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Orbiter: Atlantis
Mission: STS-122
Payload: Columbus science laboratory
Launch: Feb. 7, 2008
Time: 2:45 p.m. EST
Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Landing: Feb. 20 @ 9:07 a.m. EST
Site: Shuttle Landing Facility, KSC


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STS-122: The mission

Atlantis' trip to the station will deliver the European Space Agency's Columbus science lab module.

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STS-122: The programs

Managers from the shuttle, station and EVA programs discuss Atlantis' upcoming flight.

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STS-122: Spacewalks

Three spacewalks are planned during Atlantis' STS-122 assembly mission. Lead spacewalk officer Anna Jarvis previews the EVAs.

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 EVA 1 summary
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The Atlantis crew

The astronauts of Atlantis' STS-122 mission meet the press in the traditional pre-flight news conference.

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Harmony's big move

The station's new Harmony module is detached from the Unity hub and moved to its permanent location on the Destiny lab.

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Delta 4-Heavy launch

The first operational Delta 4-Heavy rocket launches the final Defense Support Program missile warning satellite for the Air Force.

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Columbus readied

The European Space Agency's Columbus laboratory module moves to pad 39A and placed aboard shuttle Atlantis for launch.

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Station port moved

The station crew uses the robot arm to detach the main shuttle docking port and mount it to the new Harmony module Nov. 12.

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Atlantis rolls out

Space shuttle Atlantis rolls from the Vehicle Assembly Building to pad 39A for its December launch with the Columbus module.

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Atlantis goes vertical

Atlantis is hoisted upright and maneuvered into position for attachment to the external tank and boosters.

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Space station EVA

This Expedition 16 status briefing recaps the Nov. 9 spacewalk that prepared the station's shuttle docking port for relocation to the new Harmony module.

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Shuttle performance near flawless going into docking
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE" & USED WITH PERMISSION
Posted: February 8, 2008

The shuttle Atlantis came through its eight-and-a-half-minute climb to space Thursday in good shape with no obvious signs of impact damage to the ship's protective heat shield. John Shannon, chairman of NASA's Mission Management Team, said today the shuttle was operating near flawlessly and while it will take several more days to complete a detailed post-launch inspection and analysis, "it looks like we had an extremely clean launch."

The first reports on the behavior of foam insulation on Atlantis' external fuel tank "showed absolutely nothing of interest," Shannon said. "The two small foam losses we saw at 70 seconds and 110 seconds, the experts tell us those were not of a mass that we'd be concerned about. In addition, they did not appear to hit the underside of the vehicle. So it's absolutely no concern, we're not event tracking those anymore.

"There was another small foam event at 440 seconds," he added. "It appeared it might have bounced off the bottom of the vehicle, but we are well out of the atmosphere (at that point). That's well past the time that would be of concern and it was not of a mass that would cause us any issues. So from an ascent standpoint, at least what we've seen so far from the ground cameras and the on-board cameras, it looks like we had an extremely clean launch and ascent."

The Atlantis astronauts spent the day carrying out a detailed inspection of the shuttle's reinforced carbon carbon nose cap and wing leading edge panels, which experience the most extreme heating during re-entry. Shannon said those data, along with close-up photographs of the shuttle belly that will be shot by the station crew during Atlantis' final approach Saturday, will be assessed to determine whether any additional inspections are needed. A meeting to make that decision is planned for Saturday night, but as of this writing no obvious areas of concern have been identified.

"It's so far, an extremely clean flight," Shannon repeated. "The team at Kennedy Space Center that put the vehicle together should be really congratulated because it's performing flawlessly. I have never walked up into the engineering room that tracks every little problem that we have on the vehicle and seen a completely blank board. It is completely blank right now."

But Shannon said he cautioned Mission Management Team members to stay sharp and on their collective toes because "we have a long way to go. ... But I absolutely could not have asked for a better start to it."

Lead flight director Mike Sarafin said the astronauts were on track for an on-time rendezvous and docking with the international space station Saturday. The terminal initiation burn, or TI rocket firing to kick off the final phase of the rendezvous, is scheduled for 9:37 a.m., setting up a docking around 12:25 p.m.

The goal of the mission is to attach the European Space Agency's Columbus research lab to the space station during a spacewalk Sunday. Along with inspecting the shuttle's wing lead edge panels today, the astronauts examined the spacesuits that will be used Sunday by Rex Walheim and Hans Schlegel; broke out hand-held lasers used during final approach and worked to complete setup of laptop computers that run critical rendezvous software.

"It's great to finally have Atlantis on orbit and the Columbus module on its way to the international space station," Sarafin said. "The mission is proceeding as we planned it. We haven't had any significant technical issues, the team is excited and definitely got their heads down and working hard to make the mission stay on that course.

"We're on track to dock to the international space station tomorrow. That'll be an opportunity to deliver a brand new module to Peggy Whitson, who's commanding the space station, on her 48th birthday."

Here is an updated timeline of Saturday's rendezvous and docking (in EST and mission elapsed time):


DATE/EDT...DD...HH...MM...EVENT

02/09/08
04:45 AM...01...14...00...STS/ISS crew wakeup
06:15 AM...01...15...30...Group B computer powerup
06:30 AM...01...15...45...Space station (ISS) daily planning conference
06:30 AM...01...15...45...Begin rendezvous timeline
08:06 AM...01...17...21...NC-4 rendezvous rocket firing
08:50 AM...01...18...05...Middeck prepped for docking
09:05 AM...01...18...20...Spacesuits removed from airlock
09:37 AM...01...18...52...Terminal initiation (TI) rocket firing
09:45 AM...01...19...00...Station in docking orientation
10:10 AM...01...19...25...U.S. solar arrays feathered
10:12 AM...01...19...27...Station in rendezvous mode
10:15 AM...01...19...30...Sunset
10:15 AM...01...19...30...Russian command module lights on
10:36 AM...01...19...51...Range: 10,000 feet
10:44 AM...01...19...59...Range: 5,000 feet
10:50 AM...01...20...05...Range: 3,000 feet
10:52 AM...01...20...07...Sunrise
10:54 AM...01...20...09...MC-4 rendezvous rocket firing
10:58 AM...01...20...13...Range: 1,500 feet
11:03 AM...01...20...18...Range: 1,000 feet
11:06 AM...01...20...21...Shuttle KU antenna to low power
11:07 AM...01...20...22...Shuttle directly below station
11:12 AM...01...20...27...Range: 600 feet
11:19 AM...01...20...34...Noon
11:23 AM...01...20...38...Start shuttle pitch-around photo survey maneuver
11:27 AM...01...20...42...RPM full photo window close
11:31 AM...01...20...46...End pitch maneuver
11:34 AM...01...20...49...Initiate pitch up maneuver to point ahead of station
11:35 AM...01...20...50...Russian solar arrays feathered
11:45 AM...01...21...00...Shuttle directly ahead of station
11:46 AM...01...21...01...Range: 300 feet
11:47 AM...01...21...02...Sunset
11:50 AM...01...21...05...Range: 250 feet
11:54 AM...01...21...09...Range: 200 feet
11:57 AM...01...21...12...Range: 170 feet
11:59 AM...01...21...14...Range: 150 feet
12:03 PM...01...21...18...Range: 100 feet
12:06 PM...01...21...21...Range: 75 feet
12:10 PM...01...21...25...Range: 50 feet
12:13 PM...01...21...28...Range: 30 feet; start stationkeeping
12:18 PM...01...21...33...End stationkeeping; push to dock
12:23 PM...01...21...38...Range: 10 feet
12:23 PM...01...21...38...Sunrise

12:24 PM...01...21...39...DOCKING

12:45 PM...01...22...00...Leak checks
01:10 PM...01...22...25...Group B computer power down
01:15 PM...01...22...30...Docking system prepped for ingress
01:35 PM...01...22...50...Hatch opening
01:35 PM...01...22...50...Post-rendezvous laptop reconfig
02:05 PM...01...23...20...Safety briefing
02:55 PM...02...00...10...Station arm (SSRMS) grapples shuttle inspection boom (OBSS)
03:00 PM...02...00...15...Mission status briefing on NTV
03:25 PM...02...00...40...SSRMS unberths OBSS
03:55 PM...02...01...10...Airlock preps
04:30 PM...02...01...45...Shuttle arm (SRMS) grapples OBSS
04:45 PM...02...02...00...SSRMS ungrapples OBSS
05:00 PM...02...02...15...Post-MMT briefing on NTV (may move earlier)
05:25 PM...02...02...40...Spacewalk No. 1 (EVA-1): Procedures review
07:00 PM...02...04...15...EVA-1: Mask pre-breathe for campout
07:55 PM...02...05...10...EVA-1: Campout begins (10.2 psi depress)
08:15 PM...02...05...30...Station crew sleep begins
08:45 PM...02...06...00...Shuttle crew sleep begin
09:00 PM...02...06...15...Daily video highlights reel

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