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    STS-128 Shuttle Mission

    Well, no time like the landing of 127 to look forward to 128.

    NASA.gov STS-128 webpage
    Discovery is carrying the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module containing life support racks and science racks. The Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier will also be launched in Discovery's payload bay.

    This is Discovery's 37th mission to space and the 30th mission of a space shuttle dedicated to the assembly and maintenance of the International Space Station.

    Launch Target:
    1:36 a.m. EDT - Aug. 25, 2009
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    I wonder what's the deciding factor that determines a night time launch instead of normal daytime launch.

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    Didn't Kopra just get put up there this mission? What's he doing coming down already?

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    I don't know how to put it, but somehow...

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    Quote Originally Posted by BetaDust View Post
    0110's, linkfarm is missing.


    Space Shuttle Discovery

    Wikipedia: STS-128

    The primary payload will be the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo. The mission is scheduled to include three spacewalks to remove and replace a materials processing experiment outside ESA's Columbus module and return an empty ammonia tank assembly.
    Launch target:
    2009, August 24, 2236 PDT, Monday
    2009, August 25, 0136 EDT, Tuesday
    2009, August 25, 0536 UTC, Tuesday

    23 days to launch

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    Nice patch!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BetaDust View Post
    0110's, linkfarm is missing.
    On a first name basis, are we? Or is that Least Significant Nibble Basis?
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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    Nice patch!
    HAR! HAR!

    I just had a look...expecting another lovely NASA emblem....

    Good One! no pun intended
    And what a lovely morning too. Cloudless skies. Beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KaiYeves View Post
    Nice patch!
    It must be tough to keep coming up with patches for missions that are really quite alike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glom View Post
    It must be tough to keep coming up with patches for missions that are really quite alike.
    Check out STS 129's:

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    And yet each one is so beautiful!
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    12 days to launch

    NASA News Twitter

    The Shuttle Program concluded its Flight Readiness Review. Moving toward agency's FRR Tuesday when official launch date will be set.
    Launch target:
    2009, August 24, 2236 PDT, Monday
    2009, August 25, 0136 EDT, Tuesday
    2009, August 25, 0536 UTC, Tuesday

    12 days to launch
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001 View Post
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    Launch target:
    2009, August 24, 2236 PDT, Monday
    2009, August 25, 0136 EDT, Tuesday
    2009, August 25, 0536 UTC, Tuesday

    12 days to launch
    12 days? That's not a bad turnaround. When did STS 127 land? Only a couple of weeks ago, wasn't it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glom View Post
    12 days? That's not a bad turnaround. When did STS 127 land? Only a couple of weeks ago, wasn't it?
    The day of the first post in this thread - July 31
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    Nice interviews at NASA, on just now on NASA TV.
    Interviewing / conversing with the STS 128 crew.
    Forrester, Stott and now Fuglesang (the usual lovely lilting accent of Swedes)....

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    6 days to launch

    CBS News Space Place

    After a lengthy technical discussion, NASA managers decided Tuesday the shuttle Discovery's external tank can be safely flown as is, without the need for additional time-consuming inspections of its foam insulation, clearing the way for launch next week on a space station resupply mission. The executive-level flight readiness review ran long and a final decision on whether to proceed with launch or to order a lengthy delay was not expected until the extended meeting concluded Wednesday.
    Launch target:
    2009, August 24, 2236 PDT, Monday
    2009, August 25, 0136 EDT, Tuesday
    2009, August 25, 0536 UTC, Tuesday

    6 days to launch
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    Ooh.. night launch! Better inform boss I might be a little late that day
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    Oh...

    the next week will be nail-biting time again...

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    Half six in the morning? Not fair!

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    Yes - it's early morning. However - at least I will sleep during the most tense periods of the countdown Or I hope so ...

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    For me it will be in the early afternoon. If I'm lucky, during lunch break!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001 View Post
    I see that article has the same issue I was going to mention on MSNBC.
    6:00 PM, 8/7/09, Update: ...

    .... Engineers, meanwhile, are continuing a down-to-the-wire assessment of critical insulation on Discovery's external tank in the wake of foam losses during the shuttle Endeavour's launch last month.
    MSNBCs version.
    Updated 9:12 p.m. ET, Tues., Aug 18, 2009
    ...Last month, an unusually high amount of foam fell from the shuttle Endeavour's fuel tank during its June 15 launch.
    Anyway; is the tank really that pale on this one? or is it the picture?

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    One in the morning? Not even on Summer Vacation, man.
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    The STS-128 Press kit is now available for download here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NEOWatcher View Post
    I see that article has the same issue I was going to mention on MSNBC.
    And an update after the launch decision today:

    CBS News Space Place

    2:10 PM, 8/19/09, Update: Shuttle Discovery cleared for Aug. 25 launch

    As expected, senior NASA managers Wednesday formally cleared the shuttle Discovery for launch Tuesday on a space station resupply mission. While some engineers said they favored collecting additional data on the integrity of foam insulation on the shuttle's external tank - work that would trigger a lengthy launch delay - officials said no one objected to pressing ahead for launch at 1:36 a.m. EDT Aug. 25.

    "We had lots of discussion about the foam," said Bill Gerstenmaier, chief of space operations at NASA headquarters in Washington. "Some folks wanted some additional testing, some folks had some different opinions about what the data was telling us. But it wasn't a contentious discussion, it was just really an engineering discussion about what we know and what we don't know.
    It's interesting how small this "high amount" of foam was relative to a more famous foam bit:

    NASA managers are extremely sensitive to foam issues in the wake of the 2003 Columbia disaster, but shuttle Program Manager John Shannon said the foam shedding under discussion following Endeavour's flight was minor in comparison.

    "I read a couple of comparisons that said this was similar to Columbia," he said. "And of course on Columbia, we had a 2.2-pound piece of foam come off and damage the wing. The loss we had on the last flight that generated all of this discussion over the last two weeks was 0.044 pounds, which is one-fiftieth the size of the Columbia foam.

    "That's how close we're looking, that's how sensitive we are. It generated four days of flight readiness review discussion, and a whole lot of work and additional testing. And that's exactly what we want the team to do, to look at it that closely. I feel extremely good about the results of the meeting. I think we have done absolute due diligence on the foam piece of it."
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    Launch target:
    2009, August 24, 2236 PDT, Monday
    2009, August 25, 0136 EDT, Tuesday
    2009, August 25, 0536 UTC, Tuesday
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    And, this is the mission that takes COLBERT into space.

    NASA Feature: Do Tread on Me



    The Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill, or COLBERT, will be the second treadmill on the space station, adding to a complement of six different exercise devices already in orbit that range from stationary bicycles to resistive exercise devices.

    Named after comedian Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central's "The Colbert Report," the new treadmill, first and foremost, is a critical countermeasure device that will be used to keep the international crew healthy while in orbit and prepare them for return to Earth.
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    Surprising how fast this came up. August is the shortest month, after all.

    (If you don't agree with that statement, you've been out of school for a very long time.)
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    I thought February was the shortest month, with 28 days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matthewota View Post
    I thought February was the shortest month, with 28 days.
    You have to measure it with student-on-summer-vacation time units.
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    I measure it in Adult time til the next sunny vacation days. and august is pretty bleak in that dep.

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