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Old 01-26-2011, 08:48 PM   #106
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The space shuttle is a tribute to technology, many people lost their lives developing it, with STS-135, we must realize that the orbiter will come to a end, the next mission?
End of program.
Good bye shuttle, hello Orion, Shuttle-C, or whatever NASA plans for the future.
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Old 01-26-2011, 09:03 PM   #107
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Post-Shuttle will be a hell, I garuntee it.

The political wrangling, the waiting... the waiting...
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Old 01-29-2011, 01:01 AM   #108
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NASA's STS-135 Image Gallery is now online!
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:39 PM   #109
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Excellent! God, its gonna be really weird seeing just four crew members.

I vow to follow the next three shuttle missions in down right nosy fashion!
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Old 02-09-2011, 11:03 PM   #110
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"The Final Four."


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Old 02-14-2011, 05:03 PM   #111
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NASASpaceflight: NASA managers insist STS-135 will fly – Payload options under assessment:
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As the future of NASA’s budget finds itself under scrutiny again this week, managers have told their workforce that STS-135 will fly “regardless” of what happens with the funding situation via the Continuing Resolution (CR). Atlantis’ preparations for the final flight of the Space Shuttle are continuing without issue, as managers debate the payloads which will ride to the International Space Station (ISS).

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Old 02-14-2011, 07:02 PM   #112
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Funding if not provided from Congress will be provided internally from another NASA program.

The battle for STS-135 is won. We've got 3 more shuttle missions to look forward too.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:13 AM   #113
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Aviation Week: Extra Shuttle Mission Favored Date Moves Up:
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HOUSTON — Internal NASA thinking on the timing of the agency’s hoped-for STS-135 space shuttle mission using the Atlantis orbiter has taken a U-turn, with most now favoring the manifested June 28 launch date.

The 11-day supply mission to the International Space Station would mark the end of the 30-year shuttle program. Until recently, NASA station program officials were urging a slip toward late August to ensure the orbiting science laboratory was sufficiently provisioned to support a six-member crew for up to a year, in case U.S. commercial cargo providers face delays in their initial missions. However, with the fiscal 2011 budget still in flux, the June 28 launch date has become much more attractive, according to one of those involved in the NASA planning.

The STS-135 mission’s viability could be jeopardized if the White House and Congress are unable to agree on a continuing resolution to keep the federal government running beyond March 4, the official says. A shutdown would force all but essential government personnel from working until agreement on a new spending plan is reached.

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Old 03-02-2011, 11:32 AM   #114
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They should include a MMU as a payload. The coolness factor would be out of this world.

But seriously, the MMU is in the top 3 most "popular" NASA item amongst non-spacebuffs. The other two being Hubble and the STS orbiters. The shot of McCandless during STS-41-B has overtaken the Apollo XI photo of Buzz as the most reproduced NASA image. And it is the most popular NASA item that has never failed.
Even if it isn't very useful around the ISS, the PR value would be huge. NASA needs all the PR victories it can get, and one MMU (I think it's #3) is still in storage somewhere.
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Old 03-21-2011, 10:26 AM   #115
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NASASpaceflight: STS-135: Atlantis in smooth flow as ET-138 undergoes mods – Hale on stringers:
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Atlantis is continuing to enjoy a smooth processing flow inside her Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF-2) for the late June STS-135 mission, while her External Tank (ET-138) undergoes radius block modifications to avoid the potential of cracks forming in the intertank stringers. Former SSP manager Wayne Hale also noted the observation of such cracks is a classic example of a challenge for what is still an experimental vehicle.

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Old 03-24-2011, 05:01 PM   #116
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The STS-135 crew portrait and poster is now being previewed on collectSPACE.

It's simple, but I like it.

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Old 03-24-2011, 09:14 PM   #117
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Lots of cool STS-135 news today!

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 Just finished undock training. ISS will be in an unusual attitude so we will get some unique views and pictures.
Sounds very cool!
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Old 03-25-2011, 03:25 AM   #118
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what attitude will the ISS be in? how is it different from normal?
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Old 03-27-2011, 11:11 AM   #119
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NASASpaceflight: STS-135: Final shuttle mission preparing for SRB stacking – Mission tweaking:
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Preparations for Atlantis’ honor of rounding off the 30 year long Space Shuttle program are proceeding to plan, with processing about to enter the latest milestone of Solid Rocket Booster (SRB) stacking inside the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB). Minor alterations to the mission content – as is normal for this stage in the planning – are also taking place at the Program level.

STS-135 Processing Latest:

Atlantis is currently in the final stages of her final Orbiter Processing Facility (OPF) flow for flight, with preparations taking place for rollover. This includes closeouts and pre-mate testing for Atlantis’ Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) payload.

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Most of the hardware processing is taking place in the VAB, with the Mobile Launch Platform (MLP) inside High Bay 1 (HB-1) for the start of SRB stacking, which is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, March 29.

Currently, the Left and Right Aft Boosters have been lifted from the build-up stands in the Rotation Processing and Surge Facility (RPSF) to pallets in preparation for transfer to the VAB for stacking. The D Platform has been extended to support SRB stacking optics, with the operation scheduled to begin with the Left Aft Booster buildup.

Over in High Bay 2E (HB-2E) checkout cell, ET-138 is continuing to undergo radius block modifications to its LO2 flange intertank stringers, a mitigation procedure used to avoid cracks forming in the stringers during the cryo cycle of tanking, pressurization and ascent environments.

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At present, engineers have successfully installed all of the radius blocks around the circumference of the intertank, with Thermal Protection System (TPS) foam spraying and trimming currently in work. This is expected to be completed sometime next week.

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ET-138 will undergo a Tanking Test shortly after arrival at launch pad 39A, although it is unlikely the stack will then be rolled back to the VAB for Non Destructive Evaluations (NDE) of stringers unless driven by data from the test itself.

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It is also understood that some unique views of the International Space Station (ISS) will be observed during Atlantis’ undocking from the orbital outpost, given the Station will be in a different attitude than normal during the flyaround.

The ISS’ attitude will be under a yaw of 90 degrees, placing the Y-axis in the Velocity Vector (+/-YVV). As a result, this will provide some unique side-on views of ISS during Atlantis’ post-undocking manuever.

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Old 03-27-2011, 12:04 PM   #120
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STS-135 crew photo now released by NASA:
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