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canaveralgumby was remiss at her job - GODSPEED ATLANTIS! by canaveralgumby on 11 September 2006 11:50pm
 
Better late than never!

It was a tumultuous week last week here at the Cape. There were 2 seperate small technical failures. Both systems have built-in redundnacies, so neither of these "glitches" would have required a postponement of the flight. But people are really twitchy now about flight safety, so a LOT of discussions took place.

BUT they had a beautiful, beautiful flight on Saturday morning. Here is today's quickie update from Assoc. Press:

"The crew of the international space station welcomed Atlantis' six astronauts on board Monday after the space shuttle arrived carrying the first new addition for the orbiting laboratory in more than 3 1/2 years...

...The space shuttle's robotic arm was used to grasp the 17 1/2-ton addition in Atlantis' cargo bay and then to hand it over to the space station's own robotic arm. The addition is a 45-foot-long structure with folded solar wings inside.

The crew was on schedule with all the tasks on their to-do list and were not experiencing any problems, said lead flight director Paul Dye...

...With both vehicles moving at 17,500 mph, the tag-up with the space station required Atlantis to make a series of jet firings that ended with Jett taking manual control of the spacecraft about 1,000 feet from the space station.

At about 600 feet from the station, [Atlantis commander Brent] Jett maneuvered the spacecraft so the space station's three-man crew could photograph the shuttle's belly for
NASA engineers, who will look for any damage from liftoff to the spacecraft's thermal skin...

...Astronauts Joe Tanner and Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper planned to end the day by "camping out" overnight in the space station's airlock in preparation for the first of three spacewalks the next day.

The air pressure in the airlock will be reduced from 14.7 pounds per square inch to 10.2 psi. Before spacewalks, crew members usually have to breathe pure oxygen for several hours to purge their bodies of nitrogen and prevent a condition known as the bends. The new method reduces that preparation time."

WOOHOO!
 
Re: canaveralgumby was remiss at her job - GODSPEED ATLANTIS! by perfectbitch on 12 September 2006 3:14pm
 
Thank-you for the info Cori. Have to admit that the title of this posting made me think it was a troll attack on you! : ).

Linz
 
Re: canaveralgumby was remiss at her job - GODSPEED ATLANTIS! by George on 12 September 2006 7:42pm
 
Cori, your updates are both knowledgeable and appreciated. I've read that this is the first real work being done on the space station in 3 years. Thank goodness,... it's long overdue. Hopefully, they'll get caught up. I hope I live long to see us return to the moon.
 
Re: canaveralgumby was remiss at her job - GODSPEED ATLANTIS! by canaveralgumby on 12 September 2006 11:50pm
 
George: happily, here's the statement on the NASA "continuing coverage" page:

"The space shuttle, the most complex machine ever built, is the only spacecraft with its robust capability. The shuttle's capacity enables humans today to build the world's largest orbiting laboratory, paving the way back to the moon, on to Mars and further into the universe."

quickie update: "Unlike previous missions, the STS-115 crew will not have a day between spacewalks." This is due to the delays to the launch last week.

I won't transcribe everything - here's the link!

<http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/index.html>;
 
Re: canaveralgumby was remiss at her job - GODSPEED ATLANTIS! by sighthound on 13 September 2006 1:30am
 
They actually worked faster than expected today and started working on tomorrow's chores.

They did, however, let a bolt get loose and they haven't been able to find it. Could definitely cause problems for them later.
 
Re: canaveralgumby was remiss at her job - GODSPEED ATLANTIS! by tucsonmike on 14 September 2006 12:20am
 
I'm glad it finally got off.
 
Re: canaveralgumby was remiss at her job - GODSPEED ATLANTIS! by canaveralgumby on 14 September 2006 7:41am
 
THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID! BWAHAHAHAHA!

Sorry, Mike, I couldn't supress it any longer.
 
Re: canaveralgumby was remiss at her job - GODSPEED ATLANTIS! by canaveralgumby on 16 September 2006 12:54am
 
Fri. 9/15 quickie update:

"Astronauts Joe Tanner and Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper completed STS-115ís triple play by successfully conducting the missionís third spacewalk at the International Space Station. During the 6-hour, 42-minute excursion, Tanner and Piper continued efforts to prepare the stationís newly installed P3/P4 truss segment.....Tanner and Piper also installed a wireless TV antenna on the station and replaced a faulty antenna assembly on the S1 truss."

Do you mean to tell me they don't even get Discovery Channel up there?! Then I'm not going. :^)

"Mission Specialist Steve MacLean oversaw station robotic arm operations. During this mission, MacLean became the first Canadian astronaut to operate the arm built by his home country."

Maybe we should all sing "Oh, Canada" ot the Lumberjack Song or something.
 



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