Ida and Dactyl 2003
usual, the pre-mission preparations and countdown were intense and
stress-filled. But when the launch took place, however, everyone
knew that the hard work and dedication put into the mission were
well worth it.
half an hour before the launch, after the crews from various TV
stations and newspapers had arrived, the astronauts filed into the
space shuttle Galileo that would be launched from Earth to link
up to the Habitat. In Mission Control, one member held a walkie-talkie
and initiated the startup procedures; a similar device was held
by an astronaut in the shuttle, and as they communicated, they started
all the various systems required to launch the shuttle. Finally,
the moment of truth came, "T minus 5-4-3-2-1." With a
loud blast and the inevitable fumes, they took off on their journey.
they knew it, they were in space and linking up to the Habitat.
They entered the Habitat, released the shuttle, and took their bearings.
Meanwhile, Mission Control used remote guidance systems to lead
the shuttle back to Earth. The Habitat was powered-up, guidance
and communications systems were activated, and the astronauts sent
themselves on their long, multi-stage journey to Jupiter. The Mission