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SpaceCadet114
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posted 08-07-2007 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCadet114   Click Here to Email SpaceCadet114     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm doing a school project on the STS-118 mission, and I was wondering if anyone had some trivia on the mission and/or crew I could put in it? Any help would be greatly appreciated, I just thought it might be a good idea to have some lighter facts in my project! Anything no matter how small would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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posted 08-07-2007 01:22 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A few trivia tidbits come to mind, some obvious, some less so:
  • STS-118 is the first flight of Endeavour (OV-105) since 2002, 1,703 days between landing on STS-113 on December 7, 2002, and launching on Wednesday, August 8, 2007. This is thought to be a record for time between flights for an orbiter.

  • STS-118 was originally manifested for Columbia before that orbiter was lost on February 1, 2003. It would have been Columbia's first launch to the International Space Station.

  • STS-118 marks the 22nd shuttle mission to the International Space Station. Its ISS mission designation is 13A.1.

  • STS-118 is the last scheduled mission for a SPACEHAB module. See: STS-118: SPACEHAB's Last Mission for more details.

  • Barbara Morgan is the first Educator Astronaut to fly in space. She previously served as back-up to the first Teacher in Space, Christa McAuliffe, who was lost aboard Challenger in January 1986.

  • Dafydd "Dave" Williams is the first Canadian Space Agency astronaut to serve as EV1, the lead spacewalker during a two person EVA.

  • STS-118 is the first flight as commander for Scott Kelly. Kelly's twin brother, Mark, is also an astronaut and will command STS-124.

  • In addition to the seven members of the crew, there will be 24 mice on-board Endeavour at launch, flying as part of the Commercial Biomedical Test Module-2 (CBTM-2) payload.

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posted 08-08-2007 05:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCadet114   Click Here to Email SpaceCadet114     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks! I need all the help I can get with this project to finish it, my deadlines the 31st! (I picked this mission when it was supposed to launch in June.) Anything is literally a massive help, so thanks!

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posted 08-08-2007 04:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Hart Sastrowardoyo   Click Here to Email Hart Sastrowardoyo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
As pointed out on MSNBC.com, Morgan is flying on Endeavour; Endeavour was the shuttle constructed to replace Challenger, on which McAuliffe died.

Lisa Nowak was originally scheduled as part of the STS-118 crew.

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posted 08-12-2007 01:01 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here's a little known bit of trivia (heard it from Clayton Anderson's mom).

The reason why the names on the STS-118 mission patch are red has to do with Clayton Anderson being from Nebraska. Our college team is the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers and the fight cry is "Go Big Red" with a big red N on the helmets.

As I understand it, Clayton wanted to find some way to make the Ns in his name on the patch red in color, but the embroidery company NASA uses to make the patches couldn't come up with an easy way to do it. So, the crew opted for everyone to have red names instead (probably because it is also the color of apples, which are associated with teachers).

All well and good until the STS-117 launch delay with Clayton getting bumped to that mission when its launch got pushed back to June. As such, his name on that mission patch was white like the rest of the 117 crew names while the names on the STS-118 mission patch still remained red in color.

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posted 08-12-2007 11:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert, I believe the distinction of first Canadian astronaut to be EV-1 would be Chris Hadfield on STS-100. See photo.

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posted 08-12-2007 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You're absolutely right, Tom. I'm not sure where I picked up that misconception. I could have sworn I read a release to that effect but it just goes to show that you cannot believe everything you read. Thanks for catching my error.

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posted 08-12-2007 06:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCadet114   Click Here to Email SpaceCadet114     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
It's mission specialist Tracy Caldwell's birthday on Tuesday, do you think NASA will mark it in any way? I know her wake-up call will be her mom's daycare class singing happy birthday, but do you think they will do anything else?

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posted 08-18-2007 11:06 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Tom:
I believe the distinction of first Canadian astronaut to be EV-1 would be Chris Hadfield on STS-100.

Originally posted by Robert Pearlman:
Thanks for catching my error.


Apparently, I wasn't the only one to make this error...

STS-118 commander Scott Kelly just congratulated Dave Williams on being the first Canadian to lead a spacewalk, as Williams conducted his third EVA of the mission.

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posted 08-18-2007 10:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Robert...are you going to inform CDR Kelly??

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posted 08-18-2007 11:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I believe he already knows. NASA spokesman Rob Navias repeated the erroneous record after Kelly said it on NASA TV.

A few minutes later, Navias made the correction on air, noting Hadfield's earlier stint as EV1 on STS-100.

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posted 08-19-2007 09:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lewarren   Click Here to Email lewarren     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The crew doesn't hear the PAO loop - so CDR Kelly may still have the wrong information.

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posted 09-07-2007 12:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCadet114   Click Here to Email SpaceCadet114     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
My teacher gave me the results from her preliminary marking today, and I got an A! It's not the final mark, because of things she has to do for the exam board, but it's a preliminary! I'm very happy, so thanks to everyone who helped me

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posted 09-07-2007 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
SpaceCadet-

Congrats on your grade.

Hart-

I understood that Lisa Nowak was supposed to fly on STS-120 (not 118) and was replaced in favor of Stephanie Wilson prior to her February episode.

Tim

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posted 09-07-2007 01:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Capt. Nowak was assigned to STS-118 prior to the loss of Columbia. She was never assigned to STS-120, but as the other arm operator on STS-121, may have been in consideration for the same reasons Stephanie Wilson was chosen.

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posted 10-28-2007 11:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Delta7   Click Here to Email Delta7     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The original STS-120 crew (prior to Columbia's loss):

CDR: Jim Halsell
PLT: Alan Poindexter
MS: Piers Sellers
MS: Mike Foreman
MS: Wendy Lawrence
MS: Stephanie Wilson.

Halsell retired; Poindexter was re-assigned to STS-122; Sellers and Wilson were both re-assigned to STS-121; Lawrence was re-assigned to STS-114, and Foreman was re-assigned to STS-123 and replaced by Wilson (having flown STS-121) earlier this year.

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posted 10-28-2007 09:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tom   Click Here to Email Tom     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Spacecadet... congratulations on your grade!

Even though it's too late to use another bit of trivia regarding STS-118, I'll share it anyway.

STS-118 crewmembers are actually "linked" to both shuttle tragedies.

Besides the Barbara Morgan / Christa Mcauliffe connection, you may recall that PLT Charlie Hobaugh was the Capcom during Columbia's re-entry on STS-107.

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posted 10-29-2007 05:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCadet114   Click Here to Email SpaceCadet114     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I get my project back after it's been away to the exam board, so I can still add facts in Thanks! I think I'm going to keep it, and then I can tell my kids and grandkids about the launch that really got me interested in space!

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