Posts Tagged ‘STS-128’

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Water on the Moon, Ares I-X, Logistics on ISS – Future Aspirations Mark 2009


If the first half of 2009 for NASA demonstrated the agency’s unwavering attention to safety, NASA not only continued that trend – upholding the utmost safety standards in…

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Previous In-Flight Anomalies Evaluated for STS-129


As Atlantis’ launch date nears, engineers, Space Shuttle Program managers, and Agency personnel are continuing their analysis of the Main Engine Ignition acoustic environment on the Stinger pods…

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Ares I-X launches – managers claim successful test flight


Ares I-X has launched on the second attempt at 11:30am Eastern, and although the First Stage and the Upper Stage Simulator (USS) appeared to recontact after separation (later confirmed that…

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Atlantis arrives at Pad 39A – FRR to be aided by clean STS-128 mission


The STS-129 stack has completed rollout from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to Pad 39A Wednesday, ahead of the Flight Readiness Review (FRR) season – which begins with…

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Review of STS-128 Ascent Imagery reveals remarkably clean External Tank


Following the multiple Intertank foam debris liberations from Endeavour’s STS-127 External Tank (ET-131) in July, engineers at the Kennedy Space Center and the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) in…

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Discovery arrives back home at KSC – STS-129 ET/SRB mate


Discovery has returned to her home port of the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on top of one of NASA’s Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (SCA). The two day cross country…

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Discovery/SCA duo leave Barksdale for KSC homecoming


Discovery’s cross country journey back to Florida has begun its final leg , following refueling stops at Amarillo and Fort Worth, Texas, before arriving at Barksdale, Louisiana for an overnight stay.  The superstar…

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Shuttle fleet in smooth processing on both sides of the United States


Discovery is on track for her weekend cross country trip back to the Kennedy Space Center, whereboth  her sisters are deep in processing for their upcoming missions.  Post…

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Discovery in Dryden processing for Ferry home – TPS in great shape


Following her highly successful STS-128 mission, Discovery is undergoing smooth processing at the Dryden Flight Research Center (DFRC), located in the grounds of Edwards Air Force Base, with…

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Discovery makes perfect landing in California – STS-131 flow preview


With the weather failing to improve on the Florida coastline, Discovery has landed at the Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB) in California – where she will undergo initial…

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STS-128 landing moves to Friday – Vernier Thrusters recovery options outlined


After 13-days on orbit and a spectacularly successful logistics mission to boost the science capability of the International Space Station (ISS), Discovery and her seven member crew will…

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STS-128: High praise for ISS visit as Discovery is checked out for entry


Discovery is hoping she’s spending her final full day in space, with a targeted return to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on Thursday. As part of the entry…

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STS-128: Discovery Undocks from Station; Landing Set for Thursday


After eight full days of docked operations, Discovery has undocked from the International Space Station, bringing the joint operation phase of the 30th construction/utilization flight of the Space…

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MPLM reberthed into Discovery’s Payload Bay ahead of undocking


Discovery is all set for her Tuesday departure from the International Space Station (ISS), following the reberthing of the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) into the orbiter’s payload…

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EVA-2: Ammonia Tank replacement complete – DAT’s TPS clearance rationale


STS-128 has successfully completed the second of three spacewalks, which focused on the replacement of an Ammonia Tank on the International Space Station (ISS). Meanwhile the Damage Assessment…

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EVA-2 was debated as conjunction threat to Discovery and ISS removed


NASA Managers debated advancing or delaying EVA-2, due to a now-removed conjunction threat to Discovery and the ISS - relating to part of an expended Ariane 5 upper stage - before…

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STS-128: EVA-1 completed – Vernier Thruster failure analysis continues


With Discovery experiencing only minor hiccups thus far in her logistics mission to the International Space Station, astronauts Danny Olivas and Nicole Stott have completed the first of…

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STS-128: DAT working through RPM imagery – Discovery gains full FI clearance


The Damage Assessment Team (DAT) are working hundreds of images taken during the orbiter’s RPM (Rbar Pitch Maneuver) on Flight Day 3 – with full clearance from a…

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Birthday girl docks with ISS – TriDAR test for new AR&D Docking System


Discovery celebrated her 25th birthday in style by docking with the International Space Station (ISS) on Flight Day 3 of STS-128. During the Approach Rendezvous and Docking (AR&D)…

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STS-128: Flight Day 2 Inspections complete on Discovery’s TPS


The STS-128 crew have completed Flight Day 2′s activities, which focused on the opening inspections of Discovery’s Thermal Protection System (TPS), along with the checkouts of the orbiter’s…