On The Pad And On My Mind

I just switched to Discovery Science HD which is covering the launch, but without C-SPAN’s unblinking eye. I don’t want to see studio coverage.

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Earlier I’d been watching the voluminous coverage of today’s shuttle launch on Spaceflightnow.com. With the launch just minutes away I’ve switched to C-SPAN3.

C-SPAN3? Really? They need three? Actually, today they could seriously use C-SPAN HD. I’d like to watch the shuttle launch in HD.

I just switched to Discovery Science HD which is covering the launch, but without C-SPAN’s unblinking eye. I don’t want to see studio coverage.

Countdown. Engines. Liftoff. OMFG. This is what HD is for.

There are cameras everywhere nowadays. I watched unmanned cameras as the service structure was moved away from Atlantis pre-launch. Now with the shuttle racing skyward there’s a camera on the vehicle itself.

For a moment as the shuttle lifted off the pad I thought I saw something fall off. Two tragedies has turned me into an uneasy watcher. As it is NASA has prepped a second shuttle should a rescue be necessary.

I have written often in the past how the shuttle program is an overpriced waste. I continue to feel that way. However, that doesn’t remove the awe that comes with watching something the size of an office building get propelled into space.

2 thoughts on “On The Pad And On My Mind”

  1. I love the shockwave coming across the water, and the Egret trying to get away.

    I’ve come to the same conclusion as You regarding the shuttle, and like You, I enjoy it regardless.

  2. You don’t have long to wait for C-SPAN in HD. All 3 versions. The announcement was made a few weeks ago, and they will be on the bird in September. As to which cable systems will pick them up in HD, well, that’s another matter…

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