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Rocket Launch In A Hour

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couldn't help but click onto the nasa tv link to watch all the shuttle stuff going on and some other rocket on the launch pad with an hour and a half before launch.

just checked nasas website -

The Solar Dynamics Observatory stands poised for space this morning as the launch team at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station counts down to a 10:26 a.m. EST liftoff. NASA's Launch Services Program is managing today's Atlas V launch from the Launch Pad 41 at the Cape. The launch window for today extends one hour, to 11:26 a.m. EST.

Weather forecasters are watching for high winds this morning at the launch site and the forecast puts odds of acceptable conditions for launch at 30 percent.

The SDO spacecraft is headed to an orbit about 22,300 miles above Earth. From that altitude, the spacecraft will point its instruments at the sun and relay the readings instantly to a ground station in New Mexico. The research is expected to reveal the sun's inner workings by constantly taking high resolution images of the sun, collecting readings from inside the sun and measuring its magnetic field activity. This data is expected to give researchers the insight they need to eventually predict solar storms and other activity on the sun that can affect spacecraft in orbit, astronauts on the International Space Station and electronic and other systems on Earth.

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I saw a documentary mainly about Patrick Geryl and his theory...And it seems to be very convincing,especially when you add the recent solar higher activity,which is still growing-in fact NASA officially admit that 2012 solar storm is very possible,they just don't know how strong it will be.I saw a lot of scientists not believing in that theory,however NONE of them could give STRONG counter arguments,and that proofs even more that something is coming

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I saw a documentary mainly about Patrick Geryl and his theory...And it seems to be very convincing' date='especially when you add the recent solar higher activity,which is still growing-in fact NASA officially admit that 2012 solar storm is very possible,they just don't know how strong it will be.I saw a lot of scientists not believing in that theory,however NONE of them could give STRONG counter arguments,and that proofs even more that something is coming[/quote']

The idea that the inability of scientists to provide counter arguments against a theory doesn't logically prove anything, other than some scientists aren't able to provide counter-arguments. This is especially true when you are talking about a prediction of a natural phenomenon.

The sun has been unusually quiet for several years, and the fact that there is now increased activity may not mean an unusual amount of activity. It may just be that the other scientists are working with the same data as Geryl, and none of them have really strong arguments for their case, based on the data. That is to say, neither Geryl's nor the other scientists arguments are very strong.

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