Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Fly, baby, fly...

Well, NASA TV will never ever get my vote for anything. They didn't show the launch. Well, they _did_, but on some other transponder that isn't broadcast to the web. I didn't get to see it.

But as of the last Virtual Launch Control Center update, it launched at 2:15:56.537 a.m. EDT, with the three air-lit strap-on solid rockets being jettisoned 3 minutes later, first stage separation happening two minutes after that, followed by the 2nd stage cut off at 2:24. They're entering a coasting phase before the third stage is ignited.

I'm sure there'll be a news story and press release later on about its status. But I think I'm going to go home and cry for a while now.

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