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Official STS-118 Thread - Teacher In Space  
User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3565 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 6700 times:
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Since Ted is in the clink I'll start the thread for the next mission....

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STS-118 Mission Patch. Courtesy: NASA


Launch Target:
Aug. 9, 2007

Orbiter:
Endeavour

Mission Number:
STS-118
(119th space shuttle flight)

Launch Window:
10 minutes

Launch Pad:
39A

Mission Duration:
11 days

Landing Site:
KSC

Inclination/Altitude:
51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Primary Payload:
22nd station flight (13A.1), S5 Truss

U.S. Navy Commander Scott J. Kelly will command the seven-person crew of STS-118. U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col Charles O. Hobaugh will be Endeavour's pilot. Veteran astronauts Richard A. Mastracchio and Dr. Dafydd (Dave) Williams of the Canadian Space Agency will be returning to space for their second missions. Barbara R. Morgan, Tracy E. Caldwell, Ph. D., and Benjamin Alvin Drew round out the crew as mission specialists.

Courtesy NASA

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sh.../shuttlemissions/sts118/index.html

Of particular interest to me is that Barbara Morgan will finally get to fly on this mission. Barbara was Christa McAullifes backup on STS-51L, Challengers final mission. Barbara stuck with the program in various capacities, became a mission specialist (vs. educator astronaut) and is now, 21 years later, finally getting a chance to fly. She shows a certain tenacity that I have a lot of respect for...

Godspeed Endeavour!


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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3565 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 6699 times:
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Morgans preflight interview & bio...

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/sh...sions/sts118/morgan_interview.html

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/morgan.html



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User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 6688 times:

Update...

NASASpaceflight.com is reporting the launch is now targeted for August 7. The change hasn't been approved yet, but most likely will be.

And a little detail...

Endeavour will be carrying the S5 "Short Spacer" truss segment, to be attached to the end of S4 (which was just installed by Atlantis's crew.) S5 provides a berthing spot for the last solar panels, S6, which will fly on STS-119 in July, 2008.

Endeavour will also be carrying the Spacehab single module full of supplies for the Space Station, and a Control Moment Gyro (CMG) to replace one which has failed on orbit (and another is a little flaky.)

This will be the first flight of the Station/Shuttle Power Transfer System (SSPTS), enabling electrical power from the Station's big solar panels to supplement Shuttle electrical power and allow docked operations 2 to 3 days longer than previously possible. Discovery will have this modification on her next flight, too.

Astronaut Drew was added to the flight last month, replacing Clay Anderson, who advanced to STS-117 because of the three month hail-damage delay in the launch schedule.

Note the "Teacher In Space" project logo (the torch) is included on the STS-118 emblem.

[Edited 2007-06-23 17:43:09]

User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3565 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 6670 times:
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Quoting Thorny (Reply 2):
launch is now targeted for August 7

NASA needs to start making up some of the days lost on the hail fiasco..... Pick'em up wherever they can.....

Quoting Thorny (Reply 2):
Control Moment Gyro (CMG) to replace one which has failed on orbit (and another is a little flaky.)

Haven't heard much on the CMGs lately. Is this a refurb? Have they made any design changes based on inspections of the ones that have failed previously?



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Reply 4, posted (7 years 5 months 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 6655 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 3):
Haven't heard much on the CMGs lately. Is this a refurb? Have they made any design changes based on inspections of the ones that have failed previously?

Good question. I doubt this is a refurb as I wouldn't think they've had enough time to refurb the failed one that came home on 114 yet. Probably a ground spare. I haven't heard what the analysis of the failed CMG from 114 turned up.


User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8224 posts, RR: 26
Reply 5, posted (7 years 5 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 6571 times:

Here's to an on-time and on-target launch for Endeavour first week of August. And to the return of a teacher in space as well!


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User currently offlineBEG2IAH From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 979 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (7 years 5 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6509 times:
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New official launch target date is August 7, 2007.

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User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 6429 times:

Endeavour is now in the Vehicle Assembly Building, mated to her External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters. Rollout to Launch Pad 39A is scheduled for July 10.

User currently offlineSNA350 From Belgium, joined Dec 2005, 129 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6409 times:

wow it's going fast now

Why is it that they rollout so soon?
Is there so much work to do on the pad that they need allmost on month?



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User currently offlineConfuscius From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 3870 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6389 times:

Endeavour is now in the Vehicle Assembly Building, mated to her External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters. Rollout to Launch Pad 39A is scheduled for July 10.

I saw the payload and main tank and SRB installation on NASA TV.



Of particular interest to me is that Barbara Morgan will finally get to fly on this mission. Barbara was Christa McAullifes backup on STS-51L

Will this put an end to the old Christa McAuliffe joke? You know, she was an english teacher and now she is history.



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User currently offlineBEG2IAH From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 979 posts, RR: 18
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 6386 times:
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Quoting Confuscius (Reply 9):
Will this put an end to the old Christa McAuliffe joke? You know, she was an english teacher and now she is history.

Whoever came up with this "joke" should have his/her head examined.

BEG2IAH



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User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6383 times:

Quoting SNA350 (Reply 8):
Why is it that they rollout so soon?
Is there so much work to do on the pad that they need allmost on month?

They could load the payload in the Orbiter in the OPF, but there are a lot of launch preps that can only be done at the pad, so it is more schedule-effective to load the payload at the pad, in tandem with other launch preps.

Four weeks on the pad has been the norm, post-Challenger. Before Challenger, they were down to about two weeks.


User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 29813 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 6381 times:

Quoting Thorny (Reply 4):
Good question. I doubt this is a refurb as I wouldn't think they've had enough time to refurb the failed one that came home on 114 yet. Probably a ground spare. I haven't heard what the analysis of the failed CMG from 114 turned up.

I think NASA has a healing shelf in their parts shelf, you put the broken part on it, let it sit for a few weeks and it gets better.

Quoting BEG2IAH (Reply 10):
Whoever came up with this "joke" should have his/her head examined.

You wheren't in middle school when Challeger blew up....There where all sorts of off-color Macauliffe jokes. I am sure there is a book out somewhere.



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User currently offlineBEG2IAH From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 979 posts, RR: 18
Reply 13, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 6359 times:
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Quoting L-188 (Reply 12):
You wheren't in middle school when Challeger blew up....There where all sorts of off-color Macauliffe jokes. I am sure there is a book out somewhere.

I'm not an American, so no wonder I had no clue. I've never heard of such a joke in Europe. Thanks for clearing it up.

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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3565 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 6319 times:
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Quoting Thorny (Reply 7):
Endeavour is now in the Vehicle Assembly Building, mated to her External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters. Rollout to Launch Pad 39A is scheduled for July 10.

Here's a nice shot of Endeavour being hoisted in the VAB. Gives an interesting perspective of how big the VAB really is!!

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Endeavour being hoisted in the VAB. Courtesy: NASA


Other interesting NASA photos at:

http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/search.cfm?cat=4



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User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8224 posts, RR: 26
Reply 15, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 6311 times:

Are there different post-processing procedures in place for checkout prior to launch considering Endeavour hasn't flown in five years?


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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3565 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6252 times:
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FYI: The 118 payload went to the pad this morning (Sunday). Endeavour and the remainder of the stack will rollout to the pad tuesday morning......

ZANL



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Reply 17, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 6251 times:
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Quoting Aaron747 (Reply 15):
Are there different post-processing procedures in place for checkout prior to launch considering Endeavour hasn't flown in five years?

Aside from post Columbia modifications I hadn't heard that Endeavours OMDP was any different than any other orbiters OMDP, hence post-processing procedures should be similiar. I'll keep an eye out for info along those lines though..

ZANL



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Reply 18, posted (7 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6218 times:

Endeavour's return to flight. I've been waiting for five years. It's exciting. Like a beast caged up for five years now...waiting to break the bonds of Earth and light up the sky with her twin SRB's and triplet SSME's.

Challenger's replacement, carrying MacAuliffe's backup, the teacher in space logo, the last Oribiter of the trio that has yet to make a flight since RTF...Endeavour's will be that final step to some normalcy for the Shuttle fleet.

Godspeed STS-118!

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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3565 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 6148 times:
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Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 16):
Endeavour and the remainder of the stack will rollout to the pad tuesday morning......

Endeavour did not roll to the pad today due to weather... They'll try again tonight... (approx 10pm)



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User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 6139 times:

She's on her way out now.

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Reply 21, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 6097 times:

And she was hard down on Pad 39A in the middle of the night Tuesday/Wednesday. Still 'go' for August 7, but not much cushion left in the schedule.

User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3565 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6043 times:
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On Endeavour:

- There's been some minor hail damage to the tank and TPS. So minor it's not yet clear when it happened.
- Trouble with a fuel isolation valve. It's not responding to commands.

Neither is a schedule threat at the moment

On the ISS:

- The U.S. Oxygen Generation System was activated for the first time this week. It uses electricity to split water into O2 & Hydrogen - similiar to the Elektron on the Russian side.

[Edited 2007-07-14 00:10:06]


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Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6029 times:
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"Shuttle's Name Misspelled On NASA Launch Pad Sign"

http://www.local6.com/technology/13675075/detail.html

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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3565 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (7 years 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 5994 times:
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A Poor Mans Space Shuttle....



Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 22):
The U.S. Oxygen Generation System was activated for the first time this week. It uses electricity to split water into O2 & Hydrogen - similiar to the Elektron on the Russian side.

Apparently the U.S. Oxygen Generation system ran for about 14 hours last week and then was shutdown intentionally...



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25 Post contains links ZANL188 : Apparent sabotage on a portion of the ISS payload aboard Endeavour. From what I've heard so far it appears to be some sort of lab rack... http://www.c
26 Thorny : They said they'll fly without it if it can't be repaired in time. It is some sort of recorder/relay for sensors on the Truss and is not an urgent req
27 TheSonntag : True, but apart from that, the return to flight campaign was a great success. All shuttle missions achieved their goals, and the ISS is back on track
28 Stretch 8 : FRR is complete, we are "GO" for launch Tuesday, 7 August at 7:02 p.m . Thanks to connections, I and my family will be at the NASA Causeway at KSC to
29 Post contains images MadameConcorde : Determination pays off. I hope they will all have a safe flight and they will enjoy their stay in the ISS. I will be watching them from the ground whi
30 Post contains images Confuscius : Tracy E. Caldwell, Ph. D. Not bad for a ph.d. I'm wonder if she's one of the party animals at NASA.
31 ZANL188 : Potential problem... A leak check on Endeavour this weekend turned up a cabin pressure decay rate that was 4 times what is considered acceptable.... A
32 Thorny : Found and fixed. No impact on launch.
33 TheSonntag : The launch has been postponed by 24 hours. Not a big delay, but lets hope they don't find other problems.
34 Aerobalance : A classmate of mine and member of the Track & Field team with me at CSUF. Attended more than a few parties with her and she was very level headed, he
35 ZANL188 : The delay is to allow time to do a complete leak check folowing the relief valve replacement.
36 Post contains links Eksath : FYI Behind The Scene Pictures Of Endeavour (by Eksath Aug 3 2007 in Aviation Photography)
37 Post contains links BEG2IAH : The launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour on mission STS-118 has been postponed 24 hours to allow the shuttle processing team additional time to complete
38 Thorny : Remember, an August 8 launch is still one day earlier than the scheduled launch date when Atlantis landed in June.
39 TheSonntag : Only one day to go... Lets see if Nasa manages to get a shuttle into the air on time... Go Endeavour!
40 Stretch 8 : Have arrived at MCO this afternoon, will be off to KSC for the launch tomorrow at 6:36 p.m. Weather has improved to being 20% or less chance for anvil
41 TPAnx : Godspeed to Endeavour..and crew... TPAnx
42 Chksix : Hatch closing now and leakchecks will follow. Hope everything goes well!
43 KPDX : Cant wait! Go Endeavour!
44 ZANL188 : Anybody else having trouble with NASA TV? I'm watching on dish network and the picture appears to be frozen, been that way for the last 20 minutes or
45 ZANL188 : Go for Launch!! (I just needed to reboot my DVR)
46 ZANL188 : Count resumes!! filler filler filler
47 ZANL188 : Crew access arm retracting.....
48 ZANL188 : Woo Hoo! That was a cool ride to orbit!!
49 Post contains images PC12Fan : Two very cools things happened IMO - 1 - the very deliberate call of "go at throttle up", seemed like a tribute to Christa. 2 - after the ET separated
50 MCO2BRS : Hey Guys, I just watched the launch from my back yard... incredible as always! I was watching the follow up coverage of the launch on a local tv stati
51 ZANL188 : Happens on every mission...
52 Bruce : One thing I don't understand: it took off at 6:30pm ET, heading east or northeast. I was watching the exterior tank camera and the earth seems to be s
53 ZANL188 : They went Northeast up the US east coast. It's an hour and a half after launch now and it's still light out here on the east coast. Further, since th
54 TPAnx : NASA select coverage was great. Skies were too murky here on the west coast of Florida for an eyeball view. Best wishes for a successful mission.. TPA
55 Thorny : Orion is a spacecraft the shape of Apollo but about 40% larger. It is the centerpiece of Project Constellation, which was initated in 2004 with the o
56 MCO2BRS : Thanks for the info mate! I sort of looked it up on NASA's site but really wondered how it compared to past rockets, and had never heard of it before
57 Post contains links Bruce : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMSVg6Vbb98 video of the launch from NASA tv. Notice at 2:48 on the video, a tile or something flies off the belly of t
58 Da man : From the news coverage and the coverage via NASA tv , that piece came off after the time period when any debris would be critical to the aerodynamics
59 PC12Fan : I know that, it was the way he said it.
60 GDB : Great launch, nice touch with the Challenger tribute in the launch chronology, best wishes for a 'full up mission'.
61 Stretch 8 : Seeing Endeavour liftoff from the Banana Creek area, 3 miles or so from Complex 39A, was simply amazing. What really blew me away was the visual, sile
62 Thorny : Endeavour docked at the International Space Station at 2:02pm Eastern Time Friday. Handoff of the S5 truss segment from Endeavour's robot arm to that
63 ZANL188 : The Rendezvous Pitch Manuever (RPM) today revealed a tile gouge which is believed to be associated with the "spray" of debris seen duing launch. The g
64 Bruce : do you think that this damage happened from the piece of debris that came off in the video link that I posted above? or some other debris? Bruce
65 ZANL188 : The debris "spray" associated with this gouge occurred at :58 sec[Edited 2007-08-11 02:48:35]
66 Thorny : At the press conference, they said they couldn't match the debris object with any of the dings spotted on the tank after seperation, so that means it
67 PC12Fan : Thorny, Do you think NASA will take this "opportunity" to do a spacewalk to fix the damage for "political" reasons rather than safety reasons?
68 Thorny : No. I think they'll want to go out to remove the gap filler, at least. That's the real problem, I think, And while they have an astronaut out there a
69 Post contains images Connies4ever : Agreed. The gap filler has the potential to change the time at which the orbiter belly/wing area transitions from laminar to turbulent flow, with con
70 Thorny : Update from tonight's Mission Status Briefing... It was foam, not ice that caused the damage at T+0:58. Foam came from an Orbiter/Tank attach strut an
71 Scouseflyer : All this talk make we wonder if there would be some merit in coating the underside of the shuttle in something like wax to protect it during lift off,
72 BEG2IAH : It would probably cause many issues. Space Shuttle primary reaction control thrusters would most probably get clogged by all that wax... In addition,
73 Post contains images Scouseflyer : That would be my worry too, maybe they could make a short of a "orbiter-bra" like the protectors that some people put on the front of theirs against
74 RedFlyer : The close-up pictures this morning sure look ugly and deep, even if it is relatively small. I can't believe they suspect it was foam -- looks almost
75 ZANL188 : It would have to be some pretty tough wax to survive the aerodynamic heating during ascent. Checkout the ET photos after it seperates from the orbite
76 Scouseflyer : Thanks everyone, the wax idea is obviously a non-starter. I wonder if, thinking radically, the orbiter could be mounted the opposite way round - ie wi
77 Connies4ever : I believe the latest info from the tall foreheads is that it was a mix of ice & foam. Might account for the depth of the ding. Believe your correct a
78 Thorny : They actually looked into something like this. It was too difficult to put in place, make sure it stayed there when you wanted it to be there, and th
79 Sphealey : On Earth, under atmospheric pressure and temperature, you would just slap some refractory patching compound on the gouge and let it cure. Has NASA com
80 Thorny : Yes, this was done during the standdown after the Columbia accident. Some of the repair options were tested on STS-114 and STS-121, but not on real-w
81 ZANL188 : Arc Jet testing of a tile with damage similair to Endeavour has been favorable. Todays EVA was terminated early due to glove damage on one of Mastracc
82 Thorny : No tile repair. Capcom Robert Kimbrough just informed Endeavour's crew that the there will be no repair of the damaged tiles and they'll fly home as-i
83 Scouseflyer : I'm guessing that the gloves are multi layered and the tear didn't go all the way through the layers because if it did and his hand was was exposed t
84 Thorny : No. Just the outer layer, not the pressure bladder. But it is hard to see beneath that to look for deeper damage, so the rules are "tear in glove: co
85 PC12Fan : Why wouldn't they just try to apply the "goop" to see how it performs in a "real world" test?
86 Thorny : a) They don't want to risk making it worse by damaging more tiles with the arm, OBSS boom, or an astronaut. b) The replicated the damage on tiles on
87 TPAnx : NASA is considering a Tuesday landing for "Endeavour"--just in case Dean threatens Texas, and the Johnson Space Flight Center. Today's (Saturday) spac
88 Connies4ever : Tuesday is now the designated landing day,at least according to CBC News on the hour.
89 Thorny : Now official, per the Mission Status Briefing. Nominal plan is landing Tuesday at Kennedy Space Center, under control of Johnson Space Center, Housto
90 ZANL188 : IIRC - the trigger for EMCC activation in the case of a hurricane is 50 knot winds or greater within 36 hours in the Houston area
91 BEG2IAH : 12:32 p.m. - Landing gear is down and locked. ...Main gear touchdown. ...Nose gear touchdown. Endeavour is rolling out on Kennedy Space Center's Runwa
92 Post contains images MadameConcorde : Beautiful landing, eh? Looks like they are all safely back on the ground. Congratulations! Thank you for your live internet broadcast NASA TV!
93 Post contains images Jamesbuk : Classy landing.. looked pretty soft. Got to love the transmission after wheel stop... "Welcome home Endeavour, You've set a new meaning in higher educ
94 Thorny : I was on the phone with my mother who lives in the Cape area. She said today's was by far the loudest sonic booms she's ever heard. Sure was loud, ev
95 MadameConcorde : Seems like there was crosswind? The landing did not look totally on alignment with the runway.
96 Thorny : Definitely, Mission Control radioed Endeavour about it on the way in, reminding them to uise "late chute" for the crosswind DTO (detail test objectiv
97 Jamesbuk : Yeah it shocked me as to how loud it was! Considering the TV cameras were zoomed in ALOT yet they picked up the sound very loudly... alot louder than
98 MadameConcorde : I would love to have a video recording of that part with the sonic boom. It was so unexpected and spectacular it sounded like a double sonic boom. The
99 GDB : Another mission in the bag, congrats to NASA.
100 LTU932 : Good to see that despite the difficulties because of the damage to one of the tiles, Endeavour made it back in one piece. Well done, NASA and crew of
101 Post contains links RedFlyer : Video showing the damaged tile. You can see some melting or crystalization around the hole, but overall it looks like it was a lot of to-do over nothi
102 Post contains links LTU932 : http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/187270main_07pd2298.jpg That's a high res picture of the shuttle during landing. The damage is hardly noticeable, b
103 KPDX : At 2:47 in, you can hear the sonic booms. Freakin cool!
104 HaveBlue : The Shuttle does produce a double sonic boom . Something to do with the length of it I believe, you get a distinct boom from the nose and tail. I've
105 Post contains images KPDX : Great video showing the STS-118 mission in 3:22! KPDX
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