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East-Frisian
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posted 11-07-2007 11:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for East-Frisian     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I miss Paolo Nespoli on that photo. That is a little bit unusual.

The Eastfrisian

Jay Chladek
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posted 11-07-2007 11:50 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I did some checking when I got back to Omaha. It seems the faint sonic boom I heard was also heard in parts of Omaha as well. I found that a little surprising since I was much closer to the flight track then they were. But, considering how high she was and the track to the southeast, I probably shouldn't be surprised.

It was a single continuous boom rather then the distinctive "pop pop" heard on approach over Florida as the thing is traveling so fast that both booms would blend together. At slower speeds, you hear two booms as the nose and tail produce the sonic shockwaves.

I hope NASA decides to reinstate the descending node reentry trajectories for other flights now as it would be so cool to see a shuttle come home at night over the USA again.

As for Paolo's absense, he and Clay were undergoing some medical testing in the crew egress vehicle and they weren't available for the press conference. I am guessing that there were some medical objectives that Paolo had which were unique to his particular mission specialist duties. The returning ISS astronauts almost always undergo a pretty thorough exam themselves, given their time in space.

The funny bit concerning Pam's landing is I imagine Clay might have a joke about it. During the press conference yesterday, he was commenting on how he might react returning to gravity. He said, "As I thump back to Earth...sorry Pam, as I gently touch the Earth..." followed by smiles from the rest of the crew. That touchdown might have been a little more of a thump then a glide, but it still looked good to me, given the headwind curveballs.

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posted 11-08-2007 06:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
At a mission duration of 15 days, 2 hours, 23 minutes and 55 seconds, STS-120 is the ninth longest shuttle flight. Discovery traveled a total of 6,249,432 miles during 238 orbits of the Earth.
Does the MET include the fact we switched from Daylight to Standard time (+1 hour of flight time)?

Chris.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 11-08-2007 08:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by cspg:
Does the MET include the fact we switched from Daylight to Standard time (+1 hour of flight time)?
Yes: Oct. 23 10:38:19 a.m. CDT to Nov. 7 12:02:13 p.m. CST.

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posted 11-08-2007 09:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for fabfivefreddy   Click Here to Email fabfivefreddy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We were able to see the flight from here in Kansas City. It appeared as contrails high in the sky- a great sight!

Tahir


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