Originally posted by jra
That sounds like a good, logical plan. Especially tracking it live with ones eyes as it flies overhead.
Originally posted by buddhasystem
All of a sudden the burden of proof is not on people who come up with random claims, but on the rest of us.
Originally posted by johnlear
STS-120, the 23rd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, has successfully launched and will eventually deliver and install a new module, the Harmony Node 2. Harmony will allow the addition of new European and Japanese space laboratories on upcoming missions.
Discovery’s seven astronauts include Commander Pam Melroy, Pilot George Zamka, mission specialists Scott Parazynski, Stephanie Wilson, Doug Wheelock, and Paolo Nespoli,
representing the European Space Agency (ESA).
Total planned time for the mission is 13 days 18 hours 9 minutes.
As part of assembling the giant laboratory, STS 120 astronauts will relocate the Port 6 (P6) truss element and solar arrays to a permanent position. The element is presently on orbit and attached to the truss segment Zenith 1 (Z1). P6 will be removed from its current location, reattached to the Port 5 (P5) truss and then the solar arrays will be redeployed and activated to gather sunlight for power generation.
After takeoff at Kennedy Spaceport and orbital insertion the Shuttle crew will spend about 44 hours inspecting the heat shield, and then dock with the International Space Station on October 25 at 0843 EDT.
After undocking with the ISS on November 4 at 1:34 AM EDT the Shuttle crew will spend the next 51 hours re-inspecting the heat shield and checking out the flight control systems. And, as suggested by some, here on ATS, get some rest, get a little ‘free time’ (this is not a sweat shop you know) and do a few checklists.
They will then land at Kennedy Spaceport all refreshed at 4:48 am on November 6.