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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.

 To pad | Installed

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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Station arm pulls Columbus module from cargo bay
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE" & USED WITH PERMISSION
Posted: February 11, 2008

Atlantis astronaut Leland Melvin, a former college football star drafted by the Detroit Lions, used the international space station's robot arm today to carefully pull the European Space Agency's Columbus research module out of the shuttle's cargo bay.

Working with careful deliberation, Melvin, assisted by outgoing station astronaut Dan Tani and his replacement, Leopold Eyharts, slowly inched the 28,200-pound module out of the cargo bay at 2:56 p.m. using a grapple fixture that was attached to the bus-size laboratory earlier today by spacewalkers Rex Walheim and Stan Love. It was the first step in a carefully choreographed sequence of maneuvers to move the module to the front of the station for attachment to the right side of the Harmony connecting module.

"Columbus has started its trip to the new world," Tani quipped as the Canadian-built robot arm slowly pulled the module free.

"All right," one of the spacewalkers replied.

The 22.5-foot-long Columbus will add some 2,600 cubic feet of volume to the station after it is pulled into place by motorized bolts. Built by EADS Space Transportation, Columbus was launched with four European science racks and one European storage rack in place. NASA later will install five racks of its own. The European Space Agency has spent about $2 billion building Columbus, the experiments that will fly in it and the ground control infrastructure necessary to operate them.

"The laboratory modules are why we're doing it," NASA Administrator Mike Griffin said last week. "On the space station, it's really two things. It's a place to learn how to live and work in space, which we need to do, and for a long period of time before we go to Mars. It's also a place to do the research we would like to do in a better way than we've been able to do it in the more confined places we've flown in before.

"So now, more than a fourth of our laboratory capacity on the station as a whole is going up on this flight. It puts the Europeans into human spaceflight in a visible and permanent way. As you say, it makes the station a truly international collaboration, just every thing about it is good."

While Melvin and Tani worked to move Columbus into place for attachment to Harmony, Walheim and Love took a moment to recharge their spacesuit oxygen supplies before moving up to the station's main solar power truss. They plan to set up tools and make preparations to replace a nitrogen tank during a spacewalk Wednesday. The tank was used to pressurize the station's ammonia cooling system and a replacement was launched aboard Atlantis.

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