Comments for en-gb 30 Tue 23 Sep 2014 22:43:30 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at Stargazer For London, at least, there are exceptional passes (as bright as Venus when at superior junction) before dawn every morning from Feb 10th except the 11th when the ISS is "only" magnitude -3.0. The Shuttle looks like a quite dim star alongside it now, despite being negative magnitude itself. Sun 07 Feb 2010 13:31:08 GMT+1 trotterus Funnily enough there's a recorded interview with Nicholas Patrick on NASA TV as I read this article.Being a Brit who's lived in the US for the past 16 years, for personal/emotional reasons I've never taken on US citizenship. I find it unfortunate that the 'Brits' who have gone into space as NASA astronauts have had to 'give up' their British citizenship (although the UK recognizes dual & multi citizenship, the US does not, therefore you must denounce all other allegiances to become a US citizen) Personally I find this a great commitment to achieve ones goal of space travel, congratulations to all that have overcome this additional hurdle to reach the stars.BTW - Nicholas sounds like no Yorkshireman I've ever met, not one "By 'eck!" ;-) Sat 06 Feb 2010 18:20:02 GMT+1 curiousman Ever had a dream to walk with a lady astronaut across a deserted beach somewhere? I did just that with Helen Sharman. Remember her? She worked for Mars (the confectioners) and went to Russia to train as a cosmonaut before going into space. She wrote a book called 'Sieze the Moment'. The beach was at John o'Groats, northern Scotland. Funny how life is, isn't it? Fri 05 Feb 2010 16:38:16 GMT+1 Robert Lucien Why not buy and build the old Sea Dragon design, that way we could really take people into orbit. Sea Dragon was big and cheap and basically reusable, and could be easily brought up to date. With a 500 ton to orbit payload it could even give us a real destination up there to. Before anyone complains about it being 'anti green', the bigger a rocket is the more efficient it tends to be (hand-waving at the mathematics). The original design called for fueling using seawater catalyzed by power from a nuclear aircraft carrier, but we could use solar power... Fri 05 Feb 2010 16:21:22 GMT+1 kevin moore Good luck to Nicholas Patrick and all the crews of all the shuttle and other missions,,G-ds speed and safe returns. Fri 05 Feb 2010 14:55:17 GMT+1 HAL9000 I'm fortunate enough to have been in Florida for 5 shuttle launches, the most recent one STS-129 last November and I'd fly out tomorrow if I could to be there for Sunday's launch. There's no substitute for being there!I read Buzz Aldrins response to the Obama administration changes to the space program and whilst he sees them as a change for the better I'm not so sure. It would have been nice to see man on the moon again.And the UK would never waste money on space exploration; not whilst there's a duck pond that needs attention.... Fri 05 Feb 2010 14:53:53 GMT+1 grahamwookie I would like to see an empty bottle of Black Sheep Ale float past the screen when on live feed to NASA, being a true Yakshire man Fri 05 Feb 2010 14:28:45 GMT+1 Stephen Ashworth Jonathan, you wrote: "While a robot arm is used to unload modules from a visiting shuttle and position them on the station, it is the spacewalkers who must plug in all the "services" - the electrical, cooling and communications lines, and so on."Can you please explain why this has to be done by spacewalkers? One would have thought that any reasonable design would have these connections made internally, next to the hatchway between modules.I cannot shake off the impression that the ISS has been designed to be as difficult as possible to assemble and to rearrange or replace modules.Stephen Fri 05 Feb 2010 14:07:09 GMT+1 cliffhuxtable Pendlemac, I should have said 'manned' British spacecraft, shouldn't I? Fri 05 Feb 2010 13:16:57 GMT+1 Pendlemac cliffhuxtable - You might want to Google 'Prospero X-3'. That's a British satellite launched on a British rocket in October 1971 and still in orbit. Fri 05 Feb 2010 12:49:04 GMT+1 Poster_Number5 "it's a full-on day's work - seven or so hours with no sitdown, coffee break or afternoon nap".Sitdown??? - you do know their weightless right? Fri 05 Feb 2010 12:20:00 GMT+1 cliffhuxtable We'll get that answer circa 2560 when a british spacecraft finally makes it into orbit... Fri 05 Feb 2010 12:19:53 GMT+1 nkkingston If it's the Union Flag on land, and the Union Jack at sea, what is it in space? Fri 05 Feb 2010 12:13:50 GMT+1 cliffhuxtable Isn't 'yorkshireman' a bit tenuous? He's an American now, just as Michael Foal is American. We can try and catch the reflected glory all we want but it doesn't make it so, does it? And also quite depressing that returning to the moon has been shelved under the Obama administration. I always thought that spaceflight was inspirational and its benefits were always slightly intangible but nonetheless real - hope, inspiration, vision, all these have been shelved in favour of adding to the wallets of those on Wall Street as part of the bank bail-out. (sigh). Fri 05 Feb 2010 11:54:19 GMT+1 Technicalfault Interesting blog post. You can't doubt Nicholas' achievement, though it's important to point out that he's not just any Yorkshireman. His NASA profile reminds us that he studied at Harrow School, followed by Cambridge.Undoubtedly a high-achiever, but one who had a very lucky start in life. Britain needs to inspire a new generation of thought-leaders and Nicholas can help do that, but until we are able to give every young person a strong start in life, then it's going to be difficult for us to keep playing our part on the world (and beyond-world) stage. Fri 05 Feb 2010 11:49:13 GMT+1 TheyCallMeTheWonderer Inspirational stuff! As a Yorkshireman myself it is fantastic to know that this is even possible. It's just such a shame that a Yorkshireman needs to leave his home and country to achieve dreams of space.Now that the shuttle fleet is retiring is it not time that ESA developed their own crew system? Perhaps bring back the Hermes mini-shuttle, or refine the ATV for human crews. That way we could put all the Yorkshiremen we fancy into orbit. Fri 05 Feb 2010 11:43:54 GMT+1 Jonathan Amos Indeed, xpdnc. Good point. For the UK, this is certainly the case. Much appreciated. Fri 05 Feb 2010 11:04:16 GMT+1 me "The best time to catch the fast moving "star" is just after sunset."No, for the U.K., the ISS will be visible just before dawn.If you want evening passes, you will have to wait until early March,by which time the "Yorkshireman" should have returned to Earth. Fri 05 Feb 2010 10:40:53 GMT+1