Tuesday, July 24, 2007 5:16:31 AM
"Poor bird. Couldn't they delay the launch until there weren`t any birds around?"
No. They have specific windows of opportunity to launch due to weather conditions, avoiding mapped space objects, debris, solar activity, etc. A few birds are not taken into account. Personally, I think that the Discovery should have a bird stamped on it, indicating a kill. I wonder how many shuttle pilots are aces?