Space shuttle Discovery is poised to launch tonight on its 39th and final mission – a last trip to the International Space Station which will end a career stretching over 26 years. The rotating service structure moves away from space shuttle Discovery. Photo: NASA NASA last night retracted the rotating service structure which …
Did anyone ever see Red Planet....
Careful now. Final mission? STS-133? Two planned space walks? A crew of retiring astronauts embark on a swansong mission and bring along an experimental robot "to demonstrate how dexterous robots behave in space"? Uh-oh..
Quote: "Everything is on track and going beautifully with the countdown. We're really looking forward to a very ACTION-PACKED, successful mission and everything is on track."
Why not just say "Nothing can go wrong"?
It couldn't have sounded like a film script
if they'd said
"The R2 was created by man. With software and hardware upgrades, we hope it will evolve- and that we can give the ISS many copies. Eventually, it may even look- and feel- human. We have a plan."
and then unveiled the R2, complete with scanning red eye-dot.
Oh, get my coat? By your command.
What could possible go wrong?
"We're really looking forward to a very action-packed, successful mission and everything is on track" ...
An experimental robot...
in a space module....
Sounds like the first few minutes of a new sci-fi survival horror flick.
/me breaks out he popcorn.
It gets better!
Add in the fact that it's an easily reconfigurable/reprogramable android that's going to be on a space station that's connected to a fully autonomous ATV who's future consists of being filled with garbage and dumped to a fiery death once its usefulness is ended... and both are linked in to the central computer...
I can see it now, "We had to manually jettison the ATV when all it's systems shutdown, and BTW, R2's doing better than expected, but I'd swear it seems a bit... surly."
If films colided...
"There's nothing wrong R2, just setting a new course. We're not going to regroup with the others, we're going to the Dagobah system."
"I'm sorry Luke, I'm afraid I can't let you do that..."
That is one badass-looking robot.
If it were silver not gold, it'd be pretty close to a Cylon tin-can. And the glowing finger-joints: Electro-nux(TM)? The Spartan-looking helmet and white (otherwise rather pointless shurely) space-jerkin do make it look kinda heroic though, so fingers crossed.
Also, is this the last Discovery mission or the last Shuttle mission full-stop? Request for clarification.
Two more after this
Currently scheduled as:
April 19th STS-134 with Endeavour
June 28th STS-135 with Atlantis
and then it's all over.
Say what you like...
That's a protocol droid. The Empire is closer than you think...
I, for one, welcome our new dark overlords.
Now showing for your inflight entertainment,...
the movie "Saturn 3"
Discovery poised for final countdown
What no Europe Icon.
If the robot...
Can it punch your lights out?
Through the space helmet?
Or is it 200Kg of pure pussy?
ATV Johannes Kepler just docked successfully with supplies, spare parts and fuel for the next elevation in orbit.
That's an autonomous vehicle docking completely on auto.
Have the Vulcans arrived yet?
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