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The first launch of Japan’s new Epsilon rocket was scrubbed today at T-19 seconds.

The first launch of Japan’s new Epsilon rocket was scrubbed today at T-19 seconds.

The press releases are very unclear, which is typical for the Japanese. From my perspective, this scrub is hardly a disaster for a new rocket, and is in fact a good sign. Better for the rocket systems to recognize a problem and abort than for it to launch anyway and fail.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

He also captures in Pioneer the heart of the human spirit, willing to push forward no matter the odds, no matter the cost. It is that spirit that will make the exploration of the heavens possible, forever, into the never-ending future.

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One comment

  • Edward

    I think that it was the American news media that made a big deal out of delayed launches. In the early 1980s, they even would report how many milliseconds behind schedule a space shuttle would launch, but I think that stopped after the Challenger explosion and the press tried to blame launch pressure for the accident.

    The first thing that I think when a first launch of any rocket is scrubbed for a day is just what you said. It is better for the first launch to be successful than to be on time. The 1990s had about ten or eleven new rockets take their maiden flights, and all but one exploded. That is a bad track record, and it did not instill confidence from the rest of us.

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