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STS-129 Atlantis (OV-104)
Primary Payload: ELC1 / ELC2
Launch Date: November 16
Launch Time: 2:28 p.m. EST
Mission Duration: 11 days
Landing Site: KSC
Landing: Nov. 27 - 9:43 a.m. EST 

[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-126 Endeavour
[10]-STS-119 Discovery • [11]-STS-125 Atlantis • [12]-STS-127 Endeavour
[13]-STS-128 Discovery • [14]-STS-129 Atlantis • [15]-STS-130 Endeavour
[16]-STS-131 Discovery • [17]-STS-132 Atlantis • [18]-STS-134 Endeavour
[19]-STS-133 Discovery
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Atlantis's (STS-129 / ULF3) 31st mission will focus on staging spare components outside the station. The 11-day flight is scheduled to include at least three spacewalks. The payload bay will carry two large External Logistics Carriers holding two spare gyroscopes, two nitrogen tank assemblies, two pump modules, an ammonia tank assembly, a spare latching end effector for the station's robotic arm, a spare trailing umbilical system for the Mobile Transporter, and a high-pressure gas tank. The completion of this mission will leave five space shuttle flights remaining until the end of the program. Marine Col. Charlie ‘Scorch’ Hobaugh (1996/16/STS-118) will command the mission, which is targeted to launch 16-Nov-2009 @ 2:28PM EST. Navy Capt. Barry Wilmore (2000/18) will serve as the pilot. Mission Specialists are Navy Capt. Michael Foreman (1998/17/STS-123), Marine Lt. Col. Randy Bresnik (2004/19), Leland Melvin (1998/17/STS-122), and Robert Satcher (2004/19). Wilmore, Bresnik and Satcher will be making their first trips to space. The mission will return Expedition 20/21 flight engineer Nicole Stott (2000/18). This is slated to be the final space shuttle crew rotation flight to or from the space station.

Mission Managers Praise STS-129 Launch Teams :: Mon, 16 Nov 2009 01:15:31 PM PST :: "What a great way to start this mission," said Bill Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Space Operations. "I can't say enough about the teams that got this vehicle ready to fly." Gerstenmaier congratulated the teams and the work they accomplished preparing the payload and vehicle for this complex and ambitious mission. "We still have a tough mission in front of us … but it (the shuttle) looked really, really good," Gerstenmaier continued. Mike Moses, mission management team chairman, remarked that the launch ended up being picture-perfect after a low-layer of clouds settled over the center for the first few hours of the countdown. "As a management team we had no issues of any note to talk about," Moses said. "It (the countdown) was nice and quiet and smooth." "We had a great countdown today," said Mike Leinbach, shuttle launch director. He said Atlantis broke the record for the lowest problems reported, previously held by space shuttle Discovery. "It's due to the team and the hardware processing. They just did a great job." The record will probably never be broken again in the history of the Space Shuttle Program, so congratulations to them," Leinbach continued. Leinbach also honored the midbody team with an award for the processing of Atlantis' payload bay, which included the turnaround "down-processing" after the return of Atlantis from the Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission. He said they did an outstanding job and they deserved their award today. + STS-129 HD Launch + STS-129 Launch Replays + STS-129 Post Launch News Conference

think official launch time was 2:28:10 p.m. EST (ontime) :: T-minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0 and liftoff of space shuttle Atlantis. A mission to build, resupply and to do research at the International Space Station :: Houston now controlling. Atlantis begins its penultimate journey to shore up the International Space Station. Atlantis now in the proper alignment for its 8½ minute ride to orbit — 4½ million pounds of hardware and humans taking aim at the international outpost … {throttleup} kicking off their workweek with a Monday commute to orbit … {srb separation} Atlantis steering into the center lane of Highway 129 en route to the International Space Station. (think Rob Navias today at PAO).

 

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