Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Live In Orbit: Follow Shuttle-Station Docking Day

The Atlantis astronauts are scheduled to dock at the International Space Station today and join six researchers on the orbital laboratory.

You can watch the action unfold live here in The Flame Trench. Simply click the NASA TV box on the right side of the page to launch our NASA TV viewer and live coverage. Be sure to refresh this page, too, for periodic updates. Here’s a detailed look at the day:

4:28 a.m.: Crew wake-up.

6:08 a.m.: Rendezvous operations begin.

9:05 a.m.: Terminal Initiation burn

Look for the shuttle to pull within 600 feet of the station and perform a Rotational Pitch Maneuver -- a 360-degree, nose-over-tail back flip -- about 10:53 a.m.

11:53 a.m.: Atlantis docks at station.

1:53 p.m.: Hatch opening and welcome ceremony.

After that:

2:33: Shuttle robot arm lifts spare parts carrier.

3:13 p.m. Carrier handed off to station robot arm

4:23 p.m. Procedures review for spacewalk No. 1.

4:38 p.m.: Install carrier on station’s central truss.

6:53 p.m.: Spacewalkers Mike Foreman and Bobby Satcher camp out in station’s U.S. Quest airlock.

7:58 p.m.: Station crew sleep.

8:28 p.m.: Shuttle crew sleep.

ABOUT THE IMAGE: Click to enlarge the surreal NASA image of the International Space Station after the last shuttle visit to the outpost. You can also click the enlarged image to get an even bigger, more detailed view. The photo was taken during the STS-128 mission as the crew of Discovery performed a sweeping flyaround of the orbital outpost as the astronauts set out on a return to their home planet. Photo Credit: NASA/STS-128 crew.

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