T-51 days (13 October, 2014).
The final major assembly milestone to prepare Orion for EFT-1 was completed Monday, 13 October, 2014. The final ogive panel was installed on Orion’s Launch Abort System. Five ogive panels compose the lower portion of the LAS, which encapsulates the spacecraft.
The panels protect the spacecraft from acoustical and vibrational effects during launch, similar to what a payload fairing does on launch vehicles carrying satellites and probes.
The Orion/LAS combination will roll out to Launch Complex 37 overnight on November 10-11, where it will be mated to the Delta IV Heavy vehicle. The LAS was installed in the Launch Abort System Facility starting on October 3, where Orion was moved to following propellant installation September 28. Just two days later, the Delta launch vehicle arrived at LC-37.
As of this posting, we are currently at T-49 days, 17 hours to launch.
dear god, let it be enough
alanis: Clouds and shadows on Mars, photographed by Mars Express, 24th May 2012.
Between 28 and 36°S, 284°E, on the arc of highlands that surround the southeast Solis Planum. The crater split between the 2nd and 3rd images is Voeykov, about 75 km across, named for climatologist and geographer Alexander Ivanovich Voeykov (1842-1916). The small, deep crater toward bottom left of the 4th image is Los, named for a village of about 400 people in Gävleborg County, Sweden.
Composite of 3 visible light images for colour, and 5 monochrome images for animation. Colour is not balanced naturalistically, and the slightly psychedelic colours of the clouds are a result of mismatches between the images where the clouds have moved between exposures.
Image credit: ESA. Composite: AgeOfDestruction.
Everything makes sense now. Spread the word, save a poor confused mind.
I’ve been eating and enjoying candy corn for YEARS AND I NEVER FUCKIN GOT THIS BEFORE
I GOT GOOSEBUMPS
I had no idea.
I never expected to learn something like this today.
How did I make it to 35 and not know this. It’s not like this crappy candy tastes like corn.
Oh….my… god… this is beautiful…
elves - graceful and beautiful
Tauriel flipping the bird made my day.