Payload: ISS ULF 3
Launch: Nov. 16, 2009
Time: 2:28 p.m. EST
Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center
Landing: Nov. 27 @ approx. 9:45 a.m.
Site: KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility
Mission Status Center
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2009EVA ENDS. Repressurization of the Quest airlock module began at 2:06 p.m. EST, marking the official end of today's spacewalk by Bobby Satcher and Randy Bresnik. The EVA lasted five hours and 42 minutes.
1907 GMT (2:07 p.m. EST)
This was the third of three spacewalks planned for Atlantis' mission to the space station. The total time accumulated by the EVAs amounted to 18 hours and 27 minutes .
1855 GMT (1:55 p.m. EST)Astronauts Randy Bresnik and Bobby Satcher are back inside the airlock and are closing the hatch.
1832 GMT (1:32 p.m. EST)Spacewalkers are heading back toward the airlock to wrap up this last EVA of the Atlantis mission.
1824 GMT (1:24 p.m. EST)Now five hours into the EVA.
1820 GMT (1:20 p.m. EST)The spacewalking duo is working together on the starboard side of the station truss to finish up today's work on fluid line jumpers for the cooling system.
1740 GMT (12:40 p.m. EST)Bresnik is working on fluid jumper connections while Satcher does some work on the mobile base system.
1708 GMT (12:08 p.m. EST)The rest of today's EVA will be spend accomplishing various odds and ends as a means of "get-ahead" task.
1652 GMT (11:52 a.m. EST)The astronauts have completed the big-ticket item on the agenda for today's spacewalk by installing and activating the new high-pressure oxygen tank on the Quest airlock.
1610 GMT (11:10 a.m. EST)Installation of the new tank onto the outer diameter of the airlock is underway. The high-pressure gas tank measures 5 feet by 6.2 feet by 4.5 feet and weights approximately 1,240 pounds of which 220 pounds is gaseous oxygen at 2,450 pounds per square inch of pressure.
1500 GMT (10:00 a.m. EST)While the robot arm continues to maneuver the tank toward the airlock, spacewalker Randy Bresnik is installing two Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) packages. These briefcase-like packages expose various materials and coatings to the environment of low-Earth orbit for an extended duration of time.
1433 GMT (9:33 a.m. EST)The spacewalkers have worked together to get this large doghouse-shaped oxygen tank freed from the ExPRESS Logistics Carrier 2, which was delivered to the space station on Saturday. The astronauts are manually handing the tank to the station's robot arm for hoisting over to the airlock.
1405 GMT (9:05 a.m. EST)Satcher is getting equipment situated for moving the high-pressure oxygen tank from the spare parts pallet to the Quest airlock module's outer hull.
1350 GMT (8:50 a.m. EST)Experiment cases are being retrieved from the payload bay by Bresnik for deploy on the station.
1325 GMT (8:25 a.m. EST)EVA BEGINS. The spacewalkers switched their suits to internal battery power at 8:24 a.m. EST, marking the official start time for today's EVA by Bobby Satcher and Randy Bresnik. This is the third of three spacewalks planned during Atlantis' mission at the International Space Station.
1320 GMT (8:20 a.m. EST)The depressurization has been completed and the Quest airlock's outer hatch leading to space has been opened.
1254 GMT (7:54 a.m. EST)Airlock depressurization has started.
1237 GMT (7:37 a.m. EST)All suited up and ready, the spacewalkers have moved into the section of the airlock that will be depressurized in a little while and the hatchway closed behind them.
1115 GMT (6:15 a.m. EST)Mission Control says the EVA start could delayed about an hour.
1057 GMT (5:57 a.m. EST)The two spacewalkers are suited up in the Quest module of the International Space Station for a planned 7:18 a.m. EST start of today's EVA. However, there's a problem with the valve on the drink bag in Satcher's suit that will require an interruption in preparations to resolve.
1050 GMT (5:50 a.m. EST)Astronauts Robert Satcher and Randolph Bresnik prepared for a planned five-hour 45-minute spacewalk Monday to install an oxygen tank on the International Space Station's Quest airlock module, set up a materials science space exposure experiment and carry out a variety of station assembly get-ahead tasks.
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1010 GMT (5:10 a.m. EST)The latest version of the NASA Television schedule (Rev. K) can be downloaded here.
0730 GMT (2:30 a.m. EST)Another workday has begun aboard the shuttle Atlantis and International Space Station with a wakeup call coming from Mission Control moments ago.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 22, 2009Onboard rocket camera footage always dazzles and the video from shuttle Atlantis' external fuel tank and solid boosters didn't disappoint. The inspiring views of the spacecraft rocketing toward orbit are presented here for Spaceflight Now+Plus users with launch audio.
2015 GMT (3:15 p.m. EST)NASA says Abigail Mae Bresnik was born last night at 11:04 p.m. Central Time, weighs 6 pounds, 13 ounces and is about 20 inches long.
1650 GMT (11:50 a.m. EST)After a few hours of free time this morning, the astronauts are back at work. Some news and educational downlink events are occurring today, and then later this afternoon reviews and final preps for tomorrow's spacewalk are scheduled.
1520 GMT (10:20 a.m. EST)Astronaut Randy Bresnik carried out a spacewalk Saturday awaiting word of the birth of his second child. Responding to a wake-up call from Houston early today, he delivered the news that his wife Rebecca had given birth, saying "good morning, Houston. Good morning, Rebecca, good morning, Wyatt, and good morning to our little girl."
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1125 GMT (6:25 a.m. EST)Atlantis astronaut Randy Bresnik announces that his wife delivered a healthy baby girl last night.
0805 GMT (3:05 a.m. EST)Another day in space has begun for the Atlantis astronauts with a wakeup call from Mission Control. But the crew will enjoy some off-duty time for the next few hours.
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The astronauts launching on Atlantis: Leland Melvin, commander Charlie Hobaugh, Mike Foreman, Robert Satcher, pilot Barry Wilmore and Randy Bresnik.
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