Die Szene _ TNG - SoftHeldgm2

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Seit meiner Zeit mit dem C64 war ich von Demos und Intros fasziniert. Bei diesen Programmen geht es darum zu demonstrieren, was mit der Maschine alles möglich ist. Das zu tun, was noch keiner getan.

Nach verschiedenen Versuchen habe ich mich vor einiger Zeit auf 4k Intros spezialisiert und bastele auch zur Zeit weiter an der Fortsetzung der CMath Reihe. Dort ist übrigens die wichtigste Zeile im Quellcode: #include <cmath>. (Wer das versteht, kann vermutlich C++ programmieren...)

Die Demoszene, das steht bei mir als aller Erstes für Leute, die versuchen, kreativ mit dem Computer umzugehen. Egal ob es sich nun um Musiker, Grafiker oder auch, wie in meinem Fall, um Programmierer handelt. Tatsächlich kann programmieren ein ähnliche interessanter Prozess wie Komponieren oder Zeichnen sein, auch wenn dies dem üblichen "Nichtprogrammierer" zumeist verschlossen bleibt.

Die Szene - Links

Erklärung Demoszene (Wikipedia)
pouet.net - viele Demos inklusive Bewertung
scene.org - grosses Demoarchiv

Evoke - Demoparty
Breakpoint - Demoparty

Demos/ Intros, die man gesehen haben sollte

PC - Demos

Animal Attraction
Beyond the walls of Eryx
Die Ewigkeit Schmerzt
Fair play to the queen
Final Audition
fr-025: the.popular.demo
fr-041: debris
fr-049: of spirits taken
Live evil
Media Error
route 1066
STS-02: Electric Kool-Aid
STS-04: instant zen
STS-05: Royal Temple Ball
Sweet Home Under Synthetic Clouds
tactical battle loop
Track One
we cell

PC - 64k

A Place Called Universe
Binary Flow
Chaos Theory
Che Guevara
Dead Ringer
Fiat Homo
fr-019: poemtoahorse
fr-08: .the .product
heaven seven
Kings of the Playground
Meet The Family
please the cookie thing
Project Genesis
The Prophecy - Project Nemesis
Zoom 3

PC - 4k

evoke spacerace
hi freaks
Industrial Light and Magic
Mojo Dreams
Quantum Chaos
San Angeles Observation
stoerfall ost

Commodore Amiga

Desert Dream
fake elektronik lightshow
Finnmark (4k)
Little Nell
lux aeterna luceat eis
Noxie (4k)
Ocean Machine
Planet Loonies (4k)
Smoke Bomb
State of the Art

Commodore 64

Artefacts (4k)
Boogie Factor
Desert Dream
Deus Ex Machina
Error 23
Natural Wonders
Non Plus Ultra
Royal Arte
Second Reality 64
The Throckmorton Device


Aura for Laura (PS2)
Bloody Memories (Xbox 360)
Cellulose (Brother Drucker)
core (Atari VCS)
Derealization (Atari Falcon 030)
evoid droid (Xbox 360)
Five Finger Discount (GBA)
f07 - The Function 2007 Invitation (Xbox 360)
i'am the seed (ZX Spectrum)
kkolor (ZX Spectrum)
Matt Current (GBA)
Newton never did this, BITCH (GBA)
old skool invitro maker (ZX Specktrum)
SHizZLE (PokeMon Mini)
Suicide Barbie (PSP)
Your song is quiet (ZX Spectrum)

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STORY WRITTEN FOR und USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: June 8, 2007- Updated after news conferenceRunning three months late, the space shuttle Atlantis, carrying seven astronauts and a $367 million set of solar panels, roared to life and raced into orbit today, hot on the trail of the international space station. The shuttle's patched-up external fuel tank, its foam insulation heavily damaged by hail in February, appeared to withstand the rigors of launch without shedding any dangerous foam debris. Credit: Ben Cooper/Spaceflight NowWith commander Rick Sturckow and pilot Lee Archambault at the controls, Atlantis' three hydrogen-fueled main engines roared to life and spun up to full throttle before ignition of the ship's twin solid-fuel boosters at 7:38:04 p.m.The fuel-laden 4.5-million-pound spaceship instantly climbed away from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, wheeled about to line up on a northesterly trajectory and rocketed away up the East Coast to kick off NASA's 118th shuttle flight.Launch originally was scheduled for March 15, but the flight was put on hold after a freak Feb. 26 hail storm that blasted the top of the tank's foam insulation. More than 3,000 dings and gouges had to be repaired with poured or sprayed-on foam insulation, giving the tank a pockmarked, two-tone complexion.The first 135 seconds or so of flight are considered the most critical from a debris impact perspective because during that period, the shuttle is still in the lower atmosphere. Any lightweight foam debris that separates from the tank would decelerate rapidly in the thicker atmosphere, allowing the shuttle to run into it at a high relative velocity. Higher up in thinner air, debris does not slow as rapidly and impact velocities are lower.While detailed analysis of launch camera and video footage is not yet complete, television views beamed down from a camera mounted on the side of the tank showed a clean ascent with only one small piece of debris spotted just after solid rocket booster separation two minutes and five seconds after launch."We are glad to report that the external tank has performed in a magnificent manner," said shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale. "I couldn't be prouder of the team and I think this bodes well for the future as we look forwared to the completion of the international space station."As for the debris, Hale said a preliminary analysis of launch video "indicates it didn't strike the orbiter.""It was at the very end, or just past, the aerodynamically sensitive time," he said. "Hopefully as we continue to make improvements in the tank we will eliminate even that, which should not be a hazard occurring that late in the flight."The remainder of Atlantis' eight-and-a-half-minute climb to orbit was uneventful. Aboard the space station half a world away, commander Fyodor Yurchikhin, flight engineer Oleg Kotov and Sunita Williams watched the launch on a video feed provided by flight controllers in Houston. If all goes well, Sturckow will guide the shuttle to a docking with the space station around 3:38 p.m. Sunday afternoon."What a great way to start the year and what a great way to start this mission," said Bill Gerstenmaier, chief of space operations at NASA headquarters. The shuttle's launch exhaust creates a dazzling view over the Vehicle Assembly Building an hour after liftoff. Credit: Ben Cooper/Spaceflight NowThe primary goal of Atlantis' mission is to attach a huge new set of solar panels to the right side of the station's main power truss, along with a powerful rotary joint to keep the huge arrays face-on to the sun. The combined truss segments tip the scales at nearly 36,000 pounds, making this one of the heaviest space station payloads to date. The two new solar panels, when fully extended, will stretch 240 feet from tip to tip and slowly rotate like giant paddle wheels.The astronauts also hope to complete the retraction of another set of identical arrays, used to provide power to the lab complex during the initial stages of assembly, so it can be moved to its permanent position on the left end of the p

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STORY WRITTEN FOR und USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: September 13, 2006Canadian astronaut Steve MacLean ran into the same problem today that spacewalker Joe Tanner encountered Tuesday: a lost bolt from a thermal cover on a newly installed solar array truss. Unlike Tanner, MacLean never saw the spring-loaded bolt separate from its retaining clip and float away. One minute it was there, the next it was gone."OK, on cover eight, a bolt is missing," MacLean radioed. "Bolt alpha. I did not see it go.""OK, Steve, I copy that, bolt 1 alpha is missing," Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper replied from inside the shuttle-station complex.MacLean and Dan Burbank were in the process of removing 12 launch locks on a massive rotary joint that ultimately will move the station's port-side solar arrays to track the sun as the station circles the globe.The solar alpha rotary joint was launched with its main gear locked in place. To remove the launch locks, thermal covers held in place by four spring-loaded bolts have to be moved aside. The covers are reinstalled after the locks are removed.The attachment hardware is designed to stay in place. But during a spacewalk Tuesday, a retaining clip apparently failed, or was knocked off its threads, and the clip and bolt floated away. Tanner was initially worried some of the hardware might have floated inside the SARJ but flight controllers dismissed that concern, saying they were confident the bolt and washer floated away from the station.Based on Tanner's experience, MacLean and Burbank were taking special care not to put any stress on the bolt hardware as they worked through the removal of the remaining 12 launch locks. MacLean even kept an eye out for the bolt that vanished Tuesday."Heide and Joe, I've been looking all along for that bolt," he radioed at one point. "Haven't seen anything."He was in the process of re-attaching a thermal cover when he noticed one of his bolts had disappeared."I'm standing by for your words," MacLean radioed after reporting the lost bolt. "Would you like me to remove the cover and take a look inside? The cover is tacked on right now with three bolts."Flight controllers asked him to do just that, adding "we're just specifically concerned about whether the washer is still there.""OK, the cover is removed again, slowly turning it around," MacLean said a few moments later. "And the washer is gone."Looking inside the truss, he reported seeing "nothing at all that looks like a washer." He then re-attached the thermal cover with the three remaining bolts and pressed ahead.Assuming the spacewalk stays on schedule, flight controllers plan to begin activating the SARJ around 11:15 a.m. If no problems are found, a drive motor will begin turning the main gear about an hour later to rotate a new, still-stowed set of solar arrays 180 degrees. That will put the P4 solar array blanket boxes in the proper position for deployment Thursday.As part of its initial checkout, the SARJ will actually rotate the outboard P4 array truss a full 360 degrees before reversing direction and moving back to the 180-degree position.Flight controllers plan to extend the panels a few feet late this evening. On Thursday, the astronauts will complete the job, sending commands that will cause a motorized mast to extend, pulling the folded solar panels from their boxes like venetian blinds. Fully extended, the arrays will stretch 240 feet from tip to tip.Additional coverage for subscribers:VIDEO:STEP-BY-STEP PREVIEW OF SPACEWALK NO. 2 VIDEO:POST-EVA 1 STATUS BRIEFING VIDEO:TANNER LOSES BOLT DURING ROTARY JOINT WORK VIDEO:PIPER UNFOLDS SOLAR BLANKET BOXES VIDEO:SECOND WING'S STRUCTURE DEPLOYED BY PIPER VIDEO:FIRST SOLAR WING'S STRUCTURE DEPLOYED BY TANNER VIDEO:STEP-BY-STEP PREVIEW OF SPACEWALK NO. 1 VIDEO:TRUSS HANDED FROM SHUTTLE ARM TO STATION ARM VIDEO:ARM MANEUVERS TRUSS OVER SHUTTLE WING VIDEO:TRUSS SLOWLY LIFTED OUT OF PAYLOAD BAY VIDEO:ATLANTIS' ARM GRAPPLES THE TRUSS VIDEO:MONDAY'S MISSION STATUS BRIEFING VIDEO:ATLANTIS WELCOMED ABOARD THE STATION VIDEO:DOCKING REPLAY FROM CAMERA ON SHUTTLE ARM VIDEO

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STORY WRITTEN FOR und USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: May 28, 2014 A Soyuz spacecraft carrying a veteran Russian cosmonaut, a U.S. test pilot-astronaut and a German volcanologist rocketed into orbit Wednesday and chased down the International Space Station, gliding to a picture-perfect docking to boost the lab's crew back to six. The Soyuz rocket lifts off at 1957 GMT (3:57 p.m. EDT- 1:57 a.m. local time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Photo credit: NASA/Joel KowskyWith commander Maxim Suraev at the controls, the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft's forward docking mechanism engaged its counterpart on the station's Earth-facing Rassvet module at 9:44 p.m. EDT (GMT-4), five hours and 47 minutes after liftoff from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan."Contact and capture confirmed," reported Dan Huot, NASA's mission control commentator in Houston, as the two spacecraft came together 260 miles above the Pacific Ocean approaching the northwest coast of South America."Congratulations," a Russian flight controller radioed a few moments after docking. "We're wishing you good work and wishing you safe operations.""OK, thank you very much," Suraev replied. "We're going to do our best, we'll do everything we can."Following extensive leak checks, Suraev and his crewmates -- flight engineer Reid Wiseman and European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst -- planned to open the capsule's forward hatch to enter the space station where Expedition 40 commander Steven Swanson, Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev were standing by to welcome them aboard.After a traditional video conference with dignitaries and family members gathered at the cosmodrome, Swanson planned to conduct a safety briefing to bring the new crew members up to speed on station systems and emergency procedures before taking a break to close out a long day.The mission began with a sky-lighting burst of fire as the Soyuz rocket's first-stage engines roared to life at 3:57 p.m., quickly pushing the spacecraft away from the firing stand, the same launch pad used by Yuri Gagarin at the dawn of the space age.Suraev monitored the automated ascent from the command module's center seat, flanked on his left by Wiseman, a veteran Navy carrier pilot making his first spaceflight, and on the right by fellow rookie Gerst, a European Space Agency astronaut with a doctorate in geophysics.The climb out through a starry sky went smoothly and all three crew members appeared relaxed and in good spirits as they monitored cockpit displays, flashing smiles and thumbs up gestures on downlinked television.Four minutes after liftoff, the 150-foot-tall rocket's four liquid-fueled strap-on first-stage boosters shut down and fell away, followed three minutes later by separation of the central second stage core booster. The rocket's third stage then ignited to continue the drive to space.The third stage shut down as planned eight minutes and 45 seconds after launch. Moments later, the Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft was released to fly on its own and the capsule's solar arrays and antennas deployed as planned to complete the initial launch phase of the mission. The Soyuz TMA-13M spacecraft approaches the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA TVAsked what he looked forward to the most in his first spaceflight, Wiseman said "floating, the view, and the chance to do some science that maybe not now, but maybe 10 of 15 years down the road helps save somebody's life.""If we can something like that, then my time is well spent," he said in a pre-flight interview. "But the first thing I want to do when I get there, I've got to give Swanny a big hug, and then it's time to go look out the window."The launching came amid increasing tension between the United States and Russia in the wake of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, retaliatory U.S. sanctions and subsequent threats by a senior Russian leader to restrict the use of Russian rocket engines in American Atlas 5 boosters used to launch U.S. military satellites.Dmitri Rogozin, Russian deputy prime minister for space and defense, has also threatened

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STORY WRITTEN FOR und USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: June 29, 2004After a seven-year voyage from Earth, NASA's $3.3 billion Cassini probe is racing toward a make-or-break rocket firing Wednesday, a 96-minute maneuver designed to put the craft in orbit around the ringed planet Saturn for a four-year scientific odyssey.Flight controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., sent final commands to Cassini over the weekend, setting the stage for main engine ignition at 10:35:42 p.m. Wednesday. Cassini fires its engine to enter orbit around Saturn as illustrated in this artist's concept. Credit: NASA/JPLOperating more than 930 million miles from Earth - so far it takes radio signals an hour and 23 minutes to make a one-way trip - Cassini's on-board computer system must carry out the all-important rocket firing on its own.At this point, flight controllers can only sit and wait. And chew their nails."I think about the Cassini mission as having three primary segments and then two rather hair-graying events that connect those segments into one continuous mission," said project manager Bob Mitchell. "The segments are designing and building the spacecraft, flying the spacecraft to Saturn and then conducting the science mission at Saturn."And the hair graying events are launch and orbit insertion, which is coming up tomorrow. Now for the launch event, I think we've all recovered from that very nicely, primarily because it was just so outstandingly successful. ... We're about to go through our second hair-graying event."At a news conference today, he told reporters "I think I can speak for all the team members when I say that while we're all at least a little bit nervous, we're also very excited. It's an event we welcome very much and are pleased to have here."The goal of the Cassini mission is to study Saturn's windy atmosphere, its complex ring system, several of its icy moons and how the planet's magnetic field interacts with the space environment. In what promises to be one of the most exciting phases of the mission, a European-built probe called Huygens will be released from Cassini on Christmas Eve for a parachute descent into the thick nitrogen atmosphere of Saturn's moon, Titan, on Jan. 14.In all, Cassini is expected to complete 77 orbits of Saturn over the next four years, requiring 157 trajectory-nudging rocket firings. The gravity of Titan will be used for major course changes, with 45 planned flybys. Seven close flybys of smaller, icy moons also are planned.But first, Cassini must execute the Saturn Orbit Insertion maneuver, or SOI. This graphic shows the ring plane crossing and orbit insertion burn. Credit: NASA/JPLTo achieve orbit around Saturn, the 12,600-pound Cassini must reduce its velocity by about 1,400 mph using a rocket engine that only produces 100 pounds of push. As a result, the engine must fire for 96.4 minutes to put Cassini into the desired orbit.If the engine shuts down early, the computer will switch to a spare. But the end result must be roughly the same - 96 minutes of braking - or Cassini might not be able to achieve its long-awaited mission."There are no problems, we have no indication of any problems with the spacecraft that would have any adverse effect on SOI," Mitchell said. Added Julie Webster, lead spacecraft engineer: "This spacecraft, this whole mission has been an incredibly smooth one to fly.""This orbit insertion sequence is self contained on the spacecraft," she said. "We loaded up the last command we're going to send to it late Saturday night, Sunday morning, and we've just been clocking it out ever since and getting no indications of anything. We expect this to go very, very smoothly."The propulsion system has worked flawlessly since Cassini's launch aboard a Titan 4B rocket on Oct. 15, 1997. The only issue of any consequence was a leaking helium regulator that forced engineers to change the way they pressurize the system for major rocket firing.Helium is used to push propellants through Cassini's plumbing and into the main engine's combustion chamber at a constant

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STORY WRITTEN FOR und USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: July 1, 2004Making gravity visible, close-up images of Saturn's rings shot by NASA's newly arrived Cassini probe revealed an intricate, never-before-seen tapestry of icy particles herded into spiralling density waves by the effects of nearby moons. One of the images taken by Cassini from orbit of Saturn shows a close-up view of the planet's rings. Credit: NASA/JPLCarolyn Porco, leader of the Cassini camera team, a serious Beatles fan and one of the world's leading authorities on Saturn's ring system, was almost at a loss for words describing her initial impressions of the new vistas opened up by Cassini."I don't think you have to be a ring scientist to imagine what last night was like to us," she said of the spacecraft's arrival in Saturn orbit and the initial batch of ring pictures beamed back to Earth early today. "It was beyond description, it was mind blowing, it was every adjective you could think of."Even though we've had a long time to think about our images ... I'm surprised at how surprised I am at the beauty and the clarity of these images. They are shocking to me. You are going to see some images now, they were so shocking I thought my team here was playing tricks on me and showing me a simulation of the rings and not the rings themselves. It's just utterly remarkable."Cassini snapped 61 black-and-white pictures of Saturn's rings early today after completing a 96-minute rocket firing to brake into orbit around the ringed planet. Program manager Bob Mitchell reported this afternoon that engineering data radioed back from Cassini shows the spacecraft survived two ring plane crossings without incident and that all of its myriad subsystems were in good health and operating normally.Cassini skimmed over the top of the rings as it braked into orbit and shortly after main engine shut down, the spacecraft began carrying out commands to photograph the rings, first from the upper backlit side and then from below, where the thin disk of icy particles was bathed in direct sunlight.Because of Cassini's enormous velocity - 60,000 mph or so at engine cutoff - its cameras were programmed with shutter speeds of five thousandths of a second to prevent blurring. In the minute required to snap a picture, record the data and be ready for another shot, Cassini moved hundreds of miles, preventing researchers from taking overlapping photos or the multiple images required for color.But no one was complaining. One of the images taken by Cassini from orbit of Saturn shows a close-up view of the planet's rings. Credit: NASA/JPL"The Cassini cameras are far more capable than the Voyager cameras were, which is in large part why these images are so spectacular," Porco said. "The other part, of course, is that the spacecraft gives us a very steady platform. This machine, you turn it, you point it and it stays there. It's like a tripod in space. So it allows us to take very sharp images."Cassini will never again fly so close to the rings and the level of detail the craft's cameras captured was stunning. If there was a central theme to the pictures it was the ubiquitous presence of density waves, regions of alternating brightness and darkness that look like ripples in fine sand. The spacing of the ripples, caused by gravitational interactions with nearby moons, decreases as one moves outward from the planet."This is a telltale sign of a density wave, the wavelengths decreases as you go outward and also the amplitude of the wave damps so you see it disappear," Porco said, describing one picture. "These are characteristics ring scientists read like a book to discern what kind of properties the particles have, how densely they're packed and so on. As I said, this is unprecedented resolution for the imaging experiment."One image showed a density wave thinning out to the right and a so-called bending wave moving to the left across the field of view.In a bending wave, "it's not the number density of particles that is varying, it is literally the height of the ring plane," Porco said. "You can thi

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STORY WRITTEN FOR und USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: September 4, 2006 Credit: NASA-KSCNASA managers today agreed to make three consecutive attempts to get the shuttle Atlantis off the ground if bad weather or technical problems prevent an on-time liftoff Wednesday.The forecast calls for an 80 percent chance of good weather Wednesday, decreasing to 70 percent "go" Thursday and Friday. If Atlantis isn't off the ground by Friday, the flight will be delayed to late October, barring a decision to relax NASA's current daylight launch requirement.The space agency normally gives the launch team a day off after two straight attempts but given the high stakes involved, and the impact of a major delay on NASA's plans to resume station assembly, the launch team agreed to make three attempts in a row if necessary.Liftoff Wednesday is targeted for 12:29 p.m., a week and a half behind schedule because of a launch pad lightning strike and delays caused by tropical storm/depression Ernesto."We certainly had our share of tropical weather, or at least the potential for tropical weather the last week or two, which put us a little behind in the schedule," said shuttle program manager Wayne Hale. "However, in the bigger scheme of things, a week or so waiting out the weather will not cause us any concern."We have a good shot at three consecutive launch dates coming up the middle of this week. We owe this to the really hard work from the launch team that spent not just today, the Labor Day holiday out here working, but the whole weekend and in fact every day since Ernesto passed as well. So we are looking forward to a really good mission."Launch director Mike Leinbach said NASA has only attempted three launches in a row once before. The normal practice is to make two attempts and then to stand down a day to give the launch team a break before making two more attempts."If you give us four attempts in five days, (our success rate is) something on the order of 90 to 95 percent," he said. "So three in a row is probably in the low 90s."The team is really excited to try to do this," he said. "This is what we're in the business for. To a man, to a woman, there were no disagreements at all about trying three in a row. We want to get this vehicle in orbit. I feel we have a pretty good shot at it, I really do. It's got to be in the 90-percentile range."While hoping for the best, NASA managers are continuing a review of the current daylight launch requirement, which permits photo documentation of the shuttle's heat shield and external tank insulation. Hale said if Atlantis doesn't get off this week, that review will play into discussions about when the shuttle could be readied for another attempt.The current launch window closes Friday because of conflict with launch of the space station's next full-time crew aboard a Russian spacecraft - Soyuz TMA-9 - and the Sept. 29 landing of the lab's outgoing crew aboard the Soyuz TMA-8 capsule. Based on lighting alone, the next shuttle launch window would open Oct. 26. Without that requirement, Atlantis could launch within days of the Soyuz TMA-8 landing.The goal of the 116th shuttle mission is to deliver and install a $372 million solar array truss, kicking off the resumption of space station assembly after a three-and-a-half-year hiatus.Atlantis' flight and the half dozen that follow will nearly complete the station's main solar array truss, which will stretch the length of a football field, and ready the outpost for attachment of European and Japanese research modules."Clearly, we are into the heart of the assembly sequence of the international space station," Hale said. "As we bring up the solar arrays, we are configuring the power system from its early assembly interim configuration to the final configuration and there is a huge rewiring on the station (required), both from the electrical power system, the generation and distribution of electrical power, as well as the cooling situation. Because all of that power, as it gets used, turns into heat and must be removed and the entire cooling system is being re-pl

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Orbital Sciences' L-1011 is otherwise known as "Stargazer."L-1011 takes to the skies with Pegasus rocket When a rocket leaves Vandenberg Air Force Base, it usually involves fire, smoke and a ground-shaking roar. But a Pegasus XL rocket departed the California base at 12:58 p.m. local time Tuesday strapped to the belly of its L-1011 carrier jet.Pegasus is destined for a remote launch site halfway between Hawaii and Australia where the booster will be air-launched next Wednesday to place a NASA X-ray telescope into space.Vandenberg is the home port for Pegasus, the place where the rocket was assembled, tested and fitted with the NuSTAR spacecraft cargo. This two-day ferryflight will take the vehicle to the Kwajalein Atoll for launch into an equatorial orbit that the satellite desires.See our for the latest news on the launch.Photo credit: /Spaceflight NowFollow the countdown and launch of the Orbital Sciences Pegasus rocket with NASA's Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology spacecraft. Reload this page for the very latest on the mission.Additional coverage for subscribers:VIDEO:L-1011 CARRIER JET TAKES OFF FROM VANDENBERG VIDEO:PEGASUS ROCKET LAUNCHES DART VIDEO:POST-LAUNCH COMMENTS FROM NASA MANAGER VIDEO:NARRATED FOOTAGE OF PRE-FLIGHT CAMPAIGN SATURDAY, APRIL 16, 2005NASA's $110 million high-risk, high-tech demonstration of a space autopilot for future human spaceships and robotic cargo craft closed within 300 feet of its target Friday night, then inexplicably ran out of fuel to the dismay of helpless engineers on the ground. Read our .1829 GMT (2:29 p.m. EDT)NASA's Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology spacecraft ran out of fuel as it approached its target satellite for autopilot tests last night, the program manager told reporters in a news conference a short time ago. It is not clear why DART used substantially more thruster propellant than envisioned, but officials saw the craft was fighting some guidance errors earlier in the mission.DART was designed to perform two series of maneuvers around the target satellite, plus featured a 30 percent fuel margin, Jim Snoddy said. But the satellite safed itself at a distance of 92 meters from the MUBLCOM satellite instead of closing within five meters and later performing the flyaround demonstrations.Sensing it didn't have enough fuel to continue with the mission, DART backed away and began its "retirement" procedures. The craft is supposed to fire engines and deplete its hydrazine fuel in the next half-hour or so, thereby moving into a disposal orbit and formally concluding the $110 million flight.Check back later for a complete report.1446 GMT (10:46 a.m. EDT)MISSION PROBLEM. The DART spacecraft suffered a problem after reaching its target late Friday, failing to complete the planned demonstrations. The satellite went into its "retirement" mode, ending the $110 million test early.The mission was supposed to last nearly 24 hours before expending battery life and onboard fuel supplies."After a successful rendezvous, acquisition of the target spacecraft, and approach to within approximately 300 feet, DART placed itself in the retirement phase before completing all planned proximity operations, ending the mission prematurely," NASA announced a short time ago."NASA is convening a mishap investigation board to determine the reason for the DART spacecraft anomaly," the statement said.The space agency plans a news conference later today.FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 20051905 GMT (3:05 p.m. EDT)Ground teams have received early batches of data from DART, which reveal the spacecraft is performing well, a NASA spokesman says.The spacecraft is on course to rendezvous with the MUBLCOM target satellite later tonight.The entire mission of DART lasts just one-day and finishes with the craft completing a "retirement" engine firing to reach a disposal orbit where it will circle Earth for the next decade or two before re-entering the atmosphere and burning up.1810 GMT (2:10 p.m. EDT)NASA's Demonstration of Autonomous Rendezvous Technology spacecraft is alive and operating foll


Posted: December 31, 2005The University of Colorado at Boulder's long heritage withNASA planetary missions will continue Jan. 17 with the launch of astudent space dust instrument on the New Horizons Mission to Plutofrom Florida's Kennedy Space Center.As the first student-built instrument ever selected by thespace agency to fly on a planetary mission, the CU-Boulder StudentDust Counter, or SDC, will monitor the density of dust grains inspace as New Horizons buzzes to Pluto and beyond. The dust grainsare of high interest to researchers because they are the buildingblocks of the solar system's planets, said Research Associate MihalyHoranyi of the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics,principal investigator for the student instrument.The student team hopes to identify as-yet-undetected clumpsof dust in the dust disk of the solar system caused by the gravity ofthe outer planets, said Horanyi, who is also a professor in thephysics department. "This will help us to understand the formationof our own planets, as well as those seen in dust disks around otherstars," he said."Just as importantly, this effort will provide students withan important role in a pioneering space mission for years to come,"said Horanyi.Instruments and experiments designed and built for NASAmissions by CU-Boulder's LASP since the 1970s have visited Venus,Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. In addition, NASA'sMESSENGER spacecraft, now en route to Mercury, is carrying a $7million device designed and built by CU-Boulder's LASP.The SDC detector is a thin, plastic film resting on ahoneycombed aluminum structure the size of a cake pan mounted on theoutside of the spacecraft, said Horanyi. A small electronic boxinside the spacecraft will function as the instrument's "brain" toassess each individual dust particle that strikes the detector duringthe mission.The researchers are particularly interested in the dust thatNew Horizons will encounter in the Kuiper Belt, a vast region beyondthe orbit of Neptune that contains thousands of ancient, icy objects,said Horanyi. Kuiper Belt objects are thought to contain samples ofancient material formed in the solar system billions of years ago.Microscopic-sized dust grains hitting the SDC will createunique electrical signals, allowing the CU-Boulder students to inferthe mass of each particle, said CU-Boulder doctoral student DavidJames, who has been working on the electronics of the dust detectionsystem on SDC for the past two years. While the spacecraft will bein "sleep mode" for much of the cruise to Pluto, CU-Boulder's dustdetector will remain turned on to catch space dust during thejourney, James said.The SDC team is comprised of CU-Boulder students fromelectrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering, computerscience, journalism and business who designed and fabricated theinstrument under the supervision of LASP faculty and staff. Thestudents will share their findings and mission experiences withstudents and the public around the world via the Internet and publicpresentations."I never dreamed I would get the chance to actually work on aspace mission as an undergraduate student," said Elizabeth Grogan,who began working on the SDC as software engineer while a senior atCU-Boulder. She now works at LASP as a research assistant on the NewHorizons effort. "I got much more hands-on experience on thisproject than I could have ever gotten in a classroom," Grogan said.The National Academy of Sciences has ranked the explorationof Pluto, its moon, Charon, and the Kuiper Belt among the highestpriorities for space exploration, citing their importance inadvancing the understanding of the solar system."We expect that several generations of CU-Boulder studentswill be involved in the mission during the next two decades," Horanyisaid.The New Horizons mission is led by the Southwest ResearchInstitute's Department of Space Studies in Boulder under thedirection of Alan Stern. New Horizons was designed and built atJohns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.,which will operate the spacec

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STORY WRITTEN FOR und USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: September 19, 2006NASA managers today ordered the Atlantis astronauts to stop their landing preparations and to delay re-entry 24 hours to Thursday to give flight controllers additional time to assess the implications of an unusual object spotted earlier today flying below the shuttle.The origin of the object is unknown, but NASA managers want to make sure whatever it is did not come from any critical systems on Atlantis, including its heat shield tiles and wing leading edge panels.Additional coverage for subscribers:VIDEO:SHUTTLE CAMERA SPOTS MYSTERY OBJECT VIDEO:HOUSTON TELLS CREW ABOUT THE OBJECT MORE: "The MMT just met and they decided, based on this weather they've been having down in Florida in combination with this object we saw, we're going to wave off tomorrow," Terry Virts radioed from mission control just before noon. "Our FAO, our timeliners aer working very hard right now to come up with a plan for tomorrow and we'll certainly get you any words we have on that as soon as we can.""Of course, our big interest is whether or note we're going to be doing any robotics tomorrow," commander Brent Jett replied."That is a possibility. We've got the flight controllers on console now and ... that's our question, too."The astronauts may be asked to unlimber Atlantis' robot arm Wednesday, pick up the ship's heat shield inspection boom and carry out an unplanned inspection of the shuttle and its heat shield. Earlier inspections showed no signs of any problems.Given a fairly bleak weather forecast for landing time Wednesday, NASA's Mission Management Team made the decision to delay a day with little debate, a source said. The forecast for Thursday and Friday calls for good weather at the Kennedy Space Center.A news conference with shuttle Program Manager Wayne Hale is scheduled for 12 p.m.Additional coverage for subscribers:VIDEO:SUNDAY'S STATUS BRIEFING VIDEO:STATION BACKDROPPED BY BLACK SPACE VIDEO:STATION SLIDES BY EARTH'S HORIZON VIDEO:SPACE STATION FLYAROUND BY ATLANTIS VIDEO:ATLANTIS UNDOCKS FROM THE STATION VIDEO:HATCHWAY CLOSED FOR UNDOCKING VIDEO:SHUTTLE ASTRONAUTS BID FAREWELL VIDEO:FLIGHT DIRECTOR EXPLAINS UNDOCKING VIDEO:LAUNCH AS SEEN BY HIGH-ALTITUDE WB-57 AIRCRAFT VIDEO:SOLID ROCKET BOOSTER CAM: STARBOARD INWARD VIDEO:SOLID ROCKET BOOSTER CAM: STARBOARD UPWARD VIDEO:SOLID ROCKET BOOSTER CAM: STARBOARD DOWNWARD VIDEO:SOLID ROCKET BOOSTER CAM: PORT INWARD VIDEO:SOLID ROCKET BOOSTER CAM: PORT UPWARD VIDEO:SOLID ROCKET BOOSTER CAM: PORT DOWNWARD VIDEO:FIRST SOLAR WING DEPLOYED HALF-WAY VIDEO:SECOND SOLAR WING EXTENDED ONE SECTION VIDEO:FIRST SOLAR WING EXTENDED ONE SECTION VIDEO:POST-EVA 2 STATUS BRIEFING VIDEO:PORT 3/PORT 4 TRUSS KEEL PIN REMOVED AND STOWED VIDEO:HELMETCAM OF BURBANK REMOVING SARJ RESTRAINT VIDEO:SPACEWALKERS PAUSE FOR PICTURE TIME VIDEO:STEVE MACLEAN REPORTS LOST BOLT VIDEO:ROTARY JOINT LOCK REMOVED BY SPACEWALKER VIDEO:STEP-BY-STEP PREVIEW OF SPACEWALK NO. 2 VIDEO:POST-EVA 1 STATUS BRIEFING VIDEO:TANNER LOSES BOLT DURING ROTARY JOINT WORK VIDEO:PIPER UNFOLDS SOLAR BLANKET BOXES VIDEO:SECOND WING'S STRUCTURE DEPLOYED BY PIPER VIDEO:FIRST SOLAR WING'S STRUCTURE DEPLOYED BY TANNER VIDEO:STEP-BY-STEP PREVIEW OF SPACEWALK NO. 1 VIDEO:TRUSS HANDED FROM SHUTTLE ARM TO STATION ARM VIDEO:ARM MANEUVERS TRUSS OVER SHUTTLE WING VIDEO:TRUSS SLOWLY LIFTED OUT OF PAYLOAD BAY VIDEO:ATLANTIS' ARM GRAPPLES THE TRUSS VIDEO:MONDAY'S MISSION STATUS BRIEFING VIDEO:ATLANTIS WELCOMED ABOARD THE STATION VIDEO:DOCKING REPLAY FROM CAMERA ON SHUTTLE ARM VIDEO:SHUTTLE ATLANTIS DOCKS TO THE STATION VIDEO:ATLANTIS' BREATH-TAKING FLIP MANEUVER VIDEO:CREW'S CAMCORDER FOOTAGE OF EXTERNAL TANK VIDEO:NARRATED ANIMATION PREVIEWING TRUSS UNBERTHING VIDEO:NARRATED ANIMATION PREVIEWING THE DOCKING VIDEO:NARRATED ANIMATION OF PAYLOAD BAY CONFIGURATION MORE: VIDEO:BRIEFING ON TANK'S PERFORMANCE VIDEO:TANK'S ONBOARD CAMERA LIFTOFF TO SEPARATION VIDEO:FLIGHT DIRECTOR EXPLAINS INSPECTIONS VIDEO:SUNDAY'S MISSION STATUS BRIEFING VIDEO:LAUNCH OF ATLANTIS! VIDEO:SHEDDING FOAM MAY

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STORY WRITTEN FOR und USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: June 12, 2004 Cassini fires its engine to enter orbit around Saturn as illustrated in this artist's concept. Credit: NASA/JPLOn May 27, Cassini's flight computer fired the craft's main engine for six minutes and two seconds, setting up a June 11 flyby of Phoebe and fine-tuning the craft's trajectory for the all-important Saturn Orbit Insertion burn the night of June 30. Trajectory Correction Maneuver 20 was a relatively short, but critical rocket firing because it marked the first use of the main engine system since the Deep Space Maneuver back in 1998. To everyone's relief, TCM-20 came off without a hitch. The helium latch valve opened 70 seconds before ignition and the leaky regulator worked as required to maintain the proper pressure. "We've got a real nice propulsion system," said lead propulsion engineer Todd Barber. "It's a plumber's nightmare, there are so many valves and alternate paths and contingency paths available that basically, we're able to handle a lot of anomalies. And the regulator leak we saw was right after launch and we've been able to accommodate that with the way we time the opening of valves, etc." Even so, Barber will feel much better after Cassini successfully brakes into orbit. "It's been a long time coming and the hopes and dreams of thousands of engineers are resting on that one evening. When we get the signal back is when we'll all go take a deep breath. Hold your ears, because they might pop." To get into the desired orbit around Saturn, Cassini's main engine must fire for 96.4 minutes beginning at 10:35:42 p.m. EDT on June 30 (0235:42 GMT July 1). An underburn, or early cutoff, could doom the mission. Rocket Engine Assembly A - REA-A - must fire for more than 85 minutes to put Cassini into any kind of usable orbit. Asked what keeps him awake at night, program manager Bob Mitchell gave the obvious answer. "In general, just worrying that SOI is going to work," he said in an interview. "The confidence that it will is very high, just based on all of the testing, all the elaborate work that we have put into this, as well as our experience with the spacecraft to date. We've done 15 or 16 maneuvers using the main engine ... and so we have every reason to believe this thing is going to work just fine." But, he added, "the software the thing flies is all complex and I just worry about what bugs are still in there. I think it must be inevitable that there are still bugs in there for something this complex. We've tested it extensively, we have a test bed here in the basement of our building that is a quite high fidelity spacecraft simulator and the sequences have been run through there many, many times. We have injected faults, we've had various components break, where we simulated a break in the test bed and looked to see what response we got. And at the moment, everything works. All the tests that we've done, all the simulations indicate that everything is just fine." This graphic shows the ring plane crossing and orbit insertion burn. Credit: NASA/JPLThe maneuver has little margin for error. Cassini first must avoid any crippling debris impacts when it crosses the ring plane between the F and G rings, moving from the lower side of the rings to the upper side as viewed from Earth. Pioneers 10 and 11, along with Voyager 2, flew through the gap with no problems but Cassini flight planners are taking no chances. Before traversing the ring plane, the spacecraft will be oriented with its high-gain dish antenna facing the direction of travel to act as a shield. Voyager 2 went through outer edge of the G ring and its instruments recorded "lots of evidence of micrometeoroid hits when going through, but nothing serious," said Voyager veteran Torrence Johnson, a Cassini imaging team member and chief scientist for the Galileo mission. "So we have that maneuvering to do and then there's the fact that the place is just a junky system," he said in an interview. "We're going in close, we're skimming right over the rings, everybody thinks we'

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STORY WRITTEN FOR und USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: December 15, 2006NASA managers late this evening told the Discovery astronauts that if enough time is available at the end of an already-planned spacewalk Saturday, two spacewalkers will be asked to carry out an up-close inspection of a partially retracted solar array to help engineers figure out what might be needed to coax the blankets into full retraction."We'll plan to execute EVA-3 tomorrow as published," astronaut Stephen Robinson radioed the astronauts late today. "It includes all the (planned) tasks. When we are done, assuming all the power and thermal reconfiguration goes well as it did during EVA-2, then if we have time, we may do a fairly simple task to do an inspection of this solar array wing.Flight controllers plan to ask one or both spacewalkers to manually shake the array storage box to loosen a presumably stuck guide wire believed to be preventing a cluster of solar blanket slats from evenly folding up like a pleated blind. No other repair work will be attempted, at least according to the latest planning, but engineers are holding open the possibility of staging a fourth, unplanned spacewalk Monday if necessary."Right now, there's a lot of discussions going on as to mechanically what really is the hang up," Robinson said. "We're currently envisioning this as an inspection task. How much and what you could touch and what kind of good it could do is still very much under discussion, so we're not ready to really tell you what that could be. That will probably be developing even during EVA-3 tomorrow. So right now, think of it as going up, taking a really close look and telling us what's really going on."The primary goal of Saturday's spacewalk, scheduled to begin around 2:42 p.m., is to re-wire two of the space station's four major electrical circuits. Power channels 2 and 3 were successfully activated during a spacewalk Thursday along with one of the station's two independent ammonia cooling loops.Astronauts Robert Curbeam and newly arrived station astronaut Sunita "Suni" Williams plan to re-wire power channels 1 and 4 during Saturday's spacewalk followed by activation of cooling loop A.As originally laid out, the spacewalk was expected to last about six hours. But during Thursday's excursion, Curbeam and Swedish astronaut Christer Fuglesang completed the channel 2/3 re-wiring a full hour ahead of schedule. Flight controllers say Saturday's spacewalk could be extended to seven hours if necessary, providing time for the solar array inspection.The problem with solar wing P6-4B cropped up Wednesday, when the astronauts attempted to retract the blankets as part of work to switch the space station over to its permanent power system.The P6 array, which features two wings - 2B extending on the right side of the station and 4B on the left - stretches 240 feet from tip to tip. It was mounted on the station six years ago to provide interim power during the initial stages of assembly.To activate the station's permanent power system, the Discovery astronauts needed to retract the left wing of P6 to clear the way for a newly-installed set of arrays, known as P4, to begin rotating to track the sun. The right wing of P6, the 2B panel, will be retracted next March and in the fall of 2006, P6 will be moved to its permanent position on the left end of the station's main solar array truss next to P4.But the P6-4B wing refused to cooperate and despite more than six-and-a-half hours of trying, the astronauts were only able to retract the panel about halfway. That was enough to permit the P4 array to rotate as required to track the sun, but not enough to provide the desired long-term structural stability.Today, the astronauts attempted to shake the stuck slats loose by rotating the array's central mast to set up oscillations in the flexible blanket. German astronaut Thomas Reiter even tried exercising with bungie cords in a bid to set up vibrations in the station structure that might jostle the unruly array. But the efforts had no discernible effects.NASA managers are reluctant t

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STORY WRITTEN FOR und USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: October 28, 2007Astronauts Scott Parazynski and Dan Tani began repressurizing the space station's Quest airlock module today at 12:05 p.m. to officially end a six-hour 33-minute spacewalk, the second of five planned for the shuttle Discovery's mission.The astronauts disconnected the 35,000-pound P6 solar array truss segment, installed handrails on the newly installed Harmony module and confirmed a potentially serious problem with the drive mechanism of a massive rotary joint used to slowly turn the station's right-side solar panels to keep them face-on to the sun.Parazynski and Tani were unable to complete all of their planned objectives, however, running out of time to install a replacement circuit breaker in the station's electrical system and complete power connections with a newly installed robot arm grapple fixture on Harmony."We had a little of everything today," Tani commented before repressurizing the airlock."Good day today. Great job," Parazynski said.This was the 94th spacewalk devoted to station assembly and maintenance since construction began in 1998 and the 17th so far this year. Spacewalk time for station assembly now stands at 580 hours and 46 minutes overall and 12 hours 47 minutes for Discovery's crew.Wrapping up today's excursion, Tani took a moment to enjoy the view of Chicago and the midwest from 213 miles up."Break, break, for just one, 30 seconds, I'm looking at my home town!" he exclaimed."Really?" Parazynski asked."Yeah, let me see if I can find Lombard, (Ill.).""Oh, look at that!" someone said."That's an awesome view.""I see O'Hare, the airport, so I can make out my home town Lombard," Tani said."Too bad about those Cubbies, though," Parazynski quipped."Yeah, well, there's always next century," Tani said.Additional coverage for subscribers:VIDEO:PREVIEW OF SUNDAY'S SPACEWALK VIDEO:BIOGRAPHY MOVIE ON DISCOVERY'S ASTRONAUTS VIDEO:BIOGRAPHY MOVIE ON EXPEDITION 16 CREW VIDEO:BIOGRAPHY ON NEW EXPEDITION 16 MEMBER DAN TANI VIDEO:THE FLIGHT DAY 5 HIGHLIGHTS MOVIE VIDEO:CREW INTERVIEWED BY CBS NEWS VIDEO:CREW INTERVIEWED BY FOX NEWS VIDEO:CREW INTERVIEWED BY WHAM-TV VIDEO:SATURDAY'S MISSION STATUS BRIEFING VIDEO:ASTRONAUTS ENTER HARMONY FOR FIRST TIME VIDEO:CREW COMMENTS FROM INSIDE HARMONY VIDEO:THE FLIGHT DAY 4 HIGHLIGHTS MOVIE VIDEO:POST-EVA MISSION STATUS BRIEFING VIDEO:FIRST STS-120 SPACEWALK CONCLUDES VIDEO:ROBOT ARM INSTALLS HARMONY ON THE STATION VIDEO:HARMONY MODULE LIFTED OUT OF PAYLOAD BAY VIDEO:S-BAND ANTENNA STOWED IN DISCOVERY'S BAY VIDEO:WHEELOCK RIDES STATION ARM WITH ANTENNA VIDEO:MISSION STS-120'S SPACEWALK NO. 1 BEGINS VIDEO:ANIMATED PREVIEW OF HARMONY INSTALLATION VIDEO:NARRATED ANIMATION OF SHUTTLE PAYLOAD BAY VIDEO:HARMONY'S PRE-LAUNCH PREPS AT THE CAPE VIDEO:BACKGROUND INFO ON HARMONY MODULE VIDEO:PREVIEW OF FRIDAY'S SPACEWALK VIDEO:THURSDAY MANAGEMENT TEAM NEWS BRIEFING VIDEO:POST-DOCKING MISSION STATUS BRIEFING VIDEO:INSPECTION BOOM HANDED BETWEEN ROBOT ARMS VIDEO:SHUTTLE CREW WELCOMED ABOARD THE STATION VIDEO:RING BETWEEN THE DOCKING PORTS RETRACTED VIDEO:REPLAY OF DOCKING FROM PAYLOAD BAY CAMERAS VIDEO:SHUTTLE DISCOVERY DOCKS TO THE STATION VIDEO:DISCOVERY PERFORMS 360-DEGREE BACKFLIP VIDEO:SHUTTLE APPROACHES STATION FROM BELOW VIDEO:NARRATED PREVIEW OF THE DOCKING VIDEO:THE FLIGHT DAY 2 HIGHLIGHTS MOVIE VIDEO:BRIEFING ON LAUNCH IMAGERY AND TANK'S PERFORMANCE VIDEO:WEDNESDAY'S MISSION STATUS BRIEFING VIDEO:HEAT SHIELD INSPECTIONS EXPLAINED VIDEO:THE FLIGHT DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS MOVIE VIDEO:INSIDE MISSION CONTROL DURING LAUNCH VIDEO:DISCOVERY'S LAUNCH AS SEEN LIVE VIDEO:EXTERNAL TANK CAMERA FROM LIFTOFF TO ORBIT VIDEO:LAUNCH REPLAY: VAB ROOF VIDEO:LAUNCH REPLAY: KSC RUNWAY VIDEO:LAUNCH REPLAY: BEACH TRACKER VIDEO:LAUNCH REPLAY: UCS-23 WIDESCREEN VIDEO:LAUNCH REPLAY: PLAYALINDA WIDESCREEN VIDEO:LAUNCH REPLAY: WEST TOWER VIDEO:LAUNCH REPLAY: PRESS SITE VIDEO:LAUNCH REPLAY: CAMERA 009 VIDEO:LAUNCH REPLAY: CAMERA 041 VIDEO:LAUNCH REPLAY: CAMERA 049 VIDEO:LAUNCH REPLAY: CAMERA 050 VIDEO:LAUNCH REPLAY: CAMERA 051 VIDEO:LAUNCH REPLAY: CAMER

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