Saturday, June 13, 2009
It was a long evening at the Kennedy Space Center, and the result was a scrubbed launch for STS-127. The culprit? A leaky umbilical. While similar to the cause of another recent launch delay, it is not clear as of Sunday whether or not there will be a short (3-4 day) turnaround or a longer delay. Complicating things is the launch of the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter scheduled for midweek on an Atlas launch vehicle. While departing from another pad, this launch would shut down the range for about two days as KSC re-sets for the following operation. Only time will tell. The real question: what does a middle-aged author do for an additional 4-6 days in sweltering Orlando? Suggestions welcome...
WELCOME TO THE FUTURE, CIRCA 1969
Welcome to the Missions to the Moon book blog. This is a place to re-live the heady days of the Apollo and Soyuz lunar programs- perhaps the crowning achievements of the 20th Century. Many blog entries will include a new downloadable image or artifact from the space age- items rarely seen and not available in print. It's all in the spirit of my newest book, Missions to the Moon- to remember the great adventure of the Golden Age of space exploration, and ponder what wonders await us in space.
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