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Thursday, August 24, 2006
NASA: Space Shuttle Atlantis Launch

The Space Shuttle Atlantis is scheduled to launch this upcoming Sunday at 4:30 pm EDT from pad 39B at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.  The STS-115 crew consists of (front) Pilot Christopher J. Ferguson, Commander Brent W. Jett Jr. and (back) Mission Specialists Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper, Joseph R. Tanner, Daniel C. Burbank and Steven G. MacLean, who represents the Canadian Space Agency.

Click on the STS-115 crew member's name (above) to read their pre-flight interviews.  There are some candid photos of the astronauts taken during their training.  The astronauts describe their motivation to become an astronaut, and their background, hometown, and early education.  They also explain their individual mission objectives and why they feel space exploration is important.

The previous shuttle mission, STS-121, launched on July 4th with Discovery and was dubbed "Return to Flight."  If I had to coin a phrase for STS-115, I would go with "Return to Construction" because this is the first mission since the Columbia accident 2 years ago that will resume the construction of the International Space Station.

The Atlantis shuttle payload includes the 17-ton P3/P4 truss segments with solar panel arrays that will double the power available for the ISS.  The 6 Atlantis crew members will meet up with the 3-man ISS crew during their 11-day mission.  The nine astronauts on ISS will represent Russia, Germany, and Canada in addition to the six Americans.

All nine astronauts will be extremely busy while on the ISS.  Three EVAs or space walks are scheduled, each with two astronauts each.  During these space walks, other astronauts will be operating the shuttle and station robotic arms in order to move the massive truss segments from the shuttle to their place on station.  Once the trusses are securely in place, a dramatic deployment of the solar arrays will occur, spreading outwards almost 240 feet.

The next two years will be a very busy and intense construction schedule for the International Space Station and every space agency around the world, in part making up for lost time.  People interested in space exploration, science and even international cooperation will have much to see and observe as the ISS moves toward completion.

Watch the Atlantis launch on the web via Nasa TV.  That's what I'm doing.

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Posted at 10:51 am by John Furie Zacharias

August 24, 2006   02:24 PM PDT
people take for granted the fact that man can put man into space.

they forget the years of planning, the expense, the deeper implications.

thank you for appreciating it.
J f Z
August 25, 2006   10:23 AM PDT
The years to come are going to be exciting as private corporations get into the game. The Russians already have some commercialization of their program with the cosmonaut program. Even during this mission, one EVA will have a space walker whack a golfball for use in some TV commercial by our Russian partners.

I've watched interviews by these astronauts on NASA TV. They are committed to completing the ISS because they feel it is a crucial baby step for us (mankind) to explore further away from the planet.

I do like the fact that the ISS is an international effort. When the middle east is in turmoil, I think of the silence of viewing it from space. It's petty warfare compared to a 10,000 year journey away from this planet.

Our most commonly known history is only several thousand years old, preserved by religious texts. I hope we can survive long enough to look back to the present from the future several thousand years from now.
August 25, 2006   12:05 PM PDT
One thing about most astronauts that most people don't realize is that they're major daredevils. These guys (and gals) aren't only talented, skilled, brilliant ... they're thrill-seekers to the max. You'd have to be, to perch yourself atop a million pounds of seething rocket fuel.

Those of us who fear the Demon Drop at Cedar Point can't even begin to understand what's going on in an astronaut's head ...
August 25, 2006   12:17 PM PDT
I'll be watching, John...damn. Wish I could go along for the ride.

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