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Title: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/19/2011 10:38 pm
LIVE and interactive coverage of STS-135's Flight Day 13.

Main links of use:

Atlantis' forum section for other threads - including non FD specific coverage:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=3.0


L2 Members:
STS-135 Special Section - Internal NASA Flight Day coverage:
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=35.0 or
http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?action=tags&tags=STS-135
(Best STS mission L2 section by far)


Coverage will be centralized on this site, via these live threads and news articles, but I will ''tweet" important updates via http://twitter.com/NASASpaceflight


All STS-135 News Articles can be found on this link:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/tag/sts-135/

Recent Articles:

S0007 Countdown - by myself and Philip Sloss:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/sts-135-atlantis-s0007-tasks-weather-concern-launch/

RRM Payload Feature - By Pete Harding:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/sts-135-enabling-new-era-robotic-satellite-refuelling-space/

Launch Day article - by Chris Gebhardt and a bit from me:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/sts135-live-attempt-1/

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FD1/2 Article:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/sts-135-ascent-reviews-point-superb-launch-performance-atlantis/

FD2 Article:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/sts-135-atlantis-inspections-ahead-iss-arrival/

FD3 Article:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/sts-135-atlantis-docks-iss-wleids-review-rcc-panels/

FD4 Article:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/sts-135-mmt-mission-extension-flawless-atlantis/

FD5 Article:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/sts-135-flight-day-5-eva-swap-pm-install-rrm/

TPS Clearance:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/sts-135-gpc-4-issue-tps-clearance-overview/

GPC Article:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/sts-135-sun-may-contributed-atlantis-gpc-4-issue/

Undocking/TriDAR Article:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/atlantis-undocking-tridar-tests-continue-flyaround/

L-1 Article:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/sts-135-atlantis-cleared-one-final-time-thursday/

Deorbit and Landing Article:
In work.


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FD13:  EOM-1
– PSSC deploy
– Cabin Stow
– FCS C/O, RCS Hot Fire, L-1 Comm Checks, WLES Deact,
– Ku-Band Stow
– SSP Tribute

Please note, this is interactive, but all posts need to be on topic. If you post images, no more than two per post.

Click to enlarge NTV schedule
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/19/2011 10:59 pm
We're going to defer the idea for personal tributes until Atlantis safely on the ground. We have to work like MOD, and try and come with one percent of their amazing standards, given they'll have their game faces on until the crew are off the vehicle, so we should too.

However, I do think it would be nice for us all to give Atlantis and the SSP a respectful, honorable and celebratory (as much as I know it's a tough word to use with the end of the program) manner. They deserve nothing less.

This is likely to be the last ever full day where a Space Shuttle is on orbit and thus the last ever live coverage thread for a full day on orbit.

I've always believed these threads should be interactive, and while the site's grown from 20 shuttle huggers and a few NASA guys to a monster, along with parts of the forum becoming an extension of the news site - with specific updaters and uniformed elements of coverage - this "last day" should be marked by all.

So, pretty much anyone can post, as much as it needs to be on topic or an update. Feel free to make your mark, because I can assure you, people will be looking at these mission threads in years and years to come. There might be something special about seeing your "name" on one of the updates, especially in say 10 years time - as you gain a reminder of where you where in the final hours large winged spacecraft sailed in the heavens.

The moderators will be very liberal over this. So don't feel you need to cram in a load of checklists and handbooks before you can post. Heck, it could just be a nice view via NASA TV, or something that was said on the loop. It could even be "I'm going to miss these amazing machines".

The opportunity for people to post their feelings and tributes to the fleet - and those who have rode in them and cared for them - will come after landing, but make no mistake about how historic the next 24-36 or so will be.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: stockman on 07/19/2011 11:45 pm
1 hour 36 minutes to Crew wakeup call... - 8:29 Central time -

Coming up - another in the series of guest commentaries.


well said Chris - this is my token contribution to kick off this last flight day.. Really can't sum up the feelings as it is like a good friend is passing away..

Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: MS6 on 07/20/2011 12:05 am
It could even be "I'm going to miss these amazing machines".

Chris, you said it best so I don't have to.  For my first post I'll thank the producers of the ascent imagery highlights, the final shot of Atlantis climbing away on the tank was very powerful (in more ways than one).  I should have signed up for an account long ago, the viewing threads were very helpful.  I appreciate the time everyone takes to post screenshots and updates.

My family saw the -135 launch from Cocoa Beach, and we'll come down for the next manned launch whenever that might be.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 12:11 am
Excellent! Welcome to the site's forum!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Lee Jay on 07/20/2011 12:41 am
There are two ways for someone to die (with plenty of shades of gray in between).

My Dad lived to be 51, dying after a long and painful illness at the end of being sick for over two decades.  That's a tragedy, and we mourned.

My Great Aunt lived to be 97.  She lived on her own and was sharper than most college grads right up until 5 days before she passed.  She had great kids, knew all of her grand kids and all of her great grand kids.  That's pretty much as good as you can do in life.  We had a big party, a celebration of her life.

We could have lost the Shuttle program after Challenger, but came very close to actually doing so after Columbia.  That would have been a tragedy to compound the tragedy of losing the vehicle and her crew.

Instead, the program came back, and did so impressively.  Sure, there have been fits and starts since return to flight, but they have finished they job they started - ISS is complete, and stocked to the gills.

One more thing to do - get the crew and vehicle back safely, and Columbia showed us that it's not a task to be taken lightly.  But the Lady is in great shape, has a great crew and a great support team on the ground.  If and when they get back safely, and I most certainly wish them an uneventful entry, decent and landing, I'm not mourning a tragedy, I'm going to celebrate a magnificent life.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: stockman on 07/20/2011 12:45 am
Seems like something missing from the first picture... and just a beautiful calm scene in the second one...
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: stockman on 07/20/2011 12:46 am
Last guest commentator for this evening..
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: DwightM on 07/20/2011 12:54 am
Chris I'll save my Shuttle tribute for tomorrow, but I do want to thank you for the opportunity to feel like we're a part of the mission.  Personally, if it wasn't for NSF.com I would have no outlet and the input I would receive would certainly be minimal and often questionable.  My friend's normal response to me talking about spaceflight and what this particular program means is most often 'that's nice Dwight'. 
The end of the program without this well populated forum would be that much more agonizing.

BTW, I've really been enjoying the guest commentaries.  Wish they'd done more in the past.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: robertross on 07/20/2011 12:58 am
Cool, this fella was part of a non-astronaut CAPCOM trial about 10 years ago.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Bubbinski on 07/20/2011 01:02 am
They're showing the Flight Day 12 highlights now.

One very regrettable thing for me about this last flight day is that it is on the back half of the Mountain time zone clock (all the stuff is happening when I need to sleep).  Got any suggestions so that I can stay awake and refreshed for all the next 48 hours?  :)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Bubbinski on 07/20/2011 01:26 am
Wake up call in 3-4 minutes!  8:29 pm Central.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: GoForTLI on 07/20/2011 01:28 am
I am going to miss this room so much!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: robertross on 07/20/2011 01:33 am
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Bubbinski on 07/20/2011 01:33 am
I think that's from Star Trek.  Uh, I was wrong.  Actually it's "Fanfare for the Common Man"

According to the spaceflight.nasa.gov tracker shuttle and ISS are over the Middle East.

Shannon Lucid says go for outlook and to change image cards. 
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: robertross on 07/20/2011 01:35 am
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: GoForTLI on 07/20/2011 01:35 am
Entry FD Tony Ceccacci is in the house!

Walks in to the FCR to Fanfare for the Common Man.  What an entrance. :)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Silmfeanor on 07/20/2011 01:35 am
And I wake up for the last shuttle full day in orbit.


Thanks to all the shuttle folk, and everyone on this site for the great coverage. It has been a great, historical ride.

I wonder if / when we'll see the next crew wake up - I dont think Soyuz does them, or at least makes them public.

edit: not last wake up - last full day, sorry.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: robertross on 07/20/2011 01:36 am
crew wakeup song was "fanfare for the common man" by Aaron Copland

www.youtube.com/watch?v=jiB8B4XsBRk
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Prober on 07/20/2011 01:37 am
Atlantis STS-135 has been one of the finest missions and a tribute to end the program. Well done !!!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: robertross on 07/20/2011 01:37 am
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Mapperuo on 07/20/2011 01:39 am
And I wake up for the last shuttle wake up.



I assume they'll be waking up tomorrow for the last time no?
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: DwightM on 07/20/2011 01:43 am
And I wake up for the last shuttle wake up.



I assume they'll be waking up tomorrow for the last time no?
It would certainly take some stress out of the landing if they did.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: jessjess on 07/20/2011 01:44 am
 :'(

tomorrow and Thursday early AM is going to make me cry. I can't believe this is it.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: karizma23 on 07/20/2011 01:45 am
Chris, I really appreciate the opportunity to say a few words about the Shuttle Program and its meaning to me. Thank you.

I was born basically when the Shuttle was, so this magnificent vehicle has been a part of my life forever. I don't know of a time when there weren't Shuttle launches and flights. To come to grips with the fact that this truly is the end of an era has been difficult for me. I feel like a part of my life is going away! I can't imagine what those folks who've been intimately involved in the Shuttle Program are going through, as I've only been an observer from afar, but I have to imagine it's very, very difficult. It's their life and livelihood. I certainly wish those folks well.

I never was able to see a live Shuttle launch. It will forever be a regret. But I saw many of them on TV, and I will go down saying that it is simply one of the most breath-taking, exhilarating, exciting, heart-pounding, adrenaline-filled events a human being can watch! It is truly a spectacle to behold.

We all know that the future of manned/human spaceflight is, at least for now in the US, uncertain. The Shuttle Program has been for 30 years a constant we could all count on. An old friend, if you will. And, at the risk of sounding cheesy, I consider these machines -- the Shuttles -- my old friends. They've inspired my imagination, invigorated my passions, and made my heart swell with pride. They've accomplished amazing things. They are more than vehicles.

So, to my friends - Atlantis, Discovery, Endeavour -- and yes, your fallen sisters Challenger and Columbia, never to be forgotten - I say thank you for your service, from a very, very grateful nation. Godspeed, friends!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Orbiter on 07/20/2011 01:49 am
The last full day of a space shuttle on orbit.. not sure what to say right now.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: jessjess on 07/20/2011 02:00 am
Karizma23- nice post. Same here. Started following the Shuttle program when I was a wee one during the Challenger accident. So happy to see STS-133 liftoff with my husband and two little ones. Hopefully my 4 year old will never forget it.

Chris, and all the other awesome contributors to this forum- Thank you for all that you do! I don't post much but I read and learn a lot from you.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: robertross on 07/20/2011 02:03 am
View from space, from the ISS
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: spacedog71 on 07/20/2011 02:06 am
here in the mid-atlantic, the last visible pass of the ISS was july 5th... and the next visible pass will be july 23rd. 

never got to see atlantis dancing overhead, not even once. there were such great passes for STS-133 and STS-134, both together with the ISS and chasing each other across the sky after separation and before landing, i'd just assumed... but no.

i can't believe this is it.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: mahannd on 07/20/2011 02:14 am
here in the mid-atlantic, the last visible pass of the ISS was july 5th... and the next visible pass will be july 23rd. 

never got to see atlantis dancing overhead, not even once. there were such great passes for STS-133 and STS-134, both together with the ISS and chasing each other across the sky after separation and before landing, i'd just assumed... but no.

i can't believe this is it.

i feel the same. if i would have known there would not be a chance to see sts-135 flyover i would have spent much more time than i did getting a shot of 134 after undocking. Now i wish i could fly somewhere they will pass over just to see them both race across the sky one more time.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: GoForTLI on 07/20/2011 02:15 am
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Lee Jay on 07/20/2011 02:26 am
here in the mid-atlantic, the last visible pass of the ISS was july 5th... and the next visible pass will be july 23rd. 

never got to see atlantis dancing overhead, not even once. there were such great passes for STS-133 and STS-134, both together with the ISS and chasing each other across the sky after separation and before landing, i'd just assumed... but no.

i can't believe this is it.

i feel the same. if i would have known there would not be a chance to see sts-135 flyover i would have spent much more time than i did getting a shot of 134 after undocking. Now i wish i could fly somewhere they will pass over just to see them both race across the sky one more time.

If I were you, I'd look at the ISS all passes list on Heavens above and see if there's one just after sunrise in your area tomorrow morning.  You might be able to catch that one even though the math says it won't be "visible".  If you know where to look and when, you might see both of them.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: stockman on 07/20/2011 02:39 am
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: robertross on 07/20/2011 02:45 am
Well, for me, my first real memory of the space shuttle program was the 747 carrying Enterprise on its cross-country & cross-border tour in 1983. I heard on the news it was coming into Ottawa, Ontario, and I lived not too far from the airport, so when it came in it circled right over our house. Quite the experience for a soon-to-be teenager. My father was starting into flying, and would take me up now and then and taught me some flying lessons in Cessnas; so he was more than willing to bring me there to her. Seeing the immense pair on the tarmack was a sight to behold. I have a Polaroid of the pair somewhere.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/4112457208/
(not my photo)

I had followed the space shuttle off and on over the years, especially for the Canadarm, but the heartfelt sadness learning of the Challenger tragedy was something else. I remember the day after when I was at school quite vividly. But again, life took over and I continued on as many do. Not having the internet back then was a major hinderence. But when the Columbia tragedy happened, and again that was one of those moments you remember vividly, it was like the world was ending. That was a real emotional shocker. I can't watch the re-entry images any more - it's too painful.

But out of that that came a new found love of the space program, and of NASA & the orbiters. Having the opportunity to meet CSA astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason was a real treat. During missions I would run to the TV whenever there was something on of a launch, but there just wasn't the coverage in Canada back then. However in the last ten years I have been following spaceflight quite steadily online, and when I found this site, I was just agast at all that I was missing. Shuttle hugging took on a whole new meaning  :)

So with some financial luck, I managed to see my first space shuttle launch, of Atlantis, for STS-132. I guess your first is always you best, and I have to admit that brilliant yellow beam of light at lift-off, like the filament of an incandescent light bulb, is now etched in my retina. And the sound...that rapping sound that slices through you...that, you NEVER forget. And it also made me find a great bunch of people who absolutely LOVE this, perhaps even more so than me, and that was a great thrill.

Luck would now be stretched as I pushed my boundaries financially, and with my new found launch bug, tried for launch #2 and Endeavour for STS-134. But as fate would have it, that all got turned around with some unforeseen ET stringer issues, and Discovery's final flight with STS-133 became my new found love. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would see her off. I must confess she wasn't my #1 pick of orbiters (I wanted to see Endeavour!), but considering her long pedigree and heritage, you wouldn;t find me complaining  ;)

So off I went, most of my original bookings intact, and for the second time of my life had my lifelong dream come true: a shuttle launch. I also threw caution to the wind and got a used 600mm lens for the launch, along with 1.4 telecoverter, and was super impressed with both the pad & launch images (not to mention the Merritt Island Wildlife Refuge...joy). It certainly didn't hurt having it 2 for 2 for launches on time and without a scrub. And as a special treat, I got to see the rolllover of Atlantis to the VAB, which was an extra special moment. So with that good fortune, and no fortune left, I called to an end my shuttle launch experience. I say that with a sad heart, but also glad I did get to see two seperate girls launch, and that to me, STS-132 was 'supposed' to be Atlantis' last flight, and still hold to that small consolation.

So with the end of the shuttle program now upon us, my deepest thanks go first and foremost to Chris Bergin, for without this most awesome website I would not have truly had my life long dream come true - seeing a shuttle launch, and for a renewed passion for spaceflight & what it can offer the world.

Second, to the wonderful people on here who make this place a reality, especially our most incredible sources for information to feed our insatiable appetite.

Last but not least, to the workers of the shuttle program, who have built the most impressive, most beautiful, and most capable spacecraft ever to fly. It has been an absolute privledge to have been around throughout their wonderful careers, and see them fly, and it is from your dedication and hard work that made them as they are today, as they fly into the sunset into positions of dignified glory to the United States of America: of what can be accomplished by a nation that has the courrage to be bold and reach for the stars.

Thank you, and God Bless.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: spacedog71 on 07/20/2011 02:46 am
here in the mid-atlantic, the last visible pass of the ISS was july 5th... and the next visible pass will be july 23rd. 

If I were you, I'd look at the ISS all passes list on Heavens above and see if there's one just after sunrise in your area tomorrow morning.  You might be able to catch that one even though the math says it won't be "visible".  If you know where to look and when, you might see both of them.

a worthy idea for others to try, but i'd already gone there -- they passed overhead a little before 4 this afternoon, and the ISS next appears about 45 minutes after sunrise/atlantis's landing tomorrow morning.

in the parlance of the program, "no joy".  :-\

thanks, though...
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: trekkie604 on 07/20/2011 02:53 am
My first visit to KSC was in '98 and on the tour we saw Node 1 during proccessing. That was my first view of actual hardware for the space program, aside from watching launch overage sporadically on TV. Awesome to see ISS complete, a true testament to the SSP.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Longhorn John on 07/20/2011 03:04 am
Live shot of Pad 39A. Next vehicle: SLS (TBA).

Thank you to Chris and the NSF team for this opportunity, for the site, for L2, which is totally mindblowing, and for having a big community of like minded people, well most of the time :)

I too will save my thoughts and tributes for after she is on the ground, but for now Hail Atlantis, Hail her crew, Hail her pad rats, hail her OPF and VAB engineers, hail JSC, KSC, Marshall and all the centers and contractors.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Martin FL on 07/20/2011 03:09 am
CABIN STOWAGE BEGINS - Just over two hours away.

Thank you everyone. Best space flight site around. L2 rocks my world. So glad this site will lead the future with the commercial vehicles, ISS, Orion and SLS, but the planet will miss these amazing shuttles, nevermind just us. The world, for a time, will be a lesser place when Atlantis comes to a stop on the SLF.

I have nothing but respect for them and their teams.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: robertross on 07/20/2011 03:09 am
Entry team on console
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Lee Jay on 07/20/2011 03:09 am
a worthy idea for others to try, but i'd already gone there -- they passed overhead a little before 4 this afternoon, and the ISS next appears about 45 minutes after sunrise/atlantis's landing tomorrow morning.

They aren't landing tomorrow morning.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: robertross on 07/20/2011 03:11 am
Ascent imagery highlights now on
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Paul Howard on 07/20/2011 03:12 am
Back in the Shuttle FCR. A room full of great people who should never ever walk into a bar without people offering them a drink.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: robertross on 07/20/2011 03:13 am
And that's it for me tonight. Godspeed Atlantis, on your final flew laps around the Earth.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Carl G on 07/20/2011 03:19 am
a worthy idea for others to try, but i'd already gone there -- they passed overhead a little before 4 this afternoon, and the ISS next appears about 45 minutes after sunrise/atlantis's landing tomorrow morning.

They aren't landing tomorrow morning.

It's Wednesday east of the United States. Landing is on Thursday ;)

Great response on the thread by the way. Very touching.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: KEdward5 on 07/20/2011 03:23 am
We're going to defer the idea for personal tributes until Atlantis safely on the ground. We have to work like MOD, and try and come with one percent of their amazing standards, given they'll have their game faces on until the crew are off the vehicle, so we should too.

However, I do think it would be nice for us all to give Atlantis and the SSP a respectful, honorable and celebratory (as much as I know it's a tough word to use with the end of the program) manner. They deserve nothing less.

This is likely to be the last ever full day where a Space Shuttle is on orbit and thus the last ever live coverage thread for a full day on orbit.

I've always believed these threads should be interactive, and while the site's grown from 20 shuttle huggers and a few NASA guys to a monster, along with parts of the forum becoming an extension of the news site - with specific updaters and uniformed elements of coverage - this "last day" should be marked by all.

So, pretty much anyone can post, as much as it needs to be on topic or an update. Feel free to make your mark, because I can assure you, people will be looking at these mission threads in years and years to come. There might be something special about seeing your "name" on one of the updates, especially in say 10 years time - as you gain a reminder of where you where in the final hours large winged spacecraft sailed in the heavens.

The moderators will be very liberal over this. So don't feel you need to cram in a load of checklists and handbooks before you can post. Heck, it could just be a nice view via NASA TV, or something that was said on the loop. It could even be "I'm going to miss these amazing machines".

The opportunity for people to post their feelings and tributes to the fleet - and those who have rode in them and cared for them - will come after landing, but make no mistake about how historic the next 24-36 or so will be.

Great post, especially when read *UPDATE* with the Ascent Imagery highlights music playing in another window *UPDATE* :)

I will express my thoughts after landing, but I know I'll be repeating what's already been said. Hail Atlantis, Hail the fleet, her engineers, techs, controllers and managers.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Mapperuo on 07/20/2011 03:24 am
Ascent highlights are better a 2nd time round I think, or maybe I was just cranky yesterday.  ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: FinalFrontier on 07/20/2011 03:30 am
Heck of a video every time you see it.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 03:33 am
I just saw it for the first time, and it was thrilling. I loved the musical choices, and how the footage was edited together. Atlantis truly soared!

David
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 03:41 am
Rob Navias noting that weather forecast for the 1st landing attempt for KSC on Thursday morning is looking extremely good, "virtually perfect"!

If we are go for the 1st opportunity, landing will occur at 5:56am EDT, on runway 15.

If we have to use the 2nd opportunity, landing will occur at 7:32am EDT (in daylight) on runway 15.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 03:47 am
Beautiful view of Earth from Atlantis. This Ku live coverage will end tomorrow.

Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Mark Max Q on 07/20/2011 03:54 am
When my wife and I are blessed with Children, I will take them through a shuttle mission, with videos, one of these threads and articles, because I honestly think children will not be inspired by small capsules. They'll never have the majesty of shuttle orbiters. Hopefully seeing some orbiters will lead them to inquire about the other vehicles.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 03:59 am
Fergie calling down to the ground:

Good morning to MCC folks. Thanks them for coming in for this final shift. Has some timeline questions.

Fergie notes that PILOT ops (shuttle landing simulation software) are complete. Wonders if there are any restrictions on starting the FCS (Flight Control System) checkouts early.

MCC will consider and get back to Atlantis.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 04:00 am
Wow, go for a nap and come back to four pages of lots of individual comments, this is great stuff guys!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 04:04 am
MCC: We are okay for the earlier FCS checkouts. Notes that the RCS hotfire tests will occur in darkness if moved earlier. No problem for MCC, as long as Atlantis activates payload bay lights.

Fergie takes time to thanks specific folks who've contributed to the success of the program over the years.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 04:07 am
PAO Rob Navias noting that the picosat deployment will now occur after the FCS and RCS checkouts.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 04:26 am
PAO Rob Navias noting that the picosat deployment will now occur after the FCS and RCS checkouts.

And we're hoping for the last ever images of a shuttle in space at that point.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 04:26 am
MCC to Atlantis: State vector and target for your SEP-3 burn are coming up.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 04:27 am
PAO Rob Navias noting that the picosat deployment will now occur after the FCS and RCS checkouts.

And we're hoping for the last ever images of a shuttle in space at that point.

I sure hope so, Chris. That will be a very special moment indeed.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 04:32 am
Reminder of when one of my friends Nick came round, saw this very screen and looked at me with a baffled expression, after seeing her "flying upside down and backwards" ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 04:33 am
PAO Rob Navias noting that latest info on the deorbit burn time for the 1st opportunity on Thursday: Deorbit burn at 4:49:04am EDT, with landing at 5:56:58am EDT.

The 2nd opportunity has a deorbit burn at 6:25:44 EDT, with a landing at 7:32:55am EDT (in daylight).

Weather continues to look excellent.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Mapperuo on 07/20/2011 04:33 am
PAO Rob Navias noting that the picosat deployment will now occur after the FCS and RCS checkouts.

And we're hoping for the last ever images of a shuttle in space at that point.

Have you heard any time line on when we might see those images? Assuming it successfully works of course. *fingers crossed*
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 04:33 am
We have a burn coming up as they are sending up numbers for the PAD.

Yes, RCS burn.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 04:34 am
PAO Rob Navias noting that the picosat deployment will now occur after the FCS and RCS checkouts.

And we're hoping for the last ever images of a shuttle in space at that point.

Have you heard any time line on when we might see those images? Assuming it successfully works of course. *fingers crossed*

Not heard. Didn't even know the plan was to capture some shots until yesterday.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 04:35 am
It's the Sep 3 burn coming up.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: spacedog71 on 07/20/2011 04:37 am
a worthy idea for others to try, but i'd already gone there -- they passed overhead a little before 4 this afternoon, and the ISS next appears about 45 minutes after sunrise/atlantis's landing tomorrow morning.

They aren't landing tomorrow morning.

It's Wednesday east of the United States. Landing is on Thursday ;)

Great response on the thread by the way. Very touching.

you're right, on second glance: the ISS peaks at 15º in this neck of the woods at 5:53 am local time 21 jul, almost right into the sunrise -- and if they go for the second orbit, atlantis may well follow suit a few minutes later.

irresistibly intriguing. /sets alarm
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 04:37 am
Orbit 200 Op.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: jetforme on 07/20/2011 04:38 am
Since I wrote MissionClock a couple years ago, I've been extraordinarily privileged to attend the last four launches. I'm headed back tomorrow for the landing (my first). While I'm sure the US will see a glorious heavy-lift vehicle in the not-too-distant future, nothing will approach the grace and beauty of the Shuttle.

I often feel like I don't deserve to be sad, not in the same way the people who have actually worked on the program for decades do, or even people who have paid closer attention over the years than I have, but I am, nevertheless.

I love what has been created in the wake of the Shuttle program. Things like this site, the social networks and communities (both online and off), my own app, and everything else. I am grateful to have been even a small part of it.

Thanks to Chris and everyone else for all the help.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 04:40 am
Forecast continuing to show excellent conditions at KSC, so there goes the cross country SCA finale.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 04:46 am
Attitude adjust for the burn
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 04:46 am
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 04:47 am
Forecast continuing to show excellent conditions, so there goes the cross country SCA finale.

It sure would have been nice to see the SCA tour across the southern US. But I'm guessing that most of the folks who want to greet Atlantis and the STS-135 crew will be in Florida.

I wonder if John Young and Bob Crippen will be there? Sure would be an amazing moment - the crew of STS-1 greeting the crew of STS-135  -  Alpha and Omega.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: DwightM on 07/20/2011 04:47 am
Rob Navias explaining the time difference between what's on the TV schedule and the actual landing time:
"...but for those of you keeping the numbers, and there are many of you who do,..."
Is he talking about us?;)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 04:48 am
Must be a wild sensation of falling back to Earth on board.

(No Chris, they are trained astronauts).

I know, but.... ;)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 04:48 am
Rob Navias explaining the time difference between what's on the TV schedule and the actual landing time:
"...but for those of you keeping the numbers, and there are many of you who do,..."
Is he talking about us?;)

He wouldn't be wrong if he was :)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 04:50 am
Atlantis showing her aft as she passes over the home base for the Soyuz's ;D

She's clearly not a fan of current NASA policy ;)

(Not that we've got anything against the Soyuz)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: manishiyer on 07/20/2011 04:50 am
I don't remember when I started following the Shuttle program. But its the amazing engineering and science that NASA does that has brought me to the US to pursue my PhD. And who knows, someday, I would be working on the next launch vehicle that would take mankind beyond LEO. Thank you to all here for a wonderful coverage.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 04:52 am
PAO Rob Navias remarking on the beautiful view from Atlantis' payload bay.

This will end at approx. 11:00am EDT on Wed., as the Ku band antenna is stowed for the final time in shuttle program history.

Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 04:53 am
Forecast continuing to show excellent conditions, so there goes the cross country SCA finale.

It sure would have been nice to see the SCA tour across the southern US. But I'm guessing that most of the folks who want to greet Atlantis and the STS-135 crew will be in Florida.

I wonder if John Young and Bob Crippen will be there? Sure would be an amazing moment - the crew of STS-1 greeting the crew of STS-135  -  Alpha and Omega.

That'd be cool. Although I remember hearing John Young was a tough taskmaster, so they better land her spot on or he'll be having words :D
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 04:54 am
Such an amazing view! I could watch this all day.

Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: wechose on 07/20/2011 04:55 am
Fanfare for the common Man,what a great choice.
i do not post often because i know just about every other poster can say it better.
Doffs cap at all the people here who have guided me through each mission since i discovered the site in 2009.
 just thank you all so much.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 04:55 am
No words required...
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: DwightM on 07/20/2011 04:55 am
Looking at the 96% loaded Raffaello in her payload bay gave me an idea for a fundraiser - certify & sell/auction the trash.

'Item number 487: Packing foam piece 39.  Launched on Discovery inside the PMM Leonardo on mission STS-133 on the 24th of February, 2011 and returned aboard Atlantis...'

C'mon, tell me you wouldn't do it ;)  I would.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 04:57 am
Forecast continuing to show excellent conditions, so there goes the cross country SCA finale.

It sure would have been nice to see the SCA tour across the southern US. But I'm guessing that most of the folks who want to greet Atlantis and the STS-135 crew will be in Florida.

I wonder if John Young and Bob Crippen will be there? Sure would be an amazing moment - the crew of STS-1 greeting the crew of STS-135  -  Alpha and Omega.

That'd be cool. Although I remember hearing John Young was a tough taskmaster, so they better land her spot on or he'll be having words :D

My favorite quote from John Young is when Columbia landed for the first time, in 1981: "The world's greatest all-electric flying machine!"
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 04:58 am
Ironically, Wechose, your post just then was the most apt for this series of views.

Excellent comments people. This could turn out to be one amazing thread (is already).
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:03 am
Looking at the 96% loaded Raffaello in her payload bay gave me an idea for a fundraiser - certify & sell/auction the trash.

'Item number 487: Packing foam piece 39.  Launched on Discovery inside the PMM Leonardo on mission STS-133 on the 24th of February, 2011 and returned aboard Atlantis...'

C'mon, tell me you wouldn't do it ;)  I would.

I'd be all over that like a bad suit. Gov property issue I assume.

More so, I would like a valve or a line out of a FRCS being decommisioned in White Sands. But that's just me ;) Noooooooooo chance at all.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 05:04 am
Some more fabulous views.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:05 am
Hey, that was almost like a half lap RPM?
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:06 am
Sep 3 Burn - complete. No further trim required.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Mapperuo on 07/20/2011 05:07 am
Hey, that was almost like a half lap RPM?

Tempted to speed up my recording, Looked pretty impressive!!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 05:08 am
PAO Rob Navias:  SEP-3 burn completed nominally. FCS and RCS checkout will begin a short time from now. One APU startup will occur to support these events.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:08 am
Into the RCS C/O checklist. Ahead of schedule.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:10 am
Using APU-1:
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:11 am
Rob Navias 101 in entry dynamics. Nice!!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:14 am
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: DwightM on 07/20/2011 05:14 am
Rob Navias 101 in entry dynamics. Nice!!
Very.  It's the first time I've heard the term "sweeten the orbit".  Great stuff.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:17 am
Ready for APU Start.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: David AF on 07/20/2011 05:17 am
True heroes are never forgotten. That is all I need to say for now.

This is my favorite site.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 05:18 am
Atlantis' wing flaps moving as part of the FCS checkout:

Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: DwightM on 07/20/2011 05:19 am
Couple of chunks of what I presume are ice liberated during that checkout.  Believe we've seen that before.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:19 am
One peice of debris at the start, missed it on capture. Always happens. Probably ice.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:20 am
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: DwightM on 07/20/2011 05:21 am
One peice of debris at the start, missed it on capture. Always happens. Probably ice.
Yeah, there was one from each side.  Moving on to step 6.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:22 am
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: DwightM on 07/20/2011 05:23 am
From the Orbit Ops Checklist, here is what they're doing now:

6. APU SHUTDOWN
On MCC GO for APU SHUTDN:
R2 BLR N2 SPLY X – OFF
BLR PWR (three) – OFF
APU OPER X – OFF
APU FU TK VLV X – CL
√Shutdn (hyd press < 200)
APU CNTLR PWR X – OFF
HYD CIRC PUMP (three) – GPC
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:24 am
APU-1 shutdown. Good FCS C/O.

Cameras moving around. Likely ahead of checking the four Radiator Retract Hoses.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:26 am
We'll probably see some ice debris if there's Ku for the RCS Hotfire. The jolts tend to send ice flying.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: juleshow on 07/20/2011 05:26 am
I have been a shuttle keener since before STS-1. The orbiter and her graceful lines has always been one of the most beautiful birds in the sky.

I was fortunate to visit KSC during the summer of 1981, and my most vivid memory of the tour was the TPS tile demo, with one KSC tour leader holding a blowtorch on a tile for what seemed like forever, and then tossing the thing to another tour leader like it was a cold snowball, and offering to let people touch it. For an 11 year old, that was cool beans.

My family and friends have teased me mercilessly for years as I have woken up in the middle of the night to watch launches and landing) and not just the "15 minutes" of launch and landing, but from at least an hour earlier so I could hear the polls. As most of you can attest to, doing that at 3am and and then going back to sleep 2 hours later, and then to get up an hour later for work, well, we all enjoyed a lack of sleep many times, haven't we?

One of my favourite flights was STS-107. Though it ended tragically, I followed it avidly as soon as it was announced that an Israeli astronaut would be flying; I bought the patch as soon as it was released; it was just one of those special flights for me. And I watched in shock with the rest of the world live that morning, as the crew and orbiter were lost before our very eyes 15 minutes before landing. Listening to the entry flight loop after it was released always makes me marvel at the strength of character, and training, that everyone associated with the entry team, and the shuttle project office went through in front of the world espcially on that day, during those last 15 minutes, before which everything "seemed" fine, and then suddenly it wasn't.

One of my favourite flights was also STS-120. Not only was it the first "meeting" on ISS of a female shuttle commander and ISS commander (Peggy Whitson rocks), the shuttle also brought up Node2, and also had that amazing AMAZING repair on orbit of the solar array. Absolutely incredible. Not enough words.

I have scheduled days off from work around flight launches and landings. Even during family vacations, I have made sure that I was in front of a TV or a computer for launches and landings, much to the consternation of my family. LOL Even 11 days ago, in my in-laws' house in New York, I had dragged my husband's laptop with us on our trip so I woulkdn't miss the last launch, and when the damn thing gave me a blue screen of death with 6 minutes left in the count, I had to frantically run through the house and beg my niece to turn to CNN as I frantically rebooted the computer. Just in time for the "excitement" at T-31 seconds.

I dragged my family to DC several years ago, and spent 5 hours at Air & Space out at Dulles, most of that in the hanger with Enterprise. I am counting the months until I can drag them back to see my favourite orbiter, Discovery!

There aren't enough words to thank Chris and all of the contributors here at NasaSpaceflight; the folks from NASA who have shared behind the scenes news and special tidbits with us; the fellow posters who share a love of all things space related, especially my fellow shuttle keeners; everyone associated with the shuttle project, from engineers to directors, to crew.

I am babbling, so I'm going to stop. LOL I am going to try to upload one of my favourite shuttle images, hopefully it will work. It's two for the price of one, and with a bonus rainbow. :) :) :)

Also one of Endeavour and ISS "visiting the sun".

Godspeed
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: alexw on 07/20/2011 05:27 am
APU-1 shutdown. Good FCS C/O.
Cameras moving around. Likely ahead of checking the four Radiator Retract Hoses.
Interesting view from the rear pan cam; haven't seen that before; watching the elevons move is eerie cool.

Why did PAO say that view was of the /left/ side of Rafaello, when the camera is looking up the starboard (OBSS) side of Atlantis? Is Rafaello installed facing "backwards" in the payload bay?
        -Alex
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 05:27 am
I don't think I've ever actually seen the FCS checkout like that during the 30-year program history, where we actually see the wing flaps moving up and down. 

Atlantis flexing her arms. Very nice.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:28 am
Your images are good Julie! (Attachments don't show in preview) Great post!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:30 am
@HoustonGC (William Foster)
Entry Team on console for a while now, first GC action was to "fix" the World Map to traditional colors! http://twitpic.com/5stuht

He's not wrong....
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 05:31 am
I have been a shuttle keener since before STS-1. The orbiter and her graceful lines has always been one of the most beautiful birds in the sky.

I was fortunate to visit KSC during the summer of 1981, and my most vivid memory of the tour was the TPS tile demo, with one KSC tour leader holding a blowtorch on a tile for what seemed like forever, and then tossing the thing to another tour leader like it was a cold snowball, and offering to let people touch it. For an 11 year old, that was cool beans.

My family and friends have teased me mercilessly for years as I have woken up in the middle of the night to watch launches and landing) and not just the "15 minutes" of launch and landing, but from at least an hour earlier so I could hear the polls. As most of you can attest to, doing that at 3am and and then going back to sleep 2 hours later, and then to get up an hour later for work, well, we all enjoyed a lack of sleep many times, haven't we?

One of my favourite flights was STS-107. Though it ended tragically, I followed it avidly as soon as it was announced that an Israeli astronaut would be flying; I bought the patch as soon as it was released; it was just one of those special flights for me. And I watched in shock with the rest of the world live that morning, as the crew and orbiter were lost before our very eyes 15 minutes before landing. Listening to the entry flight loop after it was released always makes me marvel at the strength of character, and training, that everyone associated with the entry team, and the shuttle project office went through in front of the world espcially on that day, during those last 15 minutes, before which everything "seemed" fine, and then suddenly it wasn't.

One of my favourite flights was also STS-120. Not only was it the first "meeting" on ISS of a female shuttle commander and ISS commander (Peggy Whitson rocks), the shuttle also brought up Node2, and also had that amazing AMAZING repair on orbit of the solar array. Absolutely incredible. Not enough words.

I have scheduled days off from work around flight launches and landings. Even during family vacations, I have made sure that I was in front of a TV or a computer for launches and landings, much to the consternation of my family. LOL Even 11 days ago, in my in-laws' house in New York, I had dragged my husband's laptop with us on our trip so I woulkdn't miss the last launch, and when the damn thing gave me a blue screen of death with 6 minutes left in the count, I had to frantically run through the house and bed my niece to turn to CNN as I frantically rebooted the computer. Just in time for the "excitement" at T-31 seconds.

I dragged my family to DC several years ago, and spent 5 hours at Air & Space out at Dulles, most of that in the hanger with Enterprise. I am counting the months until I can drag them back to see my favourite orbiter, Discovery!

There aren't enough words to thank Chris and all of the contributors here at NasaSpaceflight; the folks from NASA who have shared behind the scenes news and special tidbits with us; the fellow posters who share a love of all things space related, especially my fellow shuttle keeners; everyone associated with the shuttle project, from engineers to directors, to crew.

I am babbling, so I'm going to stop. LOL I am going to try to upload one of my favourite shuttle images, hopefully it will work. It's two for the price of one, and with a bonus rainbow. :) :) :)

Also one of Endeavour and ISS "visiting the sun".

PS, the images don't seem to show in my post preview, so clearly I am doing something wrong, maybe Chris will be nice to me :) and modify my post to include them from the attachments.

I agree; yours was a wonderful post to read. Thanks for sharing your memories!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: brodo on 07/20/2011 05:32 am
Execute package is up at http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/572366main_fd13_expk.pdf (and doesn't seem to be mentioned yet in this thread).

A safe trip home to Atlantis and her crew!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: DwightM on 07/20/2011 05:34 am
Execute package is up at http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/572366main_fd13_expk.pdf (and doesn't seem to be mentioned yet in this thread).

A safe trip home to Atlantis and her crew!
Talk about hot off the press, I just checked for this half an hour ago.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:37 am
APU-1 shutdown. Good FCS C/O.
Cameras moving around. Likely ahead of checking the four Radiator Retract Hoses.
Interesting view from the rear pan cam; haven't seen that before; watching the elevons move is eerie cool.

Why did PAO say that view was of the /left/ side of Rafaello, when the camera is looking up the starboard (OBSS) side of Atlantis? Is Rafaello installed facing "backwards" in the payload bay?
        -Alex


Possibily. When it's installed, the open end (pointing towards the flight deck, is station side. So like getting stuff out of the "back" of a truck, maybe that works for the MPLMs, so its in the PLBD backwards, as the open end is not facing her aft.

Yikes, now I've just confused myself! Is that what you were thinking?
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:40 am
RCS Hot fire next. 44 thrusters. 38 Primary, 6 Vernier.

One vern is a bit troublesome, but still working:
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/sts-135-sun-may-contributed-atlantis-gpc-4-issue/
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 05:42 am
PAO Rob Navias: We have had a good nose wheel steering test, and we will soon move into the RCS jet firing tests.

References the 1st and 2nd landing opportunities on Thursday that were noted earlier in this thread.

Notes that 1st landing opportunity will be 42 minutes before sunrise on Thursday.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Mapperuo on 07/20/2011 05:43 am
Execute package is up at http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/572366main_fd13_expk.pdf (and doesn't seem to be mentioned yet in this thread).

A safe trip home to Atlantis and her crew!

Oh my goodness what a corker... under "What does the crew think during PAO events"

Quote
Q: How does the Urine Processor work?
A: It doesn't.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: DwightM on 07/20/2011 05:50 am
Execute package is up at http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/572366main_fd13_expk.pdf (and doesn't seem to be mentioned yet in this thread).

A safe trip home to Atlantis and her crew!

Oh my goodness what a corker... under "What does the crew think during PAO events"

Quote
Q: How does the Urine Processor work?
A: It doesn't.
It's great, I really like the Chuck Shaw quotes - brilliant.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 05:56 am
Atlantis Ku television views: Nighttime views of Earth.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: jakef on 07/20/2011 05:58 am
Chris , thank you very much for the opportunity to post. I have been a shuttle fanatic since they rolled Enterprise out in 1976, at which time I was 2 1/2 years old (and yes I can remember that far back). I feel privileged to have been able to see every shuttle launch, and landing, and vividly remember getting up early in the morning April 12, 1981 to see Columbia launch at what was 4:00am our time. It sure doesn't seem like 30 years ago, and it will be strange indeed not having shuttles launching anymore. I would like to take this time to thank you and everybody at NSF for this great site, and a huge thanks for all the NASA, and contractor employees who contribute so much behind the scenes information, and truly make this the best website on the Internet!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 06:02 am
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: DwightM on 07/20/2011 06:02 am
FCS Checkout complete - "Everything looked great."

They're on page 10-2 (240 of 419) of this document:
http://www.nasa.gov/centers/johnson/pdf/492873main_ORB_OPS_G_M_10.pdf
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: jcm on 07/20/2011 06:10 am
Chris, thanks yet again for providing this forum. I too remember Apr 12, 1981 (a weekend when the UK media  was focussed on the Brixton riots, and there was no nasaspaceflight.com to let me follow events at the Cape in detail). Since then I've crossed an ocean and been privileged to be part of the adventure myself, as a postdoc at MSFC and then at SAO on the Chandra team. But I can still remember the excitement of my first view of a Shuttle, when Enterprise visited Stansted in 1983 - hope it's not too off topic to include a snap here to remind us of how far we've come.
 - Jonathan
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 06:14 am
Crew finishing RCS hot fire now; as noted, they requested to move FCS checkout and this up ahead of the picosat deploy coming up later.  (Although FCS checkout was already in front in the revised flight plan.)

Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 06:15 am
RCS hotfire test completed.

Unfortunately not a great shot. I apologize. It was difficult to capture a good screenshot of the RCS firings.

Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Stardust9906 on 07/20/2011 06:18 am
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 06:19 am
Here's a simply fabulous shot from the rear of Atlantis' payload bay. Great view of the OBSS arm, and the payload bay windows.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 06:20 am
PAO Rob Navias: Picosat deploy approx. 1.5 hours from now.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Mapperuo on 07/20/2011 06:24 am
I hope there's some HD downlink time today, I'd quite like to see the flyaround from yesterday.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Stardust9906 on 07/20/2011 06:26 am
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 06:26 am
Shooting for Picosat deploy at MET 11/16:20 -- moved up about 5 minutes, as Mr. Navias reports.  Some shots from earlier from the RMS elbow pan after RCS hot fire.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 06:31 am
Forecast continuing to show excellent conditions, so there goes the cross country SCA finale.

It sure would have been nice to see the SCA tour across the southern US.
I'd say there's still a good chance of SCA tour, only it would more likely be Endeavour on her way out to Los Angeles.  Given she'd be inert-ed (or at least more than a post-flight ferry), it may provide a better chance for more people to get up close to the duo.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 06:32 am
May get some video from the crew cabin at some point, that was discussed in the A/G recently.

Edit: that would be now
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 06:35 am
Dr. Magnus employing heretofore unseen CDR seat foot restraint technique...

Edit: hmmm...there's more...
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Orbiter on 07/20/2011 06:39 am
Everyone who's up watch closely, this is probably one of the last times we'll see astronauts live inside the space shuttle.

Orbiter
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Stardust9906 on 07/20/2011 06:40 am
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Stardust9906 on 07/20/2011 06:44 am
I think this view speaks for itself
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Mapperuo on 07/20/2011 06:50 am
Strange, I couldn't access the forum for a while but it seems some still could.

*goes to smack his router*
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Stardust9906 on 07/20/2011 07:01 am
Tomorrows first landing op.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 07:02 am
Strange, I couldn't access the forum for a while but it seems some still could.

*goes to smack his router*

Same problem for me, but back online now.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Stardust9906 on 07/20/2011 07:28 am
PicoSat
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Stardust9906 on 07/20/2011 07:33 am
Atlantis moving into position for deployment of Picosat
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: alexw on 07/20/2011 07:44 am
Will be slow deployment, payload bay cameras expected to track picosat until out of field of view.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Mapperuo on 07/20/2011 07:50 am
Goodluck tracking that! Shot off like a rocket!  :D
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Stardust9906 on 07/20/2011 07:53 am
Final deploy in STS history
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Satt on 07/20/2011 07:54 am
Right little Jack in the Box that one......Boooo
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: dsky on 07/20/2011 07:55 am
Goodluck tracking that! Shot off like a rocket!  :D

Quick fingers on the keyboard ...

Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Mapperuo on 07/20/2011 07:56 am
Found it.  ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: sparky555 on 07/20/2011 07:57 am
I only lurk, but thanks to NASASpaceflight.com for a great resource, and good luck to Atlantis on the rest of the mission!  It's sad to see this end!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 08:00 am
Final RMS powerdown in work.  CDR maneuvering Atlantis to Bias -ZLV -XVV attitude.

Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: sparky555 on 07/20/2011 08:06 am
The poem after the deployment (or a close approximation):

One more satellite takes its place in the sky
The last of many that the shuttle doth fly
Magellan, Galileo, Hubble and more
Have sailed beyond her payload bay doors
There's still science books and still more to come
The shuttle's legacy will live on when the flying is done
With picosat's success in space where it roams
It can stay up here, but we're going home
When soon for the last time we'll gently touch down
Then celebrate the shuttle with our friends on the ground
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 08:07 am
Manipulator Positioning Mechanisms (MPMs) are being stowed...port with RMS first, starboard with OBSS now.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: ddunham on 07/20/2011 08:10 am
The picosat poem.... :-)

Quote
Deployment Poem

One more satellite takes its place in the sky
  The last of many that the shuttle let fly
Magellan, Galileo, Hubble, and more
  Have sailed beyond her payload bay doors

There's still science books, and still more to come
  The shuttle's legacy will live on when her flying is done
We wish picosat success, in space where it roams
  They can stay up here, but we're goin' home

Yes soon for the last time we'll gently touch down
  Then celebrate the shuttle with our friends on the ground

-Rex Walheim
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Hans_ACS on 07/20/2011 08:13 am
Some small remarks from me aswell .. Tomorrow will be a sad day. I followed the STS program since I was 8 yrs old, watching the launches and landing via TV (there was no NSF yet), wondering how on earth this was all possible ! After Challenger, I felt like the world stood still, I tried to explain my grief to friends, but most don't understand how you can be so 'attached' to space program (I still feel this today). Then the program took off again until Columbia disintegrated. Another setback, but what a strong 'force' NASA proved to be. They came back and how ! Since 2005, I followed every single mission in the utmost detail. Stayed up late nights, watched this site 20 hours a day, read technical documentation, shared my findings with some friends, even gave 'launch parties' :). Then, last year, I finally took the decision to come to the US in order to watch Discovery launch. However, the early november launch was postponed to 2011, setting me back a few thousand USD and a lot of tears :( And now, this is all about the end. Anyway, let's stay positive : the STS program really 'coloured' my life, made me feel proud of all the accomplishments dedicated people can achieve by working as a team, but following the highest standards and by feeling happy in what they do. I am proud of the program, I am proud on your country (I am not a US citizin), you guys rock and I sincerely hope more space adventures will come ! It's in our nature, it's our human 'job' to explore and you guys do it at its best !

And Thank you Chris for bringing us NSF ! I wish Atlantis a safe return home !
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: steveS on 07/20/2011 08:14 am
Even the weather looks unkind! (would love to see Atlantis spending at least one more day up in space!  :) ). Now it seems the landing weather is OK and Atlantis will be home as planned. Shuttles were meant to be flying in space and not grounding in museums  :(
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: marshallsplace on 07/20/2011 08:15 am
Great view of inside and outside Atlantis:
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: x9jep on 07/20/2011 08:17 am
Stolen from the MER Book:

"Don’t cry because it's over. Smile because it happened"

A fantastic capabiltity that will be gone forever - but after 30 years, it's time for something new.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: vanoord on 07/20/2011 08:17 am
Views of the crew
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 08:17 am
Strange, I couldn't access the forum for a while but it seems some still could.

*goes to smack his router*

Are you on BT, the entire network just had a fit earlier, useless sods.

Site's been showing 100 percent uptime for ages now.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Mapperuo on 07/20/2011 08:18 am
Strange, I couldn't access the forum for a while but it seems some still could.

*goes to smack his router*

Are you on BT, the entire network just had a fit early, useless sods.

Site's been showing 100 percent uptime for ages now.

Yes I am, But Im watching NASA TV and it never went down, Was just this site. Wierd!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: vanoord on 07/20/2011 08:24 am
Indonesia? Malaysia?

Now passing just west of Australia.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 08:25 am
Even the weather looks unkind! (would love to see Atlantis spending at least one more day up in space!  :) ).
It's not looking great for a nice landing shot tomorrow in the dark, but the weather looks great at KSC.

At this point, we'd only see extra days on another flight.  An extra day on this one would only be "seen" by the crew -- all the TV systems would remain powered off for a weather wave-off.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: tdrb6115 on 07/20/2011 08:29 am
I would save it for tomorrow, but no one can resist, when Chris's word comes... ;-)

As all six daughters of SSP spread their wings in engineering, technological, managerial and other areas, they have laid down rock solid basement for the others. Now is the time to build upon. Let's go do it! ... And never forget who paved the way.

That what I see now. I wash a safe journey home and thanks all the gals and boys involved.

I understand this forum had mostly rose with Shuttles, but do not let it fall with them! There is going to be a lot to write and say, forever! Take care, I am watching you 8-)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: joek on 07/20/2011 08:34 am
Are you on BT, the entire network just had a fit earlier, useless sods.

Site's been showing 100 percent uptime for ages now.

The Internets have been having problem; packet loss exceeding 5% at numerous times over the last several hours at various peering points.  See:
http://www.internethealthreport.com/Main.aspx?Period=RH4
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: shuttlefanatic on 07/20/2011 08:49 am
24 hours until deorbit burn...
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 08:49 am
Setting up for media interviews.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Mapperuo on 07/20/2011 08:53 am
Sounds like their HD is broken.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 08:54 am
Heh. Poor Fergie!

Trying to lip sync. Gave a long count 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. Then another.

Then "we're going to need you to talk for 30 seconds".

Uses it to send some more tributes to folks on the ground.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 08:55 am
Looks like it's cracking Tony up :D
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 08:56 am
There they are...big network interviews now.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 09:01 am
I like the ABC guy. He calls Atlantis a she. Threw in a good question about how Atlantis flies.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Jurschen on 07/20/2011 09:07 am
(http://s7.directupload.net/images/110720/temp/mttxr23w.jpg) (http://s7.directupload.net/file/d/2591/mttxr23w_jpg.htm)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 09:08 am
Doug intimates they've REALLY had to work hard with a four person crew. We knew that, but he said it was an eye opener.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 09:11 am
CNN sounds like they are cutting in live.

Currently yabbering about Bill Gates' toilet I think. Making them wait until after the ad break.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Mapperuo on 07/20/2011 09:11 am
Well CNN sounds like they were talking about a very exciting topic before talking to the Crew.  ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: steveS on 07/20/2011 09:12 am
CNN keeps the crew waiting  :(
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 09:12 am
The commander doesn't look best pleased about it.

Will be funny if they come back and comms drop out ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 09:14 am
The producer's pretty good, keeping them timed in.

Intro is a 101 into a Shuttle. "The things on the side provide most of the lift" ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Mapperuo on 07/20/2011 09:14 am
And now they waste their time with a video? *sigh*
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Jurschen on 07/20/2011 09:19 am
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: tbigby on 07/20/2011 09:19 am
Well, congratulations to the teams for 30 years of pushing the boundaries of space, performing research and science that will pave the future for decades to come. These incredible machines have done their work thanks to lifetimes dedicated to the cause. Sadly, it is time for the programme to end, and we must pay tribute to those fallen along the way. But it is the foundations of the Shuttle legacy on which the next generation of exploration will be based- and thanks must be given to all those who made this programme possible.

Thanks also to Chris and the NSF team for your insightful coverage behind the scenes- it brings the detail to the fore and delivers a whole new insight to the industry.

Looking forward to the next adventures in the final frontier!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 09:20 am
Fox News guy sounds overly excited, but in a good way.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 09:33 am
Aww, nice sign off from Houston ACR. Last ever time for a Shuttle mission.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Jurschen on 07/20/2011 09:35 am
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 09:35 am
Ok, I better get an article written.

Keep the excellent comments coming, really has turned out to be a great thread with the addition comments.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 09:36 am
Water dump coming up. L-1 Comm checks in one hour.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: racshot65 on 07/20/2011 09:45 am
Ground going off comms for 5 mins to take a team picture
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: marshallsplace on 07/20/2011 09:51 am
I am really going to miss this......
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: racshot65 on 07/20/2011 09:55 am
Trying to send down some video, theres a problem with the audio though

Going to send it down digitally in 50 mins
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: racshot65 on 07/20/2011 10:01 am
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: racshot65 on 07/20/2011 10:03 am
Crew thanks the team who worked on the GPC's and Kevin McKlenny (sp?)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: geoffw on 07/20/2011 10:16 am
Hi,

Long time lurker, recent L2 member (wow, that is cool!) and first time poster.

It is truly sad that Shuttle operations are coming to an end. I certainly recall watching the Enterprise test flights, staying up to watch STS-1 take flight, watched the multitude of triumphs since then, the awful tragedies and now the closing of the program. Unfortunately never got to see a launch live (yay for NASA TV HD) but have watched numerous STS and ISS passes overhead Perth (the City of Light some chap called John Glenn twice said) and from other locales (all my friends will ask when the next pass will be! Sadly it’s been clouded over here the past few days for the best passes). I did get to meet a couple of Astronauts (Andy Thomas and Megan McArthur) during visits to Perth and listened with eagerness to their stories.

Now we must move on to other things and other ways of getting out there, so thank you and well done to all the teams out there that made this happen over the past 30+ years. Everyone can hold their heads high, point to a fast moving light in the sky and say “I helped put that up there”.

Thanks also to Chris and his team for the best website on the planet (better acquire marsspaceflight.com!). Thanks to the many and varied contributors who make this such a great community, whether from inside or outside the industry. I’m sure the coverage will be just as good for future vehicles and crews.

Safe trip home Atlantis.

GeoffW.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Stardust9906 on 07/20/2011 10:32 am
This feels like losing something that has been a large part of my life for the past 30 years which is very upsetting.  As far as the Orbiters are concerned, this may sound silly but it feels like losing old friends.  Watching the launch and orbit ops it all looked so very familiar yet it was that little bit different knowing that this was the last time.

As bad as I feel it must be so much worse for the Orbiter processing teams who genuinely think of these vehicles as family and who will probably be losing the job they love after all this is over.  I would like to thank everyone involved with the Shuttle and want you guys to know how much your efforts have been appreciated.

I would also like to say that following the missions here on this forum since STS-114 has been great.  It’s so much better sharing this with fellow Shuttle fans.

Hail Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis and Endeavour

Hail the Shuttle workforce.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: saturnsky on 07/20/2011 10:38 am
Just a short but heart felt THANK YOU to all who provided commentary and info to make an outsider feel like a space program insider!!  To those who work in the space community thanks for all you have done,,and will do, to make this a better world,,,and to Shuttle fleet, thank you for 30 wonderful years....Peter
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: vanoord on 07/20/2011 10:40 am
By the look of it, this orbit should bring Atlantis back into daylight somewhere over Florida.

Would be nice to be able to see / get a full daylight passage worth of footage of the Earth from the payload bay camera, without the cutting away to other shots - presumably NASA gets full downloads of all onboard cameras when they have Ku-band coverage, so they could release the footage of one of the final orbits?
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: vanoord on 07/20/2011 10:46 am
Good morning!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 10:47 am
MILA air-to-ground checks taking place.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: MadameConcorde on 07/20/2011 10:50 am
Reflecting on the Space Shuttle program and its un-timely ending, I will let Ludwig van Beethoven depict my feelings.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmm2k4fRUO4&feature=related
Adagio assai (Part 1)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAAzRhj4x1E
Adagio assai (Part 2)

I dedicate this Masterpiece to the thousands of unknown/anonymous Space Shuttle program workers who have made the adventure possible.

Thank you all for the fabulous work accomplished throughout the years.

And as we wind on down the road,
our shadows taller than our soul,
there walks a lady we all know
who shines a light and wants to show
how everything still turns to gold.
And if you listen very hard,
the tune will come to you at last
when all is one and one is all
to be a rock and not to roll...

 :'(

Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: vanoord on 07/20/2011 10:52 am
Heading up the East Coast of the USA - image flipped upside-down for clarity.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: bkellysky on 07/20/2011 11:05 am
This morning, the moon is up behind my house and I can see the sun setting over the Sea of Tranquility, a place we first visited 42 years ago today - another beginning that ended all too soon. 
Thanks to Chris and all the folks here who give us the details we crave and made us part of the adventure.  Boy, if something like this had been around during Gemini and Apollo, I would have stayed home 'sick' from school a lot!
Most of all, reading your posts gives me an admiration for the professionalism of the people who care for the shuttles and the equipment that kept them flying.  I was lucky to get to see a launch (STS-125-see my posts), which supported a space telescope that was the subject of my first Bill in my state Model Congress in the 70's.  (During a mock debate, the bill was passed overwhelmingly when someone pointed out it cost less than one B-1 bomber.)
Not goodbye - there much more great stuff here - but what's next that will give us the invigorating rush of excitement that this magnificent machine provides - and when??
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: steveS on 07/20/2011 11:06 am
If Atlantis lands on the first opportunity, then MET will be approximately, 12 days 17 hours or so.

But the NASA landing ground track says "200 orbits" for the the first landing opportunity. My question is:

Since one orbit is ~90 minutes, this accounts to about 202/203 orbits, how it can become 200?. Or may be for this mission, orbital period was slightly higher ~ 91/92 minutes?
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 11:08 am
Fox News guy sounds overly excited, but in a good way.
Referenced this Tweet from Mike Fossum:
http://mobile.twitter.com/astro_aggie/status/93549543186104320

(Ditto to the Tweet: Nice pic.)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 11:10 am
If Atlantis on the first opportunity MET will be 12 days 17 hours or so.
That's the deorbit burn; landing on the 1st rev would be approx. 12 days, 18 hours, 27 minutes.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: arkaska on 07/20/2011 11:12 am
HD downlink of fly-around
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: vanoord on 07/20/2011 11:13 am
If Atlantis lands on the first opportunity, then MET will be approximately, 12 days 17 hours or so.

But the NASA landing ground track says "200 orbits" for the the first landing opportunity. My question is:

Since one orbit is ~90 minutes, this accounts to about 202/203 orbits, how it can become 200?. Or may be for this mission, orbital period was slightly higher ~ 91/92 minutes?

The ISS is now higher than than it has been - might that account for a slightly longer orbit?
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: gwiz on 07/20/2011 11:15 am
If Atlantis lands on the first opportunity, then MET will be approximately, 12 days 17 hours or so.

But the NASA landing ground track says "200 orbits" for the the first landing opportunity. My question is:

Since one orbit is ~90 minutes, this accounts to about 202/203 orbits, how it can become 200?. Or may be for this mission, orbital period was slightly higher ~ 91/92 minutes?

The ISS is now higher than than it has been - might that account for a slightly longer orbit?
Yes, the current ISS orbital period is about 92 min.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Moonbase_Alphan on 07/20/2011 11:17 am
The picosat poem.... :-)
this poem continues/concludes the tradition of the crew reading a short poem during each of the generic Free Flight A simulations after the satellite deploy had been accomplished. The FF-A generic L-1 day orbit sim timeline had been used probably once a month or so for at least the last several years, and the highlight of the runs for many of the flight controllers became the inventive and clever poems rattled off by the crew after the deploy was completed.
the real deal from space was quite a treat
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Mapperuo on 07/20/2011 11:18 am
Some nice HD shots of the ISS coming down.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: cd-slam on 07/20/2011 11:28 am
First of all I would like to express my appreciation of Chris Bergin for his unrivalled website and news coverage of the space shuttle program, then also to Chris G, rkoenn, SpacePete, and many many more contributors giving us the inside story and just the facts.

Secondly thanks should also go to those on this site who have contributed and continue to contribute to the unfinished story of the space program, and to express the hope that those who are leaving after the end of the space shuttle program will move on to something bigger and better.

I had the pleasure of visiting JSC in Houston during the STS-132 mission and appreciate very much the insights given by Ed van Cise at MCC and by astronauts Jeff, Steve and Clay at the training facility. Wish all three the best and more flights in the future!

With apologies to MadameConcorde, "This is not adieu but au revoir!" :)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: MS6 on 07/20/2011 11:42 am
About 30 minutes ago CDR Ferguson reported they flew over KSC and the ceiling was 250 miles or so (I don't remember the exact #).

Here's another possible "final" item - would he be the last astronaut of F-14 heritage?

The ISS wouldn't have been possible without the shuttle, so as long as it keeps flying overhead at night the shuttle Dream is Alive!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Space Pete on 07/20/2011 11:59 am
My Shuttle story/tribute:

I've only been following the Shuttle program since STS-124 in May 2008, after getting into spaceflight by stumbling across the fantastic Orbiter spaceflight simulator. By STS-126, I was hooked - there's just something about spaceflight that grabs hold of your soul and won't let go.

Shuttle inspired me to study electronic engineering, and set me on the long, winding road which will hopefully one day culminate in me seeing the Earth from space. I don't know the when, where & how of it, but I know that's what I want to do, and Shuttle gave that dream to me.

Although I've only been writing articles for this fantastic site since October last year, I've had the privilege of writing about all three orbiters for their STS-133, 134 and 135 missions. Believe me when I say, the honour has been mine, and I am humbled to have served this program in my very small way.

For me, when Atlantis touches down tomorrow, it will mark the transition into a period of massive uncertainty. We are either on the cusp of the golden age of HSF, with commercial making space open to all and NASA going boldly forward once more, or we are at the beginning of the end of HSF due to petty political bickering and short-sighted budget hawks. I hope beyond hope for the former, but I honestly and truthfully don't know which way it's going to go. That's why I'll weep when I hear the call "Houston, Atlantis, wheels stop".

The only way I can truly express my feelings for the Shuttle is in the form of a poem. I wrote this one last night - I hope you enjoy it.

Ode to Atlantis
By Pete Harding

Farewell Atlantis, you’ve done us all proud,
Your wings were so graceful, your engines so loud.

You accomplished so much, you showed us the way,
The debt we all owe you, we can never repay.

You inspired and awed us with your elegance and your style,
There’ll be nothing quite like you for a very long while.

So bring ‘em back home, safely once more,
As you glide down to Earth, you’ll leave us in awe.

When you roll to a stop, we’ll weep and we’ll cry,
For we know never again, will you take to the sky.

But you’ll always live on, in both the heart and the mind,
We will never forget you – you were one of a kind.

So as you end your career, you do so with pride,
To you we say Hail Atlantis – thanks for the ride!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: racshot65 on 07/20/2011 12:01 pm
I've got
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: seawolfe on 07/20/2011 12:03 pm
I was born the year Sputnik 1 launched.  At 5 years old, my father sat me in front of our small black and white TV in a darkened room so we could see John Glenn's flight.  I don't remember too much but my dad told more about it later.  He was a history teacher and wanted me to witness history in the making.

During my elementary school years, I did reports on the Gemini project and the upcoming mission to the moon.  At 12 years old, I was glued to our family's TV for the launch and then landing on the moon by Neil and Buzz (I didn't forget about Mike either).

I followed intently the rest of the moon missions even when the networks no longer wanted to broadcast their EVA's.  Then came Skylab during my years in high school.  I even earned a merit badge in Space Exploration and Astronomy in Boy Scouts during that time.  (I still have that merit badge book with Ed White on the cover)

The summer of '75 I joined the U.S. Marine Corps, the same time as the ASTP was flying over head.

I followed the building of Enterprise and gathered all of my fellow Marines around a small TV to watch the landings at Edwards AFB.  We all thought that was the most super thing in the world!

I was living in Albuquerque, New Mexico when STS-3 landed at White Sands.... I got a special edition of the Albuquerque Times for that but couldn't make it down to White Sands as I couldn't get time off from work.

I remember going to a job interview when Challenger "died".  The office had a large projection TV up and everyone had gathered to watch the launch.  After the horrific explosion, my chance at the interview went up in smoke too as everyone was too numb to continue.  Never got a chance to re-do that interview either.

Following the early shuttle missions was difficult because there weren't too many avenues of which to follow, CNN being the best before the Internet took off.  Since discovering NSF, NASA.gov, John-44's site, and a couple of others (I think I have over 30 bookmarks for all things space related, not just manned spaceflight), I don't think that I have yet satisfied my life long addiction to this great adventure.

With the ending of the longest U.S. manned space program, this transition is really just like all of the others before it, a stepping stone to the next great adventure.  I feel sad that the Shuttle program is ending just like everyone else, but then I felt the same when Apollo was cancelled.  We were just getting the hang of it there on the moon.  By Apollo 17, we were there for several days, more EVA's than ever and we just stopped.

We moved on to our first space station.  The interior was and is still the largest empty volume in space where man could fly, run on a circular running track, not a treadmill, fly a jet pack in.... try THAT in the ISS!  ;)  NASA conducted sun observations that kept scientist hip deep in data for years.  We got many of the fundamentals of living in space in place before the Russians built their big MIR.  Then we let it crash into the Ocean and Australia.  The Shuttle wasn't ready yet and the Sun's Solar Maximum didn't help either.

Then like I said, came ASTP, a first effort at joint operations with our competitors in space.  A one shot mission, never to be repeated and the last Apollo mission before the big waiting gap for Shuttle.

So now we're in another big waiting gap.  I wanted to see us (Earthlings) go to Mars.  I may live to see it, but it's going to be a long wait.  For now, let's get behind the COTS and new NASA plan for ISS and beyond.  Shuttle is ending, the dawn is rising for a new mission, just like Gemini and then Apollo.  The next program is just over the hill.  It just takes will power and treasure from the American people to do it.  We could do it now if we stopped spilling blood and wasting treasure overseas and look to the stars.  We only need to look up and go.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: racshot65 on 07/20/2011 12:20 pm
Tony Ceccacci

Very busy and successful day
Woke up at 8:30
CDR and Pilot practice landing on the laptop
Did FCS checkouts – all checked out well
Did RCS jet checkout – all operated nominally
Comms checks were fine
Deployed the pico sat
It has a camera that we'll take pictures of the orbiter with
Have a Dyrden comms checkout to do
And KU antenna stow

Deorbit prep – 11:50
PLBD closing – 1:10
Orbit 200 KSC TIG- 3:49

Weathers looking promising
Latest forecast – TS Bret has moved, it wont pose a problem
May be some showers at KSC when we come on console, weather guys say they will clear quickly
EOM+1 same forecast
KSC is always 50/50 no matter what the forecast
Consumables to go to EOM+2
KSC only tomorrow
EOM +1 pick em day
Good obbs this morning at KSC


Questions

Q: If the commander wanted a day landing would you wave off the first attempt ?

A: No


Q: Your closing remarks tomorrow?

A: I've written them down, its an historic moment


Q: Forecast for other sites? (Philip!)

A: EDW – sky clear for next two days EOM+1 theres monsoonal weather coming in possible showers with 20 – 30 miles


Q: Crews work capacity on this flight? (Philip)

A: There very motivated they want to make sure this last mission is a complete successful. They went to bed and woke up ½ an hour early. They used there post sleep time to press on today.


Q: Did you feel sentiment with the poems coming down ?

A: You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t. [Says some words, didn’t get them all] All good things must come to an end for me its been an unbelievable journey. I'm blessed to have supported STS 1 and be the entry flight director for STS 135, My thanks go to all the dedicated team members. Its because of there blood sweat and tears we can say mission complete. We have a motto that FC's don’t cry.


Q: How do you decide landing time?

A: Main influence is sep 3 burn. Were determining right DV and lowering the orbit changes the TIG


Q: Why cant you land on second attempt tomorrow?

A: You never want to give up an opportunity, KSC weather can get worse even with a good forecast. When your sitting at the console and you have an opportunity to come home you take it.


Q: Thoughts on the team leaving tomorrow?

A: Our hope is its not the end. We know theres going to be a rough spot for a while, but once we get a plan and a direction we can come back. Its tough to think all these years of experience leaving.


Q: Updates on TPS survey?

A: Nothing stood out on initial look. Team are talking to MMT and were waiting for the final report


Q: Did landing times change?

A: No its 5:56:58 still we rounded up.


Q: Any plans to pass out things to team?

A: I want to get the entire team up in the FC room and sit there and soak it in
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Satt on 07/20/2011 12:33 pm
It's a shame the Shuttle Program has to end.It really has been a great example of top-notch science and engineering.However all things come to pass.Nothing lasts forever.

There has been great loses and sadness,but also great achievements and joy aiding in a greater understanding of engineering,science,the universe,and ultimately ourselves.

These days we can keep track of missions with the aid of HD Nasa TV streaming the entire missions on our computers or TV's.We have tracking aids that we hold in our hands that let us know when the shuttle will be passing overhead and run outside to look up and watch as she glides overhead.Beats the heck out of the black and white scratchy images of Apollo!

NASASpaceFlight has provided a huge database of knowledge and insight into the Shuttle Prog.that was at times overwhelming.But missions wouldn't be the same without it,so to Chris and the gang,thank you all very much.

Time marches on regardless.New programs that we will never know of, will come to be and they too will pass.But the lessons and experience gained in the Shuttle Program by the people involved will be the backbone of those missions.

Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: SimonShuttle on 07/20/2011 12:42 pm
I'm going to miss the Space Shuttle, but I'm never going to forget them. I'm not buying this bright future, as much as it is, as these girls are still flightworhty. A country as great as the USA should not be penny pinching over either its shuttles or space program.

I get off work later this afternoon and I'm leaving NTV on and will keep reading the great posts on here. Going to lap up as much as this as possible.

And yes, well done to Chris for this great site. As one of the first people on here, to see it grow has been amazing. And as I know Chris personally, I can say he's a top bloke who looks like he should be playing rugby not reporting on the space program ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 12:46 pm
FYI, keep an eye out for an additional "execute" package -- there's a FD14 Entry Package hard-copy here...
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Jeff Lerner on 07/20/2011 12:51 pm
I want to take this opportunity to thank the thousands of people who have worked on the STS Program over the last 30 years. While the general public gets to see just a little of the effort involved with getting a Shuttle to the launch pad, into orbit and landing safe on Earth, it's clear that the complexity of this program involved so many people, from so many companies.

I can only imagine the hours of overtime, missed family meals, school plays, vacations, etc, that were impacted by the efforts required of the countless workers over the years to keep the Shuttle program on track.

I also want to mention what the Shuttle program meant to me as a Canadian. The way I see it, the Space Shuttle provided Canada with our first real opportunity to get into Human Space Flight. Our Canadian astronauts flew a variety of missions aboard the Shuttles and even when not aboard a particular flight, Canada was well represented on most Shuttle flights through the use of the iconic RMS or Canadarm. The clear "CANADA"  emblazoned on the arm was regularly in full view of the world to see and was a powerful representation of Canada's successful space related technology. Canada is very proud of her astronauts, and the Space Shuttle provided our country with a platform to show the world what we can do.

My only chance to see a Shuttle launch live was for STS-127 as a guest of the Canadian Space Agency. That didn't work out but I did have a chance to meet various astronauts at a reception the night before the scheduled launch. A fantastic experience. We also had a day tour that brought us to very close to LC-39A and Endeavour. Every tour bus had a NASA representative. These people were all volunteers giving up their time to sit with us on the buses and would gladly answer the multitude of questions we had. Our bus had a  NASA employee who was involved with Software Configuration Management. Being in IT myself, it was exciting for me to hear her stories on the challenges they faced integrating the Russion and U.S. software aboard the ISS.

I'd be remissed if I didn't add a special Thank You to Chris for NSF and to all the people who post on this site...the amount of information I have picked up on the Space Shuttle and other Programs is incredible...thank you to everyone for sharing.

I've said in a previous post, that history is the best judge for many things. I am confident that when the Space Shuttle program is reviewed in the light of past accomplishments, the Space Shuttle Era will be seen as a significant period of the Space Age….another "….Giant leap for Mankind…".

Safe landing to the crew of STS-135...
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 12:51 pm
The picosat poem.... :-)
this poem continues/concludes the tradition of the crew reading a short poem during each of the generic Free Flight A simulations after the satellite deploy had been accomplished. The FF-A generic L-1 day orbit sim timeline had been used probably once a month or so for at least the last several years, and the highlight of the runs for many of the flight controllers became the inventive and clever poems rattled off by the crew after the deploy was completed.
the real deal from space was quite a treat
Mr. Ceccacci also mentioned that when Robert brought it up before the briefing started.  "Jack-in-the-box" is a good description of that deploy.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: hutchel on 07/20/2011 12:53 pm
I discovered this site back in 2005 or 6 and immediately joined L2 - I've been an almost daily lurker ever since.  Thanx to all who have contributed and allowed us mere mortals to get a glimpse into this amazing world where only professionals need apply.

I don't recall which year it was, but while I was at the USAF Academy Enterprise made an airborne visit - I think on the way to the Paris Air Show.  I still have those amazing pictures riding atop the 747.

I was a Sr for Challenger accident.  I remember distinctly walking back from class when someone said that Challenger had "exploded".  As a Sr I had a TV in my room and ran back to see.  I remember sitting there expecting/ hoping that the shuttle would emerge from the expanding cloud.  Alas it did not and the whole world paused to pay homage.
 
As you might guess I've been with the USAF ever since.  I'm a computer geek of sorts and the remark very early on in the program that finding computer programmers to support the program consumed nearly 25% of those available nationwide.  I was too late.  I've forever regretted not working in the space world and although I tried a couple of times to see a launch, fickle weather and technology thwarted that.  My Dad and his wife live outside of Orlando and can see the launches from their backyard.  They've seen a bunch "at a distance" but never in person either.

The Shuttle has always been an amazing vehicle - pushing the absolute boundries of what we can do with technology.  As I live in the DC area, I plan to see Discovery in person when she's brought here to replace Enterprise whom I've seen now several times.

I'm a fan of all things spaceflight.  Spaceflight challenges us to not be satisfied with what we have now, do what has never been done, to be better than we have ever been and finally it's allowed us to reach out and explore and learn in ways never before possible.  It defines the quest for knowledge.  I celebrate those that have flown and those that have made flying of all vehicles manned and unmanned possible. 

I look forward to the next phase of American Spaceflight as well as watch with facination the efforts of other countries to join in this noble pursuit.

Lt Col Hutchins, USAFR
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: brueyh1976 on 07/20/2011 01:04 pm
I'm keeping my game face on today and will post my words after wheels stop tomorrow
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Post by: Bubbinski on 07/20/2011 01:19 pm
I have been an aviation and spaceflight freak my whole life.

I have a distant memory of doing a book report about the upcoming shuttle program before it flew.  I remember watching STS-1 on the black and white TV when I was a kid up at the family cabin, then watching the landing 2 days later with my fellow elementary school kids.  I was so happy when my grandpa bought me the Revell 747/shuttle kit. 

I remember hearing about astronauts doing "Buck Rogers" spacewalks with the MMU.  I remember being in math class when the teacher came in and said Challenger exploded.  I remember watching the shuttle return to flight triumphantly at the start of my senior year.  I remember tuning to CNN to watch all the shuttle flights afterwards in the pre-internet days.  I remember going to KSC for the first time and seeing Discovery at the pad preparing for launch, a launch scheduled in 2 weeks.  I remember being hugely disappointed when it was found the Hubble had a flaw in the mirror as I was looking forward to seeing its pictures.  I remember watching nonstop coverage of STS-49 and STS-61, the Hubble repair.  I remember seeing the 3 astronauts grab that satellite in the payload bay.  I remember being very happy at the results of the Hubble repair.

I remember seeing the first video of the shuttle undocking from Mir on CNN.  I remember looking up and watching the shuttle orbiters - and sometimes Mir and later ISS - fly overhead as bright dots in the sky.  I remember the inflatable antenna mission.  I remember watching hours of live coverage of astronauts doing spacewalks, floating in the flight deck, floating in Spacelab and Spacehab, floating in ISS.

I remember John Glenn flying aboard the shuttle.  I remember the first ISS assembly flight and all those that came after.  I remember getting up to see STS-107 reenter only to be foiled by clouds.  Then I remember CNN saying there was a problem with the shuttle and seeing pictures of the shuttle breaking up over Texas.  I remember the recovery effort afterwards.  I remember STS-114 and seeing the shuttle's RPM manuever for the first time.  The astronaut at the end of the arm under the shuttle's belly pulling a gapfiller.  The STS-121 launch on the 4th of July.  Seeing Shuttle and ISS flying over, seeing ISS grow larger and larger over the years.  Going to Florida for STS-104 and seeing the shuttle turn night into day.  Seeing STS-117 launch with her repaired tank from the KSC visitor's center.  Seeing STS-125 launch from the causeway and watching the final Hubble repair on NASA TV.  Logging onto NSF.com and following all the shuttle flights from STS-114 and 121 onwards.  And I will remember the final flight, going to the Clark Planetarium to view shuttle on the IMAX screen and sweating out the drama at T-31 seconds.

I can only hope we will have future memories as good or better.  When I'm on my deathbed I want to remember seeing astronauts go back to another world.  I want to remember boarding a commercial spaceflight.  I want to remember amazing life altering discoveries from ISS.  I want to remember a triumphant return of Americans to space aboard a commercial vehicle or a vehicle that can go beyond earth orbit.  I want to remember a true replacement winged shuttle or large SSTO spaceplane like Skylon.  I want to remember that through dark times in our country's history we kept going into space, kept exploring, paving the way for colonies and trips to Mars.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: TFGQ on 07/20/2011 01:35 pm
i post my thoughts after the wheels stop 
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: racshot65 on 07/20/2011 01:45 pm
Over DFRC doing comms checks
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: lcs on 07/20/2011 01:47 pm
Considering this is the last live video pass over the US from the shuttle ever, you'd think they would just let it run and not replay the ascent video package yet another time.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Mapperuo on 07/20/2011 01:51 pm
Considering this is the last live video pass over the US from the shuttle ever, you'd think they would just let it run and not replay the ascent video package yet another time.

Just be grateful it's that and not the 1h 20m William Shatnar thing.  ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 01:51 pm
Probably a gap in comms for the videos.

This is great.

Dryden comm checks.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: arkaska on 07/20/2011 01:52 pm
Amazing views above Bakersfield and Death Valley in Californa
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 01:52 pm
Considering this is the last live video pass over the US from the shuttle ever, you'd think they would just let it run and not replay the ascent video package yet another time.

Just be grateful it's that and not the 1h 20m William Shatnar thing.  ;D

Steady! That Shatner video is epic!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Mapperuo on 07/20/2011 01:53 pm
Considering this is the last live video pass over the US from the shuttle ever, you'd think they would just let it run and not replay the ascent video package yet another time.

Just be grateful it's that and not the 1h 20m William Shatnar thing.  ;D

Steady! That Shatner video is epic!

Oh I TOTALLY agree, But I've seen it and would rather see the final live Shuttle video. (Same with the Ascent highlights)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: arkaska on 07/20/2011 01:56 pm
They are delaying the highlights since shuttle have downlink coverage
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: racshot65 on 07/20/2011 01:56 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Swee on 07/20/2011 01:58 pm
"Considering this is the last live video pass over the US from the shuttle ever, you'd think they would just let it run and not replay the ascent video package yet another time. "


Seems you've been heard, the ascent video has been delayed, thank goodness.  :)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 01:58 pm
They are delaying the highlights since shuttle have downlink coverage

There we go :) Josh knows the score :)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: MS6 on 07/20/2011 01:59 pm
They are delaying the highlights since shuttle have downlink coverage

THANKS JOSH!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: racshot65 on 07/20/2011 02:00 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Bubbinski on 07/20/2011 02:00 pm
Here's a shot of the shuttle flying over the Atlantic or east coast.  My last screenshot of a shuttle ever.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 02:00 pm
There's about a seven minute gap between TDRS-049 and TDRS-174 in the about forty minutes that Josh noted.

Not sure if that's the last video, but it might be the last States pass with live video.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:00 pm
"We're just going to sit back and enjoy the view as Atlantis flies" - Josh.

Screenshot time folks. Still working the article as a boat load of new info came into L2. Want it to be as fresh as possible.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Mapperuo on 07/20/2011 02:00 pm
They are delaying the highlights since shuttle have downlink coverage

There we go :) Josh knows the score :)

WOOT! VERY Appreciated.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: arkaska on 07/20/2011 02:02 pm
Over Quebec, Canada
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:03 pm
About 90 mins to Ku stow, so that was the last pass over the US with video from a Space Shuttle - per Josh.

Crew stowage continues.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Namechange User on 07/20/2011 02:07 pm
About 90 mins to Ku stow, so that was the last pass over the US with video from a Space Shuttle - per Josh.

Crew stowage continues.

Lot of "lasts" today.  Last MER Meetings.  Last MMT.  Lot of PRT calls happening for everyone to say goodbye because in just a few days the exodus begins. 
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Terry Rocket on 07/20/2011 02:07 pm
We're going to defer the idea for personal tributes until Atlantis safely on the ground. We have to work like MOD, and try and come with one percent of their amazing standards, given they'll have their game faces on until the crew are off the vehicle, so we should too.

However, I do think it would be nice for us all to give Atlantis and the SSP a respectful, honorable and celebratory (as much as I know it's a tough word to use with the end of the program) manner. They deserve nothing less.

This is likely to be the last ever full day where a Space Shuttle is on orbit and thus the last ever live coverage thread for a full day on orbit.

I've always believed these threads should be interactive, and while the site's grown from 20 shuttle huggers and a few NASA guys to a monster, along with parts of the forum becoming an extension of the news site - with specific updaters and uniformed elements of coverage - this "last day" should be marked by all.

So, pretty much anyone can post, as much as it needs to be on topic or an update. Feel free to make your mark, because I can assure you, people will be looking at these mission threads in years and years to come. There might be something special about seeing your "name" on one of the updates, especially in say 10 years time - as you gain a reminder of where you where in the final hours large winged spacecraft sailed in the heavens.

The moderators will be very liberal over this. So don't feel you need to cram in a load of checklists and handbooks before you can post. Heck, it could just be a nice view via NASA TV, or something that was said on the loop. It could even be "I'm going to miss these amazing machines".

The opportunity for people to post their feelings and tributes to the fleet - and those who have rode in them and cared for them - will come after landing, but make no mistake about how historic the next 24-36 or so will be.

I too will wait until after wheels stop, but I love the respect the orbiters and the teams get here.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: lcs on 07/20/2011 02:07 pm
There is still the possibility of a VHF TV pass over MILA station later today, but the crew will be asleep.  Would be a nice finisher for both Atlantis and MILA, which will be dismantled after the mission I believe.  After all, didn't the first ever TV from Apollo 7 come in through MILA?
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: PahTo on 07/20/2011 02:08 pm

Can't believe this is it!  As requested, I'll save the tributes for after wheel stop, but I am quite restive.  Thanks all (NTV and NSF) for the great coverage over the years of these amazing machines, amazing program, and dedicated, professional, inspirational people.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: racshot65 on 07/20/2011 02:08 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 02:09 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:11 pm
About 90 mins to Ku stow, so that was the last pass over the US with video from a Space Shuttle - per Josh.

Crew stowage continues.

Lot of "lasts" today.  Last MER Meetings.  Last MMT.  Lot of PRT calls happening for everyone to say goodbye because in just a few days the exodus begins. 

I'm more concerned about you guys finding time to answer all those job offers General Bolden and Ms Garver have mentioned is part of the "bright future".

I bet your mail man is aching ;)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: DaveJSC on 07/20/2011 02:13 pm
About 90 mins to Ku stow, so that was the last pass over the US with video from a Space Shuttle - per Josh.

Crew stowage continues.

Lot of "lasts" today.  Last MER Meetings.  Last MMT.  Lot of PRT calls happening for everyone to say goodbye because in just a few days the exodus begins. 

I'm more concerned about you guys finding time to answer all those job offers General Bolden and Ms Garver have mentioned is part of the "bright future".

I bet your mail man is aching ;)

LOL ;)

Reading the messages on this thread has taken some of the edge off. What a great place this is.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: John44 on 07/20/2011 02:14 pm
STS-135 - Atlantis Deploys Final Payload PicoSat
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7009

STS-135 - Mission Status Briefing FD 13
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7010

STS-135 - Media Interviews FD 13
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7011
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:15 pm
Just sailing around the planet at 17,500mph.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: brianyee0 on 07/20/2011 02:15 pm
Love that view.  Enjoying it while I can...

(Is that the KU antenna off to the left of frame?)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: arkaska on 07/20/2011 02:16 pm
Crew asking when Orbit-2 is leaving today. Guess they have something planned for them at the end of their day
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:17 pm
It does look like the KU. It is a black dish.

@NASA:
42 yrs ago today, Armstrong and Aldrin made humanity's first footprints on another world.

Let's hope we'll have a Live FD thread for the next one.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Stardust9906 on 07/20/2011 02:18 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Namechange User on 07/20/2011 02:18 pm
I'm more concerned about you guys finding time to answer all those job offers General Bolden and Ms Garver have mentioned is part of the "bright future".

I bet your mail man is aching ;)

Ha!  I know of but a handful of people (non-NASA civil servents of course) who are sticking around.  The majority of that handful are working T&R (Transition and Retirement).  Of course, I hate that name because there is no "tranisition" and in the next 6-9 months most of them are gone too.  A few of that handful were lucky enough to say they have a job for the forseeable term, yet none of them know *what* they are doing yet.

I really don't know of anyone as of yet that I can immediately think of that has been able to get any of these "10,000 jobs" that were supposed to be created. 
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:20 pm
Someone remind me of this post when Orion (yeah, yeah "MPCV") is orbiting Mars.

Might be 20 odd years time, but...

Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 02:22 pm
It does look like the KU. It is a black dish.
Yes, that's the still-deployed assembly.

Edit: LOS at about 37 minutes past the hour.  Next AOS at about 44 minutes past.

Edit2: In the flight plan, looks like LOS would be before sunset and AOS just after.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:24 pm
@Rocky_Sci (Jon Cowart - former Ares I-X manager and Arsenal fan, would you believe!)
...at 1:48 pm EDT, Eagle will undock from Columbia. (42 years ago).

What a day this this.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:26 pm
Blimey, it's like the spaceflight gods are doing this on purpose.

We've had the Mars like views, now the lunar like views.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Stardust9906 on 07/20/2011 02:28 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: seawolfe on 07/20/2011 02:30 pm
I can't screen grab here at work, but it looks like ocean to me and not a lunar or martian landscape!  ;)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:31 pm
It is now, wasn't before.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: robertross on 07/20/2011 02:31 pm
My last shuttle on-orbit screen shot  :(
Grabbed an HD one for good measure, even though I'm at work and not supposed to. Tough.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: lcs on 07/20/2011 02:32 pm
That looks more like Europa.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 02:32 pm
About to cross off the East coast of Southern Africa and nearing the terminator.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:33 pm
Last ever orbital sunset via shuttle Ku coming up.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:34 pm
Will we beat the LOS?
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: lcs on 07/20/2011 02:35 pm
Well, they are passing over the Rift Valley, site of "The Origin of Man".  I'm reminded of the scene in 2001 where the ape-man throws the bone up into the air and it becomes...
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 02:35 pm
Bit less than two minutes to TDRS-049 LOS on the White FCR clock.

Probably nothing urgent on the A/G, so they can take a few minutes extra break.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:36 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Stardust9906 on 07/20/2011 02:36 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:37 pm
Setting!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: brianyee0 on 07/20/2011 02:37 pm
Stunning
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 02:37 pm
LOS on time (TDRS-E/049)

AOS in about six minutes on TDRS-W/174.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:38 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:39 pm
That was nice.

Screens up for a FD.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:40 pm
Been there from STS-1.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:41 pm
Has worked 77 missions. Anyone catch his name? He's DPS.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: racshot65 on 07/20/2011 02:42 pm
Terry Keeler
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 02:42 pm
You'll see it...about two minutes from AOS on the other side.

(I believe the crew mentioned him during comm checks prior to the media events earlier.)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:43 pm
Terry Keeler - correct spelling, he has some google hits on reports.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:43 pm
Oh, there we go :)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 02:45 pm
TDRS-W pass is 53 minutes long, but we should see deactivation sometime in here.

It's dark, so not much to see yet...
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 02:46 pm
Shuttle showcase video next - oh, this is a good one. We first saw it a few days ago.
 
Really need to get back to this article, so carry on guys.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: NavySpaceFan on 07/20/2011 02:47 pm
     First I’d like to thank everyone at NSF for the great coverage; I’ve been working at my customer site with no unclassified Internet access, so I relied on NSF to catch up throughout day.  I was 14 when Columbia launched, and I’ve been hooked ever since.  I was a freshman at Ohio State when we lost Challenger, and the memory of sitting in my dorm room watching the news is still as fresh today as if it occured yesterday.  My interest waned a bit as I started my Navy career, but returned in full with the start of ISS construction.   I was a day out of the Suez canal on USS Bataan when we lost Columbia, CNN playing on the monitor over the Captain’s bridge chair.
     When Atlantis lands tomorrow morning, I will stand and salute.  I will salute her, her sisters (especially Discovery, y’all know why ;)), her crew, past crews, controllers, engineers, and most importantly, those who built her and all the orbiters, the shipwrights of the space age.

Hail Enterprise
Hail Columbia
Hail Challenger
Hail Discovery
Hail Atlantis
Hail Endeavour

LCDR Bob Adamcik, USN (ret.)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: leetdan on 07/20/2011 02:53 pm
Chris, experts, insiders, contributors, and fans all, thanks for making this site in to the most fantastic shuttle and space exploration resource that it is.  Godspeed Atlantis, see you tomorrow.

Double thanks go to all involved in STS over the years, be proud of the work you've done.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 02:55 pm
Comm is ratty currently (also unexpectedly, if I heard CapCom correctly) and doesn't look like much of a video signal, either.

Off the southern coast of Australia.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Tourmaline on 07/20/2011 03:11 pm
Thank you all once again for fantastic coverage here, both for STS-135 and before.

As Wednesday is always my frantically busy day, I'm thankful for the extra day added to the mission.  The shuttle's last evening off the planet is something I've not been looking forward to, but still I am determined to glean every drop of awesomeness out of this mission and the shuttle program.  And hoping for a happy landing tomorrow.

I'll likely post in more detail another day about my shuttle memories, but for now I'd like to say how pleased I am that Shannon Lucid has been Capcom for the final mission.  As a child, around the time of STS-1, I was so excited that NASA was finally sending women into space, and I remember Lucid being part of the lineup of six women from the 1978 Group.  It's wonderful that she's been with the shuttle program from start to finish, I hope it's an achievement that will not go unnoticed by NASA or associates.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 03:13 pm
If I'm reading the info correctly, Atlantis and crew are crossing the equator, beginning Orbit 189 of the mission.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 03:20 pm
Chris Ferguson calling down that they're putting Ku-antenna stow in work.  Sequential Still Video (SSV) was also going to be deactivated around this time.

After these last few tasks (there's a water dump that was deferred for a little bit), the crew should be getting into pre-sleep soon.  About two hours from crew sleep.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: seawolfe on 07/20/2011 03:23 pm
Chris Ferguson calling down that they're putting Ku-antenna stow in work.  Sequential Still Video (SSV) was also going to be deactivated around this time.


No more video of ANY kind from Shuttles anymore..... :(
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Alpha Control on 07/20/2011 03:23 pm
Chris Ferguson calling down that they're putting Ku-antenna stow in work.  Sequential Still Video (SSV) was also going to be deactivated around this time.


I guess that's truly the end of live video or pictures from space, taken by a space shuttle.  :(
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: MadameConcorde on 07/20/2011 03:35 pm
No more video of ANY kind from Shuttles anymore..... :(

I was thinking exactly that in the last hour so I had a few screen shots made of the HD feed. It will be a long time until we can see such amazing Earth views again.

 :'(
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 03:37 pm
Rex Walheim called down that Ku-antenna stow is complete, everything was nominal.

Megan McArthur called up letting the crew know that the DAT had cleared the vehicle based on the late inspection data.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: lizzybees on 07/20/2011 03:39 pm
I could watch the "Launching Our Dreams" video forever. I hope this gets shown on regular television at some point.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 03:48 pm
Aww, nice sign off from Houston ACR. Last ever time for a Shuttle mission.
A little behind the scenes story: that's the familiar voice of Beth Weissinger, who is an audio engineer with Houston ACR.  The press room here, which is the old briefing room (but not the old, old briefing room), is basically in ACR's area, so we frequently pass in the hallway here.

Beth started here at the beginning of 2000; her first Shuttle mission was STS-99.  She was nice enough to stop for a moment after her night shift today for a picture (thumbnail attached) and to let me pretend to be journalist for a few moments.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 03:48 pm
It's nearly impossible to write an article with these amazing videos playing.

This part, with Bob Cabana and the Red Huber photo gets me every time.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 03:49 pm
Aww, nice sign off from Houston ACR. Last ever time for a Shuttle mission.
A little behind the scenes story: that's the familiar voice of Beth Weissinger, who is an audio engineer with Houston ACR.  The press room here, which is the old briefing room (but not the old, old briefing room), is basically in ACR's area, so we frequently pass in the hallway here.

Beth started here at the beginning of 2000; her first Shuttle mission was STS-99.  She was nice enough to stop for a moment after her night shift today for a picture (thumbnail attached) and to let me pretend to be journalist for a few moments.


Very cool! Well done Beth!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 03:55 pm
Very cool! Well done Beth!
I also liked Chris Ferguson's response.  Josh is back with commentary.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 03:56 pm
I think this is my favorite NASA TV video of all time. Up there with the SE&I 133 and 134 videos, but has the edge.

John Streeter (sp) deserves a frakking Emmy for it.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 03:56 pm
There's the official entry clearance from DAT.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: brueyh1976 on 07/20/2011 03:58 pm
Just watched Launching Our Dreams - wow. It was the first time I'd seen it. Makes you take time to think. I know this is the end but please think of it as the beginning of what is to come
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: lizzybees on 07/20/2011 04:08 pm
Replaying the video of the flyaround now.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: seawolfe on 07/20/2011 04:12 pm
Durn.... can't watch any of these vids whilst at work...  Hope they're available for download (if I already don't have 'em in my gigabytes of downloads for this mission, heh)  ;)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 04:13 pm
NASA TV Video File is running right now...I believe Josh said it's a little under an hour long today.  Showing some Station video here at JSC...when NTV returns, the crew will be nearing the end of their day.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Space Pete on 07/20/2011 04:21 pm
First photo of the unique flyaround now up on nasa.gov.

Hi-res: http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/572378main_s135e010788_full.jpg
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Mark Max Q on 07/20/2011 04:24 pm
First photo of the unique flyaround now up on nasa.gov.


Another L2 win on first and more ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Space Pete on 07/20/2011 04:30 pm
Another L2 win on first and more ;D

Yup - some very nice shots on L2, and well in advance of nasa.gov! :)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: RamjetFDO on 07/20/2011 04:55 pm
FYI gang... remember the excellent re-entry video the young man from Mexico took from Endeavour's return?

He's going to do it again for Atlantis.  He's flying out to Cancun this evening...  I'm trying to get in contact with some of my FDO brethren on console right now to get him some look angles/times so that he can do this again!

Stand by - I imagine it'll be on YouTube in the next few days...   8)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: AndrewSTS on 07/20/2011 04:58 pm
This thread is amazing, so many great posts from people in tribute.

By the way Roger "Flight FDO... burn complete, no further trim reqd."

Has there ever BEEN a trim required? I've never heard anything other than "no trim" :)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: RamjetFDO on 07/20/2011 04:59 pm
This thread is amazing, so many great posts from people in tribute.

By the way Roger "Flight FDO... burn complete, no further trim reqd."

Has there ever BEEN a trim required? I've never heard anything other than "no trim" :)

Sure... in simulations all the time when we get failures (conveniently) inserted by the Sim team DURING burns...  ;)

During missions?  I've only seen a few *minor* tenths of a fps required for trim - I can only remember one, but years ago.   :D
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Orbiter on 07/20/2011 05:01 pm
FYI gang... remember the excellent re-entry video the young man from Mexico took from Endeavour's return?

He's going to do it again for Atlantis.  He's flying out to Cancun this evening...  I'm trying to get in contact with some of my FDO brethren on console right now to get him some look angles/times so that he can do this again!

Stand by - I imagine it'll be on YouTube in the next few days...   8)

FWIW, there might also be some good views of Atlantis re-entering over Florida this time around as the sun won't be up but it will be just beginning to rise (about 45 minutes from sunrise is landing to be exact)

This is for my area.
SHUTTLE
Thu Jul 21/05:42 AM   
3
22
10 above S   19 above E

Orbiter
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:02 pm
Replay of Orbit 2 and Commander Chris Ferguson farewells.

Megan notes the pride of working with them.

Fergie notes he remembers the Apollo landing. Wants that day to come for the current folks one day. Doesn't know what to think, trying to take it all in.

Hopes the nation will have the courage to finish the work they started. When you leave the room, take a look back at the MCC and make a memory.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:07 pm
Ironic placard from 30 years ago:
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:12 pm
John Young's excited walk around Columbia after STS-1
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 05:13 pm
Replay of Orbit 2 and Commander Chris Ferguson farewells.

Megan notes the pride of working with them.

Fergie notes he remembers the Apollo landing. Wants that day to come for the current folks one day. Doesn't know what to think, trying to take it all in.

Hopes the nation will have the courage to finish the work they started. When you leave the room, take a look back at the MCC and make a memory.
Yeah, that was nice -- wish I could have stayed a few more minutes to get that in real-time with the video.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: RamjetFDO on 07/20/2011 05:34 pm
Ha! Very cool!

I passed along the entry sighting info to Noe... he's going to be on-station in Cancun to capture tonight's entry just south/east of the Yucatan!  :)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:37 pm
About 15 hours to the deorbit burn for Orbit 200.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:38 pm
GC guys being highlighted by Josh.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:39 pm
EGIL and MMACS
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:40 pm
FAO:
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:40 pm
EECOM - Epic smile after noticing he was on NTV! ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:41 pm
Surgeon.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:42 pm
Booster at the back.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:43 pm
Josh decides not wave - booooooooooo! ;)

INCO
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:44 pm
ACO and DPS - DPS guy knows he's on NTV
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:45 pm
PROP:
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:45 pm
FDO! Big FDO smile.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:47 pm
Oh that was brilliant! I loved it how some these amazingly clever guys act like you or I when a camera is on them ;D

Thanks to this guy....
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 05:50 pm
No excuses...
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 06:01 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 06:01 pm
No excuses...
It's past my bedtime.  (OK, not yet.)

This is a really good piece.  The first part that I like is the astronauts' descriptions of liftoff around six minutes in.

(Well, and what follows that. ;D)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 06:32 pm
Handover coming up.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 06:34 pm
Mission patches:
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: goldfinger on 07/20/2011 06:34 pm
No excuses...
It's past my bedtime.  (OK, not yet.)

This is a really good piece.  The first part that I like is the astronauts' descriptions of liftoff around six minutes in.


Yes, a really great piece!   Also today, I'm sure others have noted this, but the last flight day of the Atlantis and the Shuttle program, and the 42nd anniversary of the 1969 moon landing are both today.   A sad day to see the end of the shuttle, what a great ship!  But also a day to celebrate 50 years of great exploration of the new frontier.   Thanks to Chris and everyone on this site for all they do to celebrate something we're all lucky to be able to participate in in some small way, and to everyone who made shuttle and what came before it happen.  My dad worked on Apollo, and I've been lucky enough to meet some of the folks who've made Shuttle happen.  Hats off to you all and godpeed Atlantis and crew for one more landing!

Chris
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: seawolfe on 07/20/2011 06:35 pm
No excuses...

Yeah, um.... NO video streaming allowed at work.  :(
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 06:35 pm
Hook in the wall for 135.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 06:46 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 06:53 pm
Some hilarity in the FCR over a poem which was read out to the FD.

Guessing it's not for broadcast ;D
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 06:54 pm
Coming up...
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 06:58 pm
Lots of applause for someone.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 06:59 pm
End of Orbit 2.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 06:59 pm
No excuses...

Yeah, um.... NO video streaming allowed at work.  :(
Worth a repost:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72OLN4lBpSQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72OLN4lBpSQ
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Melroy Fan on 07/20/2011 07:00 pm
Many thanks to Josh Byerly and his wonderful sign-off from the Orbit 2 team. Class act all the way.

Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 07:00 pm
Aww, that's Josh going too!

Notes it's been an honor.

He's done so well with this.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: lizzybees on 07/20/2011 07:02 pm
Good luck to Orbit 2 team and to Josh--you've been wonderful! Thank you for such always insightful and awesome commentary :)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 07:04 pm
Cargo Integration Team:
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 07:07 pm
Many thanks to Josh Byerly and his wonderful sign-off from the Orbit 2 team. Class act all the way.
He's a good friend of the site.  (And has helped me out on numerous occasions recently.)
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: robertross on 07/20/2011 07:08 pm
Aww, that's Josh going too!

Notes it's been an honor.

He's done so well with this.

Absolutely. Well done Josh; glad to have you on for this mission!
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 07:12 pm
Status article. Almost a part 1, as we'll have a part 2 for the deorbit burn:

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2011/07/sts-135-atlantis-cleared-one-final-time-thursday/

Very up to date, including MER results on the checkouts and a late item on a debris observation at launch....all via L2 of course, which has rocked throughout this mission again and will continue to to do. Many thanks to our contributors.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: lizzybees on 07/20/2011 07:19 pm
FD Highlights right now. Rex missed his calling as a poet.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/20/2011 07:22 pm
Before we start the FD14 EOM Update thread, just want to say how inspiring it has been to read everyone's posts today. This wasn't even a proper tribute thread, as per note of waiting until she's on the ground, but the response for using today to get involved was more than I ever expected.

Really means a lot and kept me going today as my body finally turned round and said "You REALLY need to get some sleep mate!" ;D

I'll keep this open to allow for any additionals.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: hygoex on 07/20/2011 07:43 pm
Noticing the Orbit 3 people have brought their lunches with them.   
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: MS6 on 07/20/2011 07:49 pm
Brandi's guest is now EECOM.  3 words come to mind: "SCE to AUX."
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 07/20/2011 08:33 pm
recorded from replay:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZnihzApUrJ4
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Prober on 07/20/2011 08:37 pm
Nice stiff upper lip this Houston guys.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: brueyh1976 on 07/20/2011 08:42 pm
Just watched the FD13 replay. It really makes you think and puts a real lump in the throat. As Fergie said to both Orbits 1 and 2, before you walk out, turn around and make a memory
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: John44 on 07/20/2011 09:09 pm
STS-135 - Flight Day 13 Highlights
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=7012
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 07/20/2011 09:14 pm
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Satori on 07/20/2011 09:22 pm
...and this will be the end, my friends. I'll will miss the shuttles like a friend long gone.

In Portugal the July 21st is the day Man set foot on the Moon. It will also now be remembered as the day the Space Shuttle Program ended.

I will see the shuttle to land on KSC a last time. A sad moment... with tears...
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: iskyfly on 07/20/2011 09:43 pm
Even though the Shuttle program will be ending I hope we can still keep it alive here by asking and answering questions about the Shuttle. I know that I have tons of questions still to ask and tons of material to go through on here (and might even get L2 :) ) that will lead to even more questions. I hope all those that are in the know and those that were involved with Shuttle stick around here. I've learned so much from you.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: Citabria on 07/20/2011 10:01 pm
Happy landing, Atlantis! You are special to me, since you launched before my eyes twice (STS-79 and STS-132). And thanks to NASASpaceFlight.com for providing excellent Web coverage of all the space missions and programs.

I have been a huge fan of space exploration since Gemini 5, when I was 5. I watched Armstrong and Aldrin on the moon from my parents' bed. I've been to KSC twice, JSC twice, and Huntsville three times, as well as NASM and USAFM several times. I have built many rocket models, read many astronaut biographies and space history books, and watched many films and videos.

I welcome the retirement of STS and look forward to future programs. Remember there were nearly six years between the last Apollo and the first Shuttle and I doubt it will be that long before the next crew launches from the USA.
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: FinalFrontier on 07/20/2011 10:06 pm
Going to be up all night for the launch. Taking work off for the rest of the week :)


Any idea on our exact landing time?
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: dmac on 07/20/2011 10:10 pm
     1981 - 2011 A SPACE ODYSSEY
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: saturnapollo on 07/20/2011 10:14 pm
Been trying to watch the FD13 highlights but it keeps stopping and buffering. As I'm trying to record it, that's not much use.

I assume that there is suddenly a lot of hits on the site.

Keith
Title: Re: LIVE: STS-135 Flight Day 13 EOM-1 - FCS C/O, RCS Hotfire, PicoSat
Post by: speez on 07/20/2011 10:26 pm

In Portugal the July 21st is the day Man set foot on the Moon. It will also now be remembered as the day the Space Shuttle Program ended.

------------------------------
On a related note:

On July 21, 1969 the Apollo 11 crew (departed the Moon's surface) while the world held its "collective breath" and wished them Godspeed and a safe journey back to Earth.

So exactly 42 years from that liftoff (or start of a return), we now have STS-135 about to perform its return.

As noted on this website previously, the STS-1 mission launched on April 12, 1981 (exactly 20 years after Yuri Gagarin's famous first flight into space by mankind).

My thanks and gratitude to ALL who have worked on the SSP over the last decades...Godspeed and safe landing to the STS-135 crew.
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Post by: Scorpius on 07/20/2011 11:02 pm
Just wanted to say thanks to Chris for the brilliant NSF and everyone else who has contributed to this forum. It has not been easy to follow this final mission from the UK with a regular 9 to 5 job (and strictly monitored internet access at work!) so the minute by minute update threads have been invaluable for catching up each evening.

Here's wishing Atlantis and her crew a safe ride home tomorrow.

No sad faces guys..... celebrate the incredible legacy of discovery and scientific advancement that these awesome spacecraft have given us over the last three decades and will continue to do so, in ISS, for many years to come.  :)
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Post by: robertross on 07/20/2011 11:02 pm


Sweet one, Ron.
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Post by: Space Pete on 07/20/2011 11:03 pm
Before I sign off for the night, I'd like to share my Atlantis poem again.

Ode to Atlantis
By Pete Harding

Farewell Atlantis, you’ve done us all proud,
Your wings were so graceful, your engines so loud.

You accomplished so much, you showed us the way,
The debt we all owe you, we can never repay.

You inspired and awed us with your elegance and your style,
There’ll be nothing quite like you for a very long while.

So bring ‘em back home, safely once more,
As you glide down to Earth, you’ll leave us in awe.

When you roll to a stop, we’ll weep and we’ll cry,
For we know never again, will you take to the sky.

But you’ll always live on, in both the heart and the mind,
We will never forget you – you were one of a kind.

So as you end your career, you do so with pride,
To you we say Hail Atlantis – thanks for the ride!
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Post by: saturnapollo on 07/20/2011 11:06 pm
A very moving tribute Pete.

Keith
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Post by: Rocket Rancher on 07/20/2011 11:16 pm
This kind of sums it up for those of us left at KSC today.
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Post by: manishiyer on 07/20/2011 11:21 pm
Thank you Pete ... that was awesome ... I did have some tears streaming down my cheeks as I read that.
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Post by: robertross on 07/20/2011 11:38 pm
Very moving Pete. Great poem.
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Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 11:43 pm
Great -- Guest Commentary coming up is with Shannon Lucid.  Was hoping they would be able to talk with her on one of these missions.
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Post by: stuart_wildcat on 07/20/2011 11:43 pm
Many thanks to all who have made the Space Shuttle program possible.

I was one of those that learned the hard way about "live news" when we watched the Challenger launch from our school classrooms that day.  I don't always have the best memory but I do remember being in my junior high English class watching and not really knowing what to think or feel at the time.  I am glad that I have made many better memories of the shuttle now.

I have lived in Florida for several years now and have tried to use the chance to see more of what goes on but not really until the last several flights.  I decided that no matter what I was going to see each of the "final" launches live and have done just that, even though after STS-132 I had to get accross the state to pick up my mother-in-law so I could drop her and my wife off at the Tampa airport so they could go to Philadelphia for my sister-in-law's college graduation and wedding week.  I hadn't yet learned the "back ways" home from the launch and they were minutes away from not being able to check luggage for their flight!  Maybe if Atlantis had pulled the "is the beanie retracted?" trick then they might not have made it!

I might try to get some sleep here and head over for the landing because even if it is 100% dark and we don't see anything we will have "been there" for the "full circle" trip.

Another big shout out to all those from Chris on down that make this site what it is.  I work in software and the model on here reminds me of open source software development where you have a few "core" people that drive most of the activity and then many others that contribute what interests them.  Perfect example is the SRB recovery thread I started just to collect all the info in one place for those that wanted it but it quickly became a place for pictures, live updates, tips, etc. 

Maybe somebody can point all of us "mainly shuttle" type people where to keep up on the latest threads of what is happening next because I certainly plan to be there from the start for the next vehicle!  With this site I know I will get more info than I will know what to do with!
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Post by: stockman on 07/20/2011 11:45 pm
probably a repeat pic but I must say, I am going to miss that arm.... :)
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Post by: robertross on 07/20/2011 11:46 pm
Great -- Guest Commentary coming up is with Shannon Lucid.  Was hoping they would be able to talk with her on one of these missions.


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Post by: Melroy Fan on 07/20/2011 11:49 pm
Great -- Guest Commentary coming up is with Shannon Lucid.  Was hoping they would be able to talk with her on one of these missions.


Glad to see the "Goddess of the Universe" (given to her during STS-58 by Commander John Blaha.)

Met her in 1994 at the Women in Aviation Conference in Orlando. Very, very nice lady.
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Post by: psloss on 07/20/2011 11:54 pm
This is cool.  I wonder if this Guest Commentary was saved for the end... :)
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Post by: robertross on 07/20/2011 11:57 pm
Shannon Lucid. Describing first shuttle launch.
Mentioning records, including # wake up songs  :)

CAPCOM: really enjoyed it. Next best thing to being in space is working CAPCOM. They talk to crew. Stands for CAPsule COMmunicator, and describing the role. Have to be able to listen to what's going in the room, cognicence, and flight Director's approval.

Best Highlights: Enjoyed all my time CAPCOMing. Can't pick out just one particular instance. Same with space, a variety of experiences. Launched various satellites into space, prime for Gallileo Spacecraft, flying on SpaceLab mission (with 48 rats), working like a real scientist. Inserting cathators into the tail veins of the rats  (eeewww).

1 3/4 years in headquarters. How it interracted with HQ. After spending an extended period of time there gave an appreciation of it.

SO many things the shuttle program has given us (America, and the world): 1 thing it did was open space up to a wide variety of human beings. People from all walks of life. Also people from other nations have had an opportunity to fly into space.

Just 1 more wake-up call: do you go sentimental? Just another day? It's not just another day in space. Last flight of Atlantis. Atlantis is special; all the shuttles are wonderful vehicles. Flown on Atlantis a few times.

Will watch the landing on the big screen.
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Post by: robertross on 07/20/2011 11:58 pm
This is cool.  I wonder if this Guest Commentary was saved for the end... :)


Quite likely.
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Post by: robertross on 07/21/2011 12:02 am
Not sure if this one was covered, but putting it up regardless:

Propulsion Systems Flight Control Team
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Post by: Alpha Control on 07/21/2011 12:06 am
As Chris is keeping this thread open a little while longer, I’d like to add a few comments.

There’s a million things I could say, but as Clongton noted over in the Apollo 11 anniversary thread today, sometimes it’s hard to put our feelings about space exploration into words.

My father was a Navy fighter pilot, so I was around flying machines and pilots all my young life.  I was 11 years old and living on a Navy base in Corpus Christi, TX, when Neil and Buzz landed on the moon.  I had my Saturn V plastic model proudly displayed on top of the TV while we watched.  My dad had friends at Grumman, and he was able to get me two Apollo instrumentation gauges.  I think they’re from the LM  (I still have them somewhere).

My interest blossomed with Skylab. My father also got me the Skylab Mission Operations manual from a friend he knew. In the pre-internet days, it was really cool to read that! Then in 1977, I started reading Aviation Week magazine – THE space bible in those days. I followed all of Enterprise’s Approach and Landing tests, and was excited about the coming age of “regular space travel”.

Columbia’s maiden flight was a special time. I watched the launch and landing on the TV, marveling at a spacecraft with wheels!  I was filled with pride. I even baked a cake to celebrate, with a shuttle model placed proudly on the cake!  My parents probably though I was crazy, but they enjoyed my enthusiasm. 

Over the many years since then I followed every flight with books, magazines, and whatever television was being broadcast – whether it was cable or just the nightly news.

When Challenger happened, my heart was ripped out.  It was just devastating. It took a long time to recover. But I was proud that we as a nation kept pushing on. I supported the Challenger Center to help them in their goal of science education for kids. When Endeavour flew the first time, it was very satisfying to have the fleet “back up to full strength”.

I followed the funding battles for Space Station Freedom in the late 80s and early 90s, even writing Congress and encouraging all my friends to do so the year that the space station came within one vote, I believe, of being cancelled in the House!  But the vote passed, and eventually the contractors starting “bending metal” for the ISS.

Five years ago I discovered this wonderful home for space enthusiasts and professionals: NASASpaceFlight.com. Chris Bergin has done a tremendous job, ably assisted by a top team of contributors and moderators, in creating this superb resource.

Through NSF, I attended the STS-123 launch in 2008 and met several of my fellow NSFers for dinner at Fishlips, in Port Canaveral. I also attended the Augustine hearings, spoke during the public comment period, and met & chatted with folks like Kraisee, Clongton, OV-106, and others.

I’m proud to be a part of such a great group of people.  It has enriched and reinforced my enthusiasm for space flight. The news articles and L2 content have added greatly to my knowledge, and the forum is a lively and interesting place to spend time in.

Finally, as Atlantis prepares to land tomorrow for the final time, I want to say thank you to the many thousands of great NASA and contractor folks who have poured their hearts into what has to be the greatest job in the world – supporting America’s space shuttle program.  You have made this nation proud.

Thank you,
David

edit: spelling
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Post by: Rocket Science on 07/21/2011 12:12 am
While I do not have Pete’s eloquence:
On the ending of the Shuttle program and the last flight day a tribute…
poem by Rhoda Galgiani

White Swan, White Swan ~


White Swan, White Swan,
Where have you gone?
You use to be so plentiful,
On the shimmering water pond.

Beautiful feathers like
Cloud puffs at your side,
Long neck flowing that moves
To and fro as you glide.

White Swan, White Swan
Come back to us fast.
Your gracefulness, your beauty
We long for you too last.

Without you dear Swan
Our lives would be gray.
We long for your beauty
So stay, please stay,
And never go away.


Safe landing Altlantis...
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Post by: Prober on 07/21/2011 12:14 am
probably a repeat pic but I must say, I am going to miss that arm.... :)

Hey Stockman, see ur from Canada.  I put a joke up in the one thread. Hope Atlantis would get sent to EAFB and disapear like the "Canada Arrow"
 
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Post by: hygoex on 07/21/2011 12:38 am
I remember seeing the shuttle's early missions in 1st grade, and having my father write notes to the teacher, so I could see it. 

I remember my cousin changing the channel on July 4, 1982, right as Columbia was making her turn around the HAC.

I remember my RLC teacher, Abigail McKinnon, getting to be one of the finalists for Teacher in Space.   I went to Huntsville for a field trip after Challenger, and saw SpaceCamp, and the movie set for SpaceCamp.   

I remember where I was when I got the news of Challenger.  It was from Mrs. McKinnon's predecessor, Mr. Adams.   We were in line to use the restroom, and Mr. Adams announced the tragedy.

I learned about Columbia's demise through the Internet message boards. 

My friend, Misty, and I went to see my aunt today.  Misty and I went shopping at Wal-Mart during STS-121's launch.   When Discovery went up on her next flight, Misty got me home to see 116 "light up the night sky as we continue to build the International Space Station".   I even gave Misty some Discovery models afterward, joking she "adopted" Discovery.   

I was privileged to enjoy a shuttle launch back in the spring of 2010, watching it from a hill.   It was before sunrise, and at SRB sep, I said, "I didn't see anything."   Then I looked and there was the green cloud.   I knew that was the exhaust from the SRBs. 

I pay for my L2 subscription, and I feel honored that I was able to go behind the scenes.   Thank you guys.



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Post by: lucspace on 07/21/2011 12:40 am
Any word on when/if the Picosat photo's of Atlantis will be released? And what happened with the footage of the ET 'destruct camera'?
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Post by: robertross on 07/21/2011 12:42 am
Any word on when/if the Picosat photo's of Atlantis will be released? And what happened with the footage of the ET 'destruct camera'?

Still waiting to hear word on L2 of the ET footage. I'm sure it's the same for the picosat images.
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Post by: Rocket Science on 07/21/2011 12:44 am
Any word on when/if the Picosat photo's of Atlantis will be released? And what happened with the footage of the ET 'destruct camera'?

Still waiting to hear word on L2 of the ET footage. I'm sure it's the same for the picosat images.
I think Leroy said a couple of weeks for ET
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Post by: psloss on 07/21/2011 12:46 am
This is cool.  I wonder if this Guest Commentary was saved for the end... :)


Quite likely.
Yes and no.  CapCom and then (now) Flight Director Paul Dye.  (I have a few more questions to ask about this.)
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Post by: AlTarkus on 07/21/2011 12:59 am
Are there any plans for reuse of the MCC? Can't count the hours I've had NASA TV on and seen people manning the consoles.

Kind of sad to think of it dark and empty after tomorrow.
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/21/2011 01:03 am
Any word on when/if the Picosat photo's of Atlantis will be released? And what happened with the footage of the ET 'destruct camera'?

Still waiting to hear word on L2 of the ET footage. I'm sure it's the same for the picosat images.

I've got my feelers out ;)
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Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 07/21/2011 01:07 am
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt8EOPi6c-s
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Post by: Ronsmytheiii on 07/21/2011 01:25 am
call me crazy, but I dont think CT is that far away from ET....
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Post by: jessjess on 07/21/2011 01:30 am
LOL! Just took a picture of that error
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Post by: emrock78 on 07/21/2011 02:01 am
I want to thank Chris for opening up the thread today for these wonderful tributes. Seems as good a time as any for my first post...

Like many others the Space Shuttle has been a part of my life as long as I can remember. Some of my earliest memories were of watching commercial deployments and satellite retrievals with my father in the early 1980’s. That was great stuff for a young kid and really fired the imagination!

And then we lost Challenger. It’s strange how a lifelong passion can arise from such a terrible event, but nonetheless it happened. In the days, weeks and months that followed I developed an insatiable appetite for all things spaceflight. And I couldn’t get enough of the Space Shuttle. Sources were pretty limited back then, whatever was on the evening news and a handful of books at the public library. I must have renewed those books hundreds of times!

And so I was hooked, and have been ever since. For more than 25 years these amazing vehicles have been a constant in my life. They are like old friends. Three of my favorite memories were of seeing Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour in flight with my own eyes. Two of those were launches (STS-71 and STS-133), and this past May I watched Endeavour and the ISS soar over my house in the middle of the night. The weather had been terrible but the clouds finally cleared the night before she landed. It was an indescribably bittersweet moment as Endeavour sailed overhead and then beyond the horizon.

No matter what the future brings, it pains me to think we will never see these beautiful winged spacecraft fly again. But in these final hours of the Space Shuttle program, I am going to focus on entry and landing, and once Atlantis rolls to a stop I will toast 30 years of amazing accomplishments.

I will also toast all those who have made this possible. Thank you for your service to our country and humanity. I wish you all the very best in the future.

And to Chris and the entire NSF team, thank you for everything you do to make this site possible.

From a certified Shuttle hugger…
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Post by: Chris Bergin on 07/21/2011 02:44 am
And still the great comments keep coming. Top work.
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Post by: dsky on 07/21/2011 04:40 am
I am not sure this will be read, but as Chris asked to keep chatter to low levels on the landing thread, here I am with something I wanted to say.

First, I am extremely proud that my country is an important part of this mission with the Raffaello module (even if our flag is not shown anywhere). This is an historical moment for more than one reason, but this is not the moment (a few hours from landing) to digress on that.

Second, I would like to comment that Americans not always realize we in Europe are used to say that in 1969 "we" went to the Moon. The "we" refers of course to the whole humankind and today the same humankind is witness to the last flight of the most incredible technological endeavour of our times. It is impossible not to relate the end of the Shuttle program with the anniversary of the first lunar landing also because the rest of the world considers the 21st the date to remember.

The Shuttle is also "our" vehicle. We grew with it, we considered that a common accomplishment, we have hoped to have something to do with it and some of us in Europe even succeeded in that. I have even had a chance to get to JSC a few years ago and smell the flavour of Shuttle one time, a precious moment, but unfortunately without any further consequences.

Those like me who were born under Apollo, and followed the Shuttle program as a natural follow-on, can't easily conceive a future without an advanced space vehicle. But I believe that the future will definitely see a new shuttle if America will accept to openly join forces with other nations in developing a new winged space vehicle, the true heir of the Space Shuttle.

God speed Atlantis and all the people who made her flight possible. My thoughts are mainly for those who did something in the program for the last time, from tightening a bolt to reviewing the execution of a procedure. I know how it is hard to do your preferred task for one last time, but at least, please do not forget, you had a chance to do it. Whatever your task, you were the privileged ones, the insiders.

We, the outsiders, could only passively act as witnesses and for us, believe it or not, it is harder because we know that now we won't have no more chances to get close and feel the smell of the Shuttle.
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Post by: rickl on 07/21/2011 04:44 am
Although I'm old enough to remember Gemini and Apollo, the Shuttle has been flying for 30 years, which is more than half of my life.  Goodbyes are always emotional and bittersweet.

By pure accident, I stumbled on these YouTube videos of the first landing test of Enterprise a few days ago.  I'm sure that better footage can be found elsewhere on NSF.com, but this is how it appeared on American TV at the time, complete with commercials.  Enjoy.

Part 1:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i40XddxwQMs

Part 2:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dijD4J3vX5Y
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Post by: lemauz on 07/21/2011 04:58 am
Ironically, my first post here is happening almost as the Shuttle flies directly over my head for the very last time. As orbit 199 goes by, I just wanted to duly register the magnificent work Chris and the NSF team do here, allowing us - common mortals - to live these extraordinary events from within.

Thank you Chris, thank you thousands of professionals and amateurs (in the strict sense) that keep these [mankind] dreams alive.

Farewell Atlantis.
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Post by: Joey on 07/21/2011 06:07 am
So many others above have expressed pretty much the same feelings I have, but I just wanted to give a big thank you to everyone in the Space Program for all your hard work and dedication through the years, and continuing on into the future. I truly feel it is Man's destiny to reach for the stars and explore this vast universe.

I of course would also like to thank Chris and everyone here at NSF for providing such a great forum!

Godspeed Atlantis.
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Post by: Phosphorus on 07/21/2011 06:27 am
Godspeed Atlantis, and thank you for the work you've done -- you not only helped build the ISS and maintain the Hubble telescope. Your seven flights to Mir were actually the core of the Shuttle-Mir program -- when a space station finally saw an arrival of a winged spacecraft -- and sci-fi became reality. Safe landing and a have a good rest, you've deserved it.
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Post by: alexw on 07/21/2011 08:13 am
Wish I had something eloquent and moving to add. But mostly I feel numb. Hurts.

 Atlantis, I'm so glad it's you here at the end, among your sisters. So glad that you flew one more time after that beautiful clear afternoon in the bright May sunshine, when you lit up the daytime sky and thundered gloriously through our tears and screams.

Second star to the right, and straight on ... 'till, now, the last morning.
 
         -Alex
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Post by: chksix on 07/21/2011 09:35 am
I'm attaching a picture of my son Sam as he was watching STS-133. He's watching Atlantis now also.
Like me at the time of Apollo 11 he's 2 years old and watching it live on the internet. I watched the moon landing on tv live. Can't remember it but I think it sparked my interest of spaceflight.
I started following the STS programme from the earliest artist impressions of the new system. Saw STS 1 live on tv and tried to follow each flight after that. Not easy at the time since media didn't publish much. I had the magazine Spaceflight as a reference for all things happening at NASA, both manned and unmanned.
It's a sad fact that the machines and the programme is terminated now but I can understand the need to move on to something cheaper and safer. I'm happy that the last three orbiters performed as they were built to do, flawless.
I will bring Sam and his sister Sophie to the USA and visit the orbiters in the future.

I hope there will be a visionary programme with a goal that Sam can start to follow personally and see the fruits being reaped. Landing on the moon again perhaps when he is 14 wouldn't be too unrealistic.

Cheers to Chris and crew for setting up this site which publish facts only. This should have been up and running in 81 ;)

/Pierre