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STS-122 Atlantis - Flight Day #4 : EVA #1 Preparations



[RTF-1]-STS-114 Discovery • [RTF-2]-STS-121 Discovery
[1]-STS-115 Atlantis • [2]-STS-116 Discovery • [3]-STS-117 Atlantis • [4]-STS-118 Endeavour • [5]-STS-120 Discovery
[6]-STS-122 Atlantis • [7]-STS-123 Endeavour • [8]-STS-124 Discovery • [9]-STS-125 Atlantis • [10]-STS-126 Endeavour &c
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i finally asked myself: what's NASA's 90° turn? is it all the missions they want to complete this year? don't think it's the number of flights that makes this a challenge—(1985 = 9 missions; 1992 = 8; 2001 = 6).

or... is Return To Flight the 90° turn? (i just noticed the STS-122 logo, the shuttle's got that 90° thing going there...hmm.)

Crews Prepare for First Spacewalk and New Laboratory :: The first STS-122 spacewalk is planned for Monday morning at 9:35 a.m. EST. Mission specialists Rex Walheim and Stanley Love will help attach the Columbus science laboratory to the starboard side of the Harmony Node. Station robotic arm operators will assist the spacewalkers. Love and Walheim will “camp-out” in the U.S. airlock to purge nitrogen from their bodies prior to Monday’s spacewalk. Love replaces Mission Specialist Hans Schlegel after the spacewalk was delayed one day. The mission has also been extended a day with a landing planned for the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 19. Focused inspections of the shuttle’s thermal protection system are scheduled to begin at 2:15 p.m. today. Mission managers want to take a closer look at a small tear in the thermal blanket on the right Orbital Maneuvering System pod. Shuttle and station crew members will also ready the Harmony Node for the attachment of Columbus and continue cargo transfers.

AZ 122 = STS-122 ATLANTIS BLUE-WHITE-RED TEAM (Walheim {EVA-1/2/3 - "Surfer Boy"} - Love {EVA-1/3 - "U-Dub"} - Schlegel {EVA-2, "Zukunft"}).

Spacewalkers Get Ready for Monday’s Excursion :: The space shuttle Atlantis and International Space Station crews spent Sunday preparing for the first of three scheduled STS-122 spacewalks. The outing is scheduled to begin at 9:35 a.m. EST Monday. Mission Specialists Rex Walheim and Stanley Love will “camp out” in the station’s Quest airlock Sunday evening. The purpose of the “camp out” is to purge nitrogen from their bodies to prepare for the spacewalk. During the spacewalk, Walheim and Love will perform tasks to prepare the European Space Agency’s Columbus laboratory for installation on the station. Included in these tasks is installing the Power Data Grapple Fixture on Columbus, which will allow the station’s robotic arm to grab the laboratory module and move it from space shuttle Atlantis’ payload bay to the space station’s Harmony module. In addition, the spacewalkers will detach nitrogen lines and otherwise begin work to remove the Nitrogen Tank Assembly, a part of the station’s thermal control system, from the P1 truss. The assembly needs to be replaced because the nitrogen is running low. Love replaced Mission Specialist Hans Schlegel on this spacewalk after it was delayed one day. Schlegel and Pilot Alan Poindexter will coordinate the spacewalk activities from inside the orbiting complex. Focused inspections of Atlantis’ heat shield also were performed. Mission managers took a closer look at a small tear in the thermal blanket on the shuttle’s right Orbital Maneuvering System pod. STS-122 was extended one day with a landing planned for the morning of Tuesday, Feb. 19.


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