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banquo's_bumble_puppy
2006-Feb-20, 11:26 AM
this

http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n0602/17atlantis/

antoniseb
2006-Feb-20, 12:07 PM
Given the state of the STS program, that makes economic sense.

Doodler
2006-Feb-20, 02:52 PM
Interesting that they're standing by Discovery. Its at least a few years older than Atlantis, even though its got the most symbolism attached to it. It was the first to fly again after both previous shuttle losses.

NEOWatcher
2006-Feb-20, 03:16 PM
Interesting that they're standing by Discovery. Its at least a few years older than Atlantis, even though its got the most symbolism attached to it. It was the first to fly again after both previous shuttle losses.
It has more to do with the upgrades that would need to be done, along with the maintenance schedule.


Discovery just came out of OMDP and Endeavour is just about to come out of OMDP. So it looks like the right thing to do is not to put Atlantis through another OMDP...

NEOWatcher
2006-Feb-20, 03:16 PM
Interesting that they're standing by Discovery. Its at least a few years older than Atlantis, even though its got the most symbolism attached to it. It was the first to fly again after both previous shuttle losses.
It has more to do with the upgrades that would need to be done, along with the maintenance schedule.


Discovery just came out of OMDP and Endeavour is just about to come out of OMDP. So it looks like the right thing to do is not to put Atlantis through another OMDP...

Doodler
2006-Feb-20, 04:13 PM
It has more to do with the upgrades that would need to be done, along with the maintenance schedule.

Ahh, alright, now it makes sense.

Kesh
2006-Feb-20, 05:10 PM
To quote a poster on Slashdot (http://www.slashdot.org):


Doctor Weir, Atlantis' director, and Lieutenant Colonel Shepard, ranking military officer assigned to the project, were unreachable for comment. Doctor McKay, on the other hand, griped for several minutes without a pause about the "typically boneheaded" move, stopping only to eat an energy bar and mumbling something about low blood sugar.

:D

NEOWatcher
2006-Feb-20, 05:51 PM
To quote a poster on Slashdot (http://www.slashdot.org):
:D
Well that was a fruitless trip.

Like...Pick on a typo in the article:
Why is the acronym for Orbiter Maintenance Down Period "ODMP" and not "OMDP"?

Although this one...
Gene Roddenberry must be turning in his grave.
Pretty much sums up what I read... There seems to be a lot of SciFi dreams running there, and not a whole lot of science.

Kesh
2006-Feb-20, 09:36 PM
Congratulations. You've summed up SlashDot in one sentence. :razz:

It's really a geek-heavy site, low on actual substance to the commentary. Unlike the forum here, commentary doesn't really get moderated as such. Posts can be given more or less "points" by folks who've earned them, but that tends to just shift the more popular sentiments to the top, rather than really weeding out the cruft.

I always browse with a minimum rating of 2 for all posts, so I miss all the really bad stuff. :shifty: