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

36 comments:

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!!!

High Power Rocketry said...

Turns out that this last flight hit a bird :(

And also that foam hit the wing again.

http://r2000.blogspot.com

Rufus McCain said...

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

Anonymous 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

Anonymous 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

High Power Rocketry said...

If only they stuck to the initial plans...

Dwayne Clark said...

Damaris

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

Anonymous 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.

Grizzly Mama 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!

Unknown 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.

Anonymous 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!

Kristine 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

High Power Rocketry said...

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

So you already have a better shot than most people.

http://r2000.blogspot.com

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.

High Power Rocketry said...

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

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High Power Rocketry said...

Lets just hope this spacewalk works out...

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

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!

Unknown 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!

Jack Lee 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.

Teddy Bear said...

Hey, cool blog!
Check mine out...

I wish you good luck in your career.

jlbeta said...

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

High Power Rocketry said...

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

alan72 said...

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

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.

Unknown 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.

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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