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Orbiter: Atlantis
Mission: STS-135
Payload: Raffaello
Launch: July 8, 2011
Time: 11:29 a.m. EDT
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Landing: July 21 @ 5:57 a.m. EDT
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Station restocking nearly complete for shuttle crew
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE" & USED WITH PERMISSION
Posted: July 17, 2011


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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL--The Atlantis astronauts put in a final day of logistics transfer work Sunday, moving a last few items into the Raffaello multi-purpose logistics module for return to Earth before taking a few hours off for a final bit of rest and relaxation. If all goes well, the cargo module will be detached from the station's forward Harmony module early Monday, setting the stage for the shuttle's undocking Tuesday morning.


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"What's left to do is basically finish packing it up," said overnight Flight Director Courtenay McMillan. "Today, the list is getting very, very short, we're at about 94 percent complete and most of those items are small. There are a few items that need to come out (of the Raffaello module) but again, most of those are small."

Like the cargo module's light bulbs.

"One of the things that we take out, which people may not realize, we take the light bulbs out as we're leaving, because they're the same kind of fixtures that we use on the space station. So we keep them as spares, this is something we do on every flight. So when you see the light scavenge activity on the timeline, you know we're getting close to undocking."

The primary goal of the 135th and final shuttle mission was to deliver five tons of supplies and equipment, including more than 2,600 pounds of food, to the International Space Station. Combined with logistics scheduled for delivery aboard Russian Progress supply ships, the lab complex should be able to support a full-time crew of six through 2012.

The astronauts have been busy the past few days loading Raffaello with an estimated 5,666 pounds of packing material, trash and no-longer-needed equipment that will be returned to Earth. That work should be wrapped up today, giving the final shuttle crew time for a half day off to relax and enjoy the view.

Using the space station's robot arm, Raffaello will be disconnected from the station Monday starting around 6:49 a.m. EDT (GMT-4) and mounted back in Atlantis' cargo bay. A few hours later, shuttle commander Christopher Ferguson, pilot Douglas Hurley, Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim will bid the station crew farewell and move back aboard the shuttle, sealing the hatches between the two spacecraft for the last time.

Undocking is scheduled for 2:28 a.m. Tuesday, setting the stage for the shuttle program's final re-entry and landing around 5:57 a.m. Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center. Forecasters are predicting favorable weather.

In a bit of good news for the shuttle crew, a detailed analysis of general purpose computer No. 4, which unexpectedly shut down Thursday, shows the machine is healthy and in good shape for undocking and re-entry.

"In this morning's handover to the orbit one team, the data processing systems officer here in mission control reported to (shuttle) Flight Director Kwatsi Alibaruho that the analysis of the data dumped from general purpose computer number four indicates that all of its software has been exonerated from any complicity in the unexpected shutdown of that GPC Thursday afternoon," said Rob Navias, the mission control commentator.

"Yesterday, GPC-4, which had been reloaded with software and reactivated on Friday, ran for several hours to perform some diagnostics and to provide additional data for the data processing experts to analyze. GPC-4 is considered to be a healthy computer, it's in good shape. The final analysis indicates that it's unexpected shutdown was simply a hardware transient and it is up and running in good shape."

Systems management software was reloaded into GPC-4 early today. GPC-1 is running guidance, navigation and control software while GPCs 2 and 3 are in standby mode, available for use as needed.

"So good news, GPC-4 in good shape," Navias said. "Although it will be watched in the days ahead, it should be fully available or entry and landing of Atlantis in the pre-dawn hours next Thursday."

Here is an updated timeline of the crew's planned activities for flight day 10 (in EDT and mission elapsed time; includes revision K of the NASA television schedule; best viewed with fixed-width font):


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

07/16
10:59 PM...08...11...30...00...Crew wakeup

07/17
12:34 AM...08...13...05...00...ISS daily planning conference
01:19 AM...08...13...50...00...ISS: MCA disconnect
02:04 AM...08...14...35...00...Middeck transfers
02:19 AM...08...14...50...00...MPLM transfers resume
03:19 AM...08...15...50...00...ISS: MCA remove
04:04 AM...08...16...35...00...Glacier freezer transfer to shuttle
04:24 AM...08...16...55...00...MPLM vestibule CPA install
05:54 AM...08...18...25...00...MPLM racks configured
06:24 AM...08...18...55...00...PAO event
06:39 AM...08...19...10...00...Crew meals begin
07:39 AM...08...20...10...00...ISS: MCA reconnect
08:44 AM...08...21...15...00...Crew off duty
11:44 AM...09...00...15...00...Transfer tagup
11:44 AM...09...00...15...00...ISS daily planning conference
01:59 PM...09...02...30...00...ISS crew sleep begins
02:29 PM...09...03...00...00...STS crew sleep begins
02:30 PM...09...03...01...00...Mission status briefing on NASA TV
04:00 PM...09...04...31...00...Flight day 10 highlights on NASA TV
08:00 PM...09...08...31...00..."Space Shuttle" video on NASA TV
09:00 PM...09...09...31...00..."Launching our Dreams" video on NASA TV
10:10 PM...09...10...41...00...Flight director update on NASA TV
10:29 PM...09...11...00...00...Crew wakeup

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