Monday, July 11, 2011

Last Shuttle Crew Delivers The Goods

Astronauts flying the nation’s final space shuttle flight will start delivering a year’s worth of supplies to the International Space Station today as the joined spacecraft soar 240 miles above Earth. Here’s a look at the day in space:

5:09 a.m.: International Space Station robot arm grapples Raffaello cargo carrier in Atlantis payload bay.

5:39 a.m.: Station arm hoists Raffaello from the Atlantis cargo bay.

6:19 p.m.: Shuttle astronauts start transferring supplies between Atlantis mid-deck and the International Space Station.

6:59 a.m.: Raffaello cargo carrier berthed at a port on the Inernational Space Station’s U.S. Hamony module.

11:24 a.m.: Raffaello activation.

1:39 p.m.: Astronauts enter Raffaello.

2:59 p.m.: Spacewalk procedure review.

You can watch the action unfold here in The Flame Trench. Click the NASA TV box on the right to launch our NASA TV viewer and live round-the-clock coverage of the last shuttle mission. Be sure to refresh this page, too, for periodic updates.

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