Friday, November 9, 2007

STS-120 was a success - so what now ...

Discovery's STS-120 mission was a huge success. But remember, I started this blog because I wanted to record my launch viewing trip. Obviously, we are way past launch. Discovery even landed and the remotest reasoning for keeping up a STS-120 blog is now been blown away.

But, hey, this is about space faring: did you never hear about extending successful missions? With new mission objectives? It already happened to this blog, somewhat silently. The original objective was to track everything until launch. But then I said "hey, why not document the mission while it is flown". And so I did ...

All of this was great fun and I am honored to have found some loyal readers. In fact, it is so much fun, I'd like to continue.

I need to shift the focus a bit: From now on, I'll not just concentrate on shuttle launches (have you seen an Ares article already sneaked in?). Also, I can probably not report as much in-depth as I did for STS-120. That was quite time consuming and I guess I can't stand that in the long term. But I'll keep every bit of useful information up, so that future launch viewers can find what they need. Along the same lines, I'll also do a wrap-up of generally useful launch viewing information which I could not yet convey.

It would also be very pleasing if those of you intending to watch a launch could drop me a few lines after they have done so. Or, of course, anything pre-launch that may be of interest to the rest of us. I'll gladly appoint you as contributing author for that.

I now hope that you, my valuable readers, like this "mission extension" and keep reading the blog. Feedback is also appreciated, so please don't be shy ;)

Thanks again for all your support!

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