Space Shuttle Atlantis
October 7, 2002 10:29 AM   Subscribe

Space Shuttle Atlantis is about to be launched from Cape Canaveral. Watch it live. Blast off at 3:45pm EDT 07/10/02.
posted by JonnyX (16 comments total)
dammit. why'd they get rid of the cool logo?
posted by Kikkoman at 11:01 AM on October 7, 2002

Every launch reminds me of one of my favorite paintings (Heroes by Bryan Larsen). Thanks for the update, I'll be watching for sure.
posted by dagny at 11:03 AM on October 7, 2002

The web feed was terribly slow, and about three minutes late. I watched it on MSNBC instead, and the shots from the new camera mounted on the belly tank were awe-inspiring.
posted by mr_crash_davis at 12:54 PM on October 7, 2002

I couldn't get any video on the feed. Mr_Crash are the video/still photos archived anywhere?

It's a great idea. Hopefully future launches will have the bugs worked out.
posted by bullitt 5 at 1:09 PM on October 7, 2002

The MSNBC footage was simply amazing. It's like - ok, wow, now we're in space! And that long-range telescope, getting amazing footage from 17 miles + away? Awesome stuff.
posted by GriffX at 1:23 PM on October 7, 2002

are the video/still photos archived anywhere?

Nasa TV is always broadcasting, and they will of course be running the launch videos (from every angle) over and over today. So, keep checking back in. has online feeds, as does Yahoo.
posted by girlhacker at 1:32 PM on October 7, 2002

I watched it (on my television) on NASA TV, which my cable carries on an educational access channel during space shuttle launches. It's always fun to hear the voiceover guy say things like "now the shuttle is travelling at 4 miles per second..."

Too bad the camera got blurry after the solid booster rockets separated. NASA will have to talk to the guys who televise NASCAR about the built-in windshield wiper system they have on their on-car cameras.

Did you notice the gigantic shadow from the rocket plume on the upper right? It took me a minute to figure out what it was. I thought: "man, that's got to be the longest pier anywhere..."
posted by jmcmurry at 1:37 PM on October 7, 2002

For those without cable access to NASA TV, MSNBC's web site has a 2:30-long replay. You'll have to sit through a brief commercial first and use WMP, of course.

'Twas quite cool. I'm surprised it took NASA this long to do it, actually.
posted by pmurray63 at 1:56 PM on October 7, 2002

Watching the web cam feed live reminds me once again why I love the internet. Several of us gathered around the screen and watched in awe as the launch pad receded and the beaches of Florida came into view. Only glitch was the fuzzy lens problem caused by the jettison of the empty solid rocket boosters. After that it was hard to see anything. But the launch was AMAZING!
posted by mooncrow at 2:19 PM on October 7, 2002

Please don't link directly to video.

Kikkoman: I assume you're referring to NASA's eradication of the "worm logo" familiar from the 1970s but associated -- at least in fmr. administrator Goldin's mind -- with an era of lost pride and dedication. I liked the worm, myself, but the traditional NASA "meatball" ages better. As the orbiter vehicles were taken in for their periodic overhauls (about every six years), they were repainted with a meatball on the wing. (Some aficionados are disappointed because this has made it harder to identify which orbiter is which in photographs not showing identifying marks.)
posted by dhartung at 4:30 PM on October 7, 2002

"...not another boring space launch!" Heh...are they going to experiment with ants and their ability to manipulate tiny screws?

Or words to that effect. Sorry -- I really can't help it -- nearly every FPP lately seems to have some sort of direct link to a Simpsons episode. In all honesty, I love the space program -- I just wish we'd go out a bit farther again, like the moon shots of days gone by.
posted by davidmsc at 6:08 PM on October 7, 2002

davidmsc - I wish they'd go a bit farther than that. Like, terraforming Mars, or at least putting a permanent base on the moon, rather than an underfunded and rickety 'space station'.

Speaking of, am I the only one who looks as the diagram of the ISS and says 'you call that a space station?' I don't think it's a space station until a bunch of people can live on it all the time. It needs a garden, a bar, an Ender's Game style excercise room! Quit thinking small, NASA, or frivolous millionaires are going to beat you to the punch!
posted by GriffX at 8:21 PM on October 7, 2002

I'm in Houston and we get the nasa channel 27/7 nya nya. :)

It's especially cool/super-boring when a shuttle is up! There is a map that shows where the shuttle is over earth that updates in real time. It's so much cooler than the weather channel.
posted by rhyax at 9:23 PM on October 7, 2002

I hope a lot of people liked the launch footage from the fueltank-mounted camera because it cost over $700k, failed after about two minutes and is not reusable.
posted by yonderboy at 3:39 AM on October 8, 2002

WHO IN GODS NAME WAS THE EDITOR FOR THIS! I've seen a shuttle take off before from the ground many a time, but i've never seen it from this perspective - so why oh why was the majority of it shot from the usual dull angles, then they cut back to the on board camera and it had misted up - duh!!!!
posted by monkeyJuice at 5:09 AM on October 8, 2002

Video from Nasa's site including Quicktime versions.
posted by quirked at 11:07 AM on October 8, 2002

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