Author Topic: STS-124: Press Releases  (Read 22020 times)

Offline jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 21401
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 7843
  • Likes Given: 312
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #20 on: 06/05/2008 11:57 am »
Thursday, June 5, 2008 - 6:00 a.m. CDT
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

STS-124 MCC Status Report #10   

After spending the night camped out in the Quest airlock, astronauts Mike Fossum and Ron Garan are prepared to embark on the second of three spacewalks today to continue the outfitting of the newly installed Kibo laboratory.

Fossum and Garan’s spacewalk today will focus on removing the thermal covers and other insulation on the outside of the laboratory, including the covers on Kibo’s robotic arm. In addition to installing some cameras on the outside of Kibo that will be used to monitor external payload work, they will also work on the zenith hatch of Kibo to remove some insulation that may get in the way of the hatch’s locking mechanism.

Fossum and Garan also will complete some advance work on a nitrogen tank assembly that will be replaced on the third and final spacewalk of the mission. Today’s spacewalk is scheduled for 6.5 hours.

Crew members woke up at 5:32 a.m. Thursday to “Fly Away,” performed by Lenny Kravitz. The song was played for Garan.

Crew members will work to complete the transfer of the remaining racks from inside the Japanese Logistics Pressurized Module, delivered to the station by Endeavour in March. The hatch to that module will be closed this afternoon in preparation for its Friday relocation from the Harmony node to its final position on the Japanese Experiment Module, as part of Kibo.

The crew is scheduled to go to sleep at 9:32 p.m. Thursday and awaken at 5:32 a.m. Friday.

Offline jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 21401
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 7843
  • Likes Given: 312
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #21 on: 06/05/2008 02:37 pm »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M08-112

DISCOVERY, SPACE STATION NEWS CONFERENCE SET FOR MONDAY

HOUSTON -- The 10 crew members aboard space shuttle Discovery and the
International Space Station will hold a news conference at 4:02 p.m.
CDT, Monday, June 9.

Media may ask questions in person only from NASA's Johnson Space
Center in Houston, NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida and NASA
Headquarters in Washington. A portion of the news conference will be
reserved for Japanese reporters at the Johnson Space Center.

To participate in the news conference, U.S. journalists must call the
public affairs office at their preferred NASA center by 3 p.m. CDT,
Monday, June 9. Media must be in place at participating locations at
least 20 minutes prior to the start of the news conference.

NASA Television will provide live coverage of the 40-minute news
conference. For NASA TV downlink, schedule and streaming video
information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

During Discovery's STS-124 mission, astronauts are continuing
installation of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo
laboratory.

For more information about STS-124 and its crew, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

Offline jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 21401
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 7843
  • Likes Given: 312
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #22 on: 06/06/2008 03:36 pm »
STS-124 MCC Status Report #11

8 p.m. CDT Thursday, June 5, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
 
HOUSTON - After a seven-hour spacewalk, the newly installed Kibo laboratory is closer to its final configuration.

Mission specialists Mike Fossum and Ron Garan exited the space station at 10:04 a.m., nearly 30 minutes ahead of schedule, to begin the second spacewalk, which focused on external outfitting of the new module. They also worked on preparations for the exchange of a Nitrogen Tank Assembly, retrieved a failed camera and inspected an array mechanism.

Once the two left the airlock, they made their way to the Kibo laboratory module where they installed cameras that will help monitor external robotic and payload operations. While in the vicinity, the two added insulating material to some areas of the module and removed thermal covers and insulation from others, specifically the Japanese robotic arm and the hatch on top of the module. A smaller component of the Japanese Experiment Module will be repositioned to that hatch location Friday.

With the Kibo tasks behind them, the two proceeded to tasks in preparation for their next spacewalk. They loosened bolts holding two Nitrogen Tank Assemblies in place on the station's truss. Those tanks will be swapped during Sunday's spacewalk. They also retrieved a failed external television camera from the port truss. That camera's power supply will be replaced once inside the space station and the camera will be returned to its external location during Sunday's third spacewalk.

Fossum then performed an inspection of the left Solar Alpha Rotary Joint, which has been performing perfectly. He relayed to the ground team that he did not see any shavings or debris, but took photos which will be sent to the ground for engineers to review. The spacewalk ended at 5:15 p.m. after seven hours, 11 minutes.

The rest of the station and shuttle crew members continued with work inside the docked complex transferring supplies and equipment, outfitting the interior of Kibo and its robotics console, transferring racks into the new lab and readying for tomorrow's relocation of the logistics module onto the lab.

The crew is scheduled to go to sleep at 9:32 p.m. and awaken at 5:32 a.m. Friday.

Offline jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 21401
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 7843
  • Likes Given: 312
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #23 on: 06/06/2008 03:37 pm »
Friday, June 6, 2008 - 6 a.m. CDT
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

STS-124 MCC Status Report #12   

The crews of Discovery and Expedition 17 will work today to relocate the Japanese Logistics Module (JLM) to its permanent home on top of the newly installed Japanese Pressurized Module (JPM) of the Kibo laboratory.

The JLM was the first part of Kibo to be brought to the International Space Station. It was delivered by shuttle Endeavour during STS-123 in March and has been temporarily residing on top of the Harmony node, awaiting the arrival of JPM, the main Kibo laboratory.

Depressurization of the JLM is scheduled for 11:12 a.m. CDT, which will be followed by the grappling of the module by the station’s robotic arm at 1:02 p.m. The arm will lift the module off of its port at 1:57 p.m. and will move it 30 feet to the JPM's zenith port.

The shuttle crew awoke this morning to “Bright as Yellow,” performed by Innocence Mission. The song was played for Mission Specialist Karen Nyberg.

Expedition 17 Commander Sergei Volkov and STS-124 Commander Mark Kelly are scheduled to speak with KMSB-TV, National Public Radio and Associated Press TV this morning at 11:27 a.m. Those interviews will be broadcast live on NASA TV.

Offline jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 21401
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 7843
  • Likes Given: 312
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #24 on: 06/07/2008 07:46 am »
STS-124 MCC Status Report #13
 
7:45 p.m. CDT Friday, June 6, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
 
HOUSTON - Ever closer to its final configuration, the Japanese Kibo laboratory now has its storage module attached. The logistics module was repositioned from its temporary location atop Harmony, and now sits in its permanent location on top of the large laboratory.

The logistics module was moved by Expedition 17 Flight Engineer and NASA Science Officer Greg Chamitoff and Discovery Mission Specialist Karen Nyberg. They used the space station's robotic arm for the delicate maneuver, which began with the module's removal at 2:16 p.m. and concluded with latches capturing it in place on the lab 42 minutes later at 2:58 p.m.

The crew pressurized the hatchway to the logistics module and performed initial leak checks. The team in Mission Control will continue the leak checks overnight. The crew will enter the module Monday afternoon.

Preparations continued on the Japanese remote manipulator system. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide activated the robotic arm's operating station and released brakes for initial tests. The 33-foot robotic arm will be moved for the first time Saturday. The small motion provides access to thermal covers that will be removed during the spacewalk Sunday.

Other crew members continued with transfer work and internal outfitting of the Kibo laboratory, which now has 12 experiment and control racks installed.

The crew is scheduled to go to sleep at 9:02 p.m. and awaken at 5:02 a.m. Saturday.

Offline jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 21401
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 7843
  • Likes Given: 312
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #25 on: 06/08/2008 08:46 am »
STS-124 MCC Status Report #14

5:30 a.m. CDT Saturday, June 7, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
 
HOUSTON - The crew of Discovery began its eighth flight day this morning to the song "Taking Off." It was performed by Godaigo and played for Mission Specialist Aki Hoshide.

The first task on hand for the crew is a series of tests on Kibo's robotic arm. These tests will include the robot arm's hold and release mechanism.

The crew also will perform an initial deploy of the 33-foot arm, which will involve a slight movement of the joints. This will be done in order to allow the arm to relax its position slightly and to ensure that mission specialists Mike Fossum and Ron Garan have adequate room for some of their tasks during their spacewalk on Sunday.

The crew also will continue the outfitting of the vestibule between the new Kibo laboratory module, the Japanese Pressurized Module, and its logistics module, which was relocated yesterday. The hatch between the two modules is schedule to be opened on Monday.

Discovery's crew also will talk with news media representatives beginning at 1:02 p.m. CDT. The interviews, which will be carried live on NASA TV, will be  with CNN, WCBS-TV and WDAY-TV.

Later, at 6:02 p.m., Discovery Commander Mark Kelly and Hoshide will speak with dignitaries and students in Japan. That event also will be carried live on NASA TV, and will be replayed with English interpretation at 7:30 p.m.

Garan and Fossum will review the procedures for their Sunday spacewalk, which will be the third and final of the mission. The two astronauts will spend the night camped out in the Quest airlock in preparation for that activity.

Offline jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 21401
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 7843
  • Likes Given: 312
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #26 on: 06/08/2008 08:47 am »
STS-124 MCC Status Report #15
 
7 p.m. CDT Saturday, June 7, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
 
HOUSTON - Shuttle astronauts expanded the robotics capabilities on the station today, with the first tests and motions of the Japanese robotic arm.

After heating up the arm yesterday and setting up its control console, today, mission specialists Akihiko Hoshide and Karen Nyberg sent commands to activate the Kibo robotic arm system's hold and release mechanism. About an hour later, the two initiated the first motion of the arm. At 11:39 a.m. they commanded a slight pitch down motion to validate the arm's operability. The move also ensured there would be sufficient space for the removal of launch locks and insulation from the arm's wrist and elbow cameras, a task scheduled for tomorrow's spacewalk to be conducted by Mike Fossum and Ron Garan.

Now, at the halfway point of the mission, the ten crewmembers gathered for an interview with reporters with CNN, WCBS-TV in New York and WDAY-TV in Fargo, N.D.

Later, shuttle Commander Mark Kelly was joined by Hoshide for a special call from the Japanese dignitaries. Participants included Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda; Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Kisaburo Tokai; Director of Miraikan (National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation) and NASA Astronaut Mamoru Mohri. U.S. Ambassador in Japan J. Thomas Shieffer and students also participated in the call to congratulate Hoshide and Kelly on the mission and the successful addition of the Kibo Laboratory.

The crew continued internal outfitting of the new laboratory and transfer work and ended the day with a review of the procedures for tomorrow's spacewalk. That extravehicular activity, or EVA will now include a possible get-ahead task to collect samples of some of the powder-like substance Fossum observed on the left Solar Alpha Rotary Joint during the last spacewalk.

The shuttle crew is scheduled to go to sleep at 8:32 p.m., thirty minutes after their space station counterparts. Both crews are scheduled to awaken at 4:32 a.m. Sunday.


Offline jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 21401
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 7843
  • Likes Given: 312
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #27 on: 06/09/2008 09:06 am »
STS-124 MCC Status Report #16
 
5:30 a.m. CDT Sunday, June 8, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
 
HOUSTON - Astronauts Mike Fossum and Ron Garan are prepared this morning to conduct the third and final spacewalk of Discovery's mission to the International Space Station.

Fossum and Garan will focus their attention on changing out a nitrogen tank assembly on the station's starboard truss. They will retrieve the new tank from a storage platform on the port truss.

Garan will be riding the station's arm back and forth as he moves the tank into place. The ride should be spectacular. Garan, holding the large depleted tank assembly, will ride the fully extended Canadarm2 from the tank's installation area on the starboard truss to its stowage area on the port truss, and then ride back with the new tank assembly.

The ride has been dubbed the "windshield wiper maneuver."

The two astronauts also will remove some of the launch locks and insulation from the robotic arm that is located on Kibo. They also will work to install the port truss camera that was retrieved during the second spacewalk of the mission. The crew worked to repair that camera yesterday inside the station in advance of today's spacewalk.

If time and logistics allow, Fossum will perform another inspection of the port solar alpha rotary joint (SARJ). His attention will be on retrieving some samples of the grease lines that he saw during the second spacewalk of the mission.

The crew was awakened this morning at 4:32 a.m. by the theme music from "The Mickey Mouse Club."

Offline jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 21401
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 7843
  • Likes Given: 312
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #28 on: 06/09/2008 09:07 am »
STS-124 MCC Status Report #17

6 p.m. CDT Sunday, June 8, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
 
HOUSTON - Astronauts Mike Fossum and Ron Garan completed the third and final spacewalk of Discovery's mission to the International Space Station.

During the six-hour, 33-minute spacewalk, Fossum and Garan accomplished all of the planned objectives as well as many extra tasks. It began at 8:55 a.m. and concluded at 3:28 p.m.

Together they replaced a nitrogen tank on the station's starboard truss with a new one. Garan worked from the end of the station robotic arm, operated by astronauts Karen Nyberg and Akihiko Hoshide.

From there the spacewalkers moved onto separate tasks. Fossum returned to the port Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ) that he had inspected during the second spacewalk. He took samples of particulate matter from inside the joint, using a strip of tape that will be returned to Earth for engineers to analyze.

He then removed thermal insulation from the Kibo robotic arm's wrist and elbow cameras and launch locks from one of the Kibo windows. He deployed debris shields on Kibo and, while in the area, tightened a bolt holding a television camera in place since Japanese flight controllers had noticed unexpected movement while operating the camera.

Garan retrieved a video camera that had been removed from the port truss during the second spacewalk. It was repaired Saturday and Garan re-installed it. Video from the camera was sent to Mission Control almost immediately.

The pair finished the spacewalk with extra tasks. Fossum installed a thermal cover on connectors on the outside of Harmony and relocated a foot restraint aid. Garan removed a launch lock on the starboard SARJ. Three of four locks were removed during this mission's spacewalks.

The crew will go to sleep at 8:02 p.m. and awaken at 4:02 a.m. Monday.

Offline jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 21401
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 7843
  • Likes Given: 312
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #29 on: 06/09/2008 10:05 pm »
Monday, June 9, 2008 - 5 a.m. CDT
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

STS-124 MCC Status Report #18   

HOUSTON – Discovery’s crew was awakened at 4:02 a.m. CDT, beginning a day that will see the final deployment of the arm on the Kibo laboratory and the opening of the hatch between Kibo and the logistics module.

The wakeup call this morning was “The Spirit of Aggieland” performed by the Fightin’ Texas Aggie Band. The song was played for Mission Specialist Mike Fossum.

The final deployment of the Kibo laboratory’s robotic arm will begin at 7:22 a.m., and the maneuvers should take about a half hour. At that point, the arm will be returned to its stow position and will have its brakes tested out.

The crew will swap out a battery charger module inside the station’s Quest airlock. They will also open the hatch between Kibo and its logistics module after lunch.

All 10 crew members are scheduled to participate in the joint crew news conference. They will be speaking with media outlets in the United States and Japan in a live interactive event. That news conference will begin at 4:02 p.m. and will be carried on NASA TV.

Offline jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 21401
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 7843
  • Likes Given: 312
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #30 on: 06/10/2008 08:15 am »
STS-124 MCC Status Report #19
 
6:30 p.m. CDT Monday, June 9, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
 
HOUSTON - Discovery's crew completed the major work on the Japanese Kibo laboratory that was planned for the STS-124 mission to the International Space Station.

Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg operated the robotic arm for its final deployment maneuver. Then they placed the arm in a stowed position and finished up with checkouts of brakes within its joints.

The pair went on to open the hatch between Kibo and its logistics module so that it can be used as a storage area for the laboratory.

Commander Mark Kelly and Mission Specialist Mike Fossum swapped out battery charger modules inside the station's Quest airlock.

Mission Specialist Garrett Reisman and Flight Engineer Greg Chamitoff continued handover briefings about living and working onboard the International Space Station. Reisman is returning to Earth aboard Discovery after three months in space. Chamitoff will remain onboard, serving as a NASA science officer, until the STS-126 shuttle mission targeted for launch in November.

Other crew members continued transferring equipment and supplies between the two spacecraft, with the hatches due to be closed Tuesday afternoon.

The crew is scheduled to go to sleep at 7:32 p.m. and awaken at 3:32 a.m. Tuesday.

Offline Moonbase_Alphan

  • Member
  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 579
  • Space City, Texas
  • Liked: 61
  • Likes Given: 0
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #31 on: 06/10/2008 09:58 am »
Tuesday, June 10, 2008 - 4:30 a.m. CDT
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

STS-124
MCC Status Report #20   

HOUSTON – The crew of Discovery has begun its last day of joint operations with the International Space Station.

Crew members were awakened at 3:32 a.m. CDT by "All Because of You," performed by U2. It was played for Mission Specialist Ron Garan.

The crew will spend the morning configuring a backup drive for the Kibo laboratory’s robotic arm. The astronauts also will be enjoying a couple of hours of off-duty time today after several busy days on orbit.

International Space Station Flight Engineer Greg Chamitoff and Discovery Mission Specialist Garrett Reisman (whom Chamitoff replaced as a station crew member) will speak with NBC News, KGO Radio and Fox News Radio this afternoon. Those interviews will air live on NASA TV at 1:10 p.m.

At 2:57 p.m. CDT, the crews of Discovery and Expedition 17 are due to say goodbye to each other. Hatches between the two spacecraft will be closed shortly thereafter.

Crew members will do a series of leak checks before going to sleep for the evening. Discovery's crew begins its sleep period at 7:02 p.m.

Undocking from the International Space Station is set for Wednesday at 6:42 a.m.

The next status report will be issued at the end of the crew’s day, or earlier if events warrant.
« Last Edit: 06/10/2008 09:59 am by Moonbase_Alphan »

Offline jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 21401
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 7843
  • Likes Given: 312
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #32 on: 06/11/2008 08:27 am »
STS-124 MCC Status Report #21

5 p.m. CDT Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
 
HOUSTON -The crews of Discovery and the International Space Station bid one other farewell, closing the hatch between the two spacecraft at 3:42 p.m.

Before exiting the station, the shuttle crew installed a backup drive for the Kibo laboratory's robotic arm and transferred last minute experiment samples and equipment to Discovery.

The astronauts also enjoyed a few of hours of off-duty time before gathering in the Harmony module at 2:55 p.m. to say goodbye.

The crew begins its sleep period at 7:02 p.m. and awakens at 3:02 a.m. Wednesday.

Undocking from the International Space Station is set for 6:42 a.m.

Offline jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 21401
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 7843
  • Likes Given: 312
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #33 on: 06/12/2008 07:14 am »
STS-124 MCC Status Report #22
 
4 a.m. CDT Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
 

HOUSTON -The crew of Discovery is a few hours away from undocking after almost nine days at the International Space Station.

The crew members will install the centerline camera before the undocking, which is scheduled for 6:42 a.m. CDT. That camera will help Commander Mark Kelly and Pilot Ken Ham fine tune the shuttle's maneuvers as it backs away from the station.

After the shuttle undocks from the station, it will perform a flyaround of the newly expanded complex before conducting a final separation burn at 8:25 a.m.

 Beginning at 10:12 a.m., the crew will conduct the late inspection of the shuttle's heat shield using the orbiter boom sensor system in advance of Discovery's return home on Saturday.  Landing is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. central time at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The crew woke up at 3:12 a.m. to "Centerfield" by John Fogerty. The song was played for Ham. The crew is scheduled to begin its sleep period at 6:32 p.m.


Offline jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 21401
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 7843
  • Likes Given: 312
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #34 on: 06/12/2008 07:14 am »
STS-124 MCC Status Report #23

5:30 p.m. CDT Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
 
HOUSTON - After almost nine days of flying together, the space shuttle Discovery and International Space Station have parted ways.

Pilot Ken Ham backed Discovery away from the station at 6:42 a.m. and proceeded to fly around the 330-ton complex. The shuttle crew members then captured video and still photos of their construction site, including the Japanese Kibo laboratory.

The shuttle crew conducted the late inspection of the shuttle's heat shield using the orbiter boom sensor system. The surveys began just after 10 a.m. and concluded around 2 p.m. All imagery was sent to Mission Control for experts to review by 2:49 p.m.

Imagery experts are expected to give their final report about the health of Discovery's heat shield to the Mission Management Team Friday.

Now working on different schedules, the station crew went to sleep at 4:30 p.m. and the shuttle crew is scheduled to begin its sleep period at 6:32 p.m.

The station crew is scheduled to awaken at 1 a.m. Thursday, while Discovery's wakeup call is due at 2:32 a.m.

Offline jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 21401
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 7843
  • Likes Given: 312
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #35 on: 06/12/2008 05:00 pm »
Thursday, June 12, 2008 - 4:00 a.m. CDT
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

STS-124 MCC Status Report #24   

The crew of Discovery will enjoy some off-duty time this morning after yesterday’s undocking from the International Space Station.

After a few hours of rest, the crew members will stow the orbiter boom sensor system (OBSS) inside the shuttle’s payload bay as well as power down Discovery’s robotic arm.

The crew will also conduct an orbit adjustment burn at 3:20 p.m. CDT using the right orbital maneuvering system (OMS) engine. That adjustment will change the shuttle’s orbit by seven feet per second and will enable an additional landing opportunity at the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, if the shuttle is not able to land on the two opportunities on Saturday.

The crew was awakened at 2:32 this morning to “Crystal Frontier” by Calexico. It was played for Commander Mark Kelly. The crew is scheduled to begin its sleep period at 6:02 p.m.

Offline jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 21401
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 7843
  • Likes Given: 312
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #36 on: 06/12/2008 09:56 pm »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M08-118

SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY SET TO LAND SATURDAY

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- The space shuttle Discovery crew is expected
to complete its 14-day flight to the International Space Station with
a landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 11:15 a.m. EDT
on Saturday, June 14.

The STS-124 mission began May 31 and delivered two new sections of the
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory to the station.
During three spacewalks, the crew installed the Japanese Pressurized
Module, or JPM, and Kibo's robotic arm system. Kibo's logistics
module, which had been attached temporarily to the Harmony node
during the STS-123 mission in March, was attached to the JPM. The
flight also delivered station resident Greg Chamitoff to the outpost.
Discovery will return with Garrett Reisman, who spent three months
aboard the complex.

NASA managers will evaluate weather conditions at Kennedy before
permitting Discovery to return to Earth. Saturday landing
opportunities at Kennedy are at 11:15 a.m. and 12:50 p.m. Two hours
after landing, NASA officials will hold a media briefing to discuss
the mission. The participants will be:

- Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations
- Kaoru Mamiya, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Vice President
- Mike Leinbach, NASA Space Shuttle Launch Director

After touchdown, the astronauts will undergo physical examinations and
meet with their families. The STS-124 crew is expected to hold a news
conference at 4:15 p.m. Saturday. Both news events will be broadcast
live on NASA Television. Media interested in participating must
pick-up their accreditation badges on Saturday.

The Kennedy News Center will open for landing activities at 7 a.m.
Saturday and close at 6 p.m. The STS-124 media badges are in effect
through landing. The media accreditation building on State Road 3
will be open on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The last bus will
depart from the news center for the Shuttle Landing Facility one hour
before landing. For updated information about the landing, call
321-867-2525.

If landing is diverted to one of the shuttle's backup runways after
Saturday, media should call the Dryden public affairs office at
661-276-3449 or the White Sands Missile Range public affairs office
at 505-678-1134. Dryden has limited facilities available to
previously accredited journalists for landings at Edwards Air Force
Base. Journalists with STS-124 mission badges from NASA will be
issued credentials at White Sands Missile Range.

For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming
video, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For the latest information about the STS-124 mission, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

For more on the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

Offline jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 21401
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 7843
  • Likes Given: 312
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #37 on: 06/12/2008 10:10 pm »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M08-120

NASA SETS JUNE 16 FOR MEDIA VIEWING OF KENNEDY LAUNCH PAD DAMAGE

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center
will be opened to journalists to allow viewing of a site damaged
during the May 31 launch of space shuttle Discovery. Reporters will
have the opportunity to ask questions about ongoing repair work. The
media tour will take place Monday, June 16, at 10 a.m. EDT.

The damage occurred to an area of the pad known as the flame trench.
Based on analysis to date, repairs are expected to be completed in
time for the next shuttle launch. Atlantis' STS-125 mission to NASA's
Hubble Space Telescope is targeted for Oct. 8.

During Monday's event, Ed Mango, deputy director of the shuttle
program's launch vehicle processing, and Perry Becker, who is leading
the launch pad engineering investigation team, will be available for
interviews.

Reporters planning to attend should arrive at Kennedy's news center by
9 a.m. All participants must dress in full-length pants, flat shoes
that entirely cover the feet and shirts with sleeves. Journalists
without permanent Kennedy credentials should submit their request
online by noon, Friday, June 13, at:

https://media.ksc.nasa.gov   

Video B-roll of the pad damage will air on NASA Television's Video
File segment starting Monday afternoon. For NASA TV downlink
information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

Offline jacqmans

  • Moderator
  • Global Moderator
  • Senior Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 21401
  • Houten, The Netherlands
  • Liked: 7843
  • Likes Given: 312
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #38 on: 06/13/2008 08:03 am »
STS-124 MCC Status Report #25

5 p.m. CDT Thursday, June 12, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
 
HOUSTON - The crew of Discovery enjoyed some off-duty time 12 days into a busy mission to the International Space Station and turned its attention to returning to Earth Saturday.

After the rest period, robotic arm operators Karen Nyberg and Ron Garan stowed the orbiter boom sensor system inside the shuttle's payload bay and powered down Discovery's robotic arm.

The boom was used to inspect Discovery's heat shield Wednesday. A review of the space shuttle tile imagery has not revealed any issues and the team is continuing to review imagery of the reinforced carbon-carbon material. A final report from analysis of the data is expected Friday.

The crew conducted an orbit adjustment burn at 3:20 p.m. using the right orbital maneuvering system engine. That adjustment enables an additional landing opportunity at the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday, if the shuttle is not able to land on the two opportunities on Saturday. Saturday opportunities at Kennedy are at 10:15 a.m. and 11:50 a.m.

The crew is scheduled to begin its sleep period at 6:02 p.m. and awaken at 2:02 a.m. Friday.

Offline Moonbase_Alphan

  • Member
  • Full Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 579
  • Space City, Texas
  • Liked: 61
  • Likes Given: 0
Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #39 on: 06/13/2008 08:36 am »
Friday, June 13, 2008 - 3 a.m. CDT
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

STS-124 MCC Status Report #26   

The crew of Discovery has begun its last full day in orbit.

Fittingly, the wake-up music was “Baby, Won’t You Please Come Home,” performed by Louis Prima and Keely Smith. The song was played at 2:02 a.m. CDT for Mission Specialist Garrett Reisman.

The crew will spend a large part of the day stowing away items in the crew cabin in advance of Saturday’s landing.

They also are scheduled to test Discovery's flight control system, the flaps and rudder which will control the orbiter's flight through the atmosphere, a little before 5:40 a.m. Subsequently, at about 6:50 a.m., they will test the spacecraft's reaction control system jets, which control the shuttle's orientation before the flight control system becomes effective.

Reisman’s recumbent seat will be set up on the mid-deck of the shuttle early this afternoon. This is a special reclining seat that helps returning Expedition crew members adjust to Earth’s gravity easier.

At the end of the crew’s day, the astronauts also will stow the Ku-band antenna. The high-data-rate KU-band system transmits, among other things, television signals.

The crew is scheduled to go to sleep at 5:32 p.m. CDT.

Tags:
 

Advertisement NovaTech
Advertisement SkyTale Software GmbH
Advertisement Northrop Grumman
Advertisement
Advertisement Brady Kenniston
Advertisement NextSpaceflight
Advertisement Nathan Barker Photography
0