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shuttle_guy

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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>&nbsp;The Official launch date is confirmed as Nov. 14th. The launch could not be moved up because of crew training constraints. <br />Posted by shuttle_guy</DIV></p><p>The EMU's (Space Suits) are stowed and checked out; Payload bay doors are closed for flight.</p><p>Next week the closeout of the vehicle for flight&nbsp;will be completed&nbsp;as well as the final ordnance installation/connection. (vehicle destruct and separation ordnance)</p><p><br /><br />&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>The EMU's (Space Suits) are stowed and checked out; Payload bay doors are closed for flight.Next week the closeout of the vehicle for flight&nbsp;will be completed&nbsp;as well as the final ordnance installation/connection. (vehicle destruct and separation ordnance)&nbsp; <br />Posted by shuttle_guy</DIV><br /><br />And Launch time is 7:55 PM EDT (which is 00:55 UT on the 15th). Cool for the east coast, since that's a night time launch!! <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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What time does the sun set at the pad? Ive given up trying to work it out what with the time changing in the States tonight/tomorrow :D <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>What time does the sun set at the pad? Ive given up trying to work it out what with the time changing in the States tonight/tomorrow :D <br /> Posted by bobble_bob</DIV></p><p>5:30. It is a night launch until the 19th then it becomes twilight, sunset on the 20th, and then daytime. </p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p>-Ben</p> </div>
 
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Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>5:30. It is a night launch until the 19th then it becomes twilight, sunset on the 20th, and then daytime. <br />Posted by bpcooper</DIV><br /><br />Here in NJ, further up the coast, the 19th is between Astronomical and Nautical twilight. Sunset is about 4:40 PM EST this week, so would be sevarl days of launch delays later. What is the change per day in launch window? <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Here in NJ, further up the coast, the 19th is between Astronomical and Nautical twilight. Sunset is about 4:40 PM EST this week, so would be sevarl days of launch delays later. What is the change per day in launch window? <br /> Posted by MeteorWayne</DIV></p><p>23-25 minutes earlier.&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;Those of you in New York, for example, should be able to clearly see it through the 22nd; only the last three days of the window are sunset or daytime up there. </p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p>-Ben</p> </div>
 
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shuttle_guy

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<p>All continues to go well with the processing toward this launch. (In fact we have had the last 2 weekends off&nbsp;and we plan to have the next weekend off except for Sunday second shift !). Launch is just 11 days away.</p><p>Today there is a launch simulation for launch team training.&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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<p align="left">CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- News conferences, events and operating hours for the press center at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida are set for the upcoming launch of space shuttle Endeavour. Endeavour's STS-126 mission to the International Space Station is scheduled to lift off at 7:55 p.m. EST on Friday, Nov. 14. <br /><br />On Tuesday, Nov. 11, Endeavour's seven astronauts are expected to arrive at Kennedy at 4 p.m. NASA Television will provide live coverage as mission Commander Chris Ferguson makes a brief statement to news media. <br />NASA will provide continuous STS-126 online mission coverage at: </p><p align="center">http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle </p><p><br />On launch day, a blog originating at Kennedy will update the countdown beginning at 2:30 p.m. The blog is the definitive Internet source for information leading up to launch. During the mission, visitors to NASA's shuttle Web site can read about the crew's progress and watch spacewalks live. As Endeavour's flight wraps up, NASA will offer a blog detailing the shuttle's return to Earth. </p><p>&nbsp;All briefings are held inside the Kennedy News Center auditorium and will be carried live on NASA Television unless otherwise noted.<br /><br /><strong>L-3 Days - Tuesday, Nov. 11</strong><br /><br /><strong>10 a.m.</strong> - Countdown Status Briefing<br />- Jeff Spaulding, NASA test director<br />- Joe Delai, STS-126 payload manager<br />- Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer<br /><br /><strong>4 p.m.</strong> &ndash; STS-126 crew arrival at Shuttle Landing Facility <br /><br /><strong>10 p.m.</strong> - Launch countdown officially begins (not on NASA TV)<br /><br /><strong>L-2 Days - Wednesday, Nov. 12</strong><br /><br /><strong>11 a.m. (no earlier than)</strong> &ndash; Prelaunch News Conference<br />- LeRoy Cain, chair, Mission Management Team<br />- Mike Leinbach, shuttle launch director<br />- Kathy Winters, shuttle weather office<br /><br /><strong>1 p.m.</strong> &ndash; Constellation Tour (not on NASA TV)<br /><br /><strong>L-1 Day &ndash; Thursday, Nov. 13</strong><br /><br /><strong>10 a.m.</strong> - Countdown Status Briefing<br />- Charlie Blackwell-Thompson, STS-126 NASA test director<br />- Joe Delai, STS-126 payload manager<br />- Kathy Winters, shuttle weather officer<br /><br /><strong>11:30 a.m.</strong> - STS-126 Web cast on NASA TV<br /><br /><strong>11:30 p.m.</strong> - Rotating Service Structure moves to launch position<br /><br /><strong>Launch Day - Friday, Nov. 14</strong><br /><br /><strong>2:30 p.m.</strong> - Live launch commentary begins<br /><br />Crew Activities: (times may vary slightly)<br />11 a.m. -- Crew wakes up (not on NASA TV)<br />3:25 p.m. -- Weather briefing (commander, pilot & mission specialist 2) (not on NASA TV)<br />3:35 p.m. -- Astronauts don flight suits<br />4:05 p.m. -- Depart for launch pad<br />4:35 p.m. -- Arrive at White Room and begin ingress<br />5:50 p.m. -- Close crew hatch<br />7:55 p.m. -- Launch<br /><br /><strong>Launch + 1 hour</strong> - Post-launch News Conference <br />- Michael Griffin, NASA administrator<br />- Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations<br />- LeRoy Cain, chair, Mission Management Team<br />- Mike Leinbach, shuttle launch director<br /><br /><strong>Kennedy News Center Office Hours for STS-126</strong><br />Times may be adjusted in real time depending on mission events and timelines.<br /><br />Monday, Nov. 10 --- (Launch minus 4 days) --- 8 a.m. &ndash; 4:30 p.m.<br />Tuesday, Nov. 11 --- (Launch minus 3 days) --- 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.<br />Wednesday, Nov. 12 --- (Launch minus 2 days) --- 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.<br />Thursday, Nov. 13 --- (Launch minus 1 day) --- 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.<br />Friday, Nov. 14 --- (Launch) Flight day 1 --- 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.<br />Nov. 15 &ndash; Nov. 28 --- Flight days 2 -15 --- 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (except weekends and Thanksgiving)<br />Saturday, Nov. 29 --- (Landing) Flight day 16 --- 8 a.m. &ndash; 9 p.m.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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<p>SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR (STS-126)<br />Space shuttle Endeavour's STS-126 flight will feature important repair work and prepare the<br />International Space Station to house six crew members for long-duration missions. The 15-day<br />flight with its four planned spacewalks will primarily focus on servicing the station's two Solar<br />Alpha Rotary Joints, which allow its solar arrays to track the sun. (The starboard SARJ has had<br />limited use since September 2007.) Endeavour will carry about 32,000 pounds, which will include<br />supplies and equipment necessary to double the crew size from three to six members in<br />spring 2009. The new station cargo includes additional sleeping quarters, a second toilet and a<br />resistance exercise device. The shuttle also will deliver a new crew member and bring back<br />another after more than five months aboard the station.</p><p><br />Countdown Milestones: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/news/126_milestones.html</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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<font face="Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial" size="3"><p align="left">SPACEWALKS <font face="Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial" size="3">Each will last approximately 6.5 hours.</font></font></p></font></font><font face="Symbol" size="2"><font face="Symbol" size="2"><p align="left">&bull; <font face="Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial" size="3">On flight day 5, Piper and Bowen will conduct external outfitting of the station. They will replace a depleted nitrogen tank and a device used to help the flow of coolant from the truss, the backbone of the station. They also will remove thermal covers from the Japanese Kibo module to inspect the berthing mechanism where the module's exposed facility will be installed during the STS-127 mission in 2009. They also will start inspecting, cleaning and lubricating the starboard SARJ and begin replacing 11 of 12 trundle bearings. One was replaced during the STS-124 mission in June.</font></font></p></font></font><font face="Symbol" size="2"><font face="Symbol" size="2"><p align="left">&bull; <font face="Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial" size="3">On flight day 7, Piper and Kimbrough will relocate equipment carts, setting the stage for the installation of the starboard S6 truss. The spacewalkers also will lubricate the end effector, or hand, of the Canadarm2, the station's robotic arm. They also will continue lubricating the starboard SARJ and replacing trundle bearings.</font></font></p></font></font><font face="Symbol" size="2"><font face="Symbol" size="2"><p align="left">&bull; <font face="Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial" size="3">On flight day 9, Piper and Bowen will complete starboard SARJ cleaning, lubricating and trundle bearing work.</font></font></p></font></font><font face="Symbol" size="2"><font face="Symbol" size="2"><p align="left">&bull; <font face="Arial" size="3"><font face="Arial" size="3">On flight day 11, Bowen and Kimbrough will remove several thermal covers on the port SARJ. Kimbrough will lubricate the port SARJ, while Bowen will reinstall the thermal insulation covers (removed on flight day 5) on Kibo. He then will install two GPS antennas on Kibo's logistics module, while Kimbrough installs a new TV camera on the truss. If time permits, they will remove launch restraint hose clamps on cooling lines.</font></font></p></font></font><font face="Arial" size="1"><font face="Arial" size="1"><p>&nbsp;</p></font></font> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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shuttle_guy

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<p>The launch team is not working any significant problems.</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>The launch team is not working any significant problems. <br />Posted by shuttle_guy</DIV><br /><br />Another day off tomorrow? <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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<p>Cant wait for the launch. It will be a Friday night in the UK so will get a chance&nbsp;to see the whole countdown on Nasa tv - something i dont believe i have seen this year due to one reason or another</p><p>A few beers and a shuttle launch. Cant get better than that. Good luck, hope everything goes ok</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Another day off tomorrow? <br />Posted by MeteorWayne</DIV></p><p>Nope...I am working the 1500 hrs to 0330 hrs shift today/Monday<br /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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<p>We have powered the vehicle up to load the high pressure he. bottles in the OMS/RCS and MPS systems.</p><p>The launch countdown starts Tuesday.</p><p>If all goes as planned; the vehicle will remain powered up until early December when the post landing initial safing will be completed.</p><p>The planned end of mission landing is set for KSC on Nov 29th however a one day mission extension should be possible if required (plus the normal capability to remain on orbit for 3 days or so if required due to adverse weather at the landing site.)&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>We have powered the vehicle up to load the high pressure he. bottles in the OMS/RCS and MPS systems.The launch countdown starts Tuesday.If all goes as planned; the vehicle will remain powered up until early December when the post landing initial safing will be completed.The planned end of mission landing is set for KSC on Nov 29th however a one day mission extension should be possible if required (plus the normal capability to remain on orbit for 3 days or so if required due to adverse weather at the landing site.)&nbsp;&nbsp; <br />Posted by shuttle_guy</DIV><br /><br />Countdown Status Briefing on NASA TV in about 45 minutes... <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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i'm new to this site and may be in the wrong location for this but i'd like to come down to see the launch but am not sure where the best site is, how to get there, etc.&nbsp; Any info is helpful.&nbsp; Thanks so much.
 
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<p>All along US 1 is pretty good.&nbsp; I like US 1 and Rt. 50.&nbsp; Another good spot is the JC Penny mall, good parking, and a great view.</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>All along US 1 is pretty good.&nbsp; I like US 1 and Rt. 50.&nbsp; Another good spot is the JC Penny mall, good parking, and a great view. <br />Posted by rocketwatcher2001</DIV><br /><br />Thank you.&nbsp; I can't wait!&nbsp;
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>i'm new to this site and may be in the wrong location for this but i'd like to come down to see the launch but am not sure where the best site is, how to get there, etc.&nbsp; Any info is helpful.&nbsp; Thanks so much. <br /> Posted by ap</DIV></p><p>I watched RTF (STS-114) from Kennedy Point Park. It has a good view of the pads and there was ample parking at the park and the hotel next door, even for RTF.</p><p>Location: http://tinyurl.com/6zr2l9 (google maps)</p><p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>I watched RTF (STS-114) from Kennedy Point Park. It has a good view of the pads and there was ample parking at the park and the hotel next door, even for RTF.Location: http://tinyurl.com/6zr2l9 (google maps)&nbsp; <br />Posted by emerrill</DIV></p><p>I love seeing that picture.&nbsp; I know I was cutting the grass when that picture was taken because both cars are in the driveway and my son's soccar goal is moved next to the house.</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Thank you.&nbsp; I can't wait!&nbsp; <br />Posted by ap</DIV><br /><br />Welcome to Space.com...you came to the right place! <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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<p>Countdown begins 10 PM EST tonight.</p><p>Crew arrives ~ 4:30 PM EST this afternoon.</p><p>Only area of concern is the weather. A Cold front will be passing sometime between Friday and Saturday. It could produce showers or thick clouds.</p><p>As of now, for scheduled launch 7:55 PM EST (0055 UT) 40 % chance of conditions prohibiting launch.</p><p>24 hour delay (minus 23-25 minutes) 60%</p><p>48 Hour delay (minus another 23-25 minutes)&nbsp; 30%</p><p>All CONUS (Continental US) emergency landing sites are AOK all 3 days, TAL (Trans atlantic landing sites): 1 good on scheduled day, all 3 good the other 2 days.</p><p>Launch window extends to Nov 21. If I heard right, after that it will be until January before another attempt. Not 100% sure about that. (Beta angle constraints)</p><p>&nbsp;</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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<p>Thanks for the update Wayne. Was at work so missed the briefing</p><p>&nbsp;Im so excited about thew launch i totally forgot that the weather could mess up the plans. Hopefully it will behave itself long enough</p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> </div>
 
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<p><BR/>Replying to:<BR/><DIV CLASS='Discussion_PostQuote'>Thanks for the update Wayne. Was at work so missed the briefing&nbsp;Im so excited about thew launch i totally forgot that the weather could mess up the plans. Hopefully it will behave itself long enough <br />Posted by bobble_bob</DIV><br /><br />That big bobblin'&nbsp;blob of clouds in the central US is the subject of the concern. I'll post links to radar and satellite pix as we get closer to launch time.</p><p>Meteorology Wayne<br /><img src="http://sitelife.space.com/ver1.0/Content/images/store/8/13/f8d446a3-9f56-4061-bd16-87fe8dc72c2a.Medium.jpg" alt="" /></p> <div class="Discussion_UserSignature"> <p><font color="#000080"><em><font color="#000000">But the Krell forgot one thing John. Monsters. Monsters from the Id.</font></em> </font></p><p><font color="#000080">I really, really, really, really miss the "first unread post" function</font><font color="#000080"> </font></p> </div>
 
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