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K9DEP
08-08-2005, 07:01 AM
I was on my computer at 4a.m. listening to NASA shuttle feeds and the first landing atempt was cancelled b/c of cloud cover over Houston and about 20 minutes later (after the 2nd atempt) there was contact with the shuttle crew alerting them to be on a 24 hour standby because of the visibility conditions . . . .

PhilDernerJr
08-08-2005, 10:49 AM
I was listening to it also! It's so cool to have learned about the delay live, just as the astronauts learned it.

K9DEP
08-08-2005, 03:36 PM
I still don't understand how the radios can work out of the Earth's atmosphere

Matt Molnar
08-08-2005, 08:55 PM
I still don't understand how the radios can work out of the Earth's atmosphere

From my understanding, they use satellites to relay the communications to and from the shuttle. Before the days of communications satellites they used a series of radio relay stations on all sides of the globe. I saw one of them from a distance in Bermuda, whose airport also happens to be one of the designated shuttle emergency landing spots.

As far as how that relay REALLY works from outside the atmosphere, well, I don't even understand how my clock radio works. :)