The Plot And The Playwright

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The Plot And The Playwright

Intro

At the behest of a captive audience, the playwright must contend with the demands of entertainment and curiosity, a crowd in awe must be fed line; if not, circumstance.

Sample Problem

Assuming the marginality of grammar has been perfected, portray a plot with as much imagery as bearable in order to paint the picture of the unfathomable, within the all too familiar daily struggle of mankind.

Solution

In near ritualistic manner, the spectators and top brass at Kennedy Space Center coalesce about the launch pad, Jet Propulsion Laboratory glances in anticipation


The Departure

60 SECONDS BEFORE LIFTOFF

Broadcast: Orbiter Test Conductor requesting radio check by Shuttle Launch Control for launch commit
Cape Canaveral: Water system flowing underneath launch pad for sound suppression, onboard computer control set for flight sequence into preliminary orbit, fill and drain valves for liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen closed, solid rocket booster flight data recorder in operation

1 MINUTE AFTER LIFTOFF

Cape Canaveral: Handing over flight dynamics to Houston Ground Control during vehicle ascent
Houston Ground Control: Shuttle Commander, reverse spacecraft to maintain Earth reference point above crew cabin, initiate throttle down at maximum dynamic pressure to throttle up at sound barrier, over

2 MINUTES AFTER LIFTOFF

Houston Ground Control: Shuttle speed at 2000 miles per hour, clear to detach solid rocket booster
Shuttle Commander: Copy Houston, standby for solid rocket booster separation status

After 4 minutes, shuttle velocity increases by a factor of 5, contouring apparent optical ripple through sound barrier displacement, surpassing maximum dynamic pressure, reaching an altitude of 60 miles

6 MINUTES AFTER LIFTOFF

Houston Ground Control: Shuttle speed at 10,000 miles per hour, clear to release external fuel tank
Shuttle Commander: Copy, standby for external fuel tank status

7 MINUTES AFTER LIFTOFF

Houston Ground Control: Reverse spacecraft to maintain outer space reference point above crew cabin
Shuttle Commander: Copy, climate sensors at nominal temperature level for shuttle avionics cooling cycle

8 MINUTES AFTER LIFTOFF

Houston Ground Control: Heads-up to heads-down navigation setting vehicle heading to Space Station with estimated time of arrival in 48 hours
Shuttle Commander: Copy, external fuel tank in free-fall formation, vehicle completing preliminary orbit, Space Station in range for docking mode

The Space Station Sequence

ORBITING VELOCITY AT 25 TIMES THE SPEED OF SOUND

Astronauts thrusting jet engines to align with Space Station, view of Earth formations from the 200 mile altitude contrasting with brimming luster of metallic satellite complexion, the brilliance of the Sun flanked by erratic flashes of thunder during the darkening night passages, muted by luminous glare of the Moon

EARTH ROTATION COMPRESSING NIGHT AND DAY INTERVAL

Day passes into night and back again in haste as the astronauts begin the space walk, donning space suit, coupling the Truss apparatus onto the Space Station by remote guidance of cabin crew allayed with surveillance from Houston Ground Control, satellite downlink detected for communication loop

The Return

AT TWICE THE SPEED OF SOUND

Orbiter initiates steep descent through atmosphere, making final approach to Cape Canaveral by applying aerodynamic braking through turn angles slighted by engine thrust to enter heading alignment

AT THE SPEED OF SOUND

Shuttle pilot maneuvers directly in line with runway, using austere glide pattern against head winds

AT SUBSONIC SPEED

Flight dynamics officer acknowledges sonic booms as shuttle breaches cloud layer, flight engineer extends main landing gear, unfurls parachute for rapid deceleration

Cape Canaveral staff and shuttle crew converge for post-flight debriefing, media coverage concludes the mission



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