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Robert Pearlman
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posted 09-11-2008 10:36 PM     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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After rolling out of Orbiter Processing Facility 2, space shuttle Endeavour turns toward the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Photo: NASA

NASA'S Space Shuttle Endeavour To Move To Launch Pad Sept. 18

Space shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to roll out to Launch Pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Thursday, Sept. 18, in preparation for shuttle Atlantis' mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. Endeavour will stand by in the unlikely event a rescue mission is necessary following Atlantis' launch, which is targeted for Oct. 10.

After Endeavour is cleared from its duty as a rescue vehicle, it will move to Launch Pad 39A for the upcoming STS-126 mission to the International Space Station. That flight is targeted for launch Nov. 12.

On Thursday, Endeavour rolled over from Kennedy's Orbiter Processing Facility to the Vehicle Assembly Building. There, Endeavour will be attached to its external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters to prepare for its move to the pad.

The first motion of the shuttle toward the launch pad Sept. 18 is scheduled for 12:01 a.m. EDT. The fully assembled space shuttle, consisting of the orbiter, external tank and twin solid rocket boosters, will be delivered to the pad atop a crawler-transporter. The crawler will travel slower than 1 mph during the 4.2-mile journey. The process is expected to take approximately seven hours.

NASA Television will provide live coverage of Endeavour's rollout to the launch pad beginning at 6:30 a.m. Sept. 18. Video highlights of the rollout will air on the NASA TV Video File.

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In high bay 1 of the Vehicle Assembly Building, Endeavour is hoisted and lowered alongside its external fuel tank and solid rocket boosters for mating.

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posted 09-14-2008 04:10 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for chappy   Click Here to Email chappy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So Endeavour will be roll-out to the lauch-pad as a 'rescue' flight if things goes wrong during 'Hubble' mission, I wonder to know...

Had NASA ever named a 'rescue' crew yet, of all the 'rescue' flights (never flown yet), does NASA names a 'rescue' crew for the flight?

If anyone know, I'm be interested to know who the 'rescue' crew are? Many thanks...

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posted 09-14-2008 04:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for music_space   Click Here to Email music_space     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Will STS-400 manifest an OFK?

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posted 09-14-2008 05:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Spaceflyer   Click Here to Email Spaceflyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The rescue crew will be the STS-123 flight deck crew:

CDR Dom Gorie
PLT Greg "Box" Johnson
MS1 Bob Behnken
MS2 Mike Foreman

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Originally posted by music_space:
Will STS-400 manifest an OFK?
No, nor will it return the STS-125 OFK back to Earth. The only payload STS-400 will fly are the spacesuits, ACES suits and additional supplies needed to safely return the STS-125 crew.

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Rollout of space shuttle Endeavour to Pad 39B has been delayed 24 hours due to weather concerns. New first motion time: 12:01 a.m. EDT on Friday.

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First motion of space shuttle Endeavour as it rolls out of the Vehicle Assembly Building is now targeted for 11:00 p.m. EDT tonight.

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posted 09-18-2008 06:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
So do they have a mission patch for this mission that we don't want to see fly?

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Originally posted by tegwilym:
So do they have a mission patch...
See: STS-400 (STS-125 LON) mission patches

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Because of concerns about the weather south of Kennedy Space Center, NASA will delay the decision about when to begin rollout until after the 10:00 p.m. EDT forecast.


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Space shuttle Endeavour began its roll from the Vehicle Assembly Building at 11:15 p.m. EDT and is expected to arrive at Pad 39B after the 4.2 mile journey approximately seven hours later.

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Endeavour reached the turn in the crawlerway to Pad 39B at 2:20 a.m. EDT. As of 6:22 a.m., it had reached the pad...

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To the left, you can see the partial construction of two lightning towers that will support the launch of NASA's Ares I. Endeavour will be the last space shuttle to visit Pad 39B.

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NASA release
Space Shuttle Endeavour Moves To Launch Pad 39B

For the first time since July 2001, two shuttles are on the launch pads at the same time at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Space shuttle Endeavour completed a 4.2-mile journey to Launch Pad 39B on Friday, Sept. 19, at 6:59 a.m. EDT.

Endeavour left Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building at 11:15 p.m. Thursday, traveling at less than 1 mph atop a massive crawler-transporter.

Endeavour will stand by at pad B in the unlikely event that a rescue mission is necessary during space shuttle Atlantis' upcoming mission to repair NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, targeted to launch Oct. 10. After Endeavour is cleared from its duty as a rescue spacecraft, it will be moved to Launch Pad 39A for the STS-126 mission to the International Space Station. That flight is targeted for launch Nov. 12.

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posted 09-19-2008 11:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for OV-105   Click Here to Email OV-105     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If 39-B is good for a rescue launch why move it to 39-A for the STS-126 launch? They could get 126 off earlier then if they wanted too.

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quote:
Originally posted by Spaceflyer:
The rescue crew will be the STS-123 flight deck crew
I wonder to know where does 'Spaceflyer' get these info's from, is this official rescue crew? Nothing being said from NASA, so anyone could clarify this for me please? Cheers.

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quote:
Originally posted by OV-105:
If 39-B is good for a rescue launch why move it to 39-A for the STS-126 launch? They could get 126 off earlier then if they wanted too.

From what I have come to understand, the pad B payload changeout room is no longer being kept up. However, I cannot confirm this positively.

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quote:
Originally posted by chappy:
Nothing being said from NASA, so anyone could clarify this for me please?
NASA publicly confirmed the STS-400 crew as the STS-123 flight deck crew more than a year ago, but if you want to see a recent example, here is a briefing graphic that was shown to the media at the beginning of this month.

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