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01101001
2009-Sep-12, 12:59 AM
http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-129/thum/sts129-s-001.jpg (http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/shuttle/sts-129/html/sts129-s-001.html)

Space Shuttle Atlantis

Wikipedia: STS-129 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STS-129)


STS-129 (ISS assembly flight ULF3) is the next planned space shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS) which is expected to be flown by Space Shuttle Atlantis. The launch date for the mission is scheduled for no earlier than November 12, 2009.
STS-129 will focus on staging spare components outside the station. The 11-day flight is scheduled to include at least three spacewalks. The payload bay will carry two large External Logistics Carriers holding two spare gyroscopes, two nitrogen tank assemblies, two pump modules, an ammonia tank assembly, a spare latching end effector for the station's robotic arm, a spare trailing umbilical system for the Mobile Transporter, and a high-pressure gas tank. The completion of this mission will leave five space shuttle flights remaining until the end of the program.

Launch target:
2009, November 12, 1322 PST, Thursday
2009, November 12, 1622 EST, Thursday
2009, November 12, 2122 UTC, Thursday

62 days to launch, about 2 months

NASA Space Shuttle Mission Pages (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html)
NASA STS-129 Mission Status Updates (http://www.nasa.gov/rss/129_update.xml)
NASA STS-129 Mission Information (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts129/index.html)
NASA STS-129 Mission Overview (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts129/mission_overview.html)
NASA News Twitter (http://twitter.com/nasa)
Wikipedia: STS-129 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STS-129)
NASA Launch Schedule (http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html)
NASA Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Countdown Status (http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/cdt_main.pl)
NASA Shuttle Launch and Landing (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/index.html)
NASA Shuttle Launch Blog (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/launch_blog.html) (active about 6 hours before liftoff)
NASA Shuttle Landing Blog (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/landing_blog.html) (active about 2 hours before touchdown)
National Weather Service, Southeast Sector, Base Reflectivity (http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/southeast_loop.php)
National Weather Service, Melbourne Florida, Hourly Weather Forecast Graph (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Melbourne&state=FL&site=MLB&textField1=28.084&textField2=-80.609&e=1&FcstType=graphical)
CBS News Space Place (http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/current.html)
Spaceflight Now STS-129 Mission Coverage (http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts129/)
Spaceflight Now STS-129 Mission Status Center (http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts129/status.html)
BANews Twitter (http://twitter.com/BANews)
BAUT Forum topic STS-128 Shuttle Mission (http://www.bautforum.com/space-exploration/91456-sts-128-shuttle-mission.html) (previous mission)
NASA TV (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html) (or NASA TV Yahoo! source (http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/nasa/index.html) or high-resolution (http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplaylist.dll?id=1368163))

[Note: Some links may not yet be functioning.]

KaiYeves
2009-Sep-12, 06:45 PM
I think that's one of my favorite recent logos. Very dynamic.

Daggerstab
2009-Sep-13, 07:04 AM
Imagine it in four-colour enamel onto brass or steel, with the five-pointed star coloured ruby red, and you've got a nice Soviet-style badge or spacecraft pennant. :)

Glom
2009-Sep-13, 11:51 AM
That shape looks quite dodgy... or is it just me? :shifty:

KaiYeves
2009-Sep-13, 10:10 PM
Imagine it in four-colour enamel onto brass or steel, with the five-pointed star coloured ruby red, and you've got a nice Soviet-style badge or spacecraft pennant.
I don't think a Soviet emblem would have North America underneath, though.

Daggerstab
2009-Sep-14, 07:21 AM
Yes, you are right - they would have put the USSR. :)

I want to make it clear that my joke wasn't meant to be an attack (can't think of a better word now). The connection sprang up because the five-pointed star at twelve o'clock is a common feature of emblems of that era (for example, my country's former coat of arms (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Coat_of_arms_of_Bulgaria_(1971-1990).svg)).

01101001
2009-Sep-30, 04:04 AM
CBS News Space Place (http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/current.html)


9/29/09, Update: NASA managers assess Atlantis launch options

Two upcoming satellite launches, a pair of meteor showers, multiple Russian missions and tight launch windows are causing potential headaches for NASA planners looking ahead to the next shuttle mission in November.

NASA is readying the shuttle Atlantis for roll out to pad 39A on Oct. 13 and launch around Nov. 12 on a mission to deliver critical spare parts to the International Space Station. But the ship's nine-day launch window currently is in conflict with a pair of unmanned satellite launches, one a commercial mission and the other military.


If Atlantis is unable to take off in November, NASA will have to contend with the Geminids meteor shower during the December launch window, a shower that poses a more significant risk to the shuttle. Even though icy debris from the Leonids travels twice as fast as the rocky fragments that make up the Geminids, the latter is spread out over several days while the former is concentrated over just a few hours.

"Leonids of the same mass have four times the striking power of the Geminids," said Bill Cooke, an astronomer with the Meteoroid Environments Office at the Marshall Space Flight Center. "But ... the Geminids have a higher flux enhancement than the Leonids because it's such a big shower."

More there about difficult planning decisions.

Launch target:
2009, November 12, 1322 PST, Thursday
2009, November 12, 1622 EST, Thursday
2009, November 12, 2122 UTC, Thursday

About 44 days to launch

Glom
2009-Sep-30, 05:20 PM
What's the ammonia and nitrogen for?

The Jim
2009-Sep-30, 07:23 PM
What's the ammonia and nitrogen for?

Ammonia is for the cooling systems. Nitrogen is for breathing

KaiYeves
2009-Sep-30, 11:34 PM
I do hope they can make the November date. Otherwise the holidays intrude, and it would be really cool to have five missions in one year. (Yes, I know they had more than that in the past, but in the past, they had more shuttles!)

01101001
2009-Oct-01, 12:26 AM
Ammonia is for the cooling systems. Nitrogen is for breathing

No, nitrogen's for cooling and ammonia is for breathing.

Wait. Which planet is this?

Oh. Earth. Nevermind.

Polyrealastic Observer
2009-Oct-01, 05:54 PM
No, nitrogen's for cooling and ammonia is for breathing.

Wait. Which planet is this?

Oh. Earth. Nevermind.

Besides that, they use the really vaporous type. No one can get a good, bracing resperat-full of THAT stuff!

01101001
2009-Oct-14, 01:52 AM
NASA Space Shuttle Mission Pages (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html)


At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, technicians are going through final preps for space shuttle Atlantis' move, or rollout, from the Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A on Wednesday. First motion now is targeted for 6 a.m. EDT.

Launch target:
2009, November 12, 1304 PST, Thursday
2009, November 12, 1604 EST, Thursday
2009, November 12, 2104 UTC, Thursday

Around 1 month to launch

Swift
2009-Oct-14, 02:01 AM
Get the polka band to strike up Roll out the shuttle, we'll have a shuttle of fun.

Glom
2009-Oct-14, 11:21 AM
If only missions were more frequent we wouldn't have to wait so long. The average mission cost would also go down due to more effective use of fixed costs.

Jens
2009-Oct-15, 05:49 AM
If only missions were more frequent we wouldn't have to wait so long.

That's a fascinating observation. How did you ever think of that? :)

KaiYeves
2009-Oct-15, 04:57 PM
If only missions were more frequent we wouldn't have to wait so long.
Are you Yogi Berra?

mahesh
2009-Oct-15, 05:07 PM
It was lovely to see Atlantis, yesterday afternoon, inching forward, making her way to the launch pad in all her majesty.

AlexInOklahoma
2009-Oct-15, 05:08 PM
Good one, Kai - and I was just gonna let Glom's comment pass on by...

Alex

slang
2009-Oct-19, 08:21 PM
Universe Today: Space Shuttle Looses Battle of Launch Dates (http://www.universetoday.com/2009/10/19/space-shuttle-looses-battle-of-launch-dates/)


The launch of Atlantis for the STS-129 mission has been pushed back by four days to November 16 to accommodate two unmanned rocket launches from Cape Canaveral, as well as the inaugural launch of the Ares I-X, scheduled for October 27. Right now the shuttle launch window lasts one day – the 16th. A second launch attempt on November 17 is being negotiated, prior to standing down for a Delta IV launch and the Leonid Meteor Shower

KaiYeves
2009-Oct-19, 11:57 PM
It's okay, I hadn't put it on my calendar yet.

01101001
2009-Oct-22, 07:56 PM
As noted earlier, a slip in launch date target:

NASA Launch Schedule (http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html)


Date: Nov. 16 +
Mission: STS-129
Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle Atlantis
Launch Site: Kennedy Space Center - Launch Pad 39A
Launch Time: 2:28 p.m. EST

Launch target:
2009, November 16, 1128 PST, Monday
2009, November 16, 1428 EST, Monday
2009, November 16, 1928 UTC, Monday

About 25 days to launch

ngc3314
2009-Oct-22, 09:54 PM
Something curious in the date ranges - it looks as if it's not OK to launch during the Leonid maximum, but it's OK to be in orbit then. (While they want to return before the Geminids).

slang
2009-Oct-22, 10:01 PM
Something curious in the date ranges - it looks as if it's not OK to launch during the Leonid maximum, but it's OK to be in orbit then. (While they want to return before the Geminids).

I think in orbit they can orient the ISS/Shuttle to minimize damage, plus, more importantly, the TPS inspections after undocking will find any damage.

01101001
2009-Nov-03, 12:58 AM
Launch target:
2009, November 16, 1128 PST, Monday
2009, November 16, 1428 EST, Monday
2009, November 16, 1928 UTC, Monday

13 days, 18-1/2 hours to launch

01101001
2009-Nov-09, 02:28 PM
Launch target:
2009, November 16, 1128 PST, Monday
2009, November 16, 1428 EST, Monday
2009, November 16, 1928 UTC, Monday

7 days, 5 hours to launch

slang
2009-Nov-15, 01:37 AM
Less than 2 days to go, and Spaceflight Now (http://spaceflightnow.com/) has opened it's linkfarm. Which, of course, is but a nice try compared to ours. :)

Preview story here (http://spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts129/091114preview/).


Along with delivering spare parts and components, Atlantis also will bring astronaut Nicole Stott back to Earth after a three-month stay in space. It is the final planned use of a shuttle for crew rotation. From this point forward, U.S. astronauts will ride Russian Soyuz capsules to and from the station, at $50 million a seat.

But stockpiling spare parts is the core mission for Atlantis' crew and space station utilization flight No. 3, or ULF-3.

Mounted on pallets in Atlantis' payload bay are two spare control moment gyroscopes, used to control the station's orientation in space; a high pressure oxygen tank for the station's airlock; and a spare pump module, nitrogen tank and an ammonia reservoir for the lab's cooling system.

More cargo details in the story.

Spacemad
2009-Nov-15, 02:14 PM
Tomorrow is the big day for Atlantis! :)

KaiYeves
2009-Nov-15, 07:53 PM
This one really crept up on me...

Glom
2009-Nov-15, 09:39 PM
What's the weather looking like? Do we have a TAF?

slang
2009-Nov-15, 11:08 PM
obligatory 01101001 linkfarm post late in appearing, hence copy/paste for the good of mankind

NASA Space Shuttle Mission Pages (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html)
NASA STS-129 Mission Status Updates (http://www.nasa.gov/rss/129_update.xml)
NASA STS-129 Mission Information (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts129/index.html)
NASA STS-129 Mission Overview (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts129/mission_overview.html)
NASA News Twitter (http://twitter.com/nasa)
Wikipedia: STS-129 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STS-129)
NASA Launch Schedule (http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html)
NASA Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Countdown Status (http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/cdt_main.pl)
NASA Shuttle Launch and Landing (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/index.html)
NASA Shuttle Launch Blog (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/launch_blog.html) (active about 6 hours before liftoff)
NASA Shuttle Landing Blog (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/landing_blog.html) (active about 2 hours before touchdown)
National Weather Service, Southeast Sector, Base Reflectivity (http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/southeast_loop.php)
National Weather Service, Melbourne Florida, Hourly Weather Forecast Graph (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Melbourne&state=FL&site=MLB&textField1=28.084&textField2=-80.609&e=1&FcstType=graphical)
CBS News Space Place (http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/current.html)
Spaceflight Now STS-129 Mission Coverage (http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts129/)
Spaceflight Now STS-129 Mission Status Center (http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts129/status.html)
BANews Twitter (http://twitter.com/BANews)
BAUT Forum topic STS-128 Shuttle Mission (http://www.bautforum.com/space-exploration/91456-sts-128-shuttle-mission.html) (previous mission)
NASA TV (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html) (or NASA TV Yahoo! source (http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/nasa/index.html) or high-resolution (http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplaylist.dll?id=1368163))


Some 20 hours to launch by my count


What's the weather looking like? Do we have a TAF?


National Weather Service, Melbourne Florida, Hourly Weather Forecast Graph (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Melbourne&state=FL&site=MLB&textField1=28.084&textField2=-80.609&e=1&FcstType=graphical)

Looks fine to me! How about KTTS (http://weather.noaa.gov/weather/current/KTTS.html)? Will this (http://www.wunderground.com/Aviation/index.html?query=KTTS) do?

ETA: no need for a new post, but this from Spaceflight Now (http://spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts129/status.html), this afternoon (Euro time)


The weather forecast for Monday's 2:28 p.m. EST launch time remains ideal.

"Weather does look very good for launch," shuttle meteorologist Kathy Winters says.

launch pad video at that link too, now.

bebe7
2009-Nov-16, 01:31 AM
The rotating service structure was rolled back Sunday evening revealing space shuttle Atlantis poised for launch. The STS-129 countdown is proceeding smoothly and on schedule. The astronauts will go to sleep around 9 p.m. and awaken at 4:30 a.m. EST.

Also, at 4:30 a.m. Monday morning, the Mission Management Team will meet to give the “go” for tanking of space shuttle Atlantis. Tanking is scheduled to begin at 5 a.m.

Weather remains at 90 percent favorable for an on-time liftoff at 2:28 p.m. Monday afternoon.

AlexInOklahoma
2009-Nov-16, 02:04 AM
What..no live-image captures of the complex? No video of rollout? Or of RSS? Gotta go 'offsite' to get that stuff? bummer....

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=19081.360

Now *that's* launch coverage ;) BAUT is great/best all-around, for sure, but can't beat the above for one-stop coverage of specific launch(es)...

Bebe7 - if you are going to cut/copy stuff as in your last post, it is customary (and expected) to accredit the source ;) I found your 'post' at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html You could've just linked to that page rather than have it appear that you were providing an update yourself. Just sayin'....

Alex

01101001
2009-Nov-16, 04:14 AM
What's the weather looking like? Do we have a TAF?

CBS News Space Place (http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/current.html)


The forecast starts out at 90 percent "go" Monday, drops to 70 percent Tuesday and to just 40 percent on Wednesday.

National Weather Service, Melbourne Florida, Hourly Weather Forecast Graph (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Melbourne&state=FL&site=MLB&textField1=28.084&textField2=-80.609&e=1&FcstType=graphical)

Look like good weather to me, too, Monday -- no precipitation, mild winds.

Spacemad
2009-Nov-16, 09:45 AM
Looking forward to seeing the lift off!

slang
2009-Nov-16, 10:57 AM
Still 8.5 hours to launch. T-5:05:00 on the clock and counting. Some builtin holds ahead still.

Spaceflight Now (http://spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts129/status.html): Fuelling underway. Chance of good weather down from 90% to 70%, primary concern is low cloud ceiling. No technical issues being worked.

ETA: Pretty pictures (http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts129/rss/).

Glom
2009-Nov-16, 12:12 PM
Got it!


KTTS 161155Z 29005KT 10SM OVC048 17/16 A3001 RMK SLP162 8SC /8/ 53007
KTTS 1611/1711 32010KT 9999 BKN045 BKN250 QNH2997INS
BECMG 1614/1615 02010KT 9999 SCT045 BKN250 QNH2993INS
TEMPO 1615/1621 BKN045
BECMG 1621/1622 34010KT 9999 SCT045 SCT250 QNH2993INS T26/1620Z T16/1611Z LAST NO AMDS AFT 1611 NEXT 1620

bebe7
2009-Nov-16, 02:06 PM
What..no live-image captures of the complex? No video of rollout? Or of RSS? Gotta go 'offsite' to get that stuff? bummer....

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=19081.360

Now *that's* launch coverage ;) BAUT is great/best all-around, for sure, but can't beat the above for one-stop coverage of specific launch(es)...

Bebe7 - if you are going to cut/copy stuff as in your last post, it is customary (and expected) to accredit the source ;) I found your 'post' at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html You could've just linked to that page rather than have it appear that you were providing an update yourself. Just sayin'....

Alex

Consider it a favor Alex...

Earlier this morning, the Mission Management Team met and gave the "go" for loading space shuttle Atlantis' external tank with 500,000 gallons of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen, which began at 5:03 a.m. EST.

The three-hour fueling process will provide the fuel and oxidizer Atlantis' three main engines require for the 8 1/2 minute trip to orbit.

Weather forecast is now at a 70-percent chance of favorable weather for an on-time liftoff at 2:28 p.m. this afternoon.

NASA Television is providing live commentary of external tank loading and launch commentary and blog will begin at 9:30 a.m.




For pictures go to NASA TV!!!

:whistle:

AlexInOklahoma
2009-Nov-16, 02:41 PM
Consider it a favor Alex...




Nope. Can't do. I'd rather see a link to it myself ;)

Alex

bebe7
2009-Nov-16, 03:34 PM
The Closeout Crew and Final Inspection Team are working through their highly specialized routines at Launch Pad 39A in preparation for liftoff this afternoon.

The Final Inspection Team will check the outside of the shuttle. They are studying Atlantis, the solid rocket boosters and external tank for large chunks of ice or other debris on or near the shuttle.

The Closeout Crew is dressed in white coveralls, while the Final Inspection Team wears orange coveralls. The coveralls for both teams are numbered so the technicians can be accounted for during their time at the pad.

The Closeout Crew will help the astronauts climb aboard Atlantis and get situated for launch. They also will close the hatch later and conduct leak checks before departing the pad.

There is a 70-percent chance of favorable weather for launch -- the primary concern at this time is for low cloud ceilings.

hhEb09'1
2009-Nov-16, 04:24 PM
Consider it a favor Alex...Unfortunately, we can't allow it. If you cut and paste, make sure that you attribute.

bebe7
2009-Nov-16, 05:32 PM
Unfortunately, we can't allow it. If you cut and paste, make sure that you attribute.

HI HHEB09,

And if it was attained through a subscription service?

slang
2009-Nov-16, 06:03 PM
You can't just simply copy and paste entire articles in here, for copyright reasons. This may bring legal problems to the BAUT owners. So, if you want to share mission news here, the way to do it is to quote one or two relevant lines, the most important stuff, and add a link to where you got the info from.

slang
2009-Nov-16, 06:05 PM
Less than an hour and half to launch.

NASA Launch blog (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/launch_blog.html):

A small issue with fuel cell power is not expected to delay launch. Hatch closed.

Glom
2009-Nov-16, 06:12 PM
What are the guys with fall arrest equipment?

Glom
2009-Nov-16, 06:13 PM
Electrical problem?

Glom
2009-Nov-16, 06:15 PM
Shouldn't the pad be clear by this point?

slang
2009-Nov-16, 06:22 PM
One hour to launch. T-20 and holding

Spaceflight Now:


"Our engineering team has determined the fuel cell electrical issue is likely a function of the configuration of the lighting in the crew cabin and that there's not going to be any troubleshooting necessary prior to launch," NASA launch commentator George Diller says. "They understand the characteristic that they're seeing on this."

Glom
2009-Nov-16, 06:24 PM
T-20 minutes? They're falling behind.

slang
2009-Nov-16, 06:35 PM
From NASA's Countdown 101 (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/countdown101.html):


T-20 minutes and holding
This built-in hold typically lasts 10 minutes.

* NASA Test Director conducts final launch team briefings
* Complete inertial measurement unit preflight alignments

When the countdown restarts:


T-20 minutes and counting

* Transition the orbiter's onboard computers to launch configuration
* Start fuel cell thermal conditioning
* Close orbiter cabin vent valves
* Transition backup flight system to launch configuration

Then hold at T-9

slang
2009-Nov-16, 06:37 PM
T-20 minutes? They're falling behind.

No, Glom, they are not, I am. Kids being a nuisance... almost bedtime for them :) Thanks for catching that!

T-9 hold now.


T-9 minutes and holding
This is the final built-in hold, and varies in length depending on the mission.

* Final launch window determination
* Activate flight recorders
* Final "go/no-go" launch polls conducted by NASA Test Director, Mission Management Team and launch director

This is a 45 minute hold.

bebe7
2009-Nov-16, 06:50 PM
You can't just simply copy and paste entire articles in here, for copyright reasons. This may bring legal problems to the BAUT owners. So, if you want to share mission news here, the way to do it is to quote one or two relevant lines, the most important stuff, and add a link to where you got the info from.

What I posted was the text in an email sent to me...

Glom
2009-Nov-16, 07:15 PM
It's still sitting there.

Glom
2009-Nov-16, 07:16 PM
Did they actually refer to the CDR and the "See-Dee-Are"? Only NASA can make a TLA out of one word.

slang
2009-Nov-16, 07:17 PM
It's still plagiarising if you just copy and paste it here without proper attribution.

Less then 15 minutes to launch!

Countdown 101 (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/countdown101.html): Activities during last 9 minutes:


T-9 minutes and counting

* Start automatic ground launch sequencer
* Retract orbiter access arm (T-7 minutes, 30 seconds)
* Start auxiliary power units (T-5 minutes, 0 seconds)
* Arm solid rocket booster range safety safe and arm devices (T-5 minutes, 0 seconds)
* Start orbiter aerosurface profile test, followed by main engine gimbal profile test (T-3 minutes, 55 seconds)
* Retract gaseous oxygen vent arm, or "beanie cap" (T-2 minutes, 55 seconds)
* Crew members close and lock their visors (T-2 minutes, 0 seconds)
* Orbiter transfers from ground to internal power (T-50 seconds)
* Ground launch sequencer is go for auto sequence start (T-31 seconds)
* Activate launch pad sound suppression system (T-16 seconds)
* Activate main engine hydrogen burnoff system (T-10 seconds)
* Main engine start (T-6.6 seconds)

CLEARED FOR LAUNCH.

01101001
2009-Nov-16, 07:20 PM
Just checking in. Thanks for the coverage. Don't have time to watch today.

Well, maybe a minute or two.

Glom
2009-Nov-16, 07:20 PM
They're doing a countdown to resume the countdown. Now I understand the reaction of Bart and Homer to seeing a launch countdown on TV.

Glom
2009-Nov-16, 07:23 PM
Why is there an Israeli flag flying under the US flag?

bebe7
2009-Nov-16, 07:23 PM
It's still plagiarising if you just copy and paste it here without proper attribution.

Less then 15 minutes to launch!

Countdown 101 (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/countdown101.html): Activities during last 9 minutes:



CLEARED FOR LAUNCH.

I adore the "Go At Throttle" up part...(past MaxQ)!!!! Yahoo...

Glom
2009-Nov-16, 07:23 PM
Nice day.

slang
2009-Nov-16, 07:26 PM
NASA Space Shuttle Mission Pages (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html)
NASA STS-129 Mission Status Updates (http://www.nasa.gov/rss/129_update.xml)
NASA STS-129 Mission Information (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts129/index.html)
NASA STS-129 Mission Overview (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts129/mission_overview.html)
NASA News Twitter (http://twitter.com/nasa)
Wikipedia: STS-129 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STS-129)
NASA Launch Schedule (http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html)
NASA Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Countdown Status (http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/cdt_main.pl)
NASA Shuttle Launch and Landing (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/index.html)
NASA Shuttle Launch Blog (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/launch_blog.html) (active about 6 hours before liftoff)
NASA Shuttle Landing Blog (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/landing_blog.html) (active about 2 hours before touchdown)
National Weather Service, Southeast Sector, Base Reflectivity (http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/southeast_loop.php)
National Weather Service, Melbourne Florida, Hourly Weather Forecast Graph (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Melbourne&state=FL&site=MLB&textField1=28.084&textField2=-80.609&e=1&FcstType=graphical)
CBS News Space Place (http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/current.html)
Spaceflight Now STS-129 Mission Coverage (http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts129/)
Spaceflight Now STS-129 Mission Status Center (http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts129/status.html)
BANews Twitter (http://twitter.com/BANews)
BAUT Forum topic STS-128 Shuttle Mission (http://www.bautforum.com/space-exploration/91456-sts-128-shuttle-mission.html) (previous mission)
NASA TV (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html) (or NASA TV Yahoo! source (http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/nasa/index.html) or high-resolution (http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplaylist.dll?id=1368163))


1 minute!

Glom
2009-Nov-16, 07:27 PM
Stream is spazzing!

bebe7
2009-Nov-16, 07:28 PM
I want my NASA TV

slang
2009-Nov-16, 07:28 PM
Liftoff!

slang
2009-Nov-16, 07:30 PM
Good SRB separation

bebe7
2009-Nov-16, 07:34 PM
Good SRB separation


Absolutely gorgeous...


GBA

slang
2009-Nov-16, 07:35 PM
Press to MECO

slang
2009-Nov-16, 07:37 PM
MECO, ET sep. Beautiful launch.

Glom
2009-Nov-16, 07:37 PM
We've lost visual.

bebe7
2009-Nov-16, 07:37 PM
wonderful...the darkness and void of space...

bebe7
2009-Nov-16, 07:38 PM
We've lost visual.


Sill have it here

bebe7
2009-Nov-16, 07:39 PM
Sill have it here


back now in Houston

Glom
2009-Nov-16, 07:40 PM
Visual's back.

voyager75
2009-Nov-16, 07:40 PM
The cloud of vapour around the shuttle at tank seperation is very cool! I'm guessing they vent the engines at this point?

Glom
2009-Nov-16, 07:41 PM
They're still talking about fortification. Those reds will never take us alive!

bebe7
2009-Nov-16, 07:41 PM
The cloud of vapour around the shuttle at tank seperation is very cool! I'm guessing they vent the engines at this point?

wouldn't you be venting...lol

yes back at the station now and flash to Houston

beethovenspiano
2009-Nov-16, 07:42 PM
Is this the first time in a long while the Shuttle has got off the launch pad on schedule without any delays?

voyager75
2009-Nov-16, 07:45 PM
The guy narrating at nasa has just confirmed my suspicions re: venting. They do that before they close the umbilical well doors.
It's a pity i won't get to see it coming over Ireland. The last time i saw it with the tank gliding along underneath! Ah well, i'll see it tomorrow evening as it chases the ISS. Weather permitting...

bebe7
2009-Nov-16, 07:48 PM
Is this the first time in a long while the Shuttle has got off the launch pad on schedule without any delays?

I know the last launch had quite the delay...

slang
2009-Nov-16, 07:49 PM
Ah well, i'll see it tomorrow evening as it chases the ISS. Weather permitting...

Same here. I'll have to leave work a little early to catch the first of two passes.

bebe7
2009-Nov-16, 07:53 PM
now that is robust

beethovenspiano
2009-Nov-16, 07:56 PM
The last time i saw it with the tank gliding along underneath! Ah well, i'll see it tomorrow evening as it chases the ISS. Weather permitting...

I saw it too.... it was SPECTACULAR, the difference in colour between the Shuttle and the Tank was so vivid.

Glom
2009-Nov-16, 09:42 PM
It's interesting to think how they keep piling tonnes and tonnes of tat onto the suprastructure. It's a stark reminder of a spacecraft only ever intended to operate in zero G. Weight isn't much of an issue in weightlessness.

Now to the press kit. On page 2 why is that mock-up have the old style flight deck? And have you seen the guns on Hobaugh? How did the Space Shuttle get off the ground?

mahesh
2009-Nov-16, 10:56 PM
Aaw!?! I missed the launch! Shucks!

I'll catch replays somewhere.

Thanks for your linked hot-off-the-press photos slang, great stuff!

KaiYeves
2009-Nov-17, 12:07 AM
Did they actually refer to the CDR and the "See-Dee-Are"? Only NASA can make a TLA out of one word.
It's not a TLA, it's kind of like upscale chatspeak, to the extent that such a thing can exist.


Why is there an Israeli flag flying under the US flag?
Not the Israeli flag, it's the flag for the Orbiter Atlantis. (http://media.nowpublic.net/images/91/e/91ee9f2f8578dd4071b02fd59d9a44b8.jpg)

bebe7
2009-Nov-17, 01:18 AM
Latest on mission objectives....

http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2009/nov/HQ_09-266_Atlantis_launches.html

Joy

AlexInOklahoma
2009-Nov-17, 01:29 AM
Latest on mission objectives....

http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2009/nov/HQ_09-266_Atlantis_launches.html

Joy

Objectives changed??

Alex

DonM435
2009-Nov-17, 02:52 AM
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d3/DJMan435/111609.jpg

My wife got this shot of Atlantis from our driveway in Merritt Island. The clouds provide an interesting effect.

01101001
2009-Nov-17, 07:37 AM
CBS News Space Place (http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/current.html) (See flight plan):

Coming up (times EST and mission elapsed dd hh mm ss):

Flight Day 2
11/17 Tue 04:28 AM 00 14 00 00 Crew wakeup
11/17 Tue 05:58 AM 00 15 30 00 Minicam downlink
11/17 Tue 06:38 AM 00 16 10 26 NC-2 rendezvous rocket firing
11/17 Tue 06:58 AM 00 16 30 00 SRMS unberths OBSS
11/17 Tue 07:23 AM 00 16 55 00 Ergometer setup
11/17 Tue 07:53 AM 00 17 25 00 Spacesuit checkout preps
11/17 Tue 08:13 AM 00 17 45 00 OBSS starboard wing survey
11/17 Tue 08:23 AM 00 17 55 00 Spacesuit checkout
11/17 Tue 10:08 AM 00 19 40 00 Crew meals begin
11/17 Tue 11:08 AM 00 20 40 00 OBSS nose cap survey
11/17 Tue 11:08 AM 00 20 40 00 Spacesuit prepped for transfer to station
11/17 Tue 11:58 AM 00 21 30 00 OBSS port wing survey
11/17 Tue 02:13 PM 00 23 45 00 SRMS berths OBSS
11/17 Tue 03:08 PM 01 00 40 00 SRMS grapples ELC1
11/17 Tue 03:23 PM 01 00 55 00 OMS pod survey
11/17 Tue 03:28 PM 01 01 00 00 Centerline camera setup
11/17 Tue 03:33 PM 01 01 05 00 LDRI downlink
11/17 Tue 03:58 PM 01 01 30 00 Orbiter docking system ring extension
11/17 Tue 04:28 PM 01 02 00 00 Rendezvous tools checkout
11/17 Tue 05:45 PM 01 03 17 39 NC-3 rendezvous rocket firing
11/17 Tue 08:28 PM 01 06 00 00 Crew sleep begins

djellison
2009-Nov-17, 08:10 AM
8 year THREAD DEFIB :)

Glom
2009-Nov-17, 08:21 AM
Not the Israeli flag, it's the flag for the Orbiter Atlantis. (http://media.nowpublic.net/images/91/e/91ee9f2f8578dd4071b02fd59d9a44b8.jpg)

Atlantis is DUTCH!?

slang
2009-Nov-17, 08:26 AM
Atlantis is DUTCH!?

We're aquatically challenged too, yes. :)

Spacemad
2009-Nov-17, 09:29 AM
I missed it again! Oh well, I'll try & keep abreast of the mission as it unfolds & try & catch the return & touch down.

Glom
2009-Nov-17, 12:26 PM
This threads predates my joining this board. I think this is a mispost. And didn't Discovery fly STS 109?

DonM435
2009-Nov-17, 01:30 PM
Oops! Sorry about that. I saw the thread and assumed it was current. Gotta watch that.

mahesh
2009-Nov-17, 07:40 PM
It's not a TLA, it's kind of like upscale chatspeak, to the extent that such a thing can exist.
Not the Israeli flag, it's the flag for the Orbiter Atlantis. (http://media.nowpublic.net/images/91/e/91ee9f2f8578dd4071b02fd59d9a44b8.jpg)

ahem...what's TLA? (I can't let my imagination run 'averted', so much. It's expensive!)

and I thought CDR is Commander!

Am I intruding on this conversation?

peteshimmon
2009-Nov-17, 08:48 PM
Three letter acronym. And CDR could be Cabin
Door Release or Coffee Dispenser Room or
Cold Drain Reverse or...

Dro2
2009-Nov-17, 10:00 PM
Very cool launch.
Is anyone familiar with the wind tolerances for a shuttle launch?

The flags near the countdown clock were waiving pretty well.

slang
2009-Nov-17, 10:23 PM
Does this (http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=686) help? It's from 2000 I'm afraid. Post Columbia is probably more strict with respect to visibility.

slang
2009-Nov-17, 10:27 PM
Heatshield inspections today. No issues yet.

KaiYeves
2009-Nov-17, 10:37 PM
ahem...what's TLA? (I can't let my imagination run 'averted', so much. It's expensive!)
A TLA is a Three Letter Acronym.


and I thought CDR is Commander!
Yes, CDR is the abbreviation for Commander.


Am I intruding on this conversation?
No, not at all.

Dro2
2009-Nov-17, 10:40 PM
Does this (http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewpr.html?pid=686) help? It's from 2000 I'm afraid. Post Columbia is probably more strict with respect to visibility.

It does, Thanks!


Wind: Tanking will not begin if the wind is observed or forecast to exceed 42 knots for the next three hour period.

For launch the wind constraints at the launch pad will vary slightly for each mission. The peak wind speed allowable is 30 knots. However, when the wind direction is between 100 degrees and 260 degrees, the peak speed varies for each mission and may be as low as 24 knots.

mahesh
2009-Nov-17, 10:59 PM
pete..., I like the CoffeeDispenserRoom, though on a good day, I'm partial to a lovingly made cup of tea. Thanks a lot.

And thank you too Kai! Would you care to join us?

slang, excellent link again! Thanks

edit:
Oh, I did manage to catch the launch, belatedly, just now. Twenty glorious minutes of it. Even on this slooow browser...HD, no less...ooooh

edit edit:
hey spacemad!! here's this for you:
http://www.spacevidcast.com/2009/11/16/launch-of-atlantis-on-sts-129-11162009/

bebe7
2009-Nov-18, 12:24 AM
http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d3/DJMan435/111609.jpg

My wife got this shot of Atlantis from our driveway in Merritt Island. The clouds provide an interesting effect.

Awesome pic

STS-125...thats my birthday 1 - 25

DonM435
2009-Nov-18, 03:45 AM
Thanks for the compliment (I'll pass it on). It makes up for the embarassment.

ToSeek
2009-Nov-18, 05:18 AM
Several posts moved from an ancient shuttle thread to this one.

CJSF
2009-Nov-18, 05:54 AM
Is there an easily accesible source for who is CAPCOM for the missions and what shifts they have? My wife and I really love listening to Shannon Lucid, especially when she does the wake-up calls. This "morning" she wasn't on, and I haven't been able to tell if she's on this mission as CAPCOM or not.

Thanks.
CJSF

slang
2009-Nov-18, 08:39 AM
The CAPCOMs are listed in the STS-129 Press Kit (15.5 Mb PDF) (http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/398418main_sts129_press_kit.pdf), on page 15. For entry and descent: Chris Ferguson and Steve Frick (weather), Orbit 1 team: Stan Love and Orbit 2: Megan McArthur. No Shannon, unless the flu interferes or something, I guess.

CJSF
2009-Nov-18, 11:41 AM
Thank you, slang. I considered the press kit, but didn't want to wade through a 15 MB PDF file. That should teach me.

CJSF

slang
2009-Nov-18, 03:23 PM
Docking planned @ 11:53am EST.. about an hour and half to go, if I haven't got my timezones mixed up.

mahesh
2009-Nov-18, 04:30 PM
Excellent. It's happening right now.
Over south-east Asia

slang
2009-Nov-18, 04:31 PM
Range less than 200 ft.

slang
2009-Nov-18, 04:43 PM
60 ft.

mahesh
2009-Nov-18, 04:46 PM
Swinging over Australia / New Zealand / Southern Ocean...
Should be within the orbital daylight zone soon...

BetaDust
2009-Nov-18, 04:47 PM
30 ft.

slang
2009-Nov-18, 04:51 PM
Docking confirmed. Wheee.

mahesh
2009-Nov-18, 04:54 PM
:clap:

bebe7
2009-Nov-18, 05:52 PM
30 ft.

Yes, quite, but i believe the actual Bohr quote went accordingly. when Niels Bohr once heard a lecture by Pauli explaining his version of the unified field theory, Bohr stood up and said, “We in the back are all agreed that your theory is crazy. But what divides us is whether your theory is crazy enough!”

BetaDust
2009-Nov-18, 05:59 PM
Yes, quite, but i believe the actual Bohr quote went accordingly. when Niels Bohr once heard a lecture by Pauli explaining his version of the unified field theory, Bohr stood up and said, “We in the back are all agreed that your theory is crazy. But what divides us is whether your theory is crazy enough!”

Hi babe7.

Thank you, but this topic is about the STS-129 mission.

--Dennis

BetaDust
2009-Nov-18, 06:32 PM
And the hatch is open!

Well done! To all involved.

:clap:

mahesh
2009-Nov-18, 07:21 PM
From on top of the arm, I can see and sense the curvature of Earth, in the slivery bit, in the dawning light!

Oh, the magic! Thank you!

Glom
2009-Nov-18, 08:13 PM
Some beautiful video streaming in. They're moving an EXPRESS pallette mind numbingly slowly.

Glom
2009-Nov-18, 08:23 PM
They're about to crapple. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Almost. Have they gone for tea?

Looks very windy.

Glom
2009-Nov-18, 08:26 PM
What's the creepy smiley on the Station arm? Is it V for Vendetta?

Glom
2009-Nov-18, 08:28 PM
Grapple! Now the Shuttle is going to ungrapple.

01101001
2009-Nov-18, 10:42 PM
Another page, another link farm.

NASA Space Shuttle Mission Pages (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html)
NASA STS-129 Mission Status Updates (http://www.nasa.gov/rss/129_update.xml)
NASA STS-129 Mission Information (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts129/index.html)
NASA STS-129 Mission Overview (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts129/mission_overview.html)
NASA News Twitter (http://twitter.com/nasa)
Wikipedia: STS-129 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STS-129)
NASA Launch Schedule (http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html)
NASA Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Countdown Status (http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/cdt_main.pl)
NASA Shuttle Launch and Landing (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/index.html)
NASA Shuttle Launch Blog (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/launch_blog.html) (active about 6 hours before liftoff)
NASA Shuttle Landing Blog (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/landing_blog.html) (active about 2 hours before touchdown)
National Weather Service, Southeast Sector, Base Reflectivity (http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/southeast_loop.php)
National Weather Service, Melbourne Florida, Hourly Weather Forecast Graph (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Melbourne&state=FL&site=MLB&textField1=28.084&textField2=-80.609&e=1&FcstType=graphical)
CBS News Space Place (http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/current.html)
Spaceflight Now STS-129 Mission Coverage (http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts129/)
Spaceflight Now STS-129 Mission Status Center (http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts129/status.html)
BANews Twitter (http://twitter.com/BANews)
BAUT Forum topic STS-128 Shuttle Mission (http://www.bautforum.com/space-exploration/91456-sts-128-shuttle-mission.html) (previous mission)
NASA TV (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html) (or NASA TV Yahoo! source (http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/nasa/index.html) or high-resolution (http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplaylist.dll?id=1368163))

KaiYeves
2009-Nov-18, 11:40 PM
I watched the roll maneuver video as soon as I got done with my homework. I tried to remember every moment, you know, because I won't have many more to watch on the same day as when they happen...

01101001
2009-Nov-19, 05:29 AM
CBS News Space Place (http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/current.html) (See flight plan):

Coming up (times EST and mission elapsed dd hh mm ss):


Flight Day 4
11/19 Thu 04:28 AM 02 14 00 00 Crew wakeup
11/19 Thu 05:03 AM 02 14 35 00 EVA-1: 14.7 psi repress/hygiene break
11/19 Thu 05:48 AM 02 15 20 00 EVA-1: Airlock depress to 10.2 psi
11/19 Thu 05:58 AM 02 15 30 00 ISS daily planning conference
11/19 Thu 06:13 AM 02 15 45 00 EVA-1: Campout EVA preps
11/19 Thu 07:43 AM 02 17 15 00 EVA-1: Spacesuit purge
11/19 Thu 07:58 AM 02 17 30 00 EVA-1: Spacesuit prebreathe
11/19 Thu 08:48 AM 02 18 20 00 EVA-1: Crew lock depressurization
11/19 Thu 09:18 AM 02 18 50 00 EVA-1: Spacesuits to battery power
11/19 Thu 09:23 AM 02 18 55 00 EVA-1: Airlock egress/setup
11/19 Thu 09:48 AM 02 19 20 00 EVA-1: Spare SASA install
11/19 Thu 12:33 PM 02 22 05 00 EVA-1/Satcher: PAO lube
11/19 Thu 12:33 PM 02 22 05 00 EVA-1/Foreman: SGANT cable install
11/19 Thu 01:23 PM 02 22 55 00 EVA-1/Foreman: NH3 bracket install
11/19 Thu 01:48 PM 02 23 20 00 EVA-1/Satcher: JEM RMS EE lube
11/19 Thu 02:03 PM 02 23 35 00 EVA-1/Foreman: Node 1/FGB MMOD shield
11/19 Thu 02:48 PM 03 00 20 00 EVA-1/Foreman: S0 1/4 cable
11/19 Thu 03:03 PM 03 00 35 00 EVA-1/Satcher: Cleanup and ingress
11/19 Thu 03:18 PM 03 00 50 00 EVA-1/Foreman: Cleanup and airlock ingress
11/19 Thu 03:48 PM 03 01 20 00 EVA-1: Airlock pressurization
11/19 Thu 04:03 PM 03 01 35 00 Spacesuit servicing
11/19 Thu 05:13 PM 03 02 45 00 ISS evening planning conference
11/19 Thu 07:28 PM 03 05 00 00 ISS crew sleep begins
11/19 Thu 07:58 PM 03 05 30 00 STS crew sleep begins

bebe7
2009-Nov-19, 07:00 PM
Backdropped by the blackness of space, a partial view of Space Shuttle Atlantis' payload bay, vertical stabilizer, orbital maneuvering system pods and docking mechanism are featured in this image photographed by the STS-129 crew from an aft flight deck window. Image Credit: NASA

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1522.html

Enjoy

Bebe

< Moderator's note - I've moved this post from a thread in "Life in Space" to here as more appropriate - Moderator Swift >

bebe7
2009-Nov-19, 07:33 PM
Backdropped by the blackness of space, a partial view of Space Shuttle Atlantis' payload bay, vertical stabilizer, orbital maneuvering system pods and docking mechanism are featured in this image photographed by the STS-129 crew from an aft flight deck window. Image Credit: NASA

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_1522.html

Enjoy

Bebe

< Moderator's note - I've moved this post from a thread in "Life in Space" to here as more appropriate - Moderator Swift >

Yes. I originally placed it in ""Life in Space"" because it would be applicable to any shuttle/vessel in space.

Bebe

mugaliens
2009-Nov-19, 07:43 PM
I watched the roll maneuver video as soon as I got done with my homework. I tried to remember every moment, you know, because I won't have many more to watch on the same day as when they happen...

Exciting! Isn't it!

voyager75
2009-Nov-19, 07:54 PM
I've just seen my first Space Hammer! Funny thing is that it looked like a standard hammer you'd buy down the hardware store! The second astronaut was holding the bolt/pin being hit but he wasn't holding back the shackle that kept getting in the way of the hammer! Neither would i.....

voyager75
2009-Nov-19, 08:44 PM
They are heading back to the airlock after an EVA of approx 6 hours. Currently over the pacific.

01101001
2009-Nov-20, 12:44 AM
Yes. I originally placed it in ""Life in Space"" because it would be applicable to any shuttle/vessel in space.

Life in Space is subtitled "Living critters anywhere but Earth." Its main focus is not Earth and earthlings near Earth. It's more the space-aliens section.

The picture was a perfect fit for Space Exploration, subtitled "Humans and robots reaching out from the Earth to explore space." And it fit right in here with the current shuttle mission. (And thanks for describing it well. I knew instantly I had already seen it and didn't have to chase the link.)

KaiYeves
2009-Nov-20, 12:49 AM
Exciting! Isn't it!
Certainly!

bebe7
2009-Nov-20, 01:31 AM
Life in Space is subtitled "Living critters anywhere but Earth." Its main focus is not Earth and earthlings near Earth. It's more the space-aliens section.

The picture was a perfect fit for Space Exploration, subtitled "Humans and robots reaching out from the Earth to explore space." And it fit right in here with the current shuttle mission. (And thanks for describing it well. I knew instantly I had already seen it and didn't have to chase the link.)

Oh you're welcome...thanks for the clarification on the post categories..

Must be incredible to do an EVA...wow

Bebe :)

01101001
2009-Nov-20, 08:16 AM
CBS News Space Place (http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/current.html) (See flight plan):

Coming up (times EST and mission elapsed dd hh mm ss):


Flight Day 5
11/20 Fri 03:58 AM 03 13 30 00 Crew wakeup
11/20 Fri 05:58 AM 03 15 30 00 ISS daily planning conference
11/20 Fri 06:08 AM 03 15 40 00 PAO event
11/20 Fri 07:43 AM 03 17 15 00 SSRMS grapples OBSS
11/20 Fri 08:18 AM 03 17 50 00 SSRMS moves OBSS to handoff position
11/20 Fri 08:43 AM 03 18 15 00 Spacesuit swap
11/20 Fri 09:03 AM 03 18 35 00 SRMS grapples OBSS
11/20 Fri 09:18 AM 03 18 50 00 SSRMS ungrapples OBSS
11/20 Fri 09:48 AM 03 19 20 00 Crew meals begin
11/20 Fri 10:03 AM 03 19 35 00 Focused inspection
11/20 Fri 10:43 AM 03 20 15 00 EVA-2: Equipment lock preps
11/20 Fri 11:33 AM 03 21 05 00 EVA-2: Tools configured
11/20 Fri 01:33 PM 03 23 05 00 SSRMS grapples OBSS
11/20 Fri 01:43 PM 03 23 15 00 SRMS ungrapples OBSS
11/20 Fri 01:58 PM 03 23 30 00 SSRMS berths OBSS
11/20 Fri 02:48 PM 04 00 20 00 SSRMS grapples PDGF-1
11/20 Fri 03:23 PM 04 00 55 00 EVA-2: Procedures review
11/20 Fri 04:38 PM 04 02 10 00 PAO event
11/20 Fri 04:43 PM 04 02 15 00 Evening planning conference
11/20 Fri 05:53 PM 04 03 25 00 EVA-2: Mask pre-breathe
11/20 Fri 06:33 PM 04 04 05 00 EVA-2: Airlock depress to 10.2 psi
11/20 Fri 06:58 PM 04 04 30 00 ISS crew sleep begins
11/20 Fri 07:28 PM 04 05 00 00 STS crew sleep begins

Executive summary: {SSRMS|SRMS} {grapples|ungrapples|moves|berths} {OBSS|PDGF-1}

01101001
2009-Nov-21, 05:28 AM
CBS News Space Place (http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/current.html) (See flight plan):

Coming up (times EST and mission elapsed dd hh mm ss):


Flight Day 6
11/21 Sat 03:28 AM 04 13 00 00 Crew wakeup
11/21 Sat 04:03 AM 04 13 35 00 EVA-2: 14.7 psi repress/hygiene break
11/21 Sat 04:48 AM 04 14 20 00 EVA-2: Airlock depress to 10.2 psi
11/21 Sat 05:13 AM 04 14 45 00 EVA-2: Campout EVA preps
11/21 Sat 05:28 AM 04 15 00 00 ISS daily planning conference
11/21 Sat 05:58 AM 04 15 30 00 SRMS grapples ELC2
11/21 Sat 06:13 AM 04 15 45 00 SRMS unberths ELC2
11/21 Sat 06:43 AM 04 16 15 00 EVA-2: Spacesuit purge
11/21 Sat 06:53 AM 04 16 25 00 SSRMS grapples ELC2
11/21 Sat 06:58 AM 04 16 30 00 EVA-2: Spacesuit prebreathe
11/21 Sat 07:08 AM 04 16 40 00 SRMS ungrapples ELC2
11/21 Sat 07:48 AM 04 17 20 00 EVA-2: Crew lock depressurization
11/21 Sat 08:18 AM 04 17 50 00 EVA-2: Spacesuits to battery power
11/21 Sat 08:23 AM 04 17 55 00 EVA-2: Airlock egress
11/21 Sat 08:48 AM 04 18 20 00 EVA-2: GATOR install
11/21 Sat 09:08 AM 04 18 40 00 SSRMS installs ELC2
11/21 Sat 09:53 AM 04 19 25 00 SSRMS grapples MBS-1
11/21 Sat 10:03 AM 04 19 35 00 EVA-2: FPMU relocate
11/21 Sat 11:33 AM 04 21 05 00 EVA-2: S3 nadir PAS deploy
11/21 Sat 01:03 PM 04 22 35 00 EVA-2: CP1 WETA install
11/21 Sat 01:48 PM 04 23 20 00 EVA-2: Get aheads
11/21 Sat 01:58 PM 04 23 30 00 SSRMS releases MBS-2
11/21 Sat 02:28 PM 05 00 00 00 EVA-2: Cleanup and ingress
11/21 Sat 02:48 PM 05 00 20 00 EVA-2: Airlock repressurization
11/21 Sat 03:03 PM 05 00 35 00 Spacesuit servicing
11/21 Sat 04:13 PM 05 01 45 00 Evening planning conference
11/21 Sat 06:28 PM 05 04 00 00 ISS crew sleep begins
11/21 Sat 06:58 PM 05 04 30 00 STS crew sleep begins

Executive summary: {SRMS|SSRMS} {grapples|ungrapples|installs|releases} {ELC2|MBS-1} and EVA-2

Glom
2009-Nov-21, 09:35 AM
Nobody interested in the depressurisation alarm? It all adds to the gaiety of the nation.

slang
2009-Nov-21, 09:55 AM
Nobody interested in the depressurisation alarm? It all adds to the gaiety of the nation.

What depressurisation alarm? Oh, this (http://spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts129/091120fd5/index2.html) one.


For the second night in a row, a false depressurization alarm woke the Atlantis astronauts and their space station colleagues Friday night, tripping two fire alarms and interrupting a low-pressure protocol being followed by crew members Mike Foreman and Randy Bresnik for their spacewalk Saturday.

No, can't say I'm not interested. OTOH it isn't the first time that alarms are triggered falsely, and it won't be the last.

This from the NASA site (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html) (don't see a link the individual item, so reproduced in full):


False Alarms Shorten Second Spacewalk
Sat, 21 Nov 2009 10:48:07 AM GMT+0100

Today’s wake up music was “Voyage to Atlantis” by the Isley Brothers, played at 3:58 a.m. EST for Atlantis Mission Specialist Robert Satcher.

Satcher will help direct today’s primary activity, the second STS-129 spacewalk. He will be the intravehicular crew member, choreographing the activities and coordinating communications between Mission Control in Houston and spacewalkers Mike Foreman and Randy Bresnik. The spacewalk is set to begin at 9:43 a.m. Also on today’s agenda is the installation of the Express Logistics Carrier 2 onto the International Space Station’s exterior.

Because of last night’s false space station alarms, the wakeup call moved 30 minutes later than planned. The spacewalk has been shortened to six hours, eliminating about 30 minutes of “get ahead” tasks that originally were scheduled. A new Revision G NASA Television schedule will reflect all the timeline changes and be posted at: http://www.nasa.gov/shuttletv

It seems the false alarms are caused by the new Poisk module (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poisk_%28ISS_module%29), delivered to the station last week.

mahesh
2009-Nov-21, 11:08 AM
Nobody interested in the depressurisation alarm? It all adds to the gaiety of the nation.

Which nation would that be, Glom?
You mean earthlings, generally!!

I couldn't sleep much either, last night... due to pressurisation...
couldn't purge some stressful stuff in my brain and my mind!


...Foreman and Bresnik were told to forego the normal protocol and to sleep wherever they liked, at the station's normal pressure...

I am soooo glad I was in such distinguished company, overhead! We could've shared a pizza!

Glom
2009-Nov-21, 11:57 AM
I couldn't sleep much either, last night... due to pressurisation...
couldn't purge some stressful stuff in my brain and my mind!

You've caught it too? It seems to be going round this area.

01101001
2009-Nov-22, 06:59 AM
CBS News Space Place (http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/current.html) (See flight plan):

Coming up (times EST and mission elapsed dd hh mm ss):


Flight Day 7

11/22 Sun 02:58 AM 05 12 30 00 Crew wakeup
11/22 Sun 04:58 AM 05 14 30 00 ISS daily planning conference
11/22 Sun 06:08 AM 05 15 40 00 Shuttle crew off duty
11/22 Sun 10:08 AM 05 19 40 00 Crew meals
11/22 Sun 10:08 AM 05 19 40 00 Spacesuit swap
11/22 Sun 11:53 AM 05 21 25 00 PAO event
11/22 Sun 12:08 PM 05 21 40 00 Equipment lock preps
11/22 Sun 12:38 PM 05 22 10 00 EVA-3: Tools configured
11/22 Sun 02:03 PM 05 23 35 00 PAO event
11/22 Sun 02:23 PM 05 23 55 00 EVA-3: Procedures review
11/22 Sun 03:43 PM 06 01 15 00 Evening planning conference
11/22 Sun 04:53 PM 06 02 25 00 EVA-3: Mask pre-breathe
11/22 Sun 05:33 PM 06 03 05 00 EVA-3: Airlock depress to 10.2 psi
11/22 Sun 05:58 PM 06 03 30 00 ISS crew sleep begins
11/22 Sun 06:28 PM 06 04 00 00 STS crew sleep begins

Glom
2009-Nov-23, 10:05 AM
Bresnik is has spawned in space.

You'd think he'd have gotten leave to be with his wife at this time. It's probably the first time anyone was sorry there was no launch delay.

KaiYeves
2009-Nov-24, 01:02 AM
Welcome to the 3rd Space Generation, Abigail Mae Bresnik!

01101001
2009-Nov-25, 05:21 AM
CBS News Space Place (http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/current.html) (See flight plan):

Coming up (times EST and mission elapsed dd hh mm ss):


Flight Day 10
11/25 Wed 01:28 AM 08 11 00 00 ISS crew wakeup
11/25 Wed 01:58 AM 08 11 30 00 STS crew wakeup
11/25 Wed 03:23 AM 08 12 55 00 Group B computer powerup
11/25 Wed 03:28 AM 08 13 00 00 ISS daily planning conference
11/25 Wed 03:43 AM 08 13 15 00 Maneuver to undocking attitude
11/25 Wed 04:13 AM 08 13 45 00 Undocking timeline begins
11/25 Wed 04:54 AM 08 14 26 00 UNDOCKING
11/25 Wed 04:55 AM 08 14 27 00 Initial separation
11/25 Wed 06:09 AM 08 15 41 00 Separation burn 1
11/25 Wed 06:37 AM 08 16 09 00 Separation burn 2
11/25 Wed 06:48 AM 08 16 20 00 Post-undocking PGSC reconfig
11/25 Wed 07:03 AM 08 16 35 00 Group B computer powerdown
11/25 Wed 07:18 AM 08 16 50 00 Crew meals begin
11/25 Wed 08:18 AM 08 17 50 00 OBSS starboard wing survey
11/25 Wed 08:18 AM 08 17 50 00 EVA unpack and stow
11/25 Wed 09:48 AM 08 19 20 00 PST ISS EVA entry preps
11/25 Wed 11:03 AM 08 20 35 00 Nose cap survey
11/25 Wed 11:53 AM 08 21 25 00 Port wing survey
11/25 Wed 01:38 PM 08 23 10 00 OBSS berthing
11/25 Wed 01:38 PM 08 23 10 00 LDRI downlink
11/25 Wed 02:38 PM 09 00 10 00 SRMS powerdown
11/25 Wed 05:28 PM 09 03 00 00 STS crew sleep begins

Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Spacemad
2009-Nov-25, 03:40 PM
There are some really great images on the CBS webpage of the ISS from Atlantis & also some good ones of the shuttle from the ISS!

Just a few more days to landing!

01101001
2009-Nov-26, 06:48 AM
CBS News Space Place (http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/current.html) (See flight plan):

Coming up (times EST and mission elapsed dd hh mm ss):


Flight Day 11
11/26 Thu 01:28 AM 09 11 00 00 STS crew wakeup
11/26 Thu 05:23 AM 09 14 55 00 Cabin stow begins
11/26 Thu 05:38 AM 09 15 10 00 FCS checkout
11/26 Thu 06:48 AM 09 16 20 00 RCS hotfire
11/26 Thu 07:03 AM 09 16 35 00 PILOT operations
11/26 Thu 08:03 AM 09 17 35 00 Deorbit review
11/26 Thu 08:33 AM 09 18 05 00 PAO event
11/26 Thu 08:53 AM 09 18 25 00 Crew meal
11/26 Thu 09:53 AM 09 19 25 00 Cabin stow resumes
11/26 Thu 12:58 PM 09 22 30 00 Ergometer stow
11/26 Thu 01:28 PM 09 23 00 00 Recumbent seat setup
11/26 Thu 01:58 PM 09 23 30 00 LES checkout
11/26 Thu 02:03 PM 09 23 35 00 Wing leading edge sensor deact
11/26 Thu 02:28 PM 10 00 00 00 KU antenna stow
11/26 Thu 02:38 PM 10 00 10 00 PGSC stow (part 1)
11/26 Thu 05:28 PM 10 03 00 00 Crew sleep begins

Thanksgiving in space.

mahesh
2009-Nov-26, 11:12 AM
And Happy Thanksgiving y'all !

Godspeed and safe home!

mahesh
2009-Nov-26, 01:22 PM
...11/26 Thu 08:53 AM 09 18 25 00 Crew meal...

Passing over (overneath) Indonesia, and in preparation for the Thanksgiving meal, there are stormy fireworks in the skies...lovely...

edit:
wish slang was here...hecoulda taken some screen shots of it for us...slaaaang!

slang
2009-Nov-26, 11:26 PM
wish slang was here...hecoulda taken some screen shots of it for us...slaaaang!

Automatic in-office reply: slang is in the office right now and cannot respond to your request.

Seriously, there's nothing mysterious about taking NASA TV screenshots. First, get and install the (free!) VLC media player (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/). Then, go to the NASA TV webpage (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html), and click Other Viewing Options. Pick a link to a stream, like "› Windows Media (Best for Full Screen)", right-click and copy the link location (if using firefox), open VLC, choose open file or something, paste the URL in, and click open or play. Then Shift-S to take a screenshot.

I dislike using this stream for watching though, since it usually has a lot of delay, 30 seconds up to 2 minutes at times... So usually I'll have that one running without sound, and some other less lagged stream for watching. Sadly I usually have to put up with stupid commentary and usuless interviews. :sad:

ETA: of course now that I want to test, none of the streams seem to be working for me :(

mahesh
2009-Nov-26, 11:49 PM
We copy that...(or Roger that) slang...

Just comin' up midnight; brain hurts; tired eyes waterin'; thanks for heads up...

nighty night y'all...clear skies...

01101001
2009-Nov-27, 12:40 AM
I heard the crew got surprised with a traditional Thanksgiving dinner today -- one that had been sent up to the ISS on a previous mission, stored, and then recently smuggled aboard by members of the ISS crew, before Atlantis undocked. Sneaky.

KHOU TV: (http://www.khou.com/news/local/Thanksgiving-in-space-Astronauts-spend-turkey-day-readying-Atlantis-for-landing-74752062.html)


The meal switch was revealed Thursday morning when a TV interviewer brought up the absence of turkey dinners aboard Atlantis. "That’s not going to be on your menu today, is it?" the interviewer asked.
"Shockingly, yes, I think it will be," commander Charles Hobaugh said as some of his crew members grabbed the still unopened pouches of turkey and trimmings, and let them float around.
Hobaugh, a no-nonsense Marine, had made it clear before the 11-day flight that he did not care what he ate on the holiday, be it beef brisket or tofu. He made no special meal requests.
But somehow turkey ended up on Atlantis—smoked and irradiated along with pouches of candied yams and freeze-dried cornbread stuffing and green beans—just add water and bon appetit.
A NASA spokesman, John Ira Petty, said "the only conceivable thing" that could have happened is that the crew of the International Space Station sneaked the meals into the shuttle before it departed Wednesday.

Links

NASA Space Shuttle Mission Pages (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html)
NASA STS-129 Mission Status Updates (http://www.nasa.gov/rss/129_update.xml)
NASA STS-129 Mission Information (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts129/index.html)
NASA STS-129 Mission Overview (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts129/mission_overview.html)
NASA News Twitter (http://twitter.com/nasa)
Wikipedia: STS-129 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/STS-129)
NASA Launch Schedule (http://www.nasa.gov/missions/highlights/schedule.html)
NASA Kennedy Space Center Shuttle Countdown Status (http://science.ksc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/cdt_main.pl)
NASA Shuttle Launch and Landing (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/index.html)
NASA Shuttle Launch Blog (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/launch_blog.html) (active about 6 hours before liftoff)
NASA Shuttle Landing Blog (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/landing_blog.html) (active about 2 hours before touchdown)
National Weather Service, Southeast Sector, Base Reflectivity (http://radar.weather.gov/Conus/southeast_loop.php)
National Weather Service, Melbourne Florida, Hourly Weather Forecast Graph (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Melbourne&state=FL&site=MLB&textField1=28.084&textField2=-80.609&e=1&FcstType=graphical)
CBS News Space Place (http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/current.html)
Spaceflight Now STS-129 Mission Coverage (http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts129/)
Spaceflight Now STS-129 Mission Status Center (http://www.spaceflightnow.com/shuttle/sts129/status.html)
BANews Twitter (http://twitter.com/BANews)
BAUT Forum topic STS-128 Shuttle Mission (http://www.bautforum.com/space-exploration/91456-sts-128-shuttle-mission.html) (previous mission)
NASA TV (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html) (or NASA TV Yahoo! source (http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/nasa/index.html) or high-resolution (http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplaylist.dll?id=1368163))

01101001
2009-Nov-27, 12:51 AM
STS 129 Landing Tracks (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts129/news/landing.html)

Orbit 171
http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/407228main_sts129_ksc171_long_thum.jpg

01101001
2009-Nov-27, 12:54 AM
CBS News Space Place (http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/current.html) (See flight plan):

Coming up (times EST and mission elapsed dd hh mm ss):


11/26 Thu 05:28 PM 10 03 00 00 Crew sleep begins
Flight Day 12
11/27 Fri 01:28 AM 10 11 00 00 Crew wakeup
11/27 Fri 03:53 AM 10 13 25 00 Group B computer powerup
11/27 Fri 04:08 AM 10 13 40 00 IMU alignment
11/27 Fri 04:43 AM 10 14 15 00 Deorbit timeline begins
11/27 Fri 08:40:10 AM 10 18 12 00 Deorbit ignition (rev. 201)
11/27 Fri 09:43:10 AM 10 19 15 00 Landing

Glom
2009-Nov-27, 07:55 AM
Why can't it ever land at Heathrow? I'd be able to see it then. What with it being unpowered, it would probably meet QC requirements.

01101001
2009-Nov-27, 01:11 PM
Space Shuttle Landing Blog (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/landing_blog.html) has begun.

CBS News Space Place (http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/current.html)



Today's flight plan calls for the astronauts to close the ship's payload bay doors around 6 a.m. Hobaugh and Wilmore plan to fire Atlantis' twin braking rockets at 8:37:10 a.m. for two minutes and 48 seconds, slowing the shuttle by about 211 mph. That will drop the far point of the orbit down into Earth's atmosphere.

After a half-hour free fall, Atlantis will plunge into the discernible atmosphere 400,000 feet above the Pacific Ocean around 9:13 a.m. Following a southwest-to-northeast trajectory, the shuttle's computer-controlled entry will carry it above Central America and just off the extreme western tip of Cuba before a descent across southern Florida to the Kennedy Space Center.

Coming up (times EST):


08:17 AM......MCC 'go' for deorbit burn
08:23 AM......MS seat ingress
08:32 AM......Single APU start

08:37:00 AM...Deorbit ignition
08:39:48 AM...Deorbit burn complete

09:12:50 AM...Entry interface
09:17:43 AM...1st roll command to left
09:28:07 AM...1st roll left to right
09:31:10 AM...C-band radar acquisition
09:37:46 AM...Velocity less than mach 2.5
09:39:58 AM...Velocity less than mach 1
09:40:23 AM...Right turn to runway 33
09:44:10 AM...Landing

01101001
2009-Nov-27, 01:56 PM
15 minutes to entry interface.

47 minutes to touchdown.

01101001
2009-Nov-27, 02:27 PM
Off the coast of Guatemala.

17 minutes to touchdown.

Mach 19.

01101001
2009-Nov-27, 02:31 PM
Passing between Yucatan Peninsula and Cuba.

Mach 13.

01101001
2009-Nov-27, 02:35 PM
Approaching southwest coast of Florida.

Less than 10 minutes to touchdown.

01101001
2009-Nov-27, 02:37 PM
Mach 2.5.

Visible on camera.

01101001
2009-Nov-27, 02:40 PM
5 minutes.

01101001
2009-Nov-27, 02:41 PM
Subsonic. 44000 feet up.

01101001
2009-Nov-27, 02:44 PM
Touchdown.

Zvezdichko
2009-Nov-27, 02:50 PM
I've never ever watched such a problem-free mission that takes off on time, lands on time, absolutely no issues.

slang
2009-Nov-27, 02:59 PM
Aww darnit.. just missed the landing. Welcome back, Atlantis.

mahesh
2009-Nov-27, 03:48 PM
Shucks...missed the landing too, having missed the launch...oh well.
At least I got to watch some action along the way.
Welcome Home Atlantis!

No, not moaning, beeecause, I can always catch recorded stuff. But it's nicer, live!

Thanks ZeroOne for linking 'The Dinner' escapades. What fun!

Dropped Jaws In Zero Gravity! :surprised

KaiYeves
2009-Nov-27, 03:52 PM
Why can't it ever land at Heathrow? I'd be able to see it then. What with it being unpowered, it would probably meet QC requirements.
We discussed whether or not it could land at JFK in New York on another thread.


I've never ever watched such a problem-free mission that takes off on time, lands on time, absolutely no issues.
I know, it was beautifully textbook all the way.

I only got to catch replays just now, as I'm at my Aunt's house and everyone with a computer was busy or asleep at the time. Still, gorgeous. Is that a new camera in the nose?

BetaDust
2009-Nov-27, 07:32 PM
We discussed whether or not it could land at JFK in New York on another thread.

Maybe this one:
Can the shuttle do a "Letterman" NY landing? (http://www.bautforum.com/space-exploration/94749-can-shuttle-do-letterman-ny-landing.html)

--Dennis

mugaliens
2009-Nov-28, 02:32 AM
We had Thanksgiving with my folks, extended family, and some family friends. Afterwards, we went outside, and with the exceptionally clear skies, watched the ISS scoot along with the Space Shuttle lagging behind it.

Stellar!

And to top it off, my girlfriend and I hit the exercise machines in our apartment this morning to watch the Shuttle deorbit, reentry, approach and landing!

Awesome!

KaiYeves
2009-Nov-28, 04:33 PM
Read the articles in the local newspaper about it to my dad while snuggled on the couch. Great holiday family togetherness moment for a nerd family.

Spacemad
2009-Nov-29, 10:46 PM
This has certainly been a textbook mission! When was the last time a mission went so smoothly?! No issues with foam falling off, a punctual take off & a punctual landing, what more could have been asked of this mission?!

djellison
2009-Nov-29, 10:53 PM
Just watched the IR video of landing, and there is a little piece that falls off from the right of the spacecraft at the moment of landing gear deployment, and to me at least, it looks like the right undercarriage is a lot warmer than the left. It's available to view to subscribers at spaceflightnow.com

KaiYeves
2009-Nov-30, 09:49 PM
This has certainly been a textbook mission! When was the last time a mission went so smoothly?! No issues with foam falling off, a punctual take off & a punctual landing, what more could have been asked of this mission?!
No bats, no toolbags. Fine by me.

slang
2009-Nov-30, 10:20 PM
Just watched the IR video of landing, and there is a little piece that falls off from the right of the spacecraft at the moment of landing gear deployment, and to me at least, it looks like the right undercarriage is a lot warmer than the left. It's available to view to subscribers at spaceflightnow.com

Not a subscriber, but there's an eerie deja vu in that description. Let us know of any updates on this?

djellison
2009-Nov-30, 11:07 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSgREOnN7KA

Here it is.

I thought it might be the nose gear that was massively cooler, but it's def the left main that's cold compared to the right main. And a piece of something falls off the right main as it deploys.

An earlier flight - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGNFdDDBVA4 - shows no such disparity.

slang
2009-Nov-30, 11:15 PM
I thought it might be the nose gear that was massively cooler, but it's def the left main that's cold compared to the right main. And a piece of something falls off the right main as it deploys.

Thanks. That's more than a little disturbing.. the piece that falls off seems bigger than just a tile, but that might be IR distorting the brightness. I've never really looked at such footage before, it's not just an effect of which side of the orbiter experienced the most heat in the S turns?

ETA: the ground tracks for STS-124 (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts124/news/landing.html) and STS-129 (http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts129/news/landing.html) seem very similar, so no. I missed your 2nd video link at first.