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STS-129 will focus on staging spare components outside the station. The 15-day, three spacewalk flight will install two large ExPRESS Logistics Carriers (ELC) holding two 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 high-pressure tank.
Charlie "Scorch" Hobaugh will command the mission, which is scheduled to launch on the penultimate flight of Atlantis in November 2009. Barry "Butch" Wilmore will serve as pilot. The STS-129 mission specialists are Robert "Bobby" Satcher, Michael Foreman, Randy Bresnik and Leland Melvin. The flight will also return Nicole Stott from the space station.
[b]STS-129 Mission Patch[/b]
The sun shines brightly on the International Space Station above and the United States below representing the bright future of U.S. human spaceflight.
The contiguous U.S., Rocky Mountains, and desert Southwest are clearly visible on the earth below encompassing all the NASA centers and the homes of the many dedicated people that work to make the space program possible.
The patch's integrated shapes follow the outline of the two ExPRESS Logistics Carriers to be delivered by STS-129 providing equipment ensuring the longevity of the ISS.
The space shuttle is silhouetted by the sun highlighting how brightly the orbiters have performed as a workhorse for the program over the past three decades.
The shuttle ascends on the astronaut symbol represented by the red, white and blue swoosh bounded by the gold halo.
The names of the crew members are denoted on the outer band of the patch.
As STS-129 launches, the shuttle is in its twilight years, juxtaposed by the 12 13 stars on the patch, symbolic of the crew's children who are the future.
The Moon and Mars represent how close humankind is to reaching further exploration of those destinations and how the shuttle and ISS missions are laying the ground work for those future endeavors.
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