The launch of two satellites to study the Van Allen radiation belts has been delayed again, this time due to weather.


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The launch of two satellites to study the Van Allen radiation belts has been delayed again, this time due to weather.

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  • Chris Kirkendall

    Just got back from Cocoa Beach (just down the road from the Cape) for some beach fun & boogie boarding, left early because of weather from TS Isaac. I planned it for this past week to coincide with the Atlas V launch & got up early both Fri & Sat & was sorely disappointed it didn’t go. The beaches all up & down the area were full of people for the launch – really surprised me to see so many folks willing to get up well before dawn for a non-manned launch ! This tells me interest & support for the space program are still very high. Everyone I talked to was very upset with this Admin’s obvious “lack of interest” (to put it mildly) in spaceflight…

  • Chris Kirkendall

    Wow – thanks for that, Bob – I must’ve missed that article on the shuttle launch. I’m so sorry I was never in or near FL when a shuttle (or any manned) launch took place. As an avid follower & supporter of the Space Program, I should’ve made a special trip at some point. I think we got a bit jaded by the regularity of manned spaceflight & how sort of “routine” it seemed & kind of assumed there’d always be another launch to catch later. Now that there are NO manned flights to look forward to, I’m suddenly acutely aware of what I’ve missed. But with the recent success of SpaceX’s Falcon/Dragon & the coming launch of Orion & other COTS program vehicles, maybe we’ll have a crewed launch to look forward to in the not-too-distant future…

    Of course, living fairly far from KSC, if I make the trip & the launch is posponed (as just happened with the Atlas V launch), there’s not much opportunity to return for the reschedule. Anyway, thanks again for this – proves that YES, there really is still a LOT of support for Space exploration…

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