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Old 10-22-2008, 05:17 PM   #16
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No, they will not stay on the station, they will return to Earth.
STS-126 will be the last ever flight of Leonardo, then I assume it will go to a museum or something...
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:02 PM   #17
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The Pad B Rotating Service Structure has now been swung back in anticipation of tommorow's pad transfer of Endeavour from Pad B where it has served as the rescue orbiter for STS-125 to pad A where she will undergo final prelaunch operations for the STS-126/ISS ULF2 mission in mid-November.

First motion is currently targeted for 0800 EDT with a pad A harddown time of 1500 EDT.
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Old 10-22-2008, 11:46 PM   #18
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 They don't know that there is 100% zero risk, they just think, based on nothing but what is likely to happen, that it is not a problem...

Read here for more info...

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2008/...-noise-safety/
Not based on nothing, but based on a thorough investigation, as outlined in the link you provided. More succinctly, there is a very low probability of a problem occurring and it is will below the baseline risk of just being on the spacecraft (about 1 in 100 risk of LOCV, IIRC). In response to the above comment on the Challenger incident, it depends on who you are talking about when you refer to "they". To quote the Rogers Commision report:
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...failures in communication... resulted in a decision to launch 51-L based on incomplete and sometimes misleading information, a conflict between engineering data and management judgments, and a NASA management structure that permitted internal flight safety problems to bypass key Shuttle managers.
I don't think you can say that the same thing is happening here.
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:44 AM   #19
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Endeavour is due to perform its transfer to pad 39A at 8am local time, which I think is 2pm GMT (3pm BST).
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2008/...d-sts-126-frr/
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:55 AM   #20
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 Endeavour is due to perform its transfer to pad 39A at 8am local time, which I think is 2pm GMT (3pm BST).
http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2008/...d-sts-126-frr/
Nope. 0800 EDT = 1200 UTC, 1300 BST.
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Old 10-23-2008, 12:08 PM   #21
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 Nope. 0800 EDT = 1200 UTC, 1300 BST.
So it should have just started moving then!
Assuming it's on NasaTV, here are NasaTV Feeds:

320x240 100kb/s http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplaylist.dll?id=1368161
320x240 200kb/s http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplaylist.dll?id=1368162
640x480 1200kb/s http://playlist.yahoo.com/makeplaylist.dll?id=1368163

Edit! Yep, it's on NasaTV!
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Old 10-23-2008, 12:53 PM   #22
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Not yet. Still some final preps that needs to be done prior to First Motion.


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MLP-3 has now been jacked up.


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And we have first motion! First motion recorded at 0827 EDT(1227 UTC).


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Seems like they have encountered a problem. After just moving a few feet, the CT stopped and there has been no motion ever since.

No word yet on what the problem might be or how long until they have it fixed so that today's rollaround can resume.


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OK, moving again.
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Old 10-23-2008, 12:53 PM   #23
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It's moving again now.
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:52 PM   #24
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It now appears to have stopped again at the end of the ramp from 39B, I think maybe the CT is levelling out the MLP, after the slope from the ramp has decreased?

Or else NASA can't afford the fuel bill
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:58 PM   #25
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 It now appears to have stopped again at the end of the ramp from 39B, I think maybe the CT is levelling out the MLP, after the slope from the ramp has decreased?
It's moving allright. Never stopped, except for the initial halt while still on the pad.
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Old 10-23-2008, 02:01 PM   #26
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Yes, it's moving again now, but it did stop at the end of the ramp for about 5 minutes though...

..Unless my internet connection is so slow its gone backwards
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Old 10-23-2008, 05:39 PM   #27
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Endeavour has now reached the main Crawlerway.


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This stop is to re-lube an overheated track bearing on the CT. Should be moving again soon.


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On the move again. Jut need to get aligned before starting the trip to 39A.


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Now moving towards 39A. Right now 5 hours and 13 minutes in this rollaround.
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Old 10-23-2008, 05:46 PM   #28
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 Now moving towards 39A. Right now 5 hours and 13 minutes in this rollaround.

Has the crawler ever take a journey like this with a single shuttle stack? That is, from 39B to 39A in one go?

And any further word on that bolt or whatnot in the ET?
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:09 PM   #29
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 Has the crawler ever take a journey like this with a single shuttle stack? That is, from 39B to 39A in one go?
Yes, two times before, STS-

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 And any further word on that bolt or whatnot in the ET?
Nope. It's a closed case. There was no bolt or anything. ET-129 is clean and ready for flight.

Noise most likely came from somewhere else inside the VAB. Remember, the VAB is a huge facility with multiple ops going on at the same time in the 4 High Bays.

So chances are that they came from any of the High Bays as the sound was only heard for 2 seconds by 5 out of 15 observers in the VAB.


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Almost in position now over the pad A MLP pedestals. About 16 m to go.


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Now in place!


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Rollaround is now complete! RSS Rotation is scheduled for 1900 EDT. Harddown of MLP-3 should come in about an hour.
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:56 PM   #30
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Endevour is in place!

As of right now (23 Oct @ 9.55pm GMT), there is only 22d 3h & 15m until launch!

See pic below - Beautiful!

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