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STS-122 Atlantis - Flight Day #13 : RCS Hot-Fire Test, Some Yakety-Yak & Deorbit Preparations



[RTF-1]-STS-114 Discovery • [RTF-2]-STS-121 Discovery
[01]-STS-115 Atlantis • [02]-STS-116 Discovery • [03]-STS-117 Atlantis • [04]-STS-118 Endeavour • [05]-STS-120 Discovery
[06]-STS-122 Atlantis • [07]-STS-123 Endeavour • [08]-STS-124 Discovery • [09]-STS-125 Atlantis • [10]-STS-126 Endeavour
[11]-STS-119 Discovery • [12]-STS-127 Endeavour • [13]-STS-128 Discovery • [14]-STS-129 Endeavour • [15]-STS-130 Discovery
[16]-STS-131 Endeavour • [17]-STS-132 Discovery • [18]-STS-133 Endeavour
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ATLANTIS CREW WAKE UP (begins FD 13) (ORBIT #181 :: 18-Feb @ 11:45 PM CST)
CABIN STOWAGE BEGINS (ORBIT #183 :: 02:45AM CST)
FCS CHECKOUT (ORBIT #184 :: 04:10AM CST)
RCS HOT-FIRE TEST (ORBIT #185 :: 05:20AM CST)
CREW DEORBIT PREPARATION BRIEFING (ORBIT #186 :: 07:05AM CST)
ABC NEWS / CNN / WRIC-TV LIVE INTERVIEWS (ORBIT #187 :: 07:35AM CST)
VIDEO FILE (ORBIT #189 :: 10:30AM CST)
MISSION STATUS BRIEFING (ORBIT #189 :: 11:30AM CST)
RECUMBENT SEAT SETUP FOR TANI (ORBIT #190 :: 12:15PM CST)
KU-BAND ANTENNA STOWAGE (ORBIT #190 :: 12:35PM CST)
ATLANTIS CREW SLEEP BEGINS (ORBIT #192 :: 03:45PM CST)

STS-122 Prepares for Landing :: The crew of space shuttle Atlantis is spending today getting ready for their return home and the end of the STS-122 mission. Among the preparations is a test of the thrusters that will be used to position the orbiter for re-entry and the control surfaces for its flight through the atmosphere. The STS-122 astronauts will also set up the recumbent seat for Mission Specialist Daniel Tani, who joined the crew of Atlantis on the International Space Station. Tani, who served as Expedition 16 flight engineer for almost four months, was replaced on the station crew by European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Leopold Eyharts. STS-122 arrived at the station Feb. 9, delivering the ESA’s Columbus laboratory to the station. The crews installed Columbus Feb. 11 and conducted three spacewalks to prepare Columbus for its scientific work. They also replaced an expended nitrogen tank on the station’s P1 truss. The orbiter is scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., tomorrow.

STS-122 Prepares for Landing :: The crew of space shuttle Atlantis is spending today getting ready for their return home and the end of the STS-122 mission. As part of the preparations, the astronauts performed a test earlier today of the steering jets – or thrusters – that will be used to position the orbiter for re-entry. They did not test the four aft orbiter maneuvering system vernier thrusters. These share a common heater, which failed overnight, making them inoperative during the test. These four steering jets are not needed for deorbit or landing and will not have an impact on the remainder of the mission. The crew members also successfully tested the control surfaces to be used during Atlantis’ flight through the atmosphere. The STS-122 astronauts also are setting up the recumbent seat for Mission Specialist Daniel Tani, who joined the crew of Atlantis on the International Space Station. The recumbent seat is a special seat designed to reduce the stress of gravity on those who have spent long periods of time in the weightless environment of space. Tani served as Expedition 16 flight engineer for almost four months. He was replaced on the station crew by European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Leopold Eyharts. STS-122 arrived at the station Feb. 9, delivering ESA’s Columbus laboratory to the station. The crews installed Columbus Feb. 11 and conducted three spacewalks to prepare Columbus for its scientific work. They also replaced an expended nitrogen tank on the station’s P1 truss. The orbiter is scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., tomorrow. + Good luck, Léopold Eyharts (ESA, 1998/17)!

AZ 122 CAN'T STOP THIS COURSE WE'VE PLOTTED (AZ-66 PAY IT FORWARD = DAVIDSON CLAN MOTTO)...

AZ 224 = DEALER DEALS SUBDECADANCE QUEENS TO ALL STS & EXPEDITION COMMANDERS = PLAY FORWARD REMAINING RETURN-TO-FLIGHT MISSIONS.


Eric Idle and Spamalot

Bryan Appleyard
The Sunday Times, 26th February 2006


The Hormel Foods Corporation of Austin, Texas, has a lot to answer for, primarily the introduction in 1937 of the celebrated “luncheon meat” originally known as Hormel Spiced Ham but latterly accorded the catchier name of Spam. Eric Idle, not having eaten meat since 1977, has never tasted Spam; nevertheless, the slippery, pink, strangely rectangular meat now looms large in his life, mainly because of a highly convenient two-way rhyme.

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