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Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:49 pm

Launch dates are currently in flux due to External Tank manufacturing issues, but STS-124 is still expected to launch in late May or early June.

Flight: STS-124 (123rd flight of the Space Shuttle)

Mission: Space Station Assembly Mission 1J

Orbiter: OV-103 Discovery (35th flight of Discovery)

Payload: Japanese Experiment Module - Pressurized Module "Kibo"

Crew:
Mark Kelly, Commander (STS-108, STS-121)
Kenneth Ham, Pilot (first flight)
Karen Nyberg, Mission Specialist (first flight)
Ronald Garan, Mission Specialist (first flight)
Michael Fossum, Mission Specialist (STS-121)
Akihiko Hoshide, Mission Specialist (JAXA, first flight)
Gregory Chamitoff, International Space Station Expedition 17 (launch, first flight)
Garrett Reisman, International Space Station Expedition 16 (return)

Launch:
Saturday, May 31, 2008 (approx. 5:00pm ET)
Launch Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Landing:
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Shuttle Landing Facility, Kennedy Space Center, Florida

STS-124 will be the third Shuttle flight of 2008. It is the first Space Station assembly mission dedicated to the Japanese space agency (Mission 1J). 1J will deliver the main section of the Japanese Experiment Module, JEM. Japan's three-piece laboratory complex is collectively known as Kibo (Hope). The JEM laboratory module will be launched with four system racks as well as its own small robot arm. JEM will be the largest single module (in pressurized volume) at the International Space Station. The External Logistics Module, delivered on STS-123, will be relocated to a berthing point atop Kibo and the eight racks it carries will be transferred to and installed in the JEM laboratory. Two spacewalks are scheduled for STS-124/1J to hook up the JEM and its robot arm.

STS-124 will be the first Shuttle flight since the loss of Columbia not to conduct an intensive survey of the Shuttle's underside after launch, looking for critical damage. The OBSS boom could not be carried on this flight due to clearance issues with JEM's grapple fixture. The Discovery crew will use the standard robot arm to look for damage, but the arm cannot reach far beneath the Shuttle. However, the normal Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver upon arrival at the Space Station will allow a close-up search for launch debris damage, and cameras on the External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters and radar at Kennedy Space Center should detect any significant launch debris. After arrival at the Space Station, the Discovery crew will grapple the OBSS boom left behind by Endeavour on STS-123 and complete the damage survey.

STS-124 will be the first flight of an External Tank that was built "from the ground up" with post-Columbia safety modifications, including the new ice-frost ramp design and titanium parts where aluminum parts were used on older tanks. That tank, ET-128, arrived at Kennedy Space Center on March 26.
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:25 pm

Will the new tank be better in terms of weight, as well, so that the payload increases, or is it only a safety measure?
Since the last mission went so flawless, I just hope we will see another nice mission.

Next step, of course, will be the ATV now. Lets hope this goes as planned...
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Mar 28, 2008 12:47 am



Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 1):
Will the new tank be better in terms of weight, as well, so that the payload increases, or is it only a safety measure?

It's 99% the same as the previous tanks, this is just the first one that didn't need to have parts and sections of foam removed, like the Bipod Ramp that doomed Columbia or the PAL ramp that popped off on STS-114 and caused another year's standdown. I suppose its a fraction lighter because of the switch from aluminum to titanium in a few parts, but that would be lost in the noise.
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Mar 28, 2008 3:43 am



Quoting Thorny (Thread starter):
STS-124 will be the first Shuttle flight since the loss of Columbia not to conduct an intensive survey of the Shuttle's underside after launch, looking for critical damage. The OBSS boom could not be carried on this flight due to clearance issues with JEM's grapple fixture. The Discovery crew will use the standard robot arm to look for damage, but the arm cannot reach far beneath the Shuttle.

Does this mean they'll try for the rendezvous and docking on FD2 instead of FD3?

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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Mar 28, 2008 2:59 pm



Quoting Mir (Reply 3):
Does this mean they'll try for the rendezvous and docking on FD2 instead of FD3?

No, that's still a function of launch time and date, irrespective of OBSS surveys.
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Mar 28, 2008 9:49 pm

I wonder how much they'll be able to utilize Kibo with a three man crew on the station. I understand they're fairly busy with what they already have.
Also, if they have trouble with the beta gimbal on P6 again, maybe one more repair will need to be scheduled. If I'm thinking of it right, that thing's been doing 360s all those years instead of the minor back and forth tracking moves it was designed for.
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Sat Apr 26, 2008 5:57 pm

Discovery was towed from the Orbiter Processing Facility to the Vehicle Assembly Building just after dawn this morning. In the VAB, the Orbiter will be attached to its External Tank and Solid Rocket Boosters this week. Roll-out to Launch Pad 39A is planned to begin at midnight next Saturday.

Launch remains scheduled for about 5:01 pm on Saturday, May 31.
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Sun May 04, 2008 2:23 am

Discovery arrived at Launch Pad 39A shortly before sunrise today.

http://mediaarchive.ksc.nasa.gov/ima...h=519&fn=08pd1109&sn=KSC-08pd-1109
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Mon May 05, 2008 4:39 pm



Quoting Seefivein (Reply 8):
where did you find that photo?

I'd guess he found it here:
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Wed May 28, 2008 11:11 am

Maybe its time to revive this article, especially with the ISS toilet glitch... Lets see if this will have any impact on launch date or payload of discovery.
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Wed May 28, 2008 2:43 pm



Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 9):
Maybe its time to revive this article, especially with the ISS toilet glitch... Lets see if this will have any impact on launch date or payload of discovery.

Spare parts can be taken up on Discovery's middeck, which can still be loaded late in the countdown. Apparently, the onboard spares have all broken the same way. A production flaw is now suspected, and the condition of ground spares is probably the same.

The countdown for STS-124 begins this afternoon. Weather forecast is 80% 'go' for Saturday afternoon's launch.
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Thu May 29, 2008 4:59 am



Quoting Thorny (Reply 10):
Spare parts can be taken up on Discovery's middeck, which can still be loaded late in the countdown. Apparently, the onboard spares have all broken the same way. A production flaw is now suspected, and the condition of ground spares is probably the same

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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Thu May 29, 2008 3:41 pm



Quoting Thorny (Reply 10):

Spare parts can be taken up on Discovery's middeck, which can still be loaded late in the countdown. Apparently, the onboard spares have all broken the same way. A production flaw is now suspected, and the condition of ground spares is probably the same.

How precise is the payload calculated in terms of weight, btw? Is it always maxed out 100%, or is there any margin, so that you could actually add some kgs extra on the flight? If so, how much kgs more could be put on the shuttle?
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Thu May 29, 2008 4:26 pm



Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 12):
How precise is the payload calculated in terms of weight, btw? Is it always maxed out 100%, or is there any margin, so that you could actually add some kgs extra on the flight? If so, how much kgs more could be put on the shuttle?

It's very precisely calculated, but not usually maxed out. If you want to add more, you just need to let the flight computers know about the extra weight and maybe the shift in balance. As old as those computers are, they might load a new flight configuration in that they came up with on real computers. If it is close to max, like STS-124 is, you can carry more by sacrificing launch window time.
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Thu May 29, 2008 5:49 pm



Quoting TheSonntag (Reply 12):
How precise is the payload calculated in terms of weight, btw? Is it always maxed out 100%, or is there any margin, so that you could actually add some kgs extra on the flight? If so, how much kgs more could be put on the shuttle?

It's pretty precise, but I don't know the exact tolerance. They removed several spare parts for the Station (some wrenches and a new filter for Columbus) from Discovery's middeck to make room/mass available for the new toilet pump.
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Sat May 31, 2008 8:07 pm

Now less than one hour from launch. The countdown is proceeding smoothly toward launch at 5:02pm EDT. Weather is go.
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Sat May 31, 2008 9:02 pm

STS-124 has cleard the tower. God speed on your journey.

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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Sat May 31, 2008 9:05 pm

Liftoff of Discovery, carrying hope to the skies!

And more importantly, a toilet pump.  Wink

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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Sat May 31, 2008 9:06 pm

Debris impact about 3 mins after launch. Something came off the Tank and bounced off Discovery's belly.
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Sat May 31, 2008 9:13 pm



Quoting Thorny (Reply 18):
Debris impact about 3 mins after launch. Something came off the Tank and bounced off Discovery's belly.

I saw two pieces came off at around 3:40 into the flight.

Godspeed, Discovery!

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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Sat May 31, 2008 9:16 pm



Quoting Thorny (Reply 18):
Debris impact about 3 mins after launch. Something came off the Tank and bounced off Discovery's belly.

Saw that on the camera, but I thought it went clear of the wing and didn't hit anything. Isn't 3 minutes too late for something to cause damage?

I guess they'll take a look at it when they get to station and do the OBSS survey. I hope it's nothing too bad if anything at all.

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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Sat May 31, 2008 9:26 pm

Looks like the "from the ground up" new Tank left a little to be desired. There were at least three foam/debris liberation events, one is quite sizable (not nearly as big as the PAL Ramp on STS-114, fortunately) and ricochets off the Discovery's belly/right wing-root area.

I think all were high enough up (low pressure) to have not caused serious damage, but that one big one probably left a mark that will show up on the Station's photo survey.
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Sat May 31, 2008 9:30 pm



Quoting Mir (Reply 20):
Saw that on the camera, but I thought it went clear of the wing and didn't hit anything. Isn't 3 minutes too late for something to cause damage?

Hopefully.
Anyway, nice launch.

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And more importantly, a toilet pump.

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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Sat May 31, 2008 9:42 pm

That was the first launch I've watched on HDnet, and while the picture was great the announcer could have shut his pie hole and just let the NASA people do their thing. He constantly talked over the comms and trailed off in mid-sentence because he was repeating something just said and what not. Whatever... it was a beautiful show!  Smile
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Sat May 31, 2008 9:52 pm

Watched it from my driveway, was a gorgeous launch and conditions were such that I could see the boosters seperate and tumble for a short bit. 5 minutes later the rumble came, and was quite pronounced.
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Sat May 31, 2008 9:54 pm

Believe it or not, HDNet has actually gotten better! When they first started carrying Shuttle launches, that announcer had no clue whatsoever what he was talking about.

Now he has a slight clue!  Sad
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Sun Jun 01, 2008 5:20 am

I watchede it Live on NASA TV on my old desktop computer, the same as every time. A beautiful launch. Unfortunately the weather here in Monaco has been very bad the last few weeks. I hope it will clear before the mission is over but not this week. I have quite a panoramic view and I have experienced some amazing sightings of the ISS right from my place, so clear I can even see the solar panels and with flares it's even better.

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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Sun Jun 01, 2008 3:29 pm



Quoting Thorny (Reply 21):
I think all were high enough up (low pressure) to have not caused serious damage, but that one big one probably left a mark that will show up on the Station's photo survey.

I'm confident there will be little or no damage from that piece of debris. As you correctly pointed out at that altitude the air pressure shouldn't be strong enough to decelerate the fragment enough to give it a high relative speed against the orbiter. I agree the photo survey and the PM will sort it out. I don't think they have the "camera arm" mounted on this flight, because it wouldn't fit into the bay due to the large payload.

On the other hand, the guys at NASA will be probably very disappointed because stuff still comes off the vehicle during climbout and I think there is a chance that they'll feel the need to look into the tank design once again, possibly causing some delay on future missions.
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:14 pm

The debris coming off that high might not bother them that much. It probably pops off from small bits of moisture that got trapped expanding once it's in vacuum, and wouldn't be a problem at lower altitudes.
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Sun Jun 01, 2008 8:37 pm



Quoting CURLYHEADBOY (Reply 27):
I don't think they have the "camera arm" mounted on this flight, because it wouldn't fit into the bay due to the large payload.

They don't, but it's sitting up at ISS, and they will certainly be using it once they get there.

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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Sun Jun 01, 2008 10:59 pm



Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 23):
I've watched on HDnet,

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Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 23):
the announcer could have shut his pie hole and just let the NASA people do their thing

 checkmark  But he's better then Wolf Blitzer!! I wish I could slap them both, but in WB's case I'd like a 2X4 as well.


I watched it @ a hotel on a 50" LCD, and DAMN, it was better then being there!! Now it's time for me to save up, because there is CLEARLY a difference between that and my 32" CRT's!!
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Mon Jun 02, 2008 6:15 pm

124 is docked with the ISS
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Mon Jun 02, 2008 9:21 pm

NASA TV NOW

PAD DAMAGE



WOW
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:42 pm

http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/06/02/1730256

A short article regarding the launchpad damage.

Interesting.   

Edit: Some great pictures of the damage:

http://spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts124/080601pad/

[Edited 2008-06-02 16:43:27]
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Mon Jun 02, 2008 11:44 pm



Quoting Seefivein (Reply 32):
NASA TV NOW

PAD DAMAGE



WOW

What a mess... that's odd... aging launch pad?
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:17 am

Any chance the hold downs were blown a half second later than normal from an engine taking a little long to get up to speed?
Or is someone saying "I thought 'you' opened the vents"?
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:24 am



Quoting Nomadd22 (Reply 35):
Any chance the hold downs were blown a half second later than normal from an engine taking a little long to get up to speed?

The vehicle doesn't wait for a slow engine to build-up thrust. If the SSME don't reach adequate thrust by T-0:00:03 the Redundant Set Launch Sequencer triggers a cut-off and the launch is aborted on the pad.

Also, the pad has been used for numerous Flight Readiness Firings in which the Orbiter sat there burning the main engines for upwards of 10-15 seconds longer than a normal lift-off.
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Tue Jun 03, 2008 2:13 am



Quoting Nomadd22 (Reply 35):
Any chance the hold downs were blown a half second later than normal from an engine taking a little long to get up to speed?
Or is someone saying "I thought 'you' opened the vents"?

Well, we're not really talking about the place where the SRBs are bolted down, that's called the Mobile Launch Platform and is a big (baseball infield size) steel contraption that is picked up in the assembly building by the Crawler and hauled out to the concrete pad, where it is set down on steel pedastals at the top of the pad.

What suffered damage on Saturday was the concrete pad, specifically the flame trench that runs down its middle. No vents to open. The big, steel, inverted "V" flame deflector directly beneath the Shuttle stack appears to have no more damage than any other launch. It is the concrete sidewalls of the flame trench, on the north side (the direction opposite the direction the Shuttle's tail points while vertical on the pad) that said "no mas!" and crumbled.

There was also live footage on NASA TV of a water main having burst during or shortly after launch, it was an impressive geyser for a while. I'm not sure where that was, but probably somewhere between the water tower and the pad. With what we know now, maybe a honkin' big brick from the north flame trench smashed into it.

My guess is it is just an old pad. They'll have to pour some new concrete, but that should be able to be done by September (when 125 is due to roll out.) Worst case is that they push back 125 (the Hubble mission) one flight, launch 126 (which doesn't need a one-week-later rescue launch) from 39B while the new concrete at 39A sets, and then fly 125 (with the 127 stack its new rescue launch on standby on the other pad) in November or December.
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:16 am

Probably 1 brick failed and then the exhaust gasses where able to get underneath the others and popped them.

Holland Tunnel works the same way, 1 brick goes on the ceiling and then you get squashed like tiny little ants when millions of gallons of water come pouring in.
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Tue Jun 03, 2008 12:06 pm

I wasn't referring to the hold downs causing damage, but the engines firing a second longer than normal before liftoff, causing more than usual stress in the trench.
I guess it should be pretty obvious if it was just one spot causing a zipper effect or chain reaction failure of whatever cute name they come up with.
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Tue Jun 03, 2008 1:50 pm



Quoting Nomadd22 (Reply 39):
I wasn't referring to the hold downs causing damage, but the engines firing a second longer than normal before liftoff, causing more than usual stress in the trench.

Ah, okay. But no. As Dfw mentioned, the pads have hosted Flight Readiness Firings when the SSMEs burned for 20 seconds (14 seconds longer than a launch) sitting on the pad.

Besides, if the SSMEs ddin't get up to thrust in the correct time, the Redundant Set Launch Sequencer would have initiated an abort. There have been several Shuttle launch aborts for exactly that reason.
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Tue Jun 03, 2008 3:45 pm

There's no delay once the SRBs light up. They would lift the pad if they had to  Wink
The damage is on the SRB side BTW.

Big trouble in the airlock at the moment with a faulty comms cap for the EVA. They had to do a quick swap of one of the astronauts snoopy hats. Still very noisy on the channel though.
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Tue Jun 03, 2008 7:28 pm

For the matter of this discussion, I thought I would add this slideshow showing some of the damage to pad 39A and related debris.

Have a look:

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Thu Jun 05, 2008 12:18 am

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/content/?cid=5439

Apparently, it was just a matter of age. Metal tabs holding the bricks together were severely corroded or missing. It looks like they might have to take the whole wall down and redo it. Possibly a temporary fix like welding some nice 1" steel slabs in place for the 9 or ten remaining shuttle flights.
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Thu Jun 05, 2008 5:09 pm

If you want to watch their ride up from the cockpit camera view it is here

http://www.space.tegoor.nl/videos/st...may-2008/sts124-launch_cockpit.htm
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Sat Jun 07, 2008 2:20 am

Its been a busy week, but here are some updates...

- Discovery docked at the Harmony PMA on Monday afternoon. Photographs of Discovery's thermal protection system taken by the ISS crew were studied by engineers, who have determined that "focused inspections" (closer looks at possible damage sites) were not needed, clearing Discovery for a normal entry and landing. They will still perform an OBSS boom survey after undocking, checking for Micrometeoroid or Orbital Debris damage during flight.

- Spacewalk 1 on Tuesday prepared Kibo for installation at ISS, with thermal covers removed from the Common Berthing Mechanism on the port side of Harmony, and launch restraints removed from Kibo in Discovery's payload bay. The spacewalkers (Fossum and Garan) assisted in transferring the Orbiter Boom Sensor System (OBSS) boom from its temporary storage spot on the ISS truss back to Discovery. They also opened up the troubled Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ) to get a closer look and take better pictures for analysis by engineers on the ground. The early reports suggest that the damaged "race ring" is not repairable and that switching the SARJ over to the backup race ring (a long and tedious process) will be required.

- Kibo was lifted from Discovery's payload bay on Tuesday afternoon just as the spacewalk ended and berthed at the Harmony port CBM, where electrically driven motors permanently bolted the new module in place. The International Space Station now masses about 600,000 lbs.

- Kibo was opened for the first time in flight on Wednesday. Japanese astronaut Hoshide commented that Kibo, which then had only 4 of its 23 racks mounted, "looks empty now, but it is full of dreams." Kibo was briefly the largest open pressurized volume in space since the SkyLab Orbital Workshop in 1973. The astronauts clearly enjoyed the wide open room, bouncing around the module, doing zero-g somersaults, "swimming in place" etc.

- Also on Wednesday, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko successfully installed the new pump, delivered by the Discovery crew, for the crew toilet in the Zvezda service module.

- Fossum and Garan performed the second spacewalk on Thursday. This spacewalk configured Kibo, clearing its robot arm for use, installing cameras on the outside of Kibo, and removing thermal covers on the overhead Common Berthing Mechanism on Kibo for installation of the Japanese Logistics Module delivered by STS-123 in March. On the Station's Truss structure, the spacewalkers also prepared a Nitrogen tank for removal during Spacewalk 3, disconnected a malfunctioning camera, and inspected the good SARJ for comparison with the malfunctioning SARJ at the opposite end of the truss. Fossum stopped hearts in the Station program when he initially reported seeing grooves cut in the SARJ housing, however it later appeared to be grease streaks. He saw no sign of the metal shavings that litter the failed SARJ housing. Another look at the grease streaks might be added to Spacewalk 3.

- While Spacewalk 2 was underway on Thursday, other astronauts on the Station transferred the eight racks that had been stored in the Japanese Logistics Module over to Kibo. Kibo now has half of its racks installed, and spacers cover the remain rack slots, giving Kibo an appearance much like the smaller Destiny and Columbus modules.

- On Friday, the crew disconnected the Japanese Logistics Module from atop Harmony and moved it 30 feet to its new, permanent home on the "roof" of the Kibo lab module, where it will serve as a storage room.

Several good viewing opportunities for the ISS/Discovery complex are available for the United States over the next few nights. Check...

http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/

...and look up your nearest locale for dates and times.
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Wed Jun 11, 2008 1:24 pm

Both vehicles have separated now. Lets hope we see a good landing in a few days. With this mission completed, the ISS took a huge step towards being completed.
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Jun 13, 2008 3:10 pm

Some concerns about a thingie protruding from the rudder...:

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After completing a standard day-before-landing test of the shuttle steering jets, the crew indicated they had seen a one-foot- to 1.5-foot-long rectangular object floating away from the shuttle from behind the rear portion of the right wing. Shortly afterwards, the crew described what they called a "bump" on the left side trailing edge of Discovery's rudder. Experts on the ground are examining images and video of the object and the "bump" while the crew continues to stow items in the cabin for Saturday's planned landing.

If God had wanted men to fly he would have given them more money...
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Jun 13, 2008 6:56 pm

Will this new floating item go into orbit? Could it become dangerous to any of the futre missions or even to un-manned crafts?

Quoting CURLYHEADBOY (Reply 47):
After completing a standard day-before-landing test of the shuttle steering jets, the crew indicated they had seen a one-foot- to 1.5-foot-long rectangular object floating away from the shuttle from behind the rear portion of the right wing.

There was a better way to fly it was called Concorde
 
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RE: Official STS-124 Discovery Mission Thread

Fri Jun 13, 2008 7:20 pm



Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 48):
Will this new floating item go into orbit? Could it become dangerous to any of the futre missions or even to un-manned crafts?

It looks pretty lightweight, so I suspect it will fall out of orbit fairly quickly.

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