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March 6, 2016MAC Launch XIX is T-Minus 93 Days and Counting!
MAC Launch XIX will depart for the US Space and Rocket Center on Sunday May 8, 2016!
The Saturday Science Sessions are showing that the trainees for MAC Launch XIX have definitely got what it takes for their mission to the U.S. SPace and Rocket Center in May. They have assembled hot air balloons and are halfway towards finishing balls wood airplanes. We will fly them in April.
The students have also performed research into the history of humankind's endeavors in astronautics and are learning about the teamwork and dedication one needs in order to be able to go into space.
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Here are the photos from MAC Launch XVIII taken at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Past trips to Huntsville.
There have been requests for photos from past trips to Huntsville. They are still online. Here are the links.
May 17, 2011 - New Shuttle Launch Page
We've added a new page to share our shuttle launch experiences.
STS-134 Launches on May 16th! We were there!
The final launch of the space shuttle Endeavor took place on Monday, May 16th at 8:56 a.m. EDT. Andy and Peter were there, watching from a vantage point on the NASA Causeway at the Kennedy Space Center. The view was magnificent just 6.5 miles from Launch Complex 39A. The arrival time before dawn afforded a beautiful display of four planets hanging above the eastern horizon, awaiting the sun. It rose on time about 20 minutes later. The countdown proceeded almost without a glitch. The closeout crew discovered some tile damage around the hatch but quickly repaired it. The excitement built as Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach polled his team for their Go/No Go decisions. There were no constraints. The crowd cheered and joined in the count from T-10 seconds and cheered as the skies lit up with the incandescent light of the Solid Rocket Booster(SRB)s.
There is no way to capture the quality of the light from those engines. It is nearly too bright to look at directly and it is difficult to comprehend how much power is being displayed as this vehicle weighing four and a half million pounds at launch rockets toward the clouds where it disappeared 20 seconds after leaving the pad. The sound took 45 seconds to reach us. We stood there, cheering as the intense reverberations like one continuous crackling explosion washed over us. Take the best 4th of July Grand Finale, amplify it by a brazillion and you might come close to the sight and sound of a space shuttle launch. There will only be one more and we plan to be there.
STS-127 and STS-128 Photos.
Peter and Agnes were the official MAC Launch delegates to the Inter-Galactic-Planetary-Orbital-Send-Off Committee (IGPOSO?) for the launch STS-127 and STS-128, or something like that. Be sure to check-out the photos!