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STS-125 Mission Patch

 

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Tommorow's rollover of Atlantis has been delayed due to TS Fay. Rollover will happen once the storm has passed KSC.
 

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Managers Set Target Launch Date for Atlantis

Image above: Technicians working at NASA's Kennedy Space Center maneuver a protective cover over a Fine Guidance Sensor destined for the Hubble Space Telescope. Astronauts will install the upgraded pointing instrument during STS-125. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller
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August 17, 2008
After thoroughly reviewing the potential to move up space shuttle Atlantis' and Endeavour's upcoming launch dates by a few days, shuttle program managers decided Thursday to stay with original target launch dates.

Atlantis' STS-125 mission to NASA's Hubble Space Telescope remains targeted for Oct. 8 at 1:34 a.m. EDT. Endeavour's STS-126 mission to the International Space Station is targeted for Nov. 10 at 9:31 p.m. EST.

Undergoing preparations for STS-125 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Atlantis will be moved from its processing hangar to the Vehicle Assembly Building later this week. Workers will connect the shuttle with an external tank and pair of solid rocket boosters already stacked inside the VAB.

Astronauts Michael Massimino and Michael Good are practicing for the second spacewalk of STS-125. Like other spacewalkers, the two are rehearsing procedures inside a gigantic swimming pool at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. The pool is part of the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory and is large enough to hold full-size replicas of the Hubble Space Telescope for the astronauts to practice with.
 

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There should be a shuttle out on each pad for this launch, correct? That would be a first, I think, and make for some great photography of the space center.
 

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Latest news from the NASA EOC:

Kennedy Space Center
Effective since: Tuesday, August 19, 2008 07:11:49 PM EDT
Notice expires: August 20, 2008

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Kennedy Space Center will remain closed at least through noon EDT Wednesday because of the potential threat to workers from Tropical Storm Fay. Kennedy managers will reevaluate the situation Wednesday morning and update employees at 6 a.m.

So far, there are no reports of any injuries or damage associated with Fay at the center.

The storm is forecast to pass very close to Kennedy Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, bringing heavy rain and possible tropical storm force wind. Kennedy was closed Tuesday morning as Fay made landfall along Florida's southwest coast.

About 200 emergency personnel, known as a "ride-out crew," will stay on site through out the storm to provide real-time assessments.
 

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We all came to know that cape, but its in the worst place on the world when it comes to weather, Hurricane, Tropical Storms, Heat, Chill. What we get for putting a space centre in Florida.
 

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We all came to know that cape, but its in the worst place on the world when it comes to weather, Hurricane, Tropical Storms, Heat, Chill. What we get for putting a space centre in Florida.

FYI if the location of the cape was inverted around the equator, It would be at about Fraser Island :)
 

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Thats one way of getting rid of the dingo problem build i giant space port on the middle. Fraser is not maybe a 20 to 30 minute drive were i live.
 

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Kennedy Space Center

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., will reopen Thursday at 10 a.m. EDT for "mission essential" personnel. Kennedy has been closed since Tuesday because of Tropical Storm Fay, which is continuing to bring heavy rain and wind to the region.

Individual center supervisors will define which workers are considered "mission essential." These will include employees who are needed to ensure center infrastructure is safe and working, and personnel who process spaceflight hardware, such as space shuttles and Hubble Space Telescope equipment. A liberal leave policy for employees will be in effect Thursday. Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex will remain closed Thursday, but reopen on Friday.

Plans call for the center to open to all employees and return to full operation Friday.

Based on initial assessments, there are no injuries, damage to flight hardware or flooding associated with Fay at the center. Only minor damage has been seen on a few facilities, including the Vehicle Assembly Building, which lost one exterior panel from its east side.
About 200 emergency personnel, known as a "ride-out crew," will remain on-site overnight into Thursday morning to provide real-time storm assessments.


-----Posted Added-----


Plans to recall "mission essential" personnel this morning has been scrapped as TS Fay has stalled over the area and is continuing to bring heavy raind and wind to KSC, CCAFS and PAFB.


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The 11 am EDT NHC update is pretty much the same as the earlier one. TS Fay is holding steady northeast of KSC. Below is the forecast discussion from the NHC:

000
WTNT41 KNHC 211441
TCDAT1
TROPICAL STORM FAY DISCUSSION NUMBER 24
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL062008
1100 AM EDT THU AUG 21 2008

THERE IS BASICALLY NOTHING NEW TO REPORT. FAY HAS BEEN MEANDERING
FOR THE PAST 12 HOURS OR SO WITH LITTLE CHANGE IN INTENSITY. LATEST
MINIMUM PRESSURE REPORTED BY A RECONNAISSANCE PLANE WAS 994 MB AND
FLIGHT LEVEL WINDS SUPPORT AN INITIAL INTENSITY OF 50 KT.
SATELLITE IMAGES SHOW NUMEROUS RAINBANDS AND DEEP CONVECTION
MAINLY TO THE NORTHEAST OF THE CENTER WITH A WELL-DEFINED
UPPER-LEVEL OUTFLOW. NWS DOPPLER RADAR CLEARLY SHOWS A SPINNING
RING OF CONVECTION WITH DOPPLER VELOCITIES OF UP TO 67 KNOTS AT
APPROXIMATELY 5000 FEET. HOWEVER...FAY DOES NOT HAVE AN INNER
CORE. ALTHOUGH THE ATMOSPHERIC CONDITIONS ARE QUITE FAVORABLE FOR
STRENGTHENING...THE INTERACTION WITH LAND SHOULD IMPEDE IT. NO
SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN STRENGTH IS FORECAST BEFORE THE CENTER MOVES
INLAND WITHIN THE NEXT 12 HOURS OR SO. THEREAFTER...FAY SHOULD
BEGIN TO WEAKEN BUT A TRACK FATHER SOUTH THAN INDICATED COULD BRING
THE CENTER OVER THE NORTHEAST GULF OF MEXICO. IN THIS CASE...FAY
SHOULD NOT WEAKEN AS MUCH AS FORECAST...AND DO NOT RULE OUT THE
POSSIBILITY OF SLIGHT STRENGTHENING IF THE CENTER OF FAY REMAINS
OVER WATER LONGER THAN ANTICIPATED.

STEERING CURRENTS HAVE REMAINED VERY LIGHT...CONSEQUENTLY FAY HAS
BARELY MOVED SINCE YESTERDAY. GLOBAL MODELS INSIST ON THE
DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGH PRESSURE SYSTEM NORTH OF FAY. THIS PATTERN
SHOULD FORCE THE CYCLONE TO MOVE SLOWLY TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST
OR WEST...A MOTION WE HAVE BEEN FORECASTING BUT HAS NOT MATERIALIZED
YET. NEVERTHELESS...THE DEVELOPING STEERING PATTERN GIVES ME NO
OPTION BUT TO FORECAST A TURN TO THE LEFT WHICH SHOULD BEGIN SOON.
THIS IS CONSISTENT WITH ALL GLOBAL MODELS AND TRACK GUIDANCE.

REGARDLESS OF ITS EXACT TRACK...FAY WILL BE MOVING RATHER SLOWLY
DURING THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS...POSING A SIGNIFICANT HEAVY RAINFALL
AND FLOOD HAZARD TO A VERY LARGE AREA.


-----Posted Added-----


The NHC is reporting that Fay is on the move again, albeit slowly at 2 MPH:

000
WTNT31 KNHC 211750
TCPAT1
BULLETIN
TROPICAL STORM FAY INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 24A
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL062008
200 PM EDT THU AUG 21 2008

...CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM FAY BEGINNING TO CROSS THE FLORIDA EAST
COAST NEAR FLAGLER BEACH...

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM FORT PIERCE FLORIDA
NORTHWARD TO THE SAVANNAH RIVER AT THE BORDER BETWEEN GEORGIA AND
SOUTH CAROLINA.

FOR STORM INFORMATION SPECIFIC TO YOUR AREA...INCLUDING POSSIBLE
INLAND WATCHES AND WARNINGS...PLEASE MONITOR PRODUCTS ISSUED
BY YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

AT 200 PM EDT...1800Z...THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM FAY WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 29.4 NORTH...LONGITUDE 81.0 WEST...OR VERY
NEAR FLAGLER BEACH FLORIDA.

FAY HAS BEGUN TO MOVE TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST AT 2 MPH...3 KM/HR.
THIS GENERAL SLOW MOTION SHOULD CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT COUPLE OF
DAYS. ON THIS TRACK...FAY IS FORECAST TO MOVE SLOWLY ACROSS THE
NORTHERN FLORIDA PENINSULA TODAY...AND BE VERY NEAR THE GULF COAST
OF THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE BY LATE FRIDAY OR EARLY SATURDAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 60 MPH...95 KM/HR...WITH HIGHER
GUSTS. NO SIGNIFICANT CHANGE IN STRENGTH AS THE CENTER MOVES INLAND
LATER TODAY. A GRADUAL WEAKENING SHOULD BEGIN AFTER FAY MOVES
INLAND OVER THE FLORIDA PENINSULA.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 150 MILES...240 KM
MAINLY TO THE EAST OF THE CENTER. ST. AUGUSTINE FLORIDA JUST
REPORTED A WIND GUST OF 56 MPH...91 KM/HR.

ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 993 MB...29.32 INCHES.

FAY IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL ACCUMULATIONS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES
ACROSS THE CENTRAL TO NORTHERN PORTION OF THE FLORIDA
PENINSULA...INCLUDING THE FLORIDA PANHANDLE...SOUTHERN
GEORGIA...AND SOUTHEASTERN ALABAMA...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS
OF 15 INCHES POSSIBLE. RAINFALL TOTALS OF 2 TO 4 INCHES ARE
POSSIBLE ACROSS THE COASTAL AREAS OF SOUTHERN SOUTH CAROLINA.
ADDITIONAL RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE OVER
SOUTHWEST AND SOUTHERN FLORIDA. ISOLATED STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATIONS
OF 20 TO 30 INCHES HAVE BEEN OBSERVED WITH THIS SYSTEM OVER THE EAST
CENTRAL COASTAL AREAS OF FLORIDA.

STORM SURGE FLOODING OF 1 TO 3 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDES IS POSSIBLE
ALONG THE EAST COAST OF FLORIDA AND GEORGIA TO THE NORTH OF THE
CENTER OF FAY.

REPEATING THE 200 PM EDT POSITION...29.4 N...81.0 W. MOVEMENT
TOWARD...WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 2 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...60
MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...993 MB.

THE NEXT ADVISORY WILL BE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER AT
500 PM EDT.

$$
FORECASTER AVILA
 

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Kennedy Space Center Reopening Friday


Image above: A debris-covered road with erosion near Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Photo credit: NASA
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August 21, 2008
Managers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., plan to reopen the center for normal operations Friday morning for workers' first shift. A slow-moving Tropical Storm Fay has kept Kennedy closed since Tuesday, and space shuttle Atlantis has remained safely inside its processing hangar during the storm.

Based on initial assessments, there is no damage to space flight hardware, such as the space shuttles and Hubble Space Telescope equipment. Some facilities did sustain minor damage. Most reports are of water intrusion that will require mopping up.

Atlantis was to be moved to the Vehicle Assembly Building on Monday to be joined to an external tank and pair of solid rocket boosters. That move will take place after storm conditions have lifted. Atlantis is targeted to launch Oct. 8 on STS-125, a mission to upgrade NASA's Hubble Space Telescope.

The astronauts who will fly the mission continue with their training. Spacewalkers John Grunsfeld and Andrew Feustel are rehearsing servicing procedures inside the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory, a gigantic pool, at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.
 

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Rollover is currently planned for NET 6 pm EDT today. There will be a meeting at 2 pm EDT to discuss the rollover.


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Atlantis has now rolled over to the VAB. The trip began at sometime around 10 pm and she was in the transfer aisle around 30 minutes later.
 

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Rollout Schedule Reset for Atlantis

Image above: Technicians watch over the Wide Field Camera 3 as it is rotated into position during processing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. The camera module will be installed inside the agency's Hubble Space Telescope during STS-125 to further sharpen the observatory's exquisite vision. Photo credit: NASA/Amanda Diller
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August 27, 2008
Managers are looking to move space shuttle Atlantis to its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center no earlier than Tuesday morning. Atlantis' rollout from Kennedy's Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A was scheduled for Saturday morning. The delay will accommodate additional work on Atlantis. Technicians have removed a stuck guide pin on the plate that connects the external tank's liquid hydrogen umbilical to the shuttle. Workers now are making a series of follow-up inspections before reattaching the umbilical and other connections to prepare Atlantis for launch. The shuttle is attached to the external tank with several connectors during launch. The tank, which holds fuel and oxygen for the shuttle's three main engines, is jettisoned just as the shuttle reaches orbit.

Atlantis is being prepared for launch on a mission to upgrade NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. Liftoff remains targeted for Oct. 8 at 1:34 a.m. EDT. The flight will improve Hubble's equipment and instruments so the observatory can remain operational for at least another five years.
 

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Atlantis Connecting Continues; Endeavour’s Tank in Place

Image above: Workers at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida evaluate a sensor that will be part of a docking mechanism to be added to the agency's Hubble Space Telescope during STS-125. Photo credit: NASA/Amanda Diller
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August 29, 2008
Space shuttle Atlantis is on schedule to be rolled out to Launch Pad 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Tuesday after technicians resumed normal connection work to fasten Atlantis to the external fuel tank. Rollout will begin at 12:01 a.m. EDT.

A shuttle interface test will be conducted over the Labor Day weekend before Atlantis is cleared to roll to the launch pad. The shuttle and its crew of seven astronauts will upgrade key components and install state-of-the-art instruments on NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope during Atlantis’ STS-125 mission.

Work to prepare Endeavour for space also continues on pace. Final connections have been completed between the external tank for Endeavour and a pair of solid rocket boosters. Endeavour is targeted to fly the STS-126 mission to the International Space Station in November. It will also be ready in the unlikely event Atlantis encounters an emergency in space.
 

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Hurricane Concerns Postpone Atlantis Rollout

Image above: Technicians at NASA's Kennedy Space Center examine the Wide Field Camera 3 during preparations for its placement inside the Hubble Space Telescope. Processing of upgraded equipment and instruments for the Hubble is continuing in preparation for STS-125. Photo credit: NASA/Jack Pfaller
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Sept. 2, 2008
Space Shuttle Program managers are watching the forecast of Tropical Storm Hanna as they consider the best time to roll Atlantis to Launch Pad 39A. NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, which is the launch site of NASA’s shuttle fleet, is under Hurricane Condition Four, the lowest hurricane alert level.

Atlantis could be rolled to the pad as early as Thursday, depending on the path and strength of Hanna. NASA and Air Force weather officials are also keeping tabs on Tropical Storm Ike.

Hanna concerns have not impeded a team of technicians who are preparing components for Hubble at Kennedy.

Atlantis is targeted to launch Oct. 8 on STS-125, the final mission to upgrade NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. The telescope has already rewritten the books on astronomy and will remain operational for at least another five years following the upgrades.
 

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Rollout is a GO! First motion at 10 am EDT. Live coverage on NASA TV. No technical or weather concerns at all, it's beautifull day for a 5-6 hour trip to 39A.
 

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Will Endeavour return from the Pad for STS-126?
 
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