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STS-124 Discovery - Flight Day #3: Docking & Hatch Opening



[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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STS-124 MCC Status Report #04 @ 6 a.m. CDT :: HOUSTON – The massive Kibo laboratory is one step closer to its final destination as the shuttle Discovery is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station at 12:54 p.m. CDT today. The crew was awakened at 5:32 a.m. with “Away from Home,” performed by José Molina Serrano. The song was played for Mission Specialist Greg Chamitoff. Aboard the shuttle are Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Ken Ham and Mission Specialists Karen Nyberg, Ron Garan, Mike Fossum, Chamitoff and Aki Hoshide, a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut. Discovery will maneuver to within 600 feet of the station and perform the rendezvous pitch maneuver, the backflip allow the crew on board the station to take high resolution photographs of the shuttle’s thermal protection system. All three Expedition 17 crew members, Commander Sergei Volkov and Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Garrett Reisman, will watch the shuttle’s approach and docking from the Zvezda service module. Volkov will use a camera with an 800 mm lens and Reisman will use a camera with a 400 mm lens to photograph Discovery as it performs the backflip. The photos will be sent to engineering teams to examine and ensure that the shuttle’s heat shield is in good shape. Once Discovery has docked, the hatches will be opened and both crews will begin transferring the suits and tools for the spacewalks by Fossum and Garan. The first of the three spacewalks will be conducted on Tuesday, and the two astronauts will spend tonight inside the Quest airlock in preparation for that activity. Chamitoff and Reisman will also exchange their custom-made Soyuz seatliners soon after the hatches between the two spacecraft are opened. This will mark Chamitoff's officially becoming a member of Expedition 17 and Reisman a member of Discovery’s crew. The next shuttle status report will be issued after crew wake, or earlier if events warrant.

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STS-124 MCC Status Report #05 @ 6:30 p.m. CDT :: HOUSTON – The space shuttle Discovery eased into port at the International Space Station at 1:03 p.m. Monday bringing with it the largest space laboratory ever launched. Discovery Commander Mark Kelly guided the shuttle, carrying the main module of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo lab, to a docking with the station as the two spacecraft flew 210 miles above the South Pacific. Before closing the final six hundred feet to the station, Kelly flew the shuttle through a slow backflip, allowing the station’s Expedition 17 Commander Sergei Volkov and Flight Engineer Garrett Reisman to take photos that ground experts will review to assess the health of Discovery’s heat shield. Discovery also brought astronaut Greg Chamitoff to the station, who officially took over for Reisman as a member of the station crew at 5:35 p.m. when Chamitoff confirmed his custom Soyuz seatliner was installed. Reisman – now formally a mission specialist aboard the shuttle – will return home after more than three months on the station. The shuttle and station crews opened hatches and greeted one another at 2:36 p.m. beginning nine days of joint operations between the astronauts and cosmonauts. Discovery mission specialists Mike Fossum and Ron Garan began an overnight "campout" in the station's Quest airlock pressurized slightly lower than the rest of the station and shuttle to prepare themselves for the mission's first spacewalk set to begin at about 10:32 a.m. Tuesday. Sleeping overnight at the lower pressure significantly reduces the amount of time they must breathe pure oxygen Tuesday morning as they prepare for the spacewalk. The measure prevents decompression sickness as they operate in the low pressure of spacesuits to begin their work outside. The 6½ hour spacewalk by Fossum and Garan will prepare the Kibo lab for installation on the station and assist with transfer of the Orbiter Boom Sensor System back to the shuttle from the station, where it has been stored since the last shuttle visit. The two also will demonstrate a technique that may be used to clean debris from the station solar array rotary joint, which has known debris degrading its operation. The 10 crewmembers will go to sleep about 9 p.m. Monday and receive a wakeup call from Mission Control at 5:32 a.m. Tuesday. The next shuttle status report will be issued after crew wakeup, or earlier if events warrant.

AO 124 = VENUS MORNING STAR, VENUS EVENING STAR.

AO 105 = AWAY FROM HOME - JOSÉ MOLINA SERRANO (AO-122 STS-124 DISCOVERY FD#3 WAKEUP SONG) = O2FM FC3 @ 4:02PM - 6:02PM CDT.

AO 66 = GIMBAL RING ASSEMBLY (AO-68 LEFT OMS SECONDARY TVC) = LAUNCH CONTROL CENTER (AO-7 LCC) = STS-124 DISCOVERY.

AO 47 = CONJUNCTION (AO-80 SUPERIOR CONJUNCTION, AO-85 INFERIOR CONJUNCTION) = DIHEDRAL ANGLE (The AO-31 ACUTE ANGLE between two intersecting planes or between lines representative of planes).

AO 80 = MISSION CONTROL CENTER (AO-8 MCC) = SUPERIOR CONJUNCTION (AO-47 CONJUNCTION).

Tags: discovery, kibo, sts-124
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