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Will Endeavour return from the Pad for STS-126?
Endeavour is currently in OPF-2 undergoing final rollover preps. Atlantis is in VAB HB3 undergoing final rollout preps. Discovery is in OPF-3 undergoing preflight processing for STS-119.
 

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Let me rephrase that: After STS-125 finishes, will Endeavour come back from the pad to get ready for STS-126?
 

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Let me rephrase that: After STS-125 finishes, will Endeavour come back from the pad to get ready for STS-126?
The plan is this:

Today: Rollout of the STS-125 stack
September 12: Endeavour rolls over from OPF-2 to the VAB
September 14 or 19: HST Payloads goes to Pad A for integration with Atlantis
September 19: STS-126 stack rolls to Pad B for Launch on Need processing for STS-125 rescue, officially STS-400.
October 8: STS-125 launch
Depending on when STSä125 actually do launch and STS-400 is not needed, the STS-126 stack will roll from Pad B to Pad A continuing STS-126 mission processing there including payload integration.
 

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Atlantis is Headed for the Launch Pad

Image above: Outside the Vehicle Assembly Building at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Atlantis begins its trip to the launch pad. Photo credit: NASA TV

Sept. 4, 2008
At 9:19 a.m. EDT this morning, space shuttle Atlantis began its slow trek from Kennedy Space Center's massive Vehicle Assembly Building to Launch Pad 39A, a journey that should take approximately six hours. Managers met at 5:30 a.m. for a weather briefing on the status of Tropical Storm Hanna before making the final decision. They determined the effects from Hanna would remain far enough off shore to safely allow Atlantis' move to the pad where it will be protected by the rotating service structure as the storm bypasses the Florida coast on Friday.

This afternoon, Atlantis' crew members are scheduled to arrive at Kennedy for an equipment test Friday in preparation for their mission to service 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. Atlantis is targeted to launch Oct. 8 on mission STS-125.

Watch the Atlantis rollout live on NASA TV beginning at 10 a.m.
 

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NASA TV doesn't seem to be carrying the roll out. Any idea why?

Also, referring to what you're saying about STS-126, DaveS: Why after 125 will Endeavour roll from B to A? If pad B is capable of launching STS-400, why would NASA not favour leaving the stack there for the launch of 126? Rather than spending time and money rolling it over to 39A.
 

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NASA TV doesn't seem to be carrying the roll out. Any idea why?
Just the airing of the daily NASA TV Video File. Runs daily from 12 pm EDT to 1 pm EDT.

Also, referring to what you're saying about STS-126, DaveS: Why after 125 will Endeavour roll from B to A? If pad B is capable of launching STS-400, why would NASA not favour leaving the stack there for the launch of 126? Rather than spending time and money rolling it over to 39A.
The Pad B Payload Changeout Room(PCR) isn't capable of handling payloads anymore. It hasn't been maintained since STS-116 in December 2006.

Plus, Pad B is going to the Constellation program for the Ares-1X test in 2009 and any delays of getting it means a delay to Ares-1X.

Originally Pad B was supposed to be transferred to CxP in April 2007, but delays to one mission that requires Pad B has meant delays to Ares-1X.
 

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CT-1 with MLP-1 and the STS-125 flight stack has now completed the final turn towards 39A and is getting ready to ascend up the pad ramp. Should on top of the concrete hardstand around 2:45-3 pm EDT. Harddown of the MLP on the pad pedestals is expected around 4:30 pm EDT.


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If you wonder why the Crawler appear to be stationary, it is because they're currently activating the Crawler's hydraulic system for the Jacking, Equalizing and Levelling(JEL) system.

The JEL system ensures that the MLP remains level at all times during the climb up the pad ramp.
 

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Houston, we have hard down!

I have re-created this scenario in Orbiter! (attached pic)
 
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That's insane !! I mean that in a good way.
 

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Atlantis at the Pad

Image above: Space shuttle Atlantis stands poised on the launch pad after its trek from the Vehicle Assembly Building. Image credit: NASA
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Sept. 4, 2008
On Thursday afternoon, space shuttle Atlantis arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Pad 39A, after its slow roll along the crawlerway from the Vehicle Assembly Building.

In an early-morning meeting, managers cleared the shuttle’s move after a weather briefing on the status of Tropical Storm Hanna that determined the storm would remain far enough off shore.

Atlantis' crew members are set for an equipment test Friday at Kennedy in preparation for their mission to service 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. Atlantis is targeted to launch Oct. 8 on mission STS-125.
 

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The RSS is now in place to protect Atlantis from Hurricane Hanna

 

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NASA Changes 2008 Shuttle Target Launch Dates


HOUSTON -- NASA has adjusted the target launch dates for the two remaining space shuttle missions in 2008. Shuttle Atlantis' STS-125 mission to the Hubble Space Telescope is targeted for Oct. 10, while Endeavour's STS-126 supply mission to the International Space Station has moved to Nov. 12.
 

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Updated 2008 Shuttle launch & landing times (GMT/UTC)

STS-125 (HST SM4)
Launch: Fri Oct 10 @ 4.33am
Landing: Mon Oct 20 @ 2.21am

STS-126 (ISS Leonardo MPLM resupply)
Launch: Thu Nov 13 @ 12.43am
Landing: Sat Nov 27 @ 6.45pm
 

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If it comes about that STS-400 needs to be launched to rescue STS-125 will there be anough room in Endeavours crew cabin to support the crew of two shuttle's beeing a total of 11 ( 4 from STS-400 and 7 from STS-125), multiple EVA suits and re-entry suits for re-entry seating; seems like it's awfull tight already on the upper deck and mid-deck to support even a crew of 7.

In all reality will this even be a practical option ? Wouldn't it make more sense to have a HAB module on board of STS-400 to allow for the additional crew and how would the extra weight affect flight conditions for the orbiter itself ?
 

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Thank God it is Space Shuttle Atlantis' last mission. Bye-bye Shuttle. Hello Constellation.:dance2:
 

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Thank God it is Space Shuttle Atlantis' last mission. Bye-bye Shuttle. Hello Constellation.:dance2:
Atlantis is scheduled to be retired in 2010 now with the rest of the orbiters, Atlantis will again fly STS-128 next year.
 

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Official future Shuttle launch manifest:

STS-125 (Atlantis) – HST servicing mission – Oct 10, 2008

STS-126 (Endeavour) – ISS Leonardo MPLM resupply – Nov 12, 2008

STS-119 (Discovery) – ISS Solar Array S6 delivery – Feb 12, 2009

STS-127 (Endeavour) – ISS JEF delivery – May 15, 2009

STS-128 (Atlantis) – ISS Donatello MPLM resupply – Jul 30, 2009

STS-129 (Discovery) – ISS ELC* 1&2 delivery – Oct 15, 2009

STS-130 (Endeavour) – ISS Node 3 + Cupola delivery – Dec 10, 2009

STS-131 (Atlantis) – ISS Raffaello MPLM resupply – Feb 11, 2010

STS-132 (Discovery) – ISS MRM1** delivery – Apr 8, 2010

STS-133 (Endeavour) – ISS ELC* 3&4 delivery – May 31, 2010

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