STS-112 Launch question

From: Jonathan T Wojack (tlj18@juno.com)
Date: Sat Oct 26 2002 - 14:58:24 EDT

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    I have a question:
    
    How long did the ShuttleCam continue to send back a signal?  I realize
    that the SRB separation, the lens got coated with debris, but I am
    interested in for how long a signal was being received.  I am interested
    in this, because, it could give a more direct answer to when the External
    Tank began to heat up to a high temperature (thus frying the camera's
    electronics).  This kind of related to a decay, so I think this is
    on-topic material (for the moment, anyway.)  I have yet to see how long
    the camera lasted.
    
    BTW, after finishing watching the taped CNN coverage of the launch event
    (I don't like CNN's coverage of the news, but they do have the best space
    coverage, in my opinion), I was suprised to learn that they had 12-15+
    minutes of coverage devoted to the Shuttle launch.  I have never seen
    this before, and I am very pleased.  Usually, the TV stations cut out
    long before MECO.  And the launch was even interrupting a sniper press
    conference!
    
    Jonathan
    tlj18@juno.com
    
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