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Donald
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posted 09-07-2009 09:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Donald   Click Here to Email Donald     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Was Dextre used on STS-128, for any of the spacewalks?

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posted 09-07-2009 10:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
No, Dextre, or the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM), was not used during STS-128.

You can always read about (and watch highlights from) each of the three STS-128 spacewalks as part of our Flight Day Journal.

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Space Shuttle Engineering and Integration released this compilation of ascent views from STS-128 after today's mission management team meeting.

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Saw the ISS and Shuttle fly overhead tonight. It sure was a pretty sight seeing them so close together in the night sky.

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WOW! What a great video montage of Discovery's launch. Feel like my hair should be singed off. It reminded me of the slow-motion launch replays of Apollo 11. Hats off to the video team at NASA.

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posted 09-09-2009 02:08 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for contra   Click Here to Email contra     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Amazing video. Thanks for posting it Robert.

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posted 09-09-2009 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I agree. They showed some camera angles I've never seen before (such as inside the tail service masts to show the umbilicals coming off and the shield doors coming down at liftoff). VERY nice video montage!

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posted 09-09-2009 04:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Johnson Space Center notice
Celebrate the Crew's Homecoming

Come out Friday, September 11, to Ellington Field Hangar 990 for a "welcome home" event at 4:00 p.m. CDT to honor the STS-128 crew: Commander Rick Sturckow, Pilot Kevin Ford and Mission Specialists Patrick Forrester, José Hernández, John "Danny" Olivas and Christer Fuglesang. Timothy Kopra, Expedition 20 flight engineer, will return home aboard Discovery as a mission specialist.

Gates to Ellington Field will open at 3:30 p.m. CDT.

Along with Center Director Mike Coats, family, friends, colleagues and public guests are encouraged to wish the Discovery crew well as they return from a successful mission in space. Accomplishments of the mission include carrying the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, with about 15,200 pounds worth of cargo, to the International Space Station. Also newly arrived to station was the second Minus Eighty Laboratory Freezer, the COLBERT treadmill, a new crew quarters compartment and air revitalization system.

Note: The crew return ceremony will be held the day after landing in Hangar 990 at 4:00 p.m. If landing occurs Friday, Sept. 11, the ceremony will be Saturday, September 12. If delayed to Saturday, September 12, the ceremony will be Sunday, September 13. If postponed to Sunday, September 13, the ceremony will be Monday, September 14.

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posted 09-09-2009 07:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just saw the shuttle and ISS go over on a crystal clear 72 degree overhead pass. The ISS was about 1 minute behind the shuttle. Both were very bright.

I was on my cell phone with my son in Maine about 500 miles north of me and he could see them just about the same time I could only his view was just a few seconds later than mine seeing the shuttle was traveling into the NNW where he lived.

Very cool... It may not be the moon, but it's human space travel that counts. All 13 of them.

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posted 09-09-2009 08:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for neke   Click Here to Email neke     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by ejectr:
Just saw the shuttle and ISS go over on a crystal clear 72 degree overhead pass. The ISS was about 1 minute behind the shuttle. Both were very bright.
I'm jealous... I tried to see it here in PA, but clouds moved in and thwarted my efforts. Had it been 15 minutes earlier, I could have seen it. I was really hoping to see the combination of the shuttle and then the station!

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posted 09-09-2009 11:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for icarkie   Click Here to Email icarkie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw them both last night (9/9/09) low down here in the UK.

I was in a team playing crown green bowls (floodlight league). I knew they were both coming over around 8:34-ish. I got about a dozen people who were watching the bowls match who have never seen anything like this before looking out with me, with Jupiter as a good guide.

I'm printing some times from Heavens-Above site for my new fledgling spotters.

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I've been watching 'live' NASA TV of the shuttle landing on my computer and noticed that the GMT time shown on the split screen display in Mission Control is actually one minute behind actual GMT as shown by my radio controlled clock which is accurate. Why is this?

Robert Pearlman
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Excuse my quoting myself from earlier in this same thread, but it was the quickest way to reply...
All web streaming video has lag times, in part because of the need to encode the video, but it also depends on the path between NASA's servers and your internet service provider. Typically, that lag is somewhere in between 30 seconds and a minute, but bandwidth congestion can extend the delay several minutes.

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The weather isn't looking too good for the second landing attempt either at the moment.

With the last couple of missions I am getting to thinking the weather here in the UK isn't that bad after all. Clear blue skies today... but then the shuttle can't land at Cambridge Airport. Worst luck...

That would be one heck of a transfer bill.

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posted 09-10-2009 06:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Jay Chladek   Click Here to Email Jay Chladek     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm a little surprised NASA hasn't considered a descending node deorbit trajectory since Pam Melroy successfully lobbied for one on STS-120. Given how thunderstorms tend to like to pop up around Florida in the evening, and considering the command crew shot both day and night landings in the STA before their launch, I have to wonder what it might take before they consider it.

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...but then the shuttle can't land at Cambridge Airport.
A shuttle has landed close to Cambridge. The 'Enterprise' once landed at Stanstead. Okay, it was on the back of a carrier plane but it counts, doesn't it?

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The weather isn't looking too good for the second landing attempt either at the moment.
I'm betting on Edwards. In fact, I'm TDY at Edwards right now for that very reason.

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posted 09-11-2009 03:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chappy   Click Here to Email chappy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Now it's being confirmed that STS-128 will land at Edwards Air Force Base, can anyone let me know what time that is in UK time?

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Discovery's crew will now target a deorbit burn at 6:47 p.m. CDT, leading them a 7:53 p.m touchdown on Runway 22 at Edwards Air Force Base in California.
6:47 p.m. CDT is 2347 GMT; 7:53 p.m. CDT is 0053 GMT on Saturday.

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The landing was one of the most impressive I have seen in the series, with Discovery pulling contrails as it made the HAC turn. Beautiful sight! And I was thinking... with a few flights to go maybe one of the last to go into EAFB. Welcome home Discovery!

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My son, just back from Iraq to Edwards, was able to watch it live once again.

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We heard the twin sonic booms loud and clear here in Huntington Beach last night. I hope it isn't the last time.

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When they were doing the overhead shots it looked like one of the longest rollouts on runway 22 at EAFB. I know they did the cross wind landing DTO and that is why the chute was deployed after the nose touched down. Watching on NASA TV when the convoy was going out to 22 they passed by both SCA's 905 and 911. I have never seen them have both SCA's at Dryden at the same time before. Then again you can't get on the base like you could before 2001.

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posted 09-13-2009 02:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just dawned on me. Why is Rick Sturkow called CJ?

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Just dawned on me. Why is Rick Sturkow called CJ?

That's his call sign, he resembled a CO from one of his squadrons who had the call sign Caustic, so he was labeled Caustic Junior.

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That's his call sign, he resembled a CO from one of his squadrons who had the call sign Caustic, so he was labeled Caustic Junior.
Brilliant story. Thanks for sharing.

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posted 09-14-2009 03:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for ASCAN1984   Click Here to Email ASCAN1984     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When's Buzz Lightyear's press conference about his record breaking flight and why didn't we see him during the crew walk around?

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When's Buzz Lightyear's press conference about his record breaking flight and why didn't we see him during the crew walk around?

Just like all long duration crew members he was doing medical tests in the CTV after landing.

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Buzz Lightyear's record-setting flight will be celebrated on Friday, October 2 at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida with a tickertape parade and other celebratory activities. Joining him for the parade will be three as-yet-to-be-named NASA astronauts who shared time with him in space, as well as the real Buzz... Aldrin.


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