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Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #40 on: 06/15/2008 09:52 am »
STS-124 MCC Status Report #27

5 p.m. CDT Friday, June 13, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
 
HOUSTON - Discovery has been cleared for Saturday's entry and landing at Kennedy Space Center on one of two opportunities at 10:15 a.m. or 11:50 a.m.

Imagery experts declared the shuttle's heat shield healthy and safe for entry and landing during Friday's Mission Management Team meeting. The report followed extensive review of imagery obtained by using the Orbiter Boom Sensor System Wednesday after Discovery undocked from the International Space Station.

The team also reviewed new imagery provided by Discovery's crew of an object that was seen floating away from the vehicle Friday morning during the routine day-before-landing systems checkout to verify entry and landing system health.

Engineers concluded the object was a heat shield clip from the rudder/speed brake on the orbiter's tail used as a heat barrier during launch only and not a concern for entry.

The crew also sent photographs of a perceived protrusion on the rudder/speed brake, but engineers quickly determined it is a normal feature of the tail's heat shield and also not a concern for entry.

To prepare for landing, Discovery's crew members spent a large part of the day stowing items in the crew cabin as the tests of Discovery's flight control surfaces and reaction control system thrusters was ongoing. Both systems functioned well and are ready to support entry activities.

With a large high pressure system in place off the North Carolina coast, forecasters are calling for only scattered clouds and light winds in Florida for landing attempts Saturday and, if needed, Sunday at the Kennedy Space Center.

The crew is scheduled to go to sleep about 5:30 p.m. and awaken at 1:32 a.m. Saturday to begin landing day preparations.

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Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #41 on: 06/15/2008 09:52 am »
STS-124 MCC Status Report #28
 
2 a.m. CDT Saturday, June 14, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
 

HOUSTON - Discovery's crew are now just hours away from landing at the Kennedy Space Center.

The crew was awakened at 1:32 a.m. CDT to "Life on an Ocean Wave," performed by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Band. The song was played for Commander Mark Kelly and the entire crew.

Discovery has two opportunities to land this morning at KSC, at 10:15 a.m. and 11:50 a.m. Imagery experts declared the shuttle's heat shield healthy and safe for entry and landing during yesterday's Mission Management Team meeting.

The first landing opportunity is on orbit 217. The crew will close the payload bay doors at 6:30 a.m. At 8:50 a.m. Mission Control will give the final go/no go for the deorbit burn, scheduled for 9:10 a.m.

The ground track for the first attempt brings the shuttle over the western coast of Mexico, near the border with Guatemala. The shuttle will cross toward Cozumel and Cancun before heading out over the Gulf of Mexico. Discovery will then cross the Florida coast near Naples, heading toward Lakeland and then on toward runway 15 at KSC.

The second opportunity, on the subsequent orbit would take Discovery across central Mexico, the Gulf of Mexico and then on an easterly course across Florida to KSC.

With a large high pressure system in place off the North Carolina coast, forecasters are calling for only scattered clouds and light winds in Florida for landing attempts Saturday and, if needed, Sunday at the Kennedy Space Center.

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Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #42 on: 06/15/2008 09:53 am »
STS-124 MCC Status Report #29

10:30 a.m. CDT Saturday, June 14, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
 
HOUSTON - With only puffy white clouds dotting the skyline, space shuttle Discovery glided to a pinpoint touchdown at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 10:15 a.m. ending the two-week-long STS-124 mission to the International Space Station.

With Commander Mark Kelly at the stick, Discovery touched down on Runway 15 at the Shuttle Landing Facility, completing a 5.7-million-mile journey that included delivery of the major element of Japan's science laboratory "Kibo." Astronaut Garrett Reisman returned home after 95 days in space - 90 of which were aboard the station.

Weather was not a concern today as the Spaceflight Meteorology Group evaluated conditions around the landing site with real-time observations by Chief Astronaut Steve Lindsey flying a Gulfstream business jet that mimics the shuttle's landing characteristics.

Discovery's 35th mission began at 4:02 p.m. on May 31 with liftoff from Kennedy's Launch Complex 39A just three miles east of the landing strip. The shuttle will head back to its hangar where it will be readied for the STS-119 mission in early 2009 to deliver the final pair of solar arrays to the space station.

The 26th shuttle mission dedicated to assembly and maintenance of the station included delivery of the 32,558-pound Kibo and three spacewalks, totaling 20 hours, 32 minutes bringing the total for 112 spacewalks devoted to assembly to more than 706 hours.

Left behind on the station is the Expedition 17 crew, Commander Sergei Volkov, Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko and Reisman's replacement, Flight Engineer Greg Chamitoff, who will spend the next five months on the station until his return home aboard Endeavour on the next station mission scheduled for November (STS-126).

The well-choreographed mission of Discovery was carried out by Kelly and his crew, Pilot Ken Ham and Mission Specialists Mike Fossum, Ron Garan, Karen Nyberg and Japan's Aki Hoshide who led the activities of bringing his country's laboratory to life after installation at its permanent base 220 miles above the Earth.

Discovery's main landing gear touched down at 10:15:19 a.m., followed by the nose gear at 10:15:30.  Wheels stopped at 10:16:19 a.m., bringing the mission's elapsed time to 13 days, 18 hours, 13 minutes, 7 seconds.

The crew is scheduled to return to Houston's Ellington Field on Sunday with a welcome home ceremony planned for about 4 p.m. at Hangar 990 at the north end of the field.

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Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #43 on: 06/15/2008 09:53 am »
RELEASE: 08-150

NASA'S SHUTTLE DISCOVERY GLIDES HOME AFTER SUCCESSFUL MISSION

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- Space shuttle Discovery and its crew landed at
11:15 a.m. EDT Saturday, at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla.,
completing a 14-day journey of more than 5.7 million miles in space.

The STS-124 mission was the second of three flights to launch
components to the International Space Station to complete the Japan
Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory. Discovery delivered
Kibo's tour bus-sized Japanese Pressurized Module, or JPM, which is
the station's largest module. The mission included three spacewalks
to install and outfit the JPM and activate its robotic arm system.
The lab's logistics module, which was delivered and installed in a
temporary location in March, was attached to its permanent position
on top of the JPM.

Mark Kelly commanded the flight and was joined by Pilot Ken Ham,
Mission Specialists Karen Nyberg, Ron Garan, Mike Fossum, Greg
Chamitoff, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko
Hoshide. Chamitoff remained aboard the space station, replacing
Expedition 17 Flight Engineer Garrett Reisman, who returned to Earth
on Discovery after nearly three months on the station. Chamitoff will
return on shuttle Endeavour's STS-126 mission, targeted for launch
November 10.

STS-124 was the 123rd space shuttle flight, the 35th flight for
shuttle Discovery and the 26th flight of a shuttle to the station.

With Discovery and its crew safely home, the stage is set for the
launch of STS-125 on October 8. Atlantis' mission will return the
space shuttle to the Hubble Space Telescope for one last visit before
the shuttle fleet retires in 2010. Over 12 days and five spacewalks,
Atlantis' crew will make repairs and upgrades to the telescope,
preparing it for at least another five years of research.

For more about the STS-124 mission and the upcoming STS-125 mission,
visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

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Re: STS-124: Press Releases
« Reply #44 on: 07/08/2008 09:09 pm »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M08-132

SHUTTLE CREW TO VISIT NASA HEADQUARTERS, AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEWS

WASHINGTON -- One month after the landing of space shuttle Discovery,
NASA Headquarters in Washington is preparing to welcome the
astronauts of the STS-124 crew, which wrapped up a mission to the
International Space Station on June 14.

The STS-124 crew members will share mission highlights with NASA
employees, their families and reporters at NASA Headquarters' James
E. Webb Auditorium, 300 E. Street, S.W., on Tuesday, July 15, at 1
p.m. EDT. The crew's presentation will air live on NASA Television's
education channel. Immediately following their presentation, the
astronauts will be available for media interviews from 2 to 3 p.m. in
the auditorium. Interested reporters should contact John Yembrick at
202-358-0602 by 4 p.m. on Monday, July 14.

The 14-day shuttle flight 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
and Kibo's robotic arm system. The flight also delivered station
resident Greg Chamitoff to the outpost. Discovery returned with
Garrett Reisman, who spent three months aboard the complex.

The STS-124 crew members who will attend the event are: Commander Mark
Kelly, Pilot Ken Ham, Mission Specialists Karen Nyberg, Ron Garan,
Mike Fossum, Garrett Reisman, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
astronaut Akihiko Hoshide.

The astronauts also will attend a reception in their honor at the
Japanese ambassador's residence the evening of July 17. Journalists
are invited to attend. Further information on that event will be
provided in a media advisory from the Japanese Embassy.

For more information on NASA Television and links to streaming video,
visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

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