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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
 EVA 2 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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Spacewalk ends with all major objectives accomplished
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE" & USED WITH PERMISSION
Posted: February 15, 2008

Astronauts Rex Walheim and Stan Love completed a seven-hour 25-minute spacewalk today, installing two experiment packages on the space station's new Columbus research module and moving a faulty gyroscope back to the shuttle Atlantis for return to Earth.

With the primary objectives of the excursion successfully accomplished, the astronauts took a moment to carry out a "roughness test" on an astronaut handrail that runs around the Quest airlock's main hatch. Love reported during a spacewalk Monday that he had noticed a small crater, possibly due to impact with space debris, in the handrail.

Over the past several months, flight controllers have been concerned about small tears in the gloves used by spacewalkers, apparently caused by rubbing across a rough surface somewhere on the station. As a precaution, all spacewalking astronauts now pause periodically to inspect their gloves and wear bulky overgloves, when possible, as an additional precaution.

To find out if "Love crater" might be responsible for at least some of the previous glove damage, Walheim and Love rubbed an improvised tool across the damage site featuring a spare suit glove wrapped around a socket wrench.

Veteran spacewalker Jerry Ross, in mission control at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, told Walheim to "draw it across the crater site to see if you're getting any significant snaring or tearing ... as you do it."

"I can feel a little bit of rough," Walheim reported. "It's not really grabbing or anything. It is rough. ... I can feel a little bit of snagging as it moves across, I think. Everything else is smooth until you get there."

But he said he could not see any noticeable damage to the glove material on the tool. He then pressed on the crater with his index finger, while wearing an overglove, but reported, "nothing, Jerry."

"OK, copy, you didn't see or necessarily feel much of anything?"

"No."

He then tried a variety of other techniques, rubbing various parts of the glove across the damage site but was unable to generate any noticable damage.

By the time they had finished the glove tests, the astroanuts were well beyond the planned six-and-a-half-hour duration planned for today's spacewalk. They decided earlier not to press ahead with a "get-ahead" inspection of the station's right side solar array rotary joint, a decision flight controllers seconded.

While the astronauts were mostly business as they worked through their flight plan, they paused a few times to marvel at the view.

"Now there's San Francisco, Oh!" Walheim exclaimed as the shuttle-station complex passed 210 miles above the California coast. "San Francisco, Monteray, all the way down to LA, up the state. I finally get to see San Francisco from EVA (a spacewalk). ... Wow, what a way to come over the West Coast. Oh my goodness!"

"Wow," Love said.

"Isn't that amazing?" Walheim exclaimed. "See the bridges? Berkeley? I can see San Carlos where I grew up. Absolutely amazing!"

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