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heng44
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posted 03-29-2014 02:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Space Shuttle Endeavour is seen at Pad 39A after the scheduled launch of mission STS-111 was postponed on May 31, 2002. Predictions that weather would prohibit a launch attempt due to severe thunderstorms and rain showers within the vicinity of the launch pad were accurate, as depicted by the raindrops obscuring the photographer's view. Endeavour was successfully launched on June 5.

moorouge
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posted 03-29-2014 05:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Very appropriate Ed, especially when viewed from a damp UK.

garymilgrom
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posted 03-29-2014 07:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for garymilgrom   Click Here to Email garymilgrom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ditto moorouge's reply from a damp Atlanta watching a damp Malaysian F1 race.

ejectr
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posted 03-29-2014 07:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I thought the orbiter couldn't get wet?

Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-29-2014 08:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rain was only* a concern in-flight, when the orbiter's own velocity would mean that any rain drop could damage its thermal tiles.

* The tiles were waterproofed pre-flight by injecting them with dimethylethoxysilane. Post-flight, due to even minor tile damage, they were susceptible to taking on water and so rain also became a concern for processing (turnaround) times, as the tiles would need additional time to dry out.

mikepf
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posted 03-29-2014 08:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikepf   Click Here to Email mikepf     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's damp here in San Jose, Ca. too for a change. Maybe your picture will help end our drought.

moorouge
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posted 03-30-2014 02:13 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for moorouge   Click Here to Email moorouge     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seems as if we're all good, clean living folks on here. As my old Granny used to say -

"The rain it raineth on the just and on the unjust fella - it raineth more upon the just, the unjust hath the just's umbrella."

All times are CT (US)

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