into space. Space Shuttle mission STS-125 will be the final mission to
update the HST. It will also be the final mission where planned non-ISS
EVAs are undertaken. The Orion Crew Vehicle isn't suited for EVAs like
this, so we'll probably never see these repair missions again. Here are a few resources that cover the launch and preparations LIVE: Nasa's own NASATV: http://www.nasa.gov/ntv but that isn't of very good
quality video-wise. A much better alternative is http://www.spacevidcast.com/ which offers
720p quality live streaming. Great about this one is that with the
ustream.tv iPhone app you can actually watch this on your iPhone too,
and also participate in the chat! On regular TV there's Discovery Channel that will broadcast the launch
and preps live from 19.30 CEST on!
I'm importing all my DV tapes to iMovie, quite a lot of work, and I found this clip of the Shuttle Atlantis mission STS-106 too. We were lucky enough to get press accreditation, so this is filmed from the press site, which is about 5 miles closer than the public sites. In any case, it gives a nice impression about the SOUND this thing makes when going up...
We'll miss the shuttle launches!
I'll upload more clips (also from inside the VAB) whenever I find the time and motivation to do so :-) I actually want to wait for iMovie '09 to get rid of some vibrating annoyances..