BREAKING ATMO - Serenity to ISS on STS-117

The Video

18 Jul
2007
Below the jump is a fanvideo commemorating the delivery of the Firefly and Serenity DVDs to the International Space Station via the Space Shuttle Atlantis. This video premiered on the big screen at the weekly Firefly at the Mission event in the Portland of Oregon on Tuesday, 17 July 2007, and now (of course) is available on YouTube. » Read The Rest »

Can't Stop The Signal

29 Jun
2007
Since the photos of the Firefly and Serenity DVDs were released, the news has been making its way around, mostly on blogs affiliated with various media outlets. It hit Idiot Box (The Oregonian), TV Squad (AOL), Pop Candy (USA Today), and Boldly Go (Houston Chronicle). And today a link to the photos appears on IMDb, as the third item on their "Hit List". That last link is generating the highest level of single-day traffic ever for Breaking Atmo. And, of course, if you missed it, there was this over on WHEDONesque. » Read The Rest »

Gotta Have Records Of Everything

27 Jun
2007
Everyone has been waiting for this particular moment. In over the email transom this morning, and obviously already making their way around the Web, come three photographs of our intrepid Browncoat astronaut and his precious cargo of DVDs. Click the thumbnails below to open pop-up windows with slightly larger versions. » Read The Rest »

Hooked On The Show

24 Jun
2007
A couple of things have happened that will be of interest to Browncoats waiting for news about the delivery of Firefly and Serenity DVDs to the International Space Station aboard the shuttle Atlantis. What things? Read on. » Read The Rest »

Meet Your Browncoat Astronaut

08 Jun
2007
You should, of course, read all of the crew profiles, but in the end you might want to spend a little extra time on Mission Specialist Steven R. Swanson via his bio and interview. You can see him at the end of this set of pictures. Swanson, as we know now is our intrepid Browncoat astronaut, currently carrying Firefly and Serenity to the International Space Station aboard the shuttle Atlantis. » Read The Rest »

Into The Black

08 Jun
2007
At 7:38 PM Eastern time, STS-117 lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center on its way to the International Space Station. As posted previously, track the progress of the launch via NASA TV (video) or via Spaceflight Now (text).

Clear For Upthrust

08 Jun
2007
To borrow a phrase, STS-117 is cleared for upthrust at 7:38 PM Eastern time. And stay tuned, because reportedly once the crew is in the sky we will be told the identity of our intrepid Browncoat astronaut.

Launch Day

08 Jun
2007
Launch remains scheduled for 19:38 (7:38 PM) Eastern time today. Keep an eye out here for any updates from maiii, and remember that NASA TV coverage already is underway. Spaceflight Now has reprinted a mission preview from CBS News, and there's also the most-recent update from NASA SpaceFlight. Don't forget the former's handy countdown chart, as well as NASA's own real-time clock and mission clock. For those without access to the video, or just as an additional information source, checkout Spaceflight Now's mission status, updated more or less in real-time as things progress.

The Countdown Begins

07 Jun
2007
Last night, the countdown to the launch of STS-117 began. See coverage of the start of countdown via NASA SpaceFlight and Spaceflight Now. Also, the latter site has a handy countdown chart, and NASA provides a real-time clock and a mission clock which "begins 43 hours before launch and mirrors the real clock by pausing during the various built-in holds during the countdown". Launch is scheduled for 19:38 (7:38 PM) Eastern time on 08 June.

Here's How It Is...

01 Jun
2007
Simply put: There are Browncoats at NASA. And so, in early June, an astronaut aboard the next-scheduled shuttle mission will carry DVDs of Firefly and Serenity to the crew of the International Space Station. Or, at least, that's the short version. In order to get everyone up to speed as we launch the Breaking Atmo website in advance of the launch of STS-117 itself, what follows is a tour through how all of this came to happen in the first place. And then, from here on out, check back here for updates -- or subscribe to them via feed, so you never miss any news. Because next week, Serenity takes off into the black. » Read The Rest »