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Orbiter: Atlantis
Mission: STS-129
Payload: ISS ULF 3
Launch: Nov. 16, 2009
Time: 2:28 p.m. EST
Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center
Landing: Nov. 27 @ 9:44 a.m.
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Crews work inside station; Bresnik awaits birth news
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE" & USED WITH PERMISSION
Posted: November 20, 2009


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The Atlantis astronauts are working through a busy day in space, transferring equipment from the shuttle to the International Space Station and making preparations for a second spacewalk Saturday. Shuttle flight engineer Randolph Bresnik, meanwhile, awaited word from Earth on the birth of his second child, a girl, scheduled for delivery Friday two weeks ahead of his wife's December due date.

"While I'm sad, I'm disappointed, to miss the birth, I'm hoping she'll forgive me later on when I tell her why I wasn't there when she was born," Bresnik told CBS News in a pre-flight interview. "Miracles happen and miracle childbirth is certainly something we've been astounded by the past nine months and we're not going to complain about the timing of it. It's just unfortunate these two amazing life events happen all at the same time.

"I just look forward to getting the call that mother and baby are safe and healthy," Bresnik said. "We ought to be able to see a video conference with them and talk to them afterwards. That'll be great."

Shuttle pilot Barry "Butch" Wilmore said Friday that Bresnik was in good spirits as the crew pressed ahead with the mission.

"He's doing great," Wilmore said. "He's focused on the mission, certainly he's keeping in communication with what's taking place back there as far as his daughter who is supposed to be born today. He's excited by that, so are we. It's a great thing to share with him in this environment.

"He certainly wishes his timing could have been better, he'd certainly like to be there for the birth of his daughter. But timing is what timing is, he's here and his wife, Rebecca, is there and he's going to make the best of it. That's just the way he is. But he is excited."

Here is an updated timeline of today's activity (in EST and mission elapsed time; includes revision F of the NASA television schedule):


EST........DD...HH...MM...EVENT

11/20/09
04:28 AM...03...14...00...Crew wakeup
05:28 AM...03...15...00...ISS daily planning conference
06:08 AM...03...15...40...PAO event
07:28 AM...03...17...00...Node 1 preps for Node 3 attachment
07:28 AM...03...17...00...PAO event
07:53 AM...03...17...25...Post-EVA conference
08:03 AM...03...17...35...Japanese robot arm stowed
08:43 AM...03...18...15...Spacesuit swap
09:48 AM...03...19...20...Crew meals begin
10:48 AM...03...20...20...Node 1 preps for Node 3 attachment
10:48 AM...03...20...20...EVA-2: Equipment lock preps
11:33 AM...03...21...05...EVA-2: Tools configured
01:08 PM...03...22...40...Node 1 preps for Node 3 attachment
03:23 PM...04...55...00...EVA-2: Procedures review
04:33 PM...04...02...05...PAO event
05:03 PM...04...02...35...Evening planning conference
05:15 PM...04...02...47...Mission status briefing on NTV
05:53 PM...04...03...25...EVA-2: Mask pre-breathe protocol
06:33 PM...04...04...05...EVA-2: Airlock depress to 10.2 psi
06:58 PM...04...04...30...ISS crew sleep begins
07:28 PM...04...05...00...STS crew sleep begins
08:00 PM...04...05...32...Daily highlights on NTV

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VIDEO: LAUNCH REPLAY: PRESS SITE PLAY | HI-DEF
VIDEO: LAUNCH REPLAY: PAD PERIMETER PLAY | HI-DEF
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