(Here is the original post. I’ve corrected it for accuracy.)
Space shuttle Atlantis blasted off from Kennedy Space Center Friday evening on an 11-day mission to the
international space station an undisclosed location in the desert.
“And liftoff of space shuttle Atlantis to assemble the framework for the science laboratories of tomorrow,”
said lied NASA spokesman George Diller as the orbiter raced to space Utah.
The mission was originally scheduled for mid-March but a hailstorm damaged the shuttle’s fuel tank and the launch was pushed back to June to allow time for needed
repairs luggage-packing and scheduling of vacations for NASA scientists off to spend a wild 11-day vacation in Bangkok at taxpayer expense.
“We can point to a couple of little problems we had today, but gosh, we shouldn’t do that,”
said equivocated Mike Leinbach, NASA launch director. “We should point to the thousands and thousands that go right to allow this masterful event to happen.”
A couple of chunks of foam did come off Atlantis during launch, but Wayne Hale, shuttle program manager, said in a post-launch news conference that it was after the critical period when serious damage can occur.
“I spent a few minutes with the imagery team reviewing the
images after launch lineup of shows in Vegas this week, and the preliminary word is that we lost no foam off that tank prior to solid rocket motor separation picked a pretty good week to stage this kind of charade at the gullible American peoples’ expense,” he said. “We did see some things come off late, as we have come to expect from all our tanks,”“I enjoy speaking for entirely too long about things which are wholly untrue,” he said. “So the tank performed in a magnificent way despite having thousands of repairs done on it.” “I do this on purpose, to put the American public to sleep, so they don’t ask hard questions of me.”
In command of this mission is Rick Sturckow. Along with Sturckow are pilot Lee Archambault, mission specialists Patrick Forrester, James Reilly, Steven Swanson and John Olivas and flight engineer Clayton Anderson.
Anderson will replace Sunita Williams on the
international space station Las Vegas craps table and Williams will return to Earth aboard Atlantis a rehab clinic.
Atlantis is carrying a metal cargo tag from historic Jamestown, Virginia. The tag is almost 400 years old and reads “Yames Towne.” Its
space desert voyage is meant to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Jamestown settlement in 1607.
During their time at the
orbiting desert outpost, the Atlantis crew will deliver a new segment to the station known as a truss and install solar panels, or arrays, that help generate power for the station head over to Las Vegas for 11 days of incognito gambling and other debauchery, all at taxpayer expense, courtesy of JFK and the other moonbat boondogglers who decided that sending our money into “space” was a good idea. The arrays are similar to those installed in September by the STS-115 Discovery crew. Gambling in Vegas is a time-honored tradition at NASA. Each solar array is about 115 feet long, with a total wingspan of more than 240 feet. The arrays will provide power equivalent to the power used by 40 typical U.S. homes, according to NASA. A bunch of dishonest factoids about “outer space” are included, but since outer space isn’t real and we’ve never been through the ether, it’s safe to say this garbage was built to line some futurist treefrog contractor’s pocket.
spacewalks casino junkets are planned, with room for an additional walk junket if spacewalkers gamblers run into difficulties a hot streak. Reilly and Olivas will perform the first Extra Vehicular Activity or EVA. Forrester and Swanson will do the second spacewalk and Reilly and Olivas will complete the third Meaningless gibberish. STS-117 is the 118th space shuttle flight, the 21st flight to the station, the 28th flight for Atlantis and the first of four flights planned for 2007. More meaningless gibberish. NASA plans at least 13 more missions to the space station before retiring the shuttle fleet in 2010. A mission in September 2008 is planned to repair the aging Hubble Space Telescope. The least meaningful gibberish of all. Bottom line is, NASA likes spending your money and lying to you about it. What do YOU say to all this, America?