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By: Patrap , 9:53 PM GMT on April 28, 2008

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After the Final Space Shuttle Flight in 2010-11.America will be bringing a new Space Vehicle on-line. The Orion/Ares Project will be our new access to Low earth Orbit.
And eventually back to Lunar Orbit and the Lunar Surface.

Those over 45 may remember the Look of the Orion Spacecraft is very Similar to that of the Apollo Spacecraft.

A Good design that brought every American Home safely from Earth orbit and the Moon.



ARES I

Operational Ares I Shown on New Mobile Launcher (NASA)

Ares I, a classic example of a government-funded and managed launch vehicle program, is expected to become the third human space launcher developed entirely by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).[1] Ares I is being developed to do just one job - launch the Orion Crew Exploration Vehicle. Orion is planned to carry on NASA's human spaceflight efforts after Space Shuttle is retired in 2010.

As currently envisioned, the Ares I Crew Launch Vehicle will consist of a five-segment solid propellant first stage derived from Space Shuttle's four-segment reusable solid rocket booster (RSRB) topped by an all-new liquid hydrogen/oxygen upper stage. The upper stage will be powered by a new J-2X upper stage engine derived, in part, from the J-2 engine used on Apollo/Saturn upper stages and the simplified J-2S engine developed but never flown.

Mission requirements call for the two-stage launch vehicle to be capable of inserting a 23.63 tonne Orion spacecraft into a -55.56 x 185.2 km x 28.5 deg suborbital trajectory. This will aim the spent Ares I second stage toward an Indian Ocean impact while Orion fires its service module engine to complete the ascent to orbit. A service module burn at first apogee would need to provide 73.2 meters per second of additional velocity to circularize the orbit at 185.2 km, which is roughly the same as the "OMS-2" burn used to complete the space shuttle ascent to orbit.

Ares I Description

The Ares I/Orion stack is expected to weigh about 906 tonnes at liftoff and stand more than 94 meters to the tip of the launch abort system mast. The launch vehicle itself will be about 79.4 meters from its base to the top of its Instrument Unit. The first stage will be 3.71 meters in diameter, the upper stage 5.5 meters in diameter, and the Orion spacecraft will be 5 meters in diameter.

The first stage will produce roughly 1,600 tonnes of thrust at liftoff and will average 1,245 tonnes of thrust during its roughly 130 second burn. Approximately 630 tonnes of polybutadiene acrylonitride (PBAN) solid propellant will be consumed during the burn. The movable RSRB nozzle will provide pitch and yaw control while a new monopropellant roll control system located in the interstage will control vehicle roll during the first stage burn.

First stage separation will occur at roughly 59 km at a velocity of about 2,024 meters per second. Booster separation motors will back the stage away from the upper stage and interstage, tumble motors will cause it to enter a slow spin, and the tapered frustum section at the top of the stage will separate. The stage will reach a 99 km apogee before beginning its descent. A drogue chute will begin to deploy when the RSRB passes 4.6 km, having already been slowed by the atmosphere to a speed of about 195 meters per second. The stage will impact the Atlantic Ocean under a triple ringsail main chute canopy about 7 minutes 45 seconds after liftoff.

A cylindrical interstage will connect the RSRB and upper stages. It will be composed of composite materials, marking the first large-scale use of a composite structural element in a U.S. human-rated launch vehicle. The interstage will contain important propulsion elements, including the first stage roll control system, the booster separation motors (the 8.39 tonne thrust motors currently located in the RSRB nose), and two interstage separation systems. Current plans call for the roll control system to use monopropellant hydrazine thrusters. Thrust will be produced by the decomposition of hydrazine as it passes through a catalyst bed.

The upper stage J-2X engine will burn liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen for about 463 seconds, producing 133 tonnes of thrust at a 448 second vacuum specific impulse. A 125 tonne thrust J-2XD version may be used for initial flights. Velocity at shutdown will be somewhere in the range of 7,800 meters per second.

The J-2X engine will swivel to provide pitch and yaw control. Roll control will be provided by a blow-down system feeding monopropellant hydrazine to a series of attitude control thrusters. Small solid motors will fire to separate the upper stage from the interstage and to settle propellants.

An aft liquid oxygen tank will be topped by a forward liquid hydrogen tank, with a common bulkhead between, to compose the upper stage structure. The tanks will hold up to 128 tonnes of propellants. Tanks will be fabricated from the same 2195 aluminum-lithium alloy currently used to build shuttle External Tanks. The stage itself will be assembled at the current Michoud External Tank factory in New Orleans.

A cylindrical Instrument Unit will top the upper stage. It will contain guidance and control systems for the entire launch vehicle. Link

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163. nutria
4:01 PM GMT on May 09, 2008
This was not my current entry.
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162. nutria
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36. EmmyRose 11:34 AM CDT on May 09, 2008

May 8, 2008, 5:52PM
Astronaut trades jokes with Colbert in space interview


By MARK CARREAU
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle


NASA astronaut Garrett Reisman, who is currently orbiting the Earth aboad the international space station, matched wits today with Stephen Colbert, who pokes fun nightly at world events from the anchor desk of The Colbert Report.

The exchange airs on Comedy Central at 10:30 p.m. CDT.

The two men soft-sparred for 20 minutes over NASA-TV earlier today, with Reisman drawing as much studio applause as his better known host during a taping of the appearance.

"You are an astronaut, you are a scientist. you are an engineer, but more importantly you are a member of the Colbert nation, correct?," the mock anchor puffed.

"Actually, I would say the Colbert universe, that would be more appropriate," said Reisman, 40, who holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from the California Institute of Technology.

"We have gone galactic," crowed Colbert. "I should say something really profound. Eat it, Jon Stewart! I'm talking to space."

Perhaps wisely, Reisman gave no hint of whether he's been booked for a future appearance on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show which airs ahead of the Colbert Nation on Comedy Central.

"What is you job on the space station," Colbert probed.

"I'm the flight engineer No. 2, which basically means I do whatever they need me to do. We spend a lot of time keeping it running, keeping it ship-shape and doing some scientific experiments and a bunch of otther stuff," Reisman explained.

"Are you saying you are janitor with a Phd," asked Colbert.

"I'm a bit of a glorified janitor. That is probably a pretty good decription. I do a lot of cleaning," Reisman acknowledged.

The two men discussed the challenges of using the space station's waterless toilet, fitting in socially with two Russian crewmates, and living for weeks without a refrigerator to chill ice cream and beer.

Reisman, who is scheduled to return to Earth in mid-June after two weeks on the space station, explained his preparations for the flight included a two-week stay in an undersea habitat off of Florida's Atlantic Coast in 2003.

"What do you have against the rest of humanity that you have to flee from us every so often," asked Colbert.

"I think it's more what the rest of humanity has against me. I keep being sent off to these far places. I try not to take it personally," Colbert's space guest responded.

"OK, we have a great job for Reisman," Colbert chortled in his best bureaucratic personna. "Send him to the bottom of the ocean. That's not far enough. Launch him into space."
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161. Patrap
2:43 PM GMT on May 06, 2008
I wish this Bangkok Blogger would post when passing thru. Link
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160. OGal
2:43 PM GMT on May 06, 2008
Pat, congrats to the Hornets!! The Magic came so close last night. They are coming home for two games. Just hope they can even the series. Our Magic have been soo horrible for soo long. VanGundy seems to have given them a spark of hope. We shall see.
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159. Patrap
2:18 PM GMT on May 06, 2008
Not bad 2.5 years after calamity. Lotsa folks came and had a Great time here.And I thank every one of them Personally here. We spent a good 300 bucks over 2 weekends there.
And we were thrilled every day.
Thanx for coming to NOLA for Jazz Fest.

Jazzfest attracts up to 400,000, highest since Katrina struck
Posted by Leslie Williams, the Times-Picayune May 06, 2008 8:54AM


This year's Jazzfest ended with its highest attendance since Hurricane Katrina.

"We estimate 375,000 to 400,000 people came to the festival," said Louis Edwards, an associate producer of the event, which is officially called the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell.

That's despite rain at the Fair Grounds on Friday and Saturday during the first week and on Saturday morning during the second week, he said.

Edwards attributed the rising head count to "the momentum of the comeback of the festival and the comeback of this city."

The first post-Katrina Jazzfest, in 2006, attracted at least 50,000 fewer people: 300,000 to 350,000 compared with 400,000 in 2005, according to an official estimate.

"In 2007, we had about 375,000 people," Edwards said.

The upward trend, however, still lags far behind the 39-year-old festival's record high of 618,000 visitors in 2001.

In 2005, Jazzfest was seven days long: three days in April and four days in May. The 2008 and 2001 festivals also went on for seven days.

In 2006 and 2007, the festival was a day shorter, three days both weeks.
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158. sandcrab39565
11:00 AM GMT on May 06, 2008
Good Morning. Hope you have a wonderful day.
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155. Patrap
1:27 AM GMT on May 06, 2008
I'll get my Pole and Carolina Rig..LOL
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154. sandcrab39565
1:25 AM GMT on May 06, 2008
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About time to forge this. LOL
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153. Patrap
1:19 AM GMT on May 06, 2008
Your friendship is one shared in calamity. Those bonds are forged for life.
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152. sandcrab39565
1:08 AM GMT on May 06, 2008
I appreciate your friendship tremendously.
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151. Patrap
12:39 AM GMT on May 06, 2008
From the hall of Montezuma ..To the Shores of Tripoli


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150. EmmyRose
11:03 PM GMT on May 05, 2008
US: Myanmar junta failed to warn people on cyclone by Olivier Knox
34 minutes ago



WASHINGTON (AFP) - US First Lady Laura Bush accused Myanmar's military rulers Monday of failing to warn their citizens in time about a killer cyclone and pressed the junta to accept US aid in the disaster's wake.



"Although they were aware of the threat, Burma's state-run media failed to issue a timely warning to citizens in the storm's path," Bush said in an unusual appearance at the White House briefing room podium.

"It's troubling that many of the Burmese people learned of this impending disaster only when foreign outlets, such as Radio Free Asia and Voice of America, sounded the alarm," she said. Washington calls the country Burma.

Bush, who has taken a leading role in shaping US policy towards Myanmar, said Washington "stands prepared" to increase its assistance well beyond an initial emergency 250,000-dollar outlay by the US embassy in Yangon.

She declined to give a precise dollar figure, saying the junta first had to allow a US disaster assistance response team into Myanmar to assess the scope of the devastation from Tropical Cyclone Nargis' weekend rampage.

"I can't speak to how large that would be. But I feel assured that it would be substantial, if we can give it," she said, promising help to provide water, sanitation, food and shelter.

Bush made clear any assistance would go through the United Nations or international nongovernmental organizations -- and not directly to a regime under US sanctions for failing to embrace democratic reforms.

"I hope that the military will realize they have to accept aid from everybody they can possibly accept it from. And maybe that will be the something good that can come out of this terrible destruction," she said.

With the official death toll at 10,000 and expected to rise sharply, Bush declared that "the response to the cyclone is just the most recent example of the junta's failure to meet its people's basic needs."

Bush also warned the regime off holding a planned constitutional referendum Saturday and said that US President George W. Bush on Tuesday would sign a law giving imprisoned democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi the Congressional Gold Medal -- the highest civilian honor that US lawmakers can bestow.

"That's important," said the first lady, who called the award a way to "let the people of Burma know that the United States is standing with them."

She also denounced the referendum, saying the regime "orchestrated this vote to give false legitimacy to their continued rule" and that "it would be very, very odd, I think, if they went ahead."

Laura Bush cited violence against the opposition and noted that Aung San Suu Kyi -- under house arrest for more than 12 of the past 18 years, following her party's sweeping victory in 1990 elections that the junta set aside -- would be barred from holding office under the draft constitution.

"If it proceeds under current conditions, the constitutional referendum they have planned should not be seen as a step toward freedom, but rather as a confirmation of the unacceptable status quo," said the first lady.

"We appeal to China, India, and Burma's fellow ASEAN members to use their influence to encourage a democratic transition," she said, referring to the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

At the same time, Laura Bush acknowledged Washington had "only anecdotal" evidence that its sanctions -- which the US president further tightened last week -- were having an effect on Myanmar's leaders.

Asked whether she worried that US aid might not reach Myanmar's people, Laura Bush replied: "I'm worried that they won't even accept US aid."

(GOSH MRS. B I'm sure New Orleans will be
happy for some aid)


The source of such concerns was unclear. The head of a UN office that coordinates humanitarian aid said the junta had shown their willingess to accept such aid.

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149. Patrap
9:39 PM GMT on May 05, 2008


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148. IdiotExtraordinaire
4:34 PM GMT on May 05, 2008
Ironman was a great movie saw it this weekend!!!!!
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147. Patrap
4:13 PM GMT on May 05, 2008
Morning Emmy..
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146. EmmyRose
4:10 PM GMT on May 05, 2008
Morning Pat
pouring rain here
just the way to start a Monday :-(
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145. Patrap
4:05 PM GMT on May 05, 2008
Many issues from Mental Health,to Housing are years away from being solved in the aftermath of Katrina. We talked about them live on a Phoenix Radio Station...folks from the Gulf Coast in Miss and NOLA shared their experiences.

Podcast from http://www.1480kphx.com/DynamoSite.php Sunday Show May 4th Link I'm speaking around the 65% mark.
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143. Patrap
6:46 AM GMT on May 05, 2008
Jr. Playing at the Neutral Ground in New Orleans.

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142. Patrap
6:24 AM GMT on May 05, 2008
Ironman Crushes the Taliban..

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141. Patrap
5:45 AM GMT on May 05, 2008
Patrap Jr at the Neutral Ground Last Night with some friends and Guitar mentor.
Will "Too Tall" Prescott.

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140. aquak9
1:01 AM GMT on May 05, 2008
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139. Patrap
10:02 PM GMT on May 04, 2008


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137. EmmyRose
8:18 PM GMT on May 04, 2008
IRONMAN goes GOLD

Link
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136. EmmyRose
8:13 PM GMT on May 04, 2008
Houston Chronicle reports:
NASA Employees big spenders....


Link
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135. Patrap
8:10 PM GMT on May 04, 2008




May 3, 2008, 12:15AM
WILD RIDE
Soyuz astronaut recalls terrifying descent
As the crew plunged, Peggy Whitson saw smoke and felt gravity's crushing force

By MARK CARREAU
Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle Link

The 400,000-foot plunge lasted about 23 minutes. It seemed longer.

American Peggy Whitson can't recall whether she was right-side-up or upside-down in the Russian Soyuz capsule as it dived violently through the atmosphere, smoke wafting from the controls, communication lost with the ground.

What the 48-year-old astronaut recalls are the waves of nausea that engulfed her as the Soyuz neared the Earth's surface. And the crushing force of gravity eight times normal that lasted, she said Friday, for about 60 seconds.

A graphical look at the Soyuz's rough landing Link
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134. Patrap
2:47 PM GMT on May 04, 2008
April 25 2008 New Orleans Jazz Festival Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin with Alison Krauss The Battle of Evermore Live! Awesome show!

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133. Patrap
2:29 PM GMT on May 04, 2008
Thats quite a List aquak9.


Than for the B-day wishes sandcrab.
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132. aquak9
11:48 AM GMT on May 04, 2008
Hi pat. I'm far from home, linited net access, battery dyin', no backup.

Saw Sr71, enterprise, Enola gay. Overwhelmed. Cried. Thought of you and everyone, pics to come soon.

much love to all my beloved Wubans!
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131. sandcrab39565
11:33 AM GMT on May 04, 2008
Good Morning Pat and Mrs. T have a great day
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130. mermaidlaw
9:55 AM GMT on May 04, 2008
Happy Birthday Teresa!!:):)
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129. moonlightcowboy
4:42 AM GMT on May 04, 2008
Birthday

...H A P P Y Birthday, Miss' Teresa! (and many more!) God bless!
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128. Patrap
4:35 AM GMT on May 04, 2008

Thanx for the Birthday wishes for Teresa Everyone.


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127. Patrap
4:18 AM GMT on May 04, 2008
A clip of Randy Newman's performance of Louisiana 1927 at the 2008 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Recorded at the Gentilly Stage on Thursday, 1 May 2008. "They're trying to wash us way . . ." Yep...

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126. auburn (Mod)
4:10 AM GMT on May 04, 2008
Wake up PAT...the sky is falling...LOL
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125. Patrap
4:09 AM GMT on May 04, 2008
..Someone told me long ago,theres a calm before the storm..

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124. Patrap
3:59 AM GMT on May 04, 2008
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123. Patrap
2:02 AM GMT on May 04, 2008
.."Like we,Like to Do"..

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122. Patrap
1:18 AM GMT on May 04, 2008
She say's "Thank you" redhead. She iz having a good ol' time today.

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121. Redhead
12:44 AM GMT on May 04, 2008
zwani.com myspace graphic comments
Myspace Happy Birthday Comments & Graphics

I hope you had a great birthday today, {{{Ti}}}!
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120. Patrap
10:02 PM GMT on May 03, 2008


O Yeah..It was well worth the wait,and more.

Tony Stark / Ironman makes Toast outta Terrorist's.
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119. ScarlettOHara
8:16 PM GMT on May 03, 2008
now I'm really jealous! j/k
thanks for posting the pictures! :P
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118. Patrap
7:29 PM GMT on May 03, 2008
O Yeah Scarlett..we saw Allison Krauss and Robert Plant last Friday here.









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117. Patrap
7:27 PM GMT on May 03, 2008
Thanx everyone,Teresa is having a Wonderful day so Far.
Were Just back from seeing Ironman here Vort...Link

We sure enjoyed it.
It Was all I expected and more.

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115. seflagamma
5:04 PM GMT on May 03, 2008
Hi Pat,

Please give your lovely wife, Teresa, my very special Happy Birthday wishes!!!

hope you both are enjoying your weekend!

Gams
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114. ScarlettOHara
3:18 PM GMT on May 03, 2008
Morning .. have you seen Plant/Krauss yet? (I'm still jealous .. LOL)

Stick With Me Baby
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113. Patrap
2:59 PM GMT on May 03, 2008
Jazz Fest 2008 New Orleans..enjoy this one folks. We sure did!!!

Love is Free!!!

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