Thursday, July 28, 2005


Here's a picture of the recovery of the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRB). Today at work, was awesome. I stayed late with the KSC Imagery team to take a look at some of the video from launch. They have reels and reels of video that they are watching frame by frame for any possible debris. Whether the debris is hazardous or not to the orbiter, they document what they see. Another video that was interesting was a video taken by a crew member from inside the orbiter when the external tank separated. They followed the ET until is burned up in the atmosphere. It was just amazing to see the such high definition video footage. Posted by Picasa

65 comments:

Vanda Magro said...

It must be quite an experience. The debris coming off the shuttle was quite concerning. I'm thinking that more than likely we are just paying attention to a very trivial issue. Although, I could be wrong, what do I know about this stuff?

Anonymous said...

I've always wanted to know about this issue and you've layout for us.
Well done.
Vela

Smart-y said...

great to Know in this way the details of what is going on up there.- Personally I admire My Commander Eileen, hope some day you get there as she!!!

God Bless you, your work and Your Blog!! Is great!!!

funkysmell said...

Sweet!

Alex said...

Turns out that this last flight hit a bird :(

And also that foam hit the wing again.

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Korrektiv said...

And the $#!& hit the fan. Beautiful blog, though. Best of luck to ye.

Thimmy said...

Very sad about the space shuttle.

It almost seems we're going to have to give up on it.

But there are no real plans for a replacement.

America really needs to think about what direction she is going in space.

Ian said...

You're very inspiring. Makes me feel like my life is a little less intense!

The Consigliere said...

Hi Damaris. I want to echo what Ian said. I am feeling rather uplifted after reading your passionate blog. Keep it up.

I was also wondering if you could answer a question for me. What is the foam made of and how do they put on? I heard they 'spray it on' but I don't know how that works. Also why does it fall off so easily? It is the heat or the air battering or something else?

al justice said...

How cool! To be even remotely involved with the Space Shtuttle Program in any way!

Babsie said...

Awesome pics...a bunch of us were watching the launch and we were talking about what it would be like to be standing there watching...it must have been incredible...


best of luck to you

Glyn (Zaphod) Evans said...

Very cool stuff. I followed the launch with great interest along with another blogger http://spaces.msn.com/members/auxumbilicus/
I will have to check in from time to time for sure :D

emme80 said...

I just started my own blog to record where I am going with my dreams and goals. I think that it is absolutely awesome what you are doing. I just saw a show on The History Channel about astronuts. I sounds bank (great). Go at it Girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Justin said...

It turns out that the foam they're using on the External Tank replaced a freon-based foam in 1997 due to environmental concerns. The amount of foam used on the tank each year would probably have little or no effect on the ozone layer, but the new foam caused a huge increase in the amount of tiles damaged per flight.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,77832,00.html

Alex said...

If only they stuck to the initial plans...

soso said...

I love looking at your blog as well as your pictures! It makes me feel as if I am on the inside track!

Dwayne Clark said...

Damaris

You have a cool blog. I hope you make it to outerspace. What a dream!

Areader said...

Your blog is great. I love reading about what others are passionate about.

With your background the general GRE will be a breeze. Good luck to you. Will look forward to your updates.

Novice Novelist said...

You have a very awesome blog. I used to dream about going to Texas A&M myself and become an Astronomer, so I understand some of your passion for outer space. I know another person with a similar dream of becoming an astronaut, but she has doubts about her dream since she has heard that you have to be 5'9 in order to become an astronaut. I hope you truly fulfill your dream and inspire others out there as well.

MonicaR said...

OMG - I love your blog!

My 5 y/old wants to be an astronaut - I will be showing her your blog later tonight!!

You go girl! I would have a panic attack and probably throw up if I went into space....my husband would give his left arm to do it.

God bless you sweetie and keep going after your dream!

The Phantom Piccolo said...

You are such an inspiration to aspiring astronmers and astronauts! I wanted to be an astronaut when I was younger, but my heart and talent took me elsewhere. Good luck in your endeavors!

Alex said...

The Solid Rocket Booster looks rather phallic. Go figure!

TheDietitian said...

Love your blog. Great pictures, great passion.

funkysmell said...

interesting


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Monkey For The People said...

If you make it into space will you continue to blog from there? Nasa must have the bandwidth!

Dan said...

Hi Damaris,
Echo...echo... ;). Seems we all have nothing but praise for you and your endeavors.

I'm new to blogger, but been a fan of space stuff my entire life. I don't know if I'd ever have considered being an astronaught, but at my age, know it will never happen now.

So..If you don't mind, I'd like to follow along and see how you make out. It would be WILD to one day say, I know someone on the ISS or something like that!

It's nice to know, I'm not the only one with my head in the clouds (and above).

Good luck!

Dan

Sweetheart said...

Wow!!
You have such an exciting life. Reading your posts - they're just amazing!!

Bud said...

What a great blog! I was at KSC years ago for a reliability workshop and was treated to VIP seating for the Endeavour maiden lanch. When getting my BSME at Cal Poly my lab partner was determined to become an astronaut. He was successful, and I hope you are too. You can see his bio at http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/sturckow.html.

Best of luck.

NakedBodyApparel, NakedBodyEmporium said...

You are doing an awsome job. Keep up the good work. Keep working toward your goal!

You'll be among these celebrities some day!

Sokedai said...

I saw it on BBC here in Kuwait. It was pretty cool. I think it would be very great to go up in one too. I hope you get to fulfill your dream.

Andrastemiri said...

I just happened on your blog. I think it's so wonderful you have a dream, a goal, and that you're getting to not only work on it, but you get to be so up close and personal doing exactly what you love to do!
Thanks for all the wonderful photos, links, and information pertaining to the current mission on here.
Eileen Collins went to Syracuse University, near where I live, so it's exciting for us all here to keep an eye on how she and the others are doing up there!
Best of luck to you reaching your goals.

-andrastemiri

skylar said...

Thanks for sharing what its like to become an astronaut. I wish you the best!

Alex said...

You know you have a foot in the door already right?

So you already have a better shot than most people.

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the martian said...

great dream, and nice blog! i once dreamed of becoming an astronaut myself when i was still a kid. nowadays, i'm just happy to read cool things about these amazing people. i wish you all the best. hope you'll get a ride on humanity's first trip to the red planet. please don't forget to send us some pictures when you get there.

xTamyx said...

AWESOME!! and that pic is really good too!
kisses

becca said...

I shall bookmark you so I can live vicariously through you. I too dreamed of being an astronaut...

programa said...

I WANA GO !!!!

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Alex said...

Yeah, will you take us along when you get the job?

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Chuckles said...

Hey, this is a wonderful site. I've wanted to be an astronaut since I was 4 and I love all of the stuff you're doing to try and get there. It's just great! Good luck and I hope you make your dream come true!

RK said...

Hooray for you, congratulations!
But before you actually go into space, please look at this:

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Nicholas said...

You're really lucky to have this opportunity! Nice blog!

Alex said...

Lets just hope this spacewalk works out...

A disaster now would totally end the shuttle project, even if it should end naturally.

orbian said...

Damaris, my best on your journey to the stars. I'm a former employee @ JSC Houston, so I've lived the dream too. You have a wonderful journal and your passion is obvious. My best!

Ultra Toast Mosha God said...

My dad worked on numerous spac e projects when he was at BAE in bristol u.k.

He worked on Giotto (the haleys comet probe) and the Hubble Space Telescope.

As a result i am also interested in Space travel.

Keep it up!

BizZ-e-B said...

Hi Damaris, I was surfing the internet and found your blog. It's awesome! I admire the way you follow your dreams; you deserve to be out there some day and from what I've read your will power will surely take you there. Go for it girl!

Heather said...

I REALLY hope they all come back safe--every little thing seems to be able to go wrong and make it very dangerous

Jack said...

I'd love love love to go into space. If I may make a suggestion, that's really what you need to focus on. Decide that you ARE an astronaut, right now, and you'll be setting the reality in motion.

If I had the money, I'd buy myself a ticket into space, I know. Just to see the Earth from a few hundred miles or so orbit would be perfection for me.

I've met a couple of astronauts, one of whom, Ed Mitchell, had been on the moon.

Just do all you need to do, and keep that focus on seeing the Earth through the window, and you'll be doing it in no time.

crystal said...

I am on the road to becoming a veterinarian and have finally gotten into vet school. this has been MY dream since i was a kid. great to see more people that are following theirs. goodluck!
Crystal
http://skanime91.blogspot.com/

korenne said...

my look is always skyward as a poet and I really do believe that the mind can reach the stars without a space craft but in a different dimension ofcourse
love your site

Mr.X said...

hey im new to this blogging thing and i would like people to comment on it thanks

Teddy Bear said...

Hey, cool blog!
Check mine out...

I wish you good luck in your career.

PHead said...

Felicitaciones por el Blog. las fotos estan de lujo, Suerte!!

Alex said...

:O) So have you seen the new replacement plans?

PiggyCanHack said...

you will become one, i believe you can do it ^^

Claudia said...
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Claudia said...

You have an awesome blog and an awesome dream! My hometown is Texas, is that where you are originally from?
I wish you the best and I am sure you will soon accomplish your dream!

superman and flash said...

i think you blog is awsome, my dream has alwayes been to work mission control for NASA. and you were so luck that you got to see that launch first person! that is so cool.

Julie O. said...

When I lived in Gainesville, Florida, we went Payne's Prairie (no trees) and watched a shuttle take off, the one with John Glenn. It was a small, very bright light from that distance, but we could still see the tiny booster rockets fall away from there with our naked eyes.

It was extremely cool.

cool.dancer said...

HI , DAMARIS U R REALLY ENJOYING UR LIFE AND THE WAY U WORK IS OUTSTANDING. I M ALSO AN ENGG.AND U R N INSPIRATION FOR ME

Tim said...

Great blog!

Anonymous said...

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I am glad you are pursuing your dream of attending ERAU. An investment in your education will always come back to you ten-fold.
Best of luck!

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