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December 07, 2007

Getting Ready for STS-122

STS-122 is currently planned to launch on Saturday at 3:43 p.m. EST. If you turn on your TV at that time and find reruns of old movies instead of launch coverage, check for updates to the schedule.

This mission will deliver the Columbus module to the space station and include at least 3 space walks to get it installed. Plans for a fourth space walk to check out that failed Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ) are "up in the air" depending on how the other space walks progress and also the length of the mission, which is constrained by lighting. If the launch is this Saturday, the spacewalks will be on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday next week, and include the 100th space walk in support of space station assembly.

NASA has created a new site on YouTube that astronaut fans are sure to enjoy, especially considering the friendly sense of humor displayed by this all-male crew at their press conference. It was fun to listen to the light-hearted banter of Commander Frick and Mission Specialists Melvin and Love as they admire Atlantis on the launch pad.

Fingers are crossed that the weather cooperates Saturday to get this last mission of 2007 into space!

Marianne Dyson
NSS Member

Posted by m_dyson at December 7, 2007 04:36 PM



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