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moorouge
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posted 11-12-2009 07:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As a piece of trivia - the most popular launch month in the US manned space programme is November with 18 (soon to be 19 if the Shuttle goes on time).

The least popular are the months of February and August with just 10 each.

Rob Joyner
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posted 11-12-2009 08:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by moorouge:
the most popular launch month in the US manned space programme is November with 18 (soon to be 19 if the Shuttle goes on time).

Just last night I was looking at my KSC calendar and noticed the many launches, but it lists 17 missions, not 18, as flown. Which one is the calendar missing?

STS-66
STS-51A
Gemini 12
STS-5
STS-2
STS-74
Apollo 12
STS-38
Skylab 4
STS-80
STS-87
STS-33
STS-113
STS-44
STS-61B
STS-9
STS-97

cspg
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posted 11-12-2009 08:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
STS-126 (November 14, 2008)

Rob Joyner
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posted 11-12-2009 08:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The date explains it. The calendar was already on sale when 126 flew! Thanks!

moorouge
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posted 11-17-2009 08:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some more launch date trivia -
  • Half the Mercury launches (3) took place in the same month - May.

  • March, June and December were the most popular launch months for Gemini with 2 each.

  • July was the most popular launch month for Apollo (including Skylab and ASTP) with 4 launches.

  • July is the only month which has seen a launch of all the US manned flight programmes.

  • Until the Shuttle January (1 Apollo), February (1 Mercury), August (1 Gemini) and September (1 Gemini) were the least popular launch months with only one each.

minipci
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posted 11-17-2009 08:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for minipci     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As an aside, what are the most/least popular days of the week for launches and returns to Earth?

cspg
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posted 11-17-2009 09:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Most popular: Thursday with 32 shuttle launches.

Least Popular: Saturday with 9 launches.

Others:

  • Monday 16 (including STS-129)
  • Tuesday 15
  • Wednesday 17
  • Friday 29
  • Sunday 11
(Although you'll have to take into account the launch time which may impact the launch day - don't know which ones I've used, UT, EST/EDT).

moorouge
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posted 11-17-2009 11:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Even more launch trivia -

Five Apollo flights landed in a different month from which they were launched. One even landed in a different year - the only one to date.

38 shuttle flights have done the same - landed in a different month.

Rob Joyner
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posted 11-17-2009 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Rob Joyner   Click Here to Email Rob Joyner     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by cspg:
Most popular: Thursday with 32 shuttle launches...
  • Friday 29
  • I remember when Thursday seemed to be THE day for shuttle launches and thought the number would have been higher than 32. Then I thought about scrubs. Anyone know how many of the Friday launches took place because of Thursday scrubs?

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