This is one of the shuttle ascents for the ISS (International
Vi_mph (inertial velocity) is in miles per hour,
and includes a contribution from the Earth's rotation. (Great question:
how much is that at the Kennedy Space Center? Needs trig.)
We do not know what all the things in the What
column are. We know some, e.g., SRB = Solid Rocket Booster. MECO
= Main Engine Cut-Off. We were curious about the single-engine Zaragoza--it
sounded like a dance, or perhaps a figure-skating move--but readers
responded with the explanation: Zaragoza is an alternate landing
site in Spain that, after reaching a certain altitude, the shuttle
can make on one engine if they decide to abort the mission.
Questions: What is the acceleration of the shuttle during this
ascent? How does it change? When is it at a maximum? How can you
explain the overall pattern?
Note: you may need to create a new variable, time,
out of the minutes and seconds
variables (into which we have decoded Tplus).
Downloaded by TEE, September 2002.