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Official STS-122 Mission Thread  
User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1662 posts, RR: 1
Posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6892 times:

STS-120 and Discovery landed safely this afternoon, so here are some of the vitals on STS-122

Crew

Stephen Frick - Commander
Alan G. Poindexter - Pilot
Stanley G. Love - Mission specialist
Rex J. Walheim - Mission specialist
Leland D. Melvin - Mission specialist
Hans Schlegel - Mission specialist

Primary Mission:

to deliver the European built Columbus module to the station, and to return Expedition 16 Flight Engineer Daniel Tani to Earth. After Atlantis lands, the orbiter will be prepared for STS-125, the final servicing mission for the Hubble Space Telescope. STS-122 will mark the final scheduled visit by Atlantis to the International Space Station. The completion of the mission will leave ten flights remaining in the Space Shuttle program until its end in 2010, excluding two as-yet-unconfirmed Contingency Logistic Flights.

Orbiter: Atlantis
Launch Date: Dec. 6, 2007
Landing Date: Dec. 17, 2007


Home Airport: Capital Region International Airport (KLAN)
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User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 6839 times:

Addendum...

Launch time on Thursday, December 6 will be at about 4:30 pm EST. Liftoff might be delayed a few days, depending on whether or not the Space Station crew can make up time lost due to the solar wing repair during STS-120. The December launch window closes on December 13. The next window opens January 4.

Atlantis is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39A on Saturday morning.

STS-122 is Space Station Assembly Mission 1E, the first European primary payload.

STS-122 will be the 121st flight of the Shuttle. (STS-119 is scheduled for Fall 2008) and the 29th flight of the Atlantis.

STS-122 will also launch with ESA astronaut Leopold Eyharts, who will replace Daniel Tani aboard the International Space Station. Tani gets a very short stay on ISS due to the Shuttle launch delays stemming from the hail damage last February.

Frick previously piloted STS-110, which also was Walheim's first flight. Eyharts of France flew to Mir on Soyuz TM-27 in 1998. Schlegel of Germany flew on STS-55 (Spacelab D2) way back in 1993. Poindexter, Love and Melvin are rookies.

Columbus will be the eighth pressurized module added to the Space Station, after Zarya, Node 1 "Unity", Zvezda, U.S. Lab "Destiny", Airlock "Quest", Airlock "Pirs", and Node 2 "Harmony".

Columbus is the same size and built by the same company as the Multipurpose Logistics Modules (Leonardo, Rafaello, and Donatello) used to carry supplies and equipment to and from the Station aboard the Shuttle. But unlike the MPLMs, Columbus is equipped for permanent operation at the Station, with micrometeroid shielding and long-duration control systems. Columbus also has four external mounting points for experiments. Two of these, the Solar Monitoring Observatory and European Technology Exposure Facility, are flying on STS-122.

Columbus can accomodate ten active International Standard Payload Racks, refrigerator-size units for laboratory experiments, storage, and control systems which are plugged into standard interfaces in the hull of the western Space Station modules. In return for launching Columbus on the Shuttle and providing utilities on the Station, five of Columbus's ISPRs are allocated to NASA. Columbus will launch with five ISPRs, four laboratory racks for the European Space Agency and 1 storage rack. The four laboratory ISPRs are the Biolab, Fluid Science Laboratory, European Drawer Rack, and European Physiology Module. The other ISPRs will be delivered on flights next year.

Atlantis is not equipped with the Station-to-Shuttle Power Transfer System, so this will be a relatively short mission to ISS compared to STS-118 and STS-120.


User currently offlineDa man From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 887 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6791 times:

Quoting Thorny (Reply 1):
But unlike the MPLMs, Columbus is equipped for permanent operation at the Station, with micrometeroid shielding and long-duration control systems.

What are the rumblings about possibly leaving an MPLM at the station permanently? I would think that Donatello, the more capable one that will only fly once would be the choice. I have heard and read this in several places but have not seen any official confirmation that this is being considered.



War Eagle!
User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 6782 times:

Quoting Da man (Reply 2):
What are the rumblings about possibly leaving an MPLM at the station permanently? I would think that Donatello, the more capable one that will only fly once would be the choice. I have heard and read this in several places but have not seen any official confirmation that this is being considered.

It has been widely reported that the last two logisics missions, STS-131 and STS-133 have been given a go-ahead as has Atlantis's non-retirement after STS-125. We're still waiting for official word from NASA. It might be a matter of waiting on the current do-nothing U.S. Congress to finally approve the Fiscal Year 2008 budget first.

The "permanent" MPLM concept is probably also waiting on this to happen. Donatello is indeed the front-runner. This will happen on STS-130 if it is approved by NASA and the ISS partners.


User currently offlineDa man From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 887 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 6774 times:

Quoting Thorny (Reply 3):
The "permanent" MPLM concept is probably also waiting on this to happen. Donatello is indeed the front-runner. This will happen on STS-130 if it is approved by NASA and the ISS partners.

Hmm, I wonder which berthing port would be Donatello's permanent place on the ISS?



War Eagle!
User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 6759 times:

Quoting Da man (Reply 4):
Hmm, I wonder which berthing port would be Donatello's permanent place on the ISS?

Node 2 Zenith (upward), the port previously planned for the now-cancelled Centrifuge Accomodation Module.


User currently offlineDa man From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 887 posts, RR: 12
Reply 6, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 6755 times:

Quoting Thorny (Reply 5):
Node 2 Zenith (upward), the port previously planned for the now-cancelled Centrifuge Accomodation Module.

That's what I was thinking too. BTW, welcome to my respected members list.



War Eagle!
User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (6 years 11 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 6684 times:

Atlantis rolled-out of the Vehicle Assembly Building at 4:43am Saturday and is now at Launch Pad 39A. Liftoff remains on schedule for December 6, but if the Space Station is not ready, they will hold the start of the countdown a day or two until it is. The December launch windows runs through December 13 due to solar lighting (beta angle) conditions on the Station and Shuttle in their docked configuration.

User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6599 times:

Updates...

At Launch Pad 39A, Columbus was installed in Atlantis's payload bay on Monday.

Also on Monday, the International Space Station crew of Whitson, Malenchenko, and Tani relocated PMA-2 from the forward port on the Destiny Laboratory Module to the forward port of Node 2 Harmony on Monday. Relocation of Node 2/PMA-2 to the forward port of Destiny is scheduled for Wednesday.

A spacesuit malfunction in a test chamber at JSC forced NASA to standdown spacewalks at the Space Station until further notice. This has the potential to be major trouble, as a spacewalk is required next week to finish reinstalling Node 2 in its permanent position. However, this could also prove to be an isolated malfunction with no repercussions. NASA is still investigating Friday's spacesuit glitch, in which a trainee smelled smoke inside the spacesuit. No one was injured.

The schedule is still very tight for the Space Station crew to complete all the tasks needed before Atlantis arrives with Columbus.


User currently offlineF27Friendship From Netherlands, joined Jul 2007, 1125 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 6595 times:

w00t! It's finally gonna happen for Columbus! I'll drink a few in it's honour when it's finally up there  Smile

go shuttle go!


User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 6545 times:

Node 2 "Harmony" was successfully relocated to it's permanent position at the forward end of the International Space Station this morning. Astronauts using the Station's robot arm moved Harmony from Node 1 Left, where it was berthed by the Discovery crew, to the forward port of the U.S. Laboratory module "Destiny". Pressurized Mating Adapter 2 is now at the forward end of Harmony and is where all future Space Shuttle missions will dock at the Space Station.

A spacewalk next week will be performed to reconnect fluid and data lines on the outside of Harmony.


User currently offlineBEG2IAH From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 973 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6484 times:
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NASA announced today that the next spacewalk is scheduled for next Tuesday at 5 a.m. EST. Any ideas if the fire/smoke issue with the space suits is resolved?

BEG2IAH



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User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2453 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6458 times:



Quoting BEG2IAH (Reply 11):
NASA announced today that the next spacewalk is scheduled for next Tuesday at 5 a.m. EST. Any ideas if the fire/smoke issue with the space suits is resolved?

Sorry to sound crass, but I think you answered your own question. What I'd like to know is what cause the anomaly.

Also, has there been any info on the metal shavings on the solar panel released yet?



Just when I think you've said the stupidest thing ever, you keep talkin'!
User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6454 times:



Quoting BEG2IAH (Reply 11):
NASA announced today that the next spacewalk is scheduled for next Tuesday at 5 a.m. EST. Any ideas if the fire/smoke issue with the space suits is resolved?

Yes,

http://www.space.com/news/071115-nasa-spacewalk-ban-lifted.html

Quoting PC12Fan (Reply 12):

Also, has there been any info on the metal shavings on the solar panel released yet?

No.


User currently offlineJetBlueGuy2006 From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 1662 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6438 times:



Quoting BEG2IAH (Reply 11):
Any ideas if the fire/smoke issue with the space suits is resolved?

Since they lifted the ban, it appears everything is ok, and in the article on space.com:

http://www.space.com/news/071115-nasa-spacewalk-ban-lifted.html

It looks like they think the problem was:

Quote:
the leading candidate is the specific canister used to sift carbon dioxide from the EMU's 100 percent oxygen interior




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User currently offlineBEG2IAH From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 973 posts, RR: 18
Reply 15, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 6436 times:
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Quoting PC12Fan (Reply 12):
Sorry to sound crass, but I think you answered your own question.



Actually I didn't. NASA kept all the plans, but they were tentative (i.e. conditional on this issue being resolved), and I couldn't find any information on NASA web site, except that we will see two more spacewalks. I see that space.com has it, and thanks for the link.

BEG2IAH

[Edited 2007-11-16 10:14:42]

[Edited 2007-11-16 10:15:37]


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User currently offlinePC12Fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2007, 2453 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (6 years 11 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6392 times:



Quoting BEG2IAH (Reply 15):

No worries. What I meant was NASA stated everything was on hold until the found the problem. Since they announced "flights" would continue, that led me to believe that the issue was resolved.

Regards



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User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 984 posts, RR: 51
Reply 17, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6239 times:

Bump:

Quote:
Flight Readiness Review approves December 6 launch date for STS-122

Shuttle Atlantis has been cleared by the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) for her December 6 launch target, at 4:31 p.m. EST. STS-122 will be the fourth mission of 2007 by an agency described by shuttle manager Wayne Hale as a "Can Do!" NASA.

STS-122 is carrying the European Columbus module to the International Space Station (ISS), on a mission that will be extended by two days for an additional EVA - should consumables status allow.

Per: http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/content/?cid=5297


User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 11 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 6221 times:

Some details from the Flight Readiness Review press conference...

Lots of kudos to the Space Station crew and ground support team that made up lost time after the P6 solar wing damage and consequent repair during STS-120.

Also major kudos to the Kennedy processing teams that came back from the hailstorm at the beginning of the year to get us within a week of the fourth Shuttle flight of the year.

NASA will conduct three launch attempts in a row (Dec 6, 7, and 8) if necessary, rather than the usual two attempts followed by a rest. The afternoon launch time makes three days less stressful on the launch team.

An Atlas V is scheduled for launch on Dec 10, but will likely step aside if STS-122 needs a launch attempt on Dec 10. This launch window closes Dec 13.

NASA is planning to conserve fuel cell propellants as much as possible to give STS-122 two additional days in orbit. If the plan works, a fourth EVA (devoted to SARJ inspections and possible parts removal) will be performed. Atlantis does not have the Station-to-Shuttle Power Transfer System like Endeavour and Discovery.

STS-122 and STS-123 are still go as scheduled for Dec 6 and Feb 14 despite the SARJ problem on ISS. STS-124 in April is also likely 'go', but if the SARJ isn't repaired by then, they'll have to change the JEM activation procedures quite a bit due to reduced power available.


User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6121 times:

The countdown clock has started.

Weather forecast is 80% "go" for 4:31pm ET Thursday.


User currently offlineChksix From Sweden, joined Sep 2005, 345 posts, RR: 4
Reply 20, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 6097 times:

I wonder if I'm alone in having troubles with the NASA TV feed? It won't load up and play correctly anymore.
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html
http://www.nasa.gov/ram/35037main_portal.ram

Very sad  Sad



The conveyor belt plane will fly
User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21701 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6078 times:



Quoting Chksix (Reply 20):
I wonder if I'm alone in having troubles with the NASA TV feed? It won't load up and play correctly anymore.

Working fine for me.

-Mir



7 billion, one nation, imagination...it's a beautiful day
User currently offlineChksix From Sweden, joined Sep 2005, 345 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 6012 times:

I can now see streaming video again so I guess NASA PAO fixed the server.


The conveyor belt plane will fly
User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5976 times:

Now 90% 'go' on the weather forecast. 80% favorable on Friday and 60% on Saturday, if necessary.

User currently offlineDfwRevolution From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 984 posts, RR: 51
Reply 24, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5973 times:

This could be one of the smoothest launches in recent memory, no?

25 UAopsMGR : Anyone going? I'm heading down from NY for the day. Hopefully that 90% holds up!
26 Mir : I'll be going. -Mir
27 Post contains links and images Thorny : SCRUB. NASASpaceflight.com is reporting today's launch attempt is scrubbed due to External Tank ECO sensor problems (AGAIN!) that will probably requir
28 Post contains images DfwRevolution : I know! I know! Sorry guys (This thread was my first thought when I read the news this morning)
29 Thorny : Official plan is 24 hour turnaround. Launch time tomorrow is 4:09 pm ET.
30 Michlis : Yep, that was certainly tempting fate. But, blame can be had on NASA public relations and the media too since they were pumping up today's launch too
31 Thorny : Nothing they don't do for every launch, although AP joined DfwRevolution in tempting fate by noting "all three launches this year were on-time". The
32 NYC777 : Ok here's the word...48 hour scrub now. No launch on Friday as they possibly might do a tanking test on Friday. Apparently the MMT was quite divided w
33 Post contains images TheSonntag : There is a good thing about the scrub: I got my Dell computer today, so I will be able to see it live at home I hope they stay careful and take all th
34 Thorny : They want to avoid tanking tests since the more times the ET is tanked/detanked, the greater potential for foam debris liberation. With the 48 hours t
35 Mymorningsong : Delayed again until Sunday at 3:21pm EST
36 Mir : Another scrub for Saturday. They're going to try and launch on Sunday with a very short launch window to save fuel and a requirement for four out of f
37 Thorny : Mission Management Team press conference points... They'll narrow the launch window to one minute on Sunday, leaving more fuel in the Tank at engine c
38 JetBlueGuy2006 : I don't think it will happen, but when does this launch window close? After next Saturday?
39 Thorny : The window for a full 11 day mission closes on December 13. The next window opens on Dec 30, but NASA will not try to launch before Jan 2 due to year
40 Aaron747 : Thorny, just wanted to jump in and say thanks for your tireless and endlessly informative updates and tidbits.
41 Thorny : Thanks, Aaron! My pleasure. Sunday's launch attempt is 'go'. Any more problems with the ECO sensors will be an automatic scrub, however, and it sounds
42 Post contains images Iflykpdx : As they started to fill the tank, one of the sensors failed. Looks like another scrub. Betting they'll push it back to January, oh well. Better safe t
43 IflyKPDX : Official scrub just announced.
44 Mir : Now that they're into uncharted territory, I can't help but think that they'll be doing a rollback and figuring out exactly what is going on with the
45 TheSonntag : Does the new date mean they will roll-back? While I do think it is a good thing to be cautious, it is sad to see that the Shuttle always is plagued by
46 Thorny : Undecided, but I'm betting on yes. Rollback will make Jan 2 impossible, so on the surface, no. But NASA didn't say "new launch date is Jan 2" they sa
47 SNA350 : I have two questions... How is that? How can you save fuel that way? What's a launch window? And what factors determin it? So why do they have to push
48 Mir : I might screw this up, but here goes: The launch window is defined by the time during which the shuttle (or whatever vehicle you're talking about) wi
49 Post contains links IflyKPDX : As to the computer issue: "The Shuttle was never expected to be in orbit as one year gives way to another, so the computers aren't set up to switch to
50 Thorny : Mir pretty well explained the (Solar) Beta Angle which make Shuttle/ISS combined operations undesirable at certain times of the year. Launch windows
51 Mir : I thought this was because the shuttle/ISS orbit wasn't geosynchronous. -Mir
52 SNA350 : Thank you both Thorny and Mir for the clear answers. It's much appreciated. Keep us informed!
53 Post contains links Chksix : More about the ECO sensor issue: http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/content/?cid=5306
54 Thorny : No, it's because the Earth is a little pear-shaped. Geosynchronous doesn't precess because that orbit is in the same plane as the Earth's equator and
55 Thorny : Launch date now officially No Earlier Than January 10, 2008. This was expected, as it gives ground teams and launch crews time off over the holidays.
56 Mir : So am I right in thinking that with about a thirty day break and launch windows twenty minutes earlier per day (about ten hours earlier total by my ve
57 Thorny : Yes. 2:26am ET. (Take your No-Doze to watch this one!)
58 Post contains links Michlis : More on the sensor glitch that stopped this month's launch. http://www.space.com/missionlaunches...71218-sts122-ecosensor-update.html
59 ZANL188 : An additional item being worked on Atlantis: The thrust vector control box is flaky on startup. Works well after it warms up. This is the same box tha
60 TheSonntag : Is such a long pad time during winter a problem, btw? I know they fixed the issues of the Challenger disaster, but is it a problem to have the Shuttle
61 Post contains images DfwRevolution : No worse than the weather in the summertime. At least they don't have to contend with thunderstorms and hurricanes this time of year The weather thes
62 ZANL188 : As I recall the concern after Challenger was the temperature of the mass of the solid fuel (and it's thermal effects on the field joints) during the
63 Thorny : It is in Florida, so there's not much in the way of winter. Rain is more of a problem (and was an early suspect in the Columbia accident), but that's
64 BEG2IAH : January 10 launch is off! ------------------ NASA: The external parts of the connector will be removed and replaced with others that have been strateg
65 ZANL188 : Update; Early Feb is the probable launch timeframe... Issues being worked: ECO sensor feedthru connector SRB Thrust Vector Control System Radiator hos
66 Post contains links Thorny : February 7 is the new target launch date. They could have gone a little earlier, but that would have interfered with a previously scheduled Progress l
67 ZANL188 : 3 flights in 10 weeks..... Anyone want to put any money on it?
68 Thorny : Sure! Remember, the previous three Shuttle flights all went on the appointed day (after the hail storm debacle, anyway) and Atlantis was ready to go
69 IflyKPDX : I thought pad B was still operational due to the need to have the "LON" rescue shuttle for STS-125?
70 Thorny : It's being maintained, but is unavailable for launches except LON for STS-125. I think they're getting ready to erect the new lightning towers around
71 TheSonntag : I have a question about the ISS flight which will take place shortly after the Hubble mission. This does not bring new parts to the station, only supp
72 Post contains images Thorny : Really needed. Really, really, really needed. NASA cancelled too many of the logistics flights as it is! I think that is the flight that will be haul
73 ZANL188 : Good News! Cryo testing of the ECO sensor feedthru connector over the weekend revealed instabilities in the connector circuits. This tends to validate
74 TheSonntag : Is there actually a timelimit on how long a shuttle can stay on the pad until it must be sent back to the assembly building? The SRBs are fully stacke
75 Thorny : There is a limit to how long an SRB can sit around before being fired, but it is something like 2 years. The limiting factor for a stacked Shuttle is
76 ZANL188 : More good news... Cause of the feedthru connector failure has been identifed as grease and silicone contamination in the connector. Apparently the gre
77 ZANL188 : Flight readiness review has approved 7 Feb as the target launch date. One item still being worked is a bend in a radiator hose - concern is the bend m
78 Thorny : The crew has arrived at Kennedy Space Center and the countdown clock is scheduled to start at 5pm ET today for the launch of STS-122. Liftoff of Atlan
79 Mir : Good news for me to try and see it. Are they still going to do the one minute launch window thing? -Mir
80 Thorny : No. That was due to concerns about the ECO sensors, which have now been put to rest. They'll still aim at the middle of the launch window, though.
81 TheSonntag : The Weather forecast isn't that great. I think we will see a launch on friday or saturday instead. Not a big deal given the previous delays...
82 IflyKPDX : Beautiful, now that's what I'm talking about!! 2 months waiting just makes it that much more awesome.
83 TheSonntag : Dammit, the connection just broke down here when it lifted off...
84 Post contains images NoUFO : Not here. As always a likewise beautiful and impressive sight. Good luck to all aboard.
85 Thorny : Now that Atlantis is off the ground, here are the times for the mission's highlights... Friday, 8 Feb 9:10am ET - Begin OBSS survey for damage from la
86 TheSonntag : Finally Columbus is in orbit. Sometimes I have thought this would never happen. Thank you Nasa! This year is going to be very ambitious for NASA. Lets
87 BEG2IAH : Godspeed, Atlantis! BEG2IAH
88 Alessandro : Swedish media claim 3 pieces fell off the STS-122 during takeoff, hope it´s nothing serious.
89 Post contains images KPDX : DAMNIT! I didn't check this thread and payed. Didn't even know it took off today, I thought tommorow. Oh well. Good luck Atlantis!
90 Post contains links and images Mir : I took a chance on the weather and headed down to Titusville, and it was well worth it. Great to see the shuttle flying again. -Mir
91 Post contains images TheSonntag : Great pictures of the shuttle launch. Too bad I saw "the day after" recently, it reminds me a little bit of that, though... I want to see a shuttle, o
92 BlackProjects : Ive Seen the Shuttle OTT my place Chasing the ISS it sure was Shifting Along compared with the ISS which appeard to be Plodding along ahead of Atlanti
93 Thorny : Nothing serious, which is surprising given the number of tanking/de-tanking cycles this Tank had to go through due to the ECO sensor fiasco. I expect
94 TheSonntag : Weren't you all really surprised how smooth this lauch was, and how the media almost ignored it? At least in Germany, there were lots of headlines aro
95 Thorny : Here in the U.S., the news this week has been totally dominated by "Super Tuesday" primary elections in many states, the tornado outbreak in the Tenn
96 JetBlueGuy2006 : Did CNN carry the coverage live with Miles O.? Was Eileen Collins on hand for the launch providing commentary that she seems to be doing ever since he
97 IflyKPDX : CNN w/Miles covered it, but with Leroy Chao instead of Collins.
98 Rwessel : At least for an Ares V launch, don't worry - you've got plenty of time. It won't fly for at least a decade.
99 Post contains images MadameConcorde : I saw the beautiful launch live on NASA TV on my good old computer. Last evening, I saw the ISS pass from my window, I could not see Shuttle Ship as s
100 Mir : The first EVA is going to be set back a day due to an unspecified medical issue. Also, the place of Hans Schlegel will be replaced on the EVA by Stan
101 Thorny : Very strange. Let's hope it's just a bad case of spacesickness, but it doesn't sound like it. On the other hand, if it were very serious, Atlantis wou
102 TheSonntag : According to German news sources, Schlegel is fine again, and will take part in the 2nd EVA. Apparently, it only was Space sickness, but there were no
103 Thorny : Lost in all the docking, crew illness, and spacewalk rescheduling media attention yesterday was the fact that STS-122 was officially extended 24 hours
104 TheSonntag : Still, isn't it a little bit strange how this event was handled so far? I mean I understand that they delay the spacewalk, but for me it seems this wa
105 Thorny : EVA-1 was successful today. It ran about an hour longer than planned, probably because of Love's reduced preparation time as Schlegel's replacement. T
106 BlackProjects : The Main reason for the Delay to the EVA was one Astronaut was Blowing Chunks which could be Lethal in a Space Suit. I watched the Station Shuttle com
107 Thorny : We don't know that. NASA and ESA have refused to discuss the incident in detail, citing medical privacy laws. Perhaps Schlegel will tell his story af
108 BEG2IAH : I just watched video highlights, and Schlegel said medical issues are private info, and he wouldn't say what happened. Anyway, he's ok now, which is
109 TheSonntag : Just watching NASA TV showing the spacewalk. Interesting to see how they guide Hans Schlegel during the spacewalk, since it is his first time outside
110 Post contains images MadameConcorde : I saw Ship ISS/Atlantis passing right over Monaco tonight and flying toward the Italian coast so bright and clear! I did not even have to go out, I sa
111 Thorny : Another mission extension: NASA has decided to extend Atlantis' stay at the Space Station one day in addition to the previously announced flight exten
112 MadameConcorde : Well I was out of luck. I don't know what happened, ISS/Shuttle was supposed to fly overhead and I did not see them. The sky was clear, lots of visibi
113 Post contains images TheSonntag : BTW, did you watch the official stream when Angela Merkel talked with the staff on board the ISS. She pretty much showed that she has no clue at all a
114 MadameConcorde : This is great. It will give me more opportunities of more brilliant ship sightings! I will be at the rendez-vous tonight! I missed out on Ms. Merkel t
115 Post contains images TheSonntag : Well, Eyharts is French... We tried to invade them several times, but they are still not German
116 NoUFO : I'll say! I especially like their video vault. ESA's website is actually not that bad, and they recently started to provide a layer for Google Earth,
117 Post contains images TheSonntag : I should know better as a law student, Asche über mein Haupt
118 Thorny : Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station this morning. Landing is scheduled for 9:07am EST, Wednesday. Weather conditions are forecast t
119 TheSonntag : So far it was a very nice mission, it went very well. Now I really believe that the Space station will be finished 2010.
120 Post contains links Thorny : Weather forecast looks very good for the first opportunity to land tomorrow. Here is a link to the STS-122 entry ground tracks... http://www.nasa.gov/
121 Sinlock : OMS burn good, no trim needed. Long Range Cameras tracking Atlantas. 8 mins out. [Edited 2008-02-20 06:00:22] Touchdown. Welcome home Atlantis[Edited
122 TheSonntag : Just heard the sonic boom on Nasa TV...
123 Thorny : Safe landing. Wheels stop at 12 Days, 18 Hours, 22 Minutes, 38 seconds Mission Elapsed Time.
124 TheSonntag : Welcome back Atlantis. This mission obviously was a great success, and is a shining example for the next ones...
125 TheSonntag : Press Conference: The 2nd Kibo mission by Discovery will be delayed, it will launch at the end of May.
126 Thorny : Yeah, that was the scuttlebutt for a while now, although early May had been expected. STS-124's ET is the first one with the new ice frost ramp desig
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