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June 09 2007

"Serenity" breaks atmo. The space shuttle Atlantis launched last night from Cape Canaveral with something shiny aboard.

Along with its official cargo of truss segments and solar panels for the International Space Station, the shuttle is carrying DVDs of Firefly and Serenity to join the station's movie collection, courtesy of a Browncoat astronaut.

UPDATE: Atlantis is scheduled to dock with the ISS at 3:39pm EDT on Sunday (8:39pm in the UK, 9:39pm CET).

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Hey, I watched that launch last night! I totally did not realize it was the same shuttle that was a part of the Breaking Atmo thing.

That is incredibly awesome!
this makes me all happy inside!
You can't tell, but I'm smiling.
To infinity... and beyond.

What great news!
It was Ironic to me that I watched the launch on Fox News because they had Live Coverage. :)

Shiny indeed that Serenifly is on it's way. According to latest reports, The Shuttle will link with the ISS Sunday Afternoon. Wonder when they're all gonna have time to watch the videos, given their busy schedule!
Great news! Great astronauts!
I might be worried to watch Objects In Space or Out Of Gas on a space station.
Well, I might be worried to be on a space station, anyway.
Since this got posted before the launch as well, maybe the new information would help make this post different: We now know which astronaut is it.
From what I know, payload/cargo space is very dear and tight on the shuttles. Anyone know where I can find out how Serenity and FF were chosen for that precious space?

And also, woo-hoo!
Willowy, the background is on the linked site. See the first post.
That's terribly amusing. Wow. Awesome!
I'm also amused by this bit, from the NASA site interview with Swanson:

We've been talking about a lot of work going on on the outside of the station and the shuttle. There's work inside, too. What are you guys doing, to be doing inside of the station for a week or so?

Well, we're doing stuff just to help the station crew members themselves; that's our main job, too, while we're there. They need supplies, for one, so we're bringing them some new supplies, from food to all sorts of things, and new computers. So we'll be giving them as much as we can handle. Our payload being so large has limited our ability to give them a lot. But we will still have some stuff to give them and we will then take some of their stuff away, their trash, whatever, that they want to get rid of or bring back down to Earth, or to Houston. We'll take that from them and load it into our middeck lockers or wherever we can, and bring that back for them.

Emphasis added.
I was just watching the slide show linked on Breakingatmo when my husbands says - "it's going over now!" (we get data from Heavens Above for satellite passes) There it was, the ISS making a pass clear as can be across my house now with it's on set of Serenifly. So.very.shiny.
There it was, the ISS making a pass clear as can be across my house now with it's on set of Serenifly. So.very.shiny.

Sorry to rain on your parade, but as mentioned upthread the Shuttle won't be docking with the ISS until Sunday.
I wish the astronauts a happy voyage. Look out for Reavers though!

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