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Old November 12th, 2004, 07:48 PM
johnlee johnlee is online now
John Lee
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Gasp! A Rolex In Space!

Today is a dark day. I was surfing one of the NASA sites for OMEGA pics and realized that Expedition 10 launched two weeks ago.

JSC2004-E-46229 (14 October 2004) --- The Soyuz TMA-5 spacecraft blasts off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan October 14, 2004, carrying astronaut Leroy Chiao, Expedition 10 commander and NASA International Space Station (ISS) science officer, cosmonaut Salizhan S. Sharipov, Russia’s Federal Space Agency flight engineer and Soyuz commander, and Russian Space Forces cosmonaut Yuri Shargin to the ISS. The crew will dock to the Station on October 16, and Chiao and Sharipov will replace the current Station crewmembers, cosmonaut Gennady I. Padalka, Expedition 9 commander, and astronaut Edward M. (Mike) Fincke, NASA ISS science officer and flight engineer, who will return to Earth October 24 with Shargin. Photo Credit: "NASA/Bill Ingalls"

Mission commander Leroy Chiao was wearing a Rolex (looks like a GMT2) on his way to the launch:


I don't know if Mr. Chiao had to remove the GMT2 for the launch or not. The GMT2 isn't flight qualified, so he may have had to. But there's no doubt the GMT2 is getting some air time in space. Here's Mr. Chiao on the ISS:


I guess it's true that you can take the boy out of China, but you can't take China out of the boy.
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Old November 12th, 2004, 09:05 PM
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it's a chalie thing i guess.
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Old November 14th, 2004, 03:00 PM
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Rolex and the Russians

Good question: while we know that NASA is rigorous about it's preflight procedures, is the same true for the Russian space program? I don't know, it looks like they are headed for the launch pad, I can't imagine some technician saying "Comrade, time is now for switching watches".

Last night the kids and I watched Apollo 13 for the umpteenth time. Like Bill Burke, every time I watch it, I see/hear/learn something new. This time I saw Fred Haise had a speedy on each wrist, worn on top of the sleeves, during the flight. During the timed burn, Micah was cheering for Swaggert and the speedy.

And no, Ho, I don't have a rollie, at least not yet
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Old November 14th, 2004, 04:55 PM
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He might have removed the watch. It's hard to say. He's not wearing the watch on the outside of his launch suit like in this pic:

That's Edward Lu just before the launch of Expedition 7. Contrast that pic with the pic of Chiao just before Expedition 10:

Those two pics are eerily similar and yet so very different. I prefer the first pic of course.

Here's a supersize version of the Edward Lu pic:


You can see there that he's wearing two more watches--probably X-33's--under his white gloves. Lu probably kept those two other watches on during the launch, just as Chiao probably kept on his GMT during his own launch.

Just a guess....
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