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Brantuk

Rocket Launch heads up!!

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Brantuk

Here's a link to the live Soyuz rocket launch sending the first Brit Tim Peakes to the ISS:

 

http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Human_Spaceflight/Principia/Principia_live

 

Due to go at 11:03am - exciting times. :)

 

Also - at 17:24pm today the capsule is due to dock with the ISS - just after a UK passover between 17:12 asnd 17:15.

So if you're sky is clear enough you may get a chance to spot it as the capsule approaches the station. It should appear as two bright dots flying through the sky. :)

 

If you're at home Brian Cox is doing a live launch program on BBC1 from 10:30am (on now!).

Edited by Brantuk

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Daz Type-R

Thanks Kim, watched it all as it just so happens I "have had to" work from home today...... ;)

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Bino-viewer

Fantastic to see it live.

I get nervous watching it, with all the build up.

 

Good luck to the 3 of them for a successful mission.

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Big Al
1 hour ago, Doc said:

Did you see that bump you get when you reach orbit. I never knew that happened. 

A bit like the one the Apollo Astronauts "experienced" part way to the Moon, which the press took literally!

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Smithysteve

It as great to see the launch live, but nerve racking too! I was pleased to see the 4 booster rockets fall away safely and for them to enter orbit. Tim seems a great sort of guy, it will be interesting to follow his time on the ISS.

thanks for sharing Kim. ?

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Daz Type-R

7 o clock tonight on BBC2 for the second part of the BBC Stargazing Live special.

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BAZ

I managed to coincide a break, and got the BBC on 3G streaming, awesome stuff. It was a nail biter wasn't it. A big thanks to the Russians on this one, without their cooperation it wouldn't be happening.

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Smithysteve

That's a great link, Kim. I am watching it at the same time as posting this! Amazing!

thanks for that ?

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Brantuk

Oh dear - the screen went blue. TV has it on BBC1 and Sky News (8 mins delayapparently). Looks like Stellarium on the ISS crashed - or someone tripped over the webcam cable lol :)

20 Meters to docking now......

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Big Al

Docking not going well, had to back away at 4m as auto system failed. Yuri now docking it manually.

 

Alan

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Brantuk

Docked!! They had to turn off auto, adjust the orbit, then do the docking manually - everyone's clapping in mission control. :)

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Big Al

Made it! Now checking pressures. Thought for a moment they would have to abort docking!

 

Alan

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BAZ

I cannot believe how many muppets there are on the feed at the side. I am immensely proud of what has been achieved and saddened by the shallow end of the gene pool. They shouldn't even be allowed near electricity.

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