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Can anyone verify the information that I heard on the radio today that the shuttle will be launched from Florida tomorrow (2/7/01) at 6:11 PM EST? If so it should be on the NASA channel which is available for DTC10 owners on channel 376.

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What does this have to do with HDTV?

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Originally posted by mmburke:
What does this have to do with HDTV?
Same question I have? Unless one of the fine local DT channels will be broadcasting this is no news...

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I have saved this post from being off topic! kenglish says his station in Salt Lake City will be broadcasting the feed on a subchannel. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif

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mmburke:

Haven't been with us very long have you?

Since the DTC was the FIRST HD "Plus" box, discussion about Plus channels (and mostly NASA) has been an integral part of our discussions for the better part of 18 months now.

You are welcome to ignore the threads on NASA but I certainly hope they do not stop because it's too much trouble for you to page through them.

Sorry. I don't usually do this but you post just struck a nerve.




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Wouldn't it be cool if the local PBS affiliate nearest the Cape in Florida would HiCam a full shuttle launch (astronaut prep, ingress into the crew quarters, cockpit checkout, launch control sequencing, sweaty brows, engine ignition, liftoff, and, dare we hope, live HD from orbit of a satellite insertion) to add to the PBS HD demo loop in Dolby Digital? I can't believe I'm the only one to think of this idea. Has it already been done? If so, why is PBS sitting on it? (It would have to be better than the inauguration repeats - HiDef of dreary inclement weather is still dreary...)

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Ray H,
Good idea. Maybe you can email WMFE and make the suggestion directly to them.

They just started the 40 minute hold. Weather is go. Looks like I'll be able to see it (fingers crossed, I won't be here tomorrow). I'm about 3.5 miles away on the 7th floor. It's a great spot to watch from. This will be better than HDTV... http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/smile.gif

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Ray:

WRAL-HD and Harris Corp. co-produced a 1 hour documentary on the launch of the John Glenn shuttle mission. I must say it is truly something to behold. I believe WRAL has made this available to PBS but I'm not sure. WRAL shows it in their HD loop at least once daily and has for the last 12 months or so.

You should contact WRAL-HD (www.wral.com) and see if they have made it available to PBS and if they have, rag PBS with e-mails to show it. It is spectacular.

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You make me sick. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/frown.gif LOL

I've wanted to see one of those birds take off my entire life. Wish I could have seen one of the Saturn V Apollos go up. I bet that WAS a sight. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/biggrin.gif



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I wish I'd seen a Saturn V too. I bet it was awesome. Those rockets were HUGE.
I've seen several Shuttle launches and they're always neat, especially "up close". I just wish the rocket I came down here to support would have launched next week....I guess I'll be back.

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They actually sent it UP the east coast first this time. I actually stood on my porch and SAW/watched it for 3-4 minutes! WOW! Now that was kool!

I envy you folks in FL that get to see that all the time and WAY more close-up than I did. It was still among the neatest things I've ever seen though. http://www.avsforum.com/ubb/biggrin.gif

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Saw it from St. Petersburg (about 200 miles away) clear as a day. It was a pretty launch due to the sunset causing a variety of colors on the smoke plume.

The day before, the space station went overhead clear as anything. Great week for my kids who are crazy about space.

BTW, pretty easy to get Shuttle launch tickets, but you always risk waking up at some ungodly hour and having it postponed.

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Even though some would call the post "off topic" I was glad it was mentioned. Otherwise I (and my kids) would have missed watching it. Thanks for the info!

Quite a few companies have covered Shuttle launches over the years, in a variety of formats. This footage has made it into a few demo reels.

It would take a lot of doing to get many of the cameras used on "NASA Select" changed to HDTV models. But it could happen, someday.

I was lucky enough to see STS-3 go up from the press area, but the best view I've seen was the HD feed of the John Glenn launch. Spectacular!

Of course, the audio for the Glenn launch was pretty pedestrian. Nothing beats hearing/feeling it for yourself, even if there is about a ten-second delay between what you see and what you hear/feel. Maybe somebody will do a 5.1 mix in the future, but you don't get many chances to check your mix.
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Once again off topic. The Shuttle Launch is the loudest man made sound on earth (that is not an explosion). It is 180 DB. The second loudest sound is two Nitro Powered Top Fuel/Funny Cars at a drag race...160 DB.

I go to the drag races a lot and the thought that something is like 100 times louder than nitro cars has my mind boggled.

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The sound from a Shuttle launch can be quite impressive and it is, without question, part of the reason to witness a launch first hand. The Nitro cars probably sound louder (peak-wise) because sound decreases rapidly with distance. Also, the Shuttle (and other rockets) use water to spray the area. This isn’t just to control fire damage. The spraying water helps attenuate sound pressure levels that might otherwise cause excessively high vibration levels (which may potentially damage delicate spacecraft).

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It's interesting to note that if you were near the Shuttle when it took off, the sound would kill you, not the flames.
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Dreamtime Holdings, NASA's Multimedia Partner, Selects Panasonic 720p for Ground, in Orbit HD Production
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