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Title: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/02/2011 06:12 PM
A must-read for space flight fans - a full review of all her service life, missions - by Chris Gebhardt:

PART 1:
OV-104/ATLANTIS: An International Vehicle for a Changing World
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/ov-104atlantis-international-vehicle-changing-world/

PART 2:
Shuttle Atlantis and MIR: The Realization of Program Goal
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/shuttle-atlantis-mir-realization-program-goal/

PART 3:
Reaching the End: Atlantis and the Fight Against Retirement
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/reaching-end-atlantis-fight-against-retirement/


Had an absolute wealth of images for each mission in L2, so used a mix and some beauties.
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: Orbiter on 07/02/2011 06:20 PM
Great article!

Are there plans for a space shuttle NSF article tribute?

Orbiter
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: DavisSTS on 07/02/2011 06:28 PM
Absolutely amazing read. Such a history. We're never going to see spaceships as famous as these ever again!

Great article!

Are there plans for a space shuttle NSF article tribute?

Orbiter

The tribute articles for the entire fleet will serve as that. NSF doesn't do one for the Space Shuttle, they do them for each orbiter and each mission ;D
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: psloss on 07/02/2011 06:38 PM
The tribute articles for the entire fleet will serve as that. NSF doesn't do one for the Space Shuttle, they do them for each orbiter and each mission ;D
The set could certainly serve that purpose, but I still think the whole is greater than the sum of the parts (or the sum of the orbiters and missions).  At the very least, there's a big picture / integration / program point of view that doesn't necessarily fit with a particular orbiter or mission.
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 07/02/2011 06:39 PM
Absolutely amazing read. Such a history. We're never going to see spaceships as famous as these ever again!

Great article!

Are there plans for a space shuttle NSF article tribute?

Orbiter

The tribute articles for the entire fleet will serve as that. NSF doesn't do one for the Space Shuttle, they do them for each orbiter and each mission ;D

Thank you, both I'm finishing up Part II right now and getting the computer warmed up for Part III.

As DavisSTS said, each orbiter and every single one of their missions have been tributed in dedicated articles. As such, there is no plan for a generic Program tribute at this time as we are, instead focusing on the orbiters themselves right now.

But keep watching, Orbiter! I'm sure Chris and I will sit down and have some conversations about additional tributes after the close out of STS-135. :)
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: Longhorn John on 07/02/2011 08:21 PM
So many images I've missed, and such a great history, thanks Chris G!
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: baldusi on 07/02/2011 08:58 PM
I live right next to Prefectura! In fact, I saw the ceremony on my way to work. If I had knew I would have got you some more pictures. If you're interested, please pm.
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/02/2011 11:29 PM
So many images I've missed, and such a great history, thanks Chris G!

I tip I use - given all the missions don't fit on the tag page - is to click here:

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?action=tags&tags=STS-27

And just change the STS-XXX at the end. Then it brings up everything on L2 for the mission you choose.
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: janmb on 07/03/2011 12:25 AM
Excellent article Chris G, looking forward to the rest :D
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: Gary NASA on 07/03/2011 03:25 AM
These tribute articles/mission service reviews are fantastic! Can't wait for the next parts!
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: Albireo on 07/03/2011 06:10 AM
Absolutely awesome!!! I'm already looking forward to the second Part.
Perfect sunday for me.  :)
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/03/2011 07:25 PM
PART 2:
Shuttle Atlantis and MIR: The Realization of Program Goal
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/shuttle-atlantis-mir-realization-program-goal/
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: AndrewSTS on 07/03/2011 08:21 PM
Awesome part two. Had no idea we did that many MIR missions!
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: NavySpaceFan on 07/03/2011 09:44 PM
Another winner Chris!!!  But what was the issue with Endeavour that prevented her from flying STS-81?
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: psloss on 07/03/2011 10:26 PM
Another winner Chris!!!  But what was the issue with Endeavour that prevented her from flying STS-81?
Do you mean STS-86?  If so, it wasn't an Endeavour issue as much as the schedule impact of the STS-83 MDF.  That caught Endeavour without an OPF bay right after she'd returned to KSC from a major mod period out at Palmdale.  (The ISS Service Module schedule was probably another factor.)
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: TerryNaylor on 07/03/2011 10:26 PM
Fantastic reads!
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: NavySpaceFan on 07/03/2011 10:30 PM
Yes I did, and thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!

Another winner Chris!!!  But what was the issue with Endeavour that prevented her from flying STS-81?
Do you mean STS-86?  If so, it wasn't an Endeavour issue as much as the schedule impact of the STS-83 MDF.  That caught Endeavour without an OPF bay right after she'd returned to KSC from a major mod period out at Palmdale.  (The ISS Service Module schedule was probably another factor.)

Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: Jason1701 on 07/04/2011 12:06 AM
Great article. A few questions:
-What action, if any, did NASA take to avoid a repeat of the woodpecker ET damage?
-What happened to the ET/SRB stack rendered defunct by the adhesive problems? Were the SRBs fixed in Florida, shipped elsewhere, or disposed of?

Thanks.
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: ChrisGebhardt on 07/04/2011 03:09 AM
Great article. A few questions:
-What action, if any, did NASA take to avoid a repeat of the woodpecker ET damage?
-What happened to the ET/SRB stack rendered defunct by the adhesive problems? Were the SRBs fixed in Florida, shipped elsewhere, or disposed of?

Thanks.

-- An Avian Deterrent System (aka - a gigantic inflatable Owls) were placed at the pads.
-- The ET was used later on. The SRBs were destacked, cleaned, had the old adhesive applied, and were used on a mission early in the next calendar year.
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: SimonShuttle on 07/04/2011 09:25 AM
Brilliant reads :)
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: Galactic Penguin SST on 07/04/2011 03:54 PM
Not entirely on-topic, but I am not sure where I could break this news.. apparently the Atlantis tribute poster made by KSC PAO last year has been updated for STS-135. Notice the place of the STS-135 insignia... :)
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/04/2011 04:10 PM
That's good, and I like your avatar tribute to Atlantis too ;D
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/04/2011 10:03 PM
Final part is now on! Amazing, and emotional, work here by Chris Gebhardt:


PART 3:
Reaching the End: Atlantis and the Fight Against Retirement
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/reaching-end-atlantis-fight-against-retirement/

Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: David AF on 07/04/2011 10:18 PM
Superb!!
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: Jason Davies on 07/04/2011 10:39 PM
Thank you for such a superb tribute. No one, not even nasa.gov, will touch these for the amount of content and depth.
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: The-Hammer on 07/04/2011 10:43 PM
I noted one factual error in part 3:

The paragraphs about STS-98 (Destiny) state that Atlantis delivered three permanent pressurized modules to the station, she actually delivered four: Destiny, Quest, Columbus and Rassvet.
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: Stardust9906 on 07/04/2011 11:22 PM
Excellent articles!
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: Peter NASA on 07/05/2011 12:39 PM
Fantastic work Chris!
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: NavySpaceFan on 07/05/2011 02:32 PM
Great series Chris!!!!  Though I think we'll have to agree to disagree about the "held the most meaningful name of all the Space Shuttles" thing, but then again, I'm biased.  ;)
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: JSC Phil on 07/05/2011 10:09 PM
Awesome work, a great tribute to Atlantis and an excellent historical overview!
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: SpaceAndrew25 on 07/08/2011 04:57 PM
Great review of shuttle history!
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: Space101 on 07/16/2011 07:46 AM
Finally got through them all. It's enough to make a grown man cry. What amazing vehicles and crews.
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: DwightM on 07/16/2011 09:14 PM
What a brilliant set of articles.  They typify the quality of work that establishes this website as the standard bearer of spaceflight coverage.

I loved the 'First Last Orbiter' heading in part 1 - a nod to STS-132's 'First Last Flight' for her.  Lot's of great points, like the number of internationally supported missions she flew and holding the record for fewest IPR's between flights.

Outstanding work Mr. Gebhardt.
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: Chris Bergin on 12/22/2011 12:17 PM
Bumping. Today is her final powerdown :(
Title: Re: OV-104/ATLANTIS: Full Mission History/Tribute Feature Articles (PART 1,2 and 3)
Post by: MATTBLAK on 07/05/2016 07:01 AM
It's nearly the 5th Anniversary of the final Space Shuttle launch; STS-135 (July 8th). Any plans by anyone to commemorate it?

This link takes you to the magazine of my late organization; the N.Z. Spaceflight Association which has an article about my trip to cover this mission in 2011. Cheers, Matthew.

http://www.kiwispace.org.nz/mark/www.nzspace.org.nz-archive/liftoff/Liftoff%20265.pdf