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Robert Pearlman
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STS-132: mission viewing, questions, comments
This thread is intended for comments and questions regarding the STS-132 mission and the reports published as part of collectSPACE's STS-132 Flight Day Journal.

Space shuttle Atlantis' crew will deliver the Russian mini research module Rassvet and an integrated cargo carrier to the International Space Station.



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NASA Hosts Launch and Mission Tweetups for Next Space Shuttle Mission

During the next space shuttle mission, NASA will host two Tweetups to give the public an insider's look at the nation's space program.

For a second time, NASA Twitter followers are invited to view a shuttle launch in person at the agency's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. NASA is hosting the special Tweetup May 13-14. Shuttle Atlantis is targeted to launch at 2:19 p.m. EDT, May 14 on its STS-132 mission to the International Space Station.

Once the mission has launched, NASA will host an additional Tweetup at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston that will provide a different perspective of mission operations. This also will be the second mission Tweetup at Johnson.

"We're inviting the public to share in the excitement of human spaceflight during one of the last three scheduled space shuttle missions," said Stephanie Schierholz, social media manager at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "NASA is providing this behind-the-scenes access to give our Twitter followers an understanding and appreciation of all the work that goes into a successful shuttle launch and mission."

For the launch Tweetup May 13-14, NASA will randomly select 150 people from those who sign up on the Web. Registration opens at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 19, and closes at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 20. To sign up and for more information about the Tweetup, visit nasa.gov/tweetup.

At Kennedy, NASA Twitter followers will take a tour of the center, view the shuttle launch and speak with shuttle technicians, managers, engineers, and astronauts.

After Atlantis' launch, registration for the STS-132 mission Tweetup at Johnson Space Center will be announced on NASA's Twitter account.

NASA Twitter followers at the Johnson Tweetup will tour the center, view mission control and astronauts' training facilities and speak with managers, flight directors, trainers, and astronauts.

Both Tweetups will include a "meet and greet" session to allow participants to mingle with fellow Tweeps and the staff behind the tweets on @NASA.

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Forgive my lack of knowledge, but with today being one month from the targeted launch date and Atlantis still in the VAB, does May 14th still seem like a do-able and likely launch date?

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Roll out to the pad is Monday, April 19, so May 14 looks like a good date!

Also, launch viewing ticket sales are usually announced via KSC email around roll out and (I'm guessing) will probably go on sale next Monday morning.

On edit: Launch viewing tickets go on sale April 22, Thursday, at 9:00am.

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Rollout to the pad has been delayed until this morning due to weather concerns, and managers said Tuesday that once Atlantis is on the pad, they will be able to better assess where they are in the time line towards a May 14 launch date.

As mentioned, tickets to view the STS-132 launch from the NASA Causeway and the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will go on sale at 9:00 a.m. EDT*, Thursday, April 22 on the KSCVC website. (*Virtual waiting room opens at 8:45 a.m. EDT.)

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KSC's website has crashed, if anybody ended up with a spare Causeway...

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DAMN, this is getting so frustrating. The web-page is dead, no way of reaching KSC by phone... I'm so disappointed.

I'll be happy to buy Causeway ticket for a reasonable price. All the best from Finland.

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KSC said on Facebook that ticket sales have been postponed for another day.
To clarify, no launch tickets on KennedySpaceCenter.com nor via our telephone, have been sold. We will keep you updated with new date/time.

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I thought the 'new & improved' KSC robot was just too busy and then opted for Gray Line. No problem there. The LTT packages are $115 per adult, and are available right now. So if you don't want to take a chance on KSC fumbling the ball again...

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New date set for STS-132 launch viewing ticket sales:
Visitor Complex and NASA Causeway viewing tickets will go on sale Monday, April 26 at 9:00 a.m. ET. Please bookmark and return to this page on the day of sale. At 8:00 a.m. ET on Monday, the virtual waiting room link will appear on this page.

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Per Kennedy Space Center:
STS-132 NASA Causeway launch viewing tickets for the May 14 launch are sold out.
Update for 8:47 a.m. CDT: KSC Visitor Complex launch viewing tickets are now sold out, too.

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Grayline sold out as well, so if anybody gets or hears of a spare...

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I got one this morning from Florida Dolphin Tours, they seemed to have a few left.
See you on the Causeway.

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I just booked with Florida Dolphin Tours. Very excited to finally see my first shuttle launch. I came close in 1990 but got scrubbed with moments to go. Now to find cheap hotels, airfare and oh yeah, tell my boss I'm coming down with launchitis and need a few days off.

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Myself and Siobhan arrive in Brevard on Friday for two weeks. See you at the press site and out for dinner before or after launch day we all should make plans to get together. We should be stopping at the sports bar formally known as Shuttles Bar and Grill after the launch or does anyone prefer somewhere else? Either way we both look forward to meeting with as many on here as possible.

Safe travels to everyone.

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From the Canadian Space Agency:
The final flight of the Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled for
May 14, 2010, at 2:20 p.m. EDT. This is one of the three last missions of the Shuttle before it retires later this year. Canadian Space Agency Astronaut Chris Hadfield was onboard this shuttle on its maiden voyage in 1995. His tribute to Atlantis is available.

Here is a list of the Canadian content on this mission:

  • HYPERSOLE
    Hypersole is a life sciences experiment being conducted by the University of Guelph in cooperation with the Canadian Space Agency. This experiment aims to measure cutaneous sensitivity of the soles of the feet of astronauts pre- and post-space flight. Understanding the relationship between the sense of touch and balance control could help persons with balance problems and astronauts who may potentially set foot on other celestial bodies following a lengthy stay in microgravity.

  • DEXTRE
    During this mission, the Space Shuttle Atlantis will also deliver a new work platform for Dextre, which will provide it with additional space to store materials and its tools.

  • CANADARM2
    As always, Canadarm2 will be very active during this mission. Its tasks include the installation of the Russian Mini Research Module on the International Space Station.

  • APEX-CSA2
    On April 5, 2010, white spruce seedlings were launched to the International Space Station as part of a new Canadian scientific experiment called APEX-CSA2, a government partnership between the Canadian Space Agency and Natural Resources Canada. APEX-CSA2 will help researchers understand the influence of gravity on plant physiology and growth and the genetics of wood formation to help benefit the forest industry. The seedlings will return to Earth on board Atlantis.

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Great job on spaceflightnow.com today Robert.

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Agreed. Cool props!

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Yes, congrats, Robert! That was very cool. Miles will look good wearing the cap!

MECO! Go, Atlantis!!!

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Watched the fantastic launch on NASA TV - simply breathtaking!

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Came to launch TV late so only caught end of discussion - what was the ball-bearing problem?

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AWESOME... that footage brought back some wonderful memories, almost a year to the day in fact... fantastic. Cant wait to get back!

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quote:
Originally posted by moorouge:
...what was the ball-bearing problem?
Part of a retaining pin mechanism on a tv camera located in the payload bay. The bearing was located loose in the payload bay.... but cannot say for sure when. But is was adjudged still sufficiently secure for the concern to be waived for launch.

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Did anyone else see the closeout crewmember give one of the STS-132 crewmembers his name badge and put it in a flightsuit pocket?

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I didn't see it this time but it's not uncommon; if you browse past on-orbit imagery of the shuttle's flight and mid-decks, you'll notice closeout crew name tags affixed to the walls and control panels.

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Thanks to Jimmy Brown for bringing his flag, a few cS'rs, including myself, Ben Cooper (Ben) and Eamonn Cregan (irish guy), had a chance to pose for a unique sendoff photo on Thursday.

(A different shot with Jimmy and Eamonn and the flag made onto the front page of the Houston Chronicle on Friday and into USA Today.)

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Originally posted by alanh_7:
Great job on spaceflightnow.com today Robert.
Thanks Alan (and Rodrigo and John)! I always enjoy being on Spaceflight Now's webcast as Miles O'Brien and Leroy Chiao are such great hosts. Thanks to John Tylko for this photo...

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From collectSPACE's STS-132 Atlantis Flight Day Journal:
"...the station may need to fire its Russian Progress M-05M's thrusters to avoid a piece of debris. Though still under review, if a maneuver is executed, it would be a 0.5 meter-per-second retrograde burn at 8:08 p.m. CDT, and would not affect rendezvous with Atlantis."
I wonder why are they spending fuel against the direction of flight of a space station which you have to reboost from time to time? Why not just use the debris avoidance procedure as an opportunity to apply a posigrade station reboost?

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The debris avoidance maneuver has been ruled out but according to NASA, the proposed retrograde burn was determined by flight controllers based on where the station needed to be to support Atlantis' docking on Sunday and an upcoming Soyuz departure.

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I got to see STS-132 racing across the night skies last night. Check the heavens-above.com website for more viewing opportunities of the shuttle and ISS.

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We also had a viewing part last night. At 9:35 we watched the ISS go overhead and 15 minutes later there was Atlantis chasing it down. Beautiful sighting.

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We drove down from Savannah and back after watching the launch from the roof of the Astronaut Hall of Fame. It was a great place to watch a launch and a quick get away after the launch as well. The place was packed out and the traffic was backed up the highway from the Astronaut Hall of Fame for miles.

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Was the Astronaut Hall of Fame charging for viewing on the roof and for people viewing being on their grounds?

Nice snap of shuttle launching. I would of said it was photoshop, though obvious it isn't. What was the zoom factor?

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The AHOF was charging admission to get into their facility. How people got on the roof was by lottery. For every $30 that you spent at the gift shop they gave you a ticket. Every hour on the half hour they drew tickets and announced winners, worked out really well.

Camera is just an Olympus C-750 with a 10x optical zoom, just a simple digital camera.

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Watch this video excerpt. What a beautiful play of shadows from the ISS onto Atlantis!

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WOW!

My first launch viewing (I don't count seeing it from Disney 10+ years ago) and what a beautiful site it was from Banana Creek.

I was a little worried when they brought up the ball-bearing issue during the 9-minute hold. After seeing how bad the traffic was almost 2-hours after launch I was thankful for not having a scrub, and having to do it all over another day.

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What a gorgeous video of Atlantis during the backflip. Why do they maneuver a backflip for inspection instead of a barrel roll?

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Two reasons come to mind:
  1. the nose-on view allows protruding gap fillers to be seen more easily;
  2. the "back-flip" allows for inspection of the tail-end of the orbiter.

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I believe it is also because since the pitch control thrusters are further out from the center of gravity point then the roll control ones, less thrust is needed from them to get the orbiter to start (and later stop) the manuever.

On a related note, I was unable to watch the launch on Friday as I was in a meeting. But from the video feeds, it looks like it was one of the cleanest looking launches on record. Clear skies, beautiful views, almost reminds me of watching 121 from the press site. Savor these moments for the rest of your lives. I personally believe that once shuttle retires, it should be looked back upon as fondly as the Apollo program. Although it never flew to another world, it sent its fair share of probes out there and certainly helped to prove what NASA could do when it had to.

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NASA release
NASA Announces Opportunities To See Shuttle And Station

Space shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station are flying together 220 miles overhead until Sunday, May 23. Circling the Earth every 90 minutes, the spacecraft offer unique sighting opportunities for sky gazers around the world.

With the shuttle attached, the station appears even brighter than usual in the morning and evening sky. The station may be seen every day from various locations around the world just prior to sunrise and just after sunset.

There are sighting opportunities, weather permitting, on Tuesday for Alabama, Kentucky and Tennessee; on Wednesday for California and Texas; and on Thursday for Florida.

Atlantis delivered the Russian-built Mini Research Module-1 to the station, and the mission's three spacewalks focus on storing spare components outside the station, including a communications antenna, parts for the Canadian Dextre robotic arm, and replacing six solar array batteries.

The International Space Station, a unique partnership among the space agencies of the United States, Russia, Japan, Canada and Europe, is celebrating its 10th anniversary of continuous human occupancy this year. Construction began in 1998, and 23 crews have lived aboard the orbiting complex since 2000. Station residents are conducting important science and technology experiments.

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My video of the launch from the 525-foot tall roof of the Vehicle Assembly Building:

(Best watched full screen at 720p with your volume turned up!)


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