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mikej
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posted 11-07-2006 07:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikej   Click Here to Email mikej     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Saw this over on slashdot:
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The problem, according to Hale, is that the shuttle's computers do not reset to day one, as ground-based systems that support shuttle navigation do. Instead, after December 31, the 365th day of the year, shuttle computers figure January 1 is just day 366.
Fu ll story.

[Edited by mikej (November 07, 2006).]

ejectr
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posted 11-07-2006 09:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The title of this thread made me think that NASA was using a computer dating service now.

Ken Havekotte
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posted 11-07-2006 10:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA is now thinking about possibly launching STS-116/Discovery a day earlier on Dec. 6, 2006. More info should be available later today.

[Edited by Ken Havekotte (November 07, 2006).]

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-07-2006 10:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
And if they cannot launch in December, the window for STS-116 is expected to reopen on January 14.

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