Posts Tagged ‘STS-135’

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One year on – Review notes superb performance of STS-135’s SRBs


One year to the day since Atlantis launched on her final mission, the exceptional performance by the Solid Rocket Boosters (SRBs) – which aided STS-135’s ride uphill during first…

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Atlantis begins vacation inside the VAB as she prepares for exhibition


Atlantis departed her Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF-2) on Friday, ahead of arriving inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Looking rather sorry for herself – with all her propulsive hardware…

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SSME family prepare for SLS core stage role following Shuttle success


NASA’s 15 Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSMEs) are being transported to the Stennis Space Center (SSC), as they transition towards their future role with the Space Launch System…

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ISS sails into challenging 2012 on back of successful achievements in 2011


The International Space Station (ISS) has now entered what will be a challenging new year, which will see access to the station for both crews and cargo tested,…

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Year in Review – Part 4: Saying Goodbye to Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour


All good things must come to an end. And thus was the grand finale of the Space Shuttle Program in 2011. It was year of exceptional highs and…

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Atlantis put to sleep after 26 years loyal service – OPF turnovers


Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis was powered down for the final time on Thursday, following a 26 year, 33 mission career. With her retirement, the world-famous space ship will…

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NASA reviews TPS nose cap damage to STS-135/Atlantis


With the Space Shuttle Program now officially a part of NASA’s past, the agency is continuing the process of getting Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour ready for their display…

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STS-135: ET camera functions through ascent – no usable video of reentry


Providing stunning images of the grand finale of the Shuttle Program, the External Tank (ET) camera on ET-138 concluded a 22-flight legacy – beaming back images of the tank’s…

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Director Cabana makes emotional tribute to the Kennedy workforce


Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Director Bob Cabana has spoken of his emotions during and after the final NASA Space Shuttle mission, ranging from launch day, through to seeing…

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Atlantis into down processing after MER review notes flawless return


Shuttle Atlantis has been given top marks for her return to Earth via the Mission Evaluation Room (MER) landing report – normally a highly technical, emotionless review into…

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Atlantis arrives home to Kennedy – An emotional finale for Shuttle


Atlantis has concluded her historic 13-day mission to the International Space Station with a perfect landing at KSC. With a ‘go’ for deorbit and entry operations from Flight Controllers –…

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STS-135: Atlantis cleared to head home one final time on Thursday


Following the expected clearance of the Thermal Protection System (TPS) – which was re-checked during Late Inspections, along with the successful checkouts of the systems the orbiter will…

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Atlantis undocks and departs ISS – TriDAR tests continue with flyaround


Space Shuttle orbiter Atlantis has undocked from the ISS for the final time, ahead of carrying out the unique and stunning flyaround. And while the moment resulted in…

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STS-135: The Sun may have contributed to Atlantis’ GPC-4 issue


Teams on the ground are working through possible root causes into the temporary failure of one of Atlantis’ General Purpose Computers (GPC-4), with a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME)…

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STS-135: GPC-4 issue awakens crew – TPS clearance overview


A master alarm onboard Atlantis woke the crew from their sleep, after a General Purpose Computer (GPC-4) suffered a problem. The issue follows the failure – and subsequent…

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STS-135 Flight Day 5 – EVA completes Pump Module swap and install RRM


With STS-135/Atlantis now officially extended by one day, the STS-135/Atlantis crew and the ISS crew are pressing forward with the immediate days of the mission as written by…

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STS-135: MMT approve mission extension for flawless Atlantis


The Mission Management Team (MMT) have approved the extension of the STS-135 mission by one day, thanks to Atlantis’ healthy cryo margins. The extension will provide additional time…

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STS-135: Atlantis docks with the ISS – WLEIDS review on RCC panels


Atlantis has docked to the International Space Station (ISS) – one final time – following an emotional R-Bar Pitch Maneuver (RPM) and text book approach to the orbital…

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STS-135: Atlantis’ FD2 Inspections completed ahead of ISS arrival


The crew of Atlantis have completed the main task of Flight Day 2, a sweep of the orbiter’s Wing Leading Edges (WLE) and nose cap via the Orbiter…

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STS-135: Initial Ascent Reviews point to superb launch performance by Atlantis


Following a typically eventful shuttle launch countdown, the Mission Evaluation Room (MER) teams have confirmed Atlantis enjoyed a flawless launch on Friday, as her crew prepare to head…