• STS-134 Shuttle Mission Imagery - Flight Day 10 •
EVA # 3 BEGINS (Feustel and Fincke) (Orbit #138 :: 12:46AM CDT)
PDGF INSTALLATION ON ZARYA (Orbit #139 :: 02:16AM CDT)
VSC INSTALLATION ON ZARYA (Orbit #139 :: 02:31AM CDT)
ZARYA POWER FEED CABLE INSTALL (CHANNELS 1 & 4) (Orbit #139 :: 03:01AM CDT)
DATA CABLE INSTALL ON ZARYA (Orbit #140 :: 03:46AM CDT)
ZARYA POWER FEED CABLE INSTALL (CHANNELS 2 & 3) (Orbit #140 :: 04:31AM CDT)
STRELA ADAPTER RELOCATION FROM NODE 3 TO ZARYA / ZARYA PDGF & THRUSTER PHOTOGRAPHY (Orbit #141 :: 05:36AM CDT)
EVA # 3 ENDS (Orbit #142 :: 07:16AM CDT)
GON 23 = JANUARY 20, 2033, 12:00PM ET = C426 = SEVENTY-NINE ELEVEN (Difference in days from May 25, 2011).
STS-134 MCC Status Report #15 :: HOUSTON – Endeavour astronauts said goodbye to half of their International Space Station colleagues Monday afternoon as the Expedition 27 crew members prepared to return to Earth.
ISS On-Orbit Status 05/23/11 :: After Crew Farewell, Dima, Cady & Paolo entered the Soyuz at ~5:10pm, covered by live PAO TV. Next, the Soyuz-CDR activated the spacecraft’s gas analyzer (GA), after which Borisenko inside MRM1 and Kondratyev outside closed MRM1 & Soyuz hatches. The departing Soyuz crew then started the standard one-hour leak check on the Soyuz-to-Rassvet vestibule. After attitude control authority was handed over to the RS MCS (Russian Segment Motion Control System) at ~4:40pm, the ISS maneuvered to duty attitude, then undock attitude and went into Free Drift at 5:31pm-5:36pm for MRM1 hooks opening and Soyuz undocking at 5:33pm. Attitude control returned to US Momentum Management with CMGs (Control Moment Gyros) at ~7:00pm. After hooks opening, Dmitri Kondratyev backed the spacecraft out to a station keeping distance of at 200 meters. ISS then rotated through 180 deg to a +YVV (+Y axis in velocity vector) attitude, to be in a position for photography. Paolo Nespoli photographed ISS from the 25S BO/Orbital Module and then re-ingressed the SA/Descent Compartment for the descent. 25S performed the final separation burn and ISS rotated back to the nominal mated attitude.
STS-134 MCC Status Report #16 :: HOUSTON – The combined Endeavour and International Space Station crew is now down to nine following the first Soyuz departure in history while a space shuttle was docked to the station. Following the 4:35 p.m. CDT departure, a similarly unprecedented photo session from the Soyuz documented the 1 million pound complex while shuttle remained docked, and the station was commanded to slowly rotate for the photographer. With former station commander Dmitry Kondratyev manually controlling the spacecraft, European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli climbed into its habitation module and documented the view of the station and shuttle from a distance of about 600 feet. NASA astronaut Cady Coleman also is returning home on the Soyuz, which is scheduled to land in Kazakhstan at 9:26 p.m.
ISS On-Orbit Status 05/24/11 :: Yest posadka! (We have Landing!) Welcome back home, Dmitri, Cady & Paolo!! After 157 days in space (155 docked to ISS), Soyuz TMA-20/25S, carrying Exp-27 crewmembers Dmitri Kondratyev (Russia), Paolo Nespoli (Italy) and Cady Coleman (USA), landed successfully at 10:27pm EDT last night (local time: 8:27am, 5/24) in central Kazakhstan. The Descent Capsule remained upright, and the crew, which was in excellent condition, was quickly extracted by SAR (Search & Rescue) personnel. [TMA-20 (#230) undocked from the MRM1 (Mini Research Module 1) Rassvet port yesterday at 5:33pm EDT, after the crew had performed leak checks of the vestibule area between the MRM1 and the Soyuz spacecraft, of their Sokol suits and of the hatch between the Descent Module (SA) and Orbital Module (BO). About 24 minutes after physical undocking, Soyuz performed station keeping at 200 meters. ISS then rotated through 180 deg to a +YVV (+Y axis in velocity vector) attitude, to be in a position for photography by Paolo Nespoli from the 25S BO. Paolo then re-ingressed the SA for the descent. 25S performed the final separation burn, and ISS rotated back to the nominal mated attitude. The actual de-orbit burn of 4 min 25 sec duration came at 9:35pm, resulting in 115.2 m/sec deceleration. Tri-module separation occurred at ~10:00pm. 16 sec after the separation command, software pitched the PAO (Instrumentation/Propulsion Module) in the rear to a specific angle (-78.5 deg from reference axis) which, if PAO would have remained connected to the SA, would have resulted in enough heating on the connecting truss to melt it, thus ensuring separation. Atmospheric entry followed at 10:03pm and nominal parachute deployment at 10:12pm. Following initial observation by Russian SAR personnel in their helicopters, the Soyuz vehicle landed at 10:27pm, remaining vertical. The crew was flown by helo to Karaganda where Cady & Paolo boarded the waiting NASA-992 Gulfstream-III airplane which today is bringing them back to Houston/Ellington AFB (with 2 refueling stops),- the 5th direct return for USOS crewmembers. Dima Kondratyev meanwhile was flown on the GCTC Tu-134 back to Chkalovsky airfield of the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center at Zvezdniy Gorodok (Star City).]
» VIDEO: Expedition 27 Trains for Soyuz Undocking
» VIDEO: Soyuz Hatch Closes as Crew Readies for Home
» VIDEO: [ISS] Expedition 27 Undocking, Fantastic View of ISS & Shuttle Endeavour (p1)
» VIDEO: Soyuz Undocks from ISS
» VIDEO: Soyuz's Picture Perfect Landing
» VIDEO: Expedition 27 Crew Lands Safely in Kazakhstan
» VIDEO: Cady Coleman down to Earth
» ESA: Paolo’s wild ride down (including video links)
» ROSCOSMOS: Dmitry Kondratiev: "Public Interest Towards Space Exploration is Still High"
» ROSCOSMOS: Roscosmos Head Vladimir Popovkin Congratulates Cosmonaut Dmitry Kondratiev on his Birthday
» NASA: Expedition 27
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STS-134 MCC Status Report #19 :: HOUSTON – The International Space Station’s Canadarm2 is closer to having a new base of operation, giving it access to much of the orbiting laboratory’s Russian segment. Endeavour Mission Specialists Drew Feustel and Mike Fincke installed a power and data grapple fixture on the Russian Zarya module during a 6-hour, 54-minute spacewalk early Wednesday. The arm can “inchworm” its way to the new base by grasping it and then releasing the hand holding the old base to become the new end effector. A cable to provide power to that new operating base is on the to-do list for the fourth spacewalk of the mission. The spacewalkers also installed a video signal converter on Zarya and ran power cables from the U.S. segment to Zarya. That provides a backup for transmission of power from the solar arrays to the Russian segment. Feustel and Fincke completed a job started on the flight’s first spacewalk, finishing hookup of an external wireless communications system antenna. The work was postponed because of a malfunction of one suit’s carbon dioxide gauge that caused the Friday spacewalk to be cut short. They took photos of some of their handiwork and of Zarya thrusters, and some infrared video of an experiment involving coatings with variable thermal control qualities. Mission Specialist Greg Chamitoff was their intravehicular officer and astronaut Steve Swanson served as spacewalk capcom in the station flight control room. Endeavour Commander Mark Kelly did photo and video documentation. Feustel and Fincke used a new procedure to prepare astronauts for spacewalks. They breathed oxygen for an hour, then put on spacesuits and did “light exercise” for 50 minutes, standing and doing slow intermittent movements. The procedure avoids the overnight stay in the Quest airlock that had become standard. The Wednesday spacewalk ended at 7:37 a.m. CDT, when repressurization of the airlock began. It was the sixth for Feustel and the eighth for Fincke. It was the 247th U.S. spacewalk. The spacewalk brought the total time spent for station assembly construction and maintenance to 995 hours and 13 minutes during 158 spacewalks. The mission’s fourth spacewalk, Friday morning, is expected to break the 1,000-hour mark. It will also be the last spacewalk by space shuttle crew members. A spacewalk during the program’s final mission, STS-135, is to be conducted by space station residents.
ISS On-Orbit Status 05/25/11 :: Mission ULF-6’s EVA-3 was completed successfully by EV1 Drew Feustel & EV2 Mike Fincke in 6h 54m, accomplishing all objectives. Beginning this morning at 1:43am EDT, the spacewalk ended at 8:37am. [Instead of going through the usual overnight Campout procedure, Fincke & Feustel, after their sleep time, tested the new ISLE (In-Suit Light Exercise) protocol for denitrogenation, designed to create efficiency in spacewalk preparation. They performed light exercise for 100 minutes while partially suited, using masks to breathe pure O2 (oxygen) to facilitate purging of N2 (nitrogen) from blood stream & tissues. If successful, this could eliminate the need for campouts in the future. Afterwards, with C/L (Crewlock) depressurization, suit leak checking and EV1/EV2 switching to suit power, EVA-3 began at 1:43am. The excursion lasted 6h 54min. This was the 3rd of the 4 STS-134 spacewalks, for a mission total of 21h 20m. It was the 247th spacewalk conducted by U.S. astronauts, the 117th from ISS airlocks, and the 158th in support of ISS assembly & maintenance, totaling 995h 13m. If all goes as planned, the 1,000th hour of ISS assembly & maintenance will be logged Friday (5/27). It was Drew Feustel's 6th spacewalk, for a total time of 42h 18m which makes him the 14th on the all-time list. It was his last spacewalk for the mission. It also was Fincke's 8th spacewalk for a total time of 41h 13m which ties him for 18th on the all-time list with cosmonaut Talgat Musabayev. On Friday, when Fincke conducts the mission's final spacewalk, he also will surpass Peggy Whitson as the U.S. astronaut with the most days in space (377 days).]