strides women have made and continue to make in fields formerly reserved for men. And I feel that we also take the notion of travelling into space for granted. We've only been at this for about a half century and it's truly a marvel what we have accomplished in that time frame.

The scheduled lift-off is 3:51PM ET. And from what I've read, most of the major channels will be interrupting normal programming for this. I wish them a safe ride!
kwanyin2004
Jul. 13th, 2005 10:58 am (UTC)
Dang!
NASA Calls Off Launch of Shuttle Discovery
AP - 7 minutes ago
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - A faulty fuel-tank sensor forced NASA to call off Wednesday's launch of Discovery on the first shuttle flight since the Columbia disaster 2 1/2 years ago. The space agency did not immediately set a new launch date.
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