July 14th, 2009

Sy Liebergot

Space Jots

  • SpaceX made another launch attempt of their new Falcon I vehicle yesterday. They put a satellite into orbit with a really clean flight. Amazing stuff! As for upcoming work, they have a Falcon 9 (their heavy lifter) at Cape Kennedy awaiting test runs.

  • Space shuttle Endeavour had to scrub due to weather conditions once again. They're set up for a final launch window tomorrow (approx. 15 hours from this post) before they have to stand down for a few days. Current forecast is 60% Go, though, and it's about time they caught a break from Nature.

  • The Spirit rover has been stuck in the sand on Mars for a while now. NASA/JPL has set up a new Free Spirit website and project to try to figure out how to get it unstuck. For the record, Spirit has been operating for over 21 times longer than it's design-required lifetime!