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Scheduled at the moment for 25/08/09 at 06.36 BST (Tuesday morning) There are a couple of small problems and the launch time should be confirmed or postponed later today.

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Image above: Seated are Commander Rick Sturckow (right) and Pilot Kevin Ford. From the left (standing) are mission specialists José Hernández, John "Danny" Olivas, Nicole Stott, European Space Agency's Christer Fuglesang and Patrick Forrester. Stott is scheduled to join Expedition 20 as flight engineer after launching to the International Space Station on STS-128.

Commander Rick Sturckow will lead the STS-128 mission to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery with Kevin Ford serving as pilot. Also serving aboard Discovery are mission specialists Patrick Forrester, José Hernández, John "Danny" Olivas, Christer Fuglesang and Nicole Stott.

Stott will remain on the station as an Expedition 20 flight engineer replacing Timothy Kopra. Kopra will return home aboard Discovery as a mission specialist.

Discovery is carrying the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module containing life support racks and science racks. The Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier will also be launched in Discovery's payload bay.

This is Discovery's 37th mission to space and the 30th mission of a space shuttle dedicated to the assembly and maintenance of the International Space Station.




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Launch time has been confirmed Tuesday morning 6:36 am BST




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Shuttle countdown proceeding normally, 60 percent chance of weather being ok for Tuesday mornings launch. They have chances to launch 4 times in 5 days so should get the ship off the ground this week.




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Less than 24 hours to go until lift-off, launch coverage will start on http://www.NASA.gov at about 1:30am BST, launch is set for 6:36am tomorrow morning. I'm just working out when I am going to try and get a few hours kip.




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Thanks for keeping us informed Martyn :)



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No worries, I am going to put my head down for a few hours now so I am ready for the launch coverage at 1:30am.




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Astronauts have arrived at the pad and will soon begin the process of strapping into the orbiter




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martyn20 wrote:Astronauts have arrived at the pad and will soon begin the process of strapping into the orbiter


I was reading they were delivering ovens and stuff ....is this right ?




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annie27 wrote:
martyn20 wrote:Astronauts have arrived at the pad and will soon begin the process of strapping into the orbiter


I was reading they were delivering ovens and stuff ....is this right ?


They are taking a freezer and a furnace for baking things, experiments not cakes.

The US shuttle Discovery is all set for its latest mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

The 13-day flight will deliver science equipment to the platform, including a new freezer to store biological samples and a furnace for baking materials.

The lab equipment was made in Europe, which is represented in Discovery's crew by Swede Christer Fuglesang.

The mission will be the 30th shuttle flight dedicated to station assembly and maintenance.

The current plan is for a further six sorties to be made to the ISS before America's re-useable spaceship fleet is retired at the end of next year or early in 2011.

The lift-off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida is timed for 0136 local time (0536 GMT) on Tuesday.

The latest mission has a strong European focus.

European Space Agency (Esa) astronaut Christer Fuglesang will conduct two of the three spacewalks planned during Discovery's stay at the ISS.

On one of these walks, the Swede will move cabling on the exterior of the station in readiness for the arrival next year of a connecting unit, called Node 3 or "Tranquility", and a huge window referred to as the Cupola.

The two modules will be Europe's final large-scale contributions to the assembly of the ISS.

Discovery's payload bay is taken up with the Italian-built Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM), which acts as a giant packing box on shuttle logistics missions.

For this flight, the MPLM contains almost seven tonnes of cargo. This mass includes two more important European donations to the ISS project.

One is a Melfi (Minus Eighty Laboratory Freezer for ISS), which can store biological samples.

"This is the second such freezer," explained Martin Zell, Esa's head of ISS Utilisation.

"This first one is already up there since three years and working extremely well.

"It's the main freezer element on the station and can operate between plus-4C, at the upper temperature, down to minus-80 degrees; and even in different temperatures in its four cold volumes, or compartments," he told BBC News.

The additional Melfi will facilitate the increased science workload taking place on the station now that its resident crew has been raised from three to six.

All manner of biological samples will be stored in the new facility, including blood taken from the astronauts.

This is routinely drawn for study, to further scientists' understanding of the impacts of long-duration spaceflight on the human body.

Growing issue

The other notable European cargo item is the Materials Science Laboratory.

This contains a safe furnace (up to 1,400C) in which astronauts can first melt and then solidify a range of samples, such as metal alloys.

The weightless conditions on the station mean the fine-scale structures in these cooling samples will grow in a different way from how they would at the surface of the Earth.

Scientists expect these experiments to provide novel information that can be applied to everyday industrial manufacturing processes.

With MSL and the Melfi units, Europe is providing both the coldest and the hottest conditions for science on the station.

As well as preparing the platform for the arrival of Tranquility and the Cupola, the mission's spacewalks will replace experiments that currently live on the outside of Esa's Columbus laboratory.

They will also exchange one of the tanks for storing ammonia, which is used to move excess heat from inside the station to the radiators located outside.

Discovery will also drop off US astronaut Nicole Stott for a three-month stay on the ISS, and pick up colleague Tim Kopra for the ride home. Kopra has been living on the platform for the past five weeks.




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annie27 wrote:
martyn20 wrote:Astronauts have arrived at the pad and will soon begin the process of strapping into the orbiter


I was reading they were delivering ovens and stuff ....is this right ?


They are taking a freezer and a furnace for baking things, experiments not cakes.

The US shuttle Discovery is all set for its latest mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

The 13-day flight will deliver science equipment to the platform, including a new freezer to store biological samples and a furnace for baking materials.

The lab equipment was made in Europe, which is represented in Discovery's crew by Swede Christer Fuglesang.

The mission will be the 30th shuttle flight dedicated to station assembly and maintenance.

The current plan is for a further six sorties to be made to the ISS before America's re-useable spaceship fleet is retired at the end of next year or early in 2011.

The lift-off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida is timed for 0136 local time (0536 GMT) on Tuesday.

The latest mission has a strong European focus.

European Space Agency (Esa) astronaut Christer Fuglesang will conduct two of the three spacewalks planned during Discovery's stay at the ISS.

On one of these walks, the Swede will move cabling on the exterior of the station in readiness for the arrival next year of a connecting unit, called Node 3 or "Tranquility", and a huge window referred to as the Cupola.

The two modules will be Europe's final large-scale contributions to the assembly of the ISS.

Discovery's payload bay is taken up with the Italian-built Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM), which acts as a giant packing box on shuttle logistics missions.

For this flight, the MPLM contains almost seven tonnes of cargo. This mass includes two more important European donations to the ISS project.

One is a Melfi (Minus Eighty Laboratory Freezer for ISS), which can store biological samples.

"This is the second such freezer," explained Martin Zell, Esa's head of ISS Utilisation.

"This first one is already up there since three years and working extremely well.

"It's the main freezer element on the station and can operate between plus-4C, at the upper temperature, down to minus-80 degrees; and even in different temperatures in its four cold volumes, or compartments," he told BBC News.

The additional Melfi will facilitate the increased science workload taking place on the station now that its resident crew has been raised from three to six.

All manner of biological samples will be stored in the new facility, including blood taken from the astronauts.

This is routinely drawn for study, to further scientists' understanding of the impacts of long-duration spaceflight on the human body.

Growing issue

The other notable European cargo item is the Materials Science Laboratory.

This contains a safe furnace (up to 1,400C) in which astronauts can first melt and then solidify a range of samples, such as metal alloys.

The weightless conditions on the station mean the fine-scale structures in these cooling samples will grow in a different way from how they would at the surface of the Earth.

Scientists expect these experiments to provide novel information that can be applied to everyday industrial manufacturing processes.

With MSL and the Melfi units, Europe is providing both the coldest and the hottest conditions for science on the station.

As well as preparing the platform for the arrival of Tranquility and the Cupola, the mission's spacewalks will replace experiments that currently live on the outside of Esa's Columbus laboratory.

They will also exchange one of the tanks for storing ammonia, which is used to move excess heat from inside the station to the radiators located outside.

Discovery will also drop off US astronaut Nicole Stott for a three-month stay on the ISS, and pick up colleague Tim Kopra for the ride home. Kopra has been living on the platform for the past five weeks.


So no Betty Crocker then :D ....see as big as sceptic I am ...I am still fascinated with the whole thing I like to read up ...I told you my brother loves this stuff ....




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So no Betty Crocker then :D ....see as big as sceptic I am ...I am still fascinated with the whole thing I like to read up ...I told you my brother loves this stuff ....


Do you think the ISS is real or do you think it's a Zionist Hollywood filmset? :rofl: :rofl:

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annie27 wrote:
So no Betty Crocker then :D ....see as big as sceptic I am ...I am still fascinated with the whole thing I like to read up ...I told you my brother loves this stuff ....


Do you think the ISS is real or do you think it's a Zionist Hollywood filmset? :rofl: :rofl:


Feck off Smeggy ....last time I was asked a question I was accused of taking over the thread with my opinions ...all I did was answer your question .. :D
this how we are dumbed down ....god forbid I might think out side the box ...if you do you are attacked ..... :D




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The weather at launch time is not looking as good as it was earlier, the movement of cloud systems are not as predicted. Still two hours to go though.




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martyn20 wrote:The weather at launch time is not looking as good as it was earlier, the movement of cloud systems are not as predicted. Still two hours to go though.


will the launch be visible ??




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annie27 wrote:
martyn20 wrote:The weather at launch time is not looking as good as it was earlier, the movement of cloud systems are not as predicted. Still two hours to go though.


will the launch be visible ??


You will be able to see it even if it is cloudy, if the cloud was bad enough for it to be block the view of the shuttle they would not fly.




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annie27 wrote:
smeggypants wrote:
annie27 wrote:
So no Betty Crocker then :D ....see as big as sceptic I am ...I am still fascinated with the whole thing I like to read up ...I told you my brother loves this stuff ....


Do you think the ISS is real or do you think it's a Zionist Hollywood filmset? :rofl: :rofl:


Feck off Smeggy ....last time I was asked a question I was accused of taking over the thread with my opinions ...all I did was answer your question .. :D
this how we are dumbed down ....god forbid I might think out side the box ...if you do you are attacked ..... :D


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Annie you are more than welcome to think outside the box here at Smeggy's. The issue of keeping topics on topic and not derailing every topic into the same arguments is not dumbing anything down. It's a matter of forum organisation.

I really don't think anyone would have a sensible case to accuse me of dumbing down in this forum ;)

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Absolutely pissing down at the pad right now, cameras are having trouble seeing the pad from a few hundred yards away. Almost every measure for weather is red right now, going to be very lucky if they get off tonight.




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Why would rain disturb things?

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smeggypants wrote:Why would rain disturb things?


Well it's the cloud associated with the rain that would be a problem, the rain has got into a couple of pipes but that's not a show-stopper. The rain has stopped but there is still a lot of cloud about and they have had some lightening strikes in the area in the last hour.




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There is a helium pressure drop they are monitoring, they think it is due to the temperature change during the rain storm, they are assessing how serious the problem is and whether it will stop the countdown.




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