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May 26th

Atlantis Lands in Florida

Space Shuttle

Wed, 26 May 2010 07:48:39 AM CDT

Space shuttle Atlantis and six astronauts ended a 12-day journey of more than 4.8 million miles with an 8:48 a.m. EDT landing Wednesday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The third of five shuttle missions planned for 2010, this was the last scheduled flight for Atlantis. The mission, designated STS-132, delivered the Russian-built Mini Research Module-1 to the International Space Station. Also known as Rassvet ("dawn" in Russian), the module provides additional storage space and a new docking port for Russian Soyuz and Progress spacecraft.

Ken Ham commanded the flight and was joined by Pilot Tony Antonelli and Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman, Michael Good, Steve Bowen and Piers Sellers.

N5VHO – Wed, 2010 – 05 – 26 10:23

May 24th

STS-132 Landing Ground Tracks - May 26

Space Shuttle

Ground tracks for Wednesday's two landing attempts have been published. Only KSC will be targeted for Wednesday morning. Deorbit Burn for the 1st opportunity is 6:41 am CDT with a landing at 7:48 am CDT. 2nd rev burn is 8:17 am CDT and landing would be 9:23 am CDT

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N5VHO – Mon, 2010 – 05 – 24 12:34

ARISS Status May 24, 2010


Topics in this report:
1. Upcoming School Contacts
2. ARISS Contact for Pita Kallak School
3. ARISSat Presentation Available for Viewing
5. Astronaut Training Status
6. ARISS Presented at Scout-O-Rama

1. Upcoming School Contacts
The Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) in Bayswater, Victoria, Australia has been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Saturday, May 29 at 10:43 UTC via ON4ISS in Belgium. The WIA will hold a special dinner to celebrate its centenary and has invited students from local schools in Canberra to make an ARISS school contact on that evening. It is anticipated that this dinner will be a high key event with Australia wide coverage.

N5VHO – Mon, 2010 – 05 – 24 10:19

STS-132 MCC Status Report #19

Space Shuttle

HOUSTON - Atlantis undocked from the International Space Station at 10:22 a.m. CDT Sunday, ending a seven-day stay that saw the addition of a new station module, replacement of batteries and resupply of the orbiting outpost.

During three spacewalks astronauts added a backup high-data-rate antenna to the station and a tool platform to Dextre, the robot-like special purpose dexterous manipulator. They removed and replaced six 375-pound batteries on the station's P6 truss segment. The six old batteries are headed back to Earth in Atlantis' cargo bay.

Rassvet, the Russian Mini-Research Module 1 brought to the station by Atlantis, was installed on the Zarya module by Mission Specialists Piers Sellers and Garrett Reisman. The delicate installation involved working in Russian on a computer linked to Rassvet and the station's Russian segment and exacting control of the 58-foot Canadarm2. Both astronauts were in the new cupola, enjoying the luxury of window views to aid arm operation for the first time.

N5VHO – Mon, 2010 – 05 – 24 10:04

May 21st

Third and Final Spacewalk for STS-132 Crew Today

Space Shuttle

Mission Specialists Michael Good and Garrett Reisman began the third and final spacewalk of the STS-132 mission at 6:27 a.m. EDT.

The spacewalkers' first task was the installation of an ammonia jumper on the port 4 and 5 truss. Then they finished the last of the battery replacement work, swapping the remaining two batteries and installing a battery that was left in a temporary stow position from the last spacewalk.

The final planned task is the retrieval of a Power and Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) from the orbiter's payload bay to bring inside the station at the end of the spacewalk. The PDGF will be installed to the Zarya module's exterior on a spacewalk later this summer.

N5VHO – Fri, 2010 – 05 – 21 10:44

May 20th

Crews Opening Rassvet Hatches, Preparing for Spacewalk

Space Shuttle

The space shuttle crew gets a little break from the busy pace of the last several days. Today they are working with the new Rassvet module and preparing for a third spacewalk, but the shuttle astronauts will have some off-duty time as well.

The first tasks of the day focused on the new module, Mini-Research Module-1, also known as Rassvet, which was attached to the International Space Station Tuesday. Expedition 23 Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Alexander Skvortsov performed leak checks in the Russian segment before opening hatches around 6:52 a.m. EDT.

The shuttle crew will have a few hours of off duty time in the afternoon, but otherwise, the day will largely focus on preparations for the third and final spacewalk. Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman, Michael Good and Stephen Bowen will gather and prepare the tools needed and configure the airlock. Commander Ken Ham, Pilot Tony Antonelli and Mission Specialist Piers Sellers will join them to review the procedures before Reisman and Good settle in to spend the night in the Quest module as part of the "camp out" for their excursion.

N5VHO – Thu, 2010 – 05 – 20 09:02

May 19th

Second Spacewalk for STS-132 Crew Today

Space Shuttle

Mission Specialists Stephen Bowen and Michael Good began the second STS-132 spacewalk at 6:38 a.m. EDT.

Bowen adjusted a cable on the end of the orbiter boom. This brief task was added after discovering early in the flight that the cable was inhibiting a camera from maneuvering correctly. Bowen adjusted the cable and used a plastic tie to hold it in position.

The two spacewalkers are replacing three batteries on the station port solar array. Each of the batteries weighs more than 360 pounds and is requiring an intricate choreography between the spacewalkers to swap out safely. The spacewalk is expected to last six and a half hours.

N5VHO – Wed, 2010 – 05 – 19 12:16

May 17th

First Spacewalk for STS-132 Crew

Space Shuttle

Two astronauts are venturing outside the International Space Station today in the first of three planned spacewalks for the STS-132 mission. They are installing a second station space-to-ground Ku-band antenna and a spare parts platform on Dextre, the two-armed robotic Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator.

Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman and Stephen Bowen began the planned 6.5-hour spacewalk at 7:54 a.m. EDT. Mission Specialist Michael Good and Pilot Tony Antonelli, the intravehicular officer, are assisting the spacewalkers from inside the orbiting complex. Support for robotic arm operations is being provided by Mission Specialist Piers Sellers and Flight Engineer Tracy Caldwell Dyson.

N5VHO – Mon, 2010 – 05 – 17 10:55

ARISS Status May 17, 2010


Topics in this report:
1. Upcoming School Contacts
2. Successful ARISS Contact Held with Komoro Higashi Junior High
3. MAI-75 Experiment Activated
4. ARISS at Dayton Hamvention

1. Upcoming School Contacts
Pita Kallak School in Kuujjuaq, Quebec, Canada has been scheduled for an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact on Thursday, May 20 at 16:28 UTC via station ON4ISS in Belgium. The school plans to form a space club with participants from all grade levels. The students will learn about the ISS and radio protocol through video, the internet and guest speakers and will create projects (mobiles, posters, banners, murals) related to these subjects and display them in "Mission Control" (the gym).

aa4kn – Mon, 2010 – 05 – 17 10:40

May 15th

NASA's Space Shuttle Atlantis Lifts Off to Put Finishing Touches on the International Space Station

Space Shuttle

One of the final space shuttle visits to the International Space Station began at 2:20 p.m. Friday with the launch of Atlantis and six astronauts from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The mission will deliver cargo, critical spare parts and a Russian laboratory to the station.

The third of five shuttle missions planned for 2010, this was the last planned launch for Atlantis. The Russian-built Mini Research Module-1 is inside the shuttle's cargo bay. Also known as Rassvet (dawn in Russian), it will provide additional storage space and a new docking port for Russian Soyuz and Progress spacecraft. The laboratory will be attached to the bottom port of the station's Zarya module.

PY4MAB – Sat, 2010 – 05 – 15 10:06

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