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Orbiter: Discovery
Mission: STS-124
Payload: Kibo lab
Launch: May 31, 2008
Time: 5:02 p.m. EDT
Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Landing: June 14 @ approx. 11:15 a.m. EDT
Site: Shuttle Landing Facility, KSC

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CDR: Mark Kelly

PLT: Ken Ham

MS 1: Karen Nyberg

MS 2: Ron Garan

MS 3: Mike Fossum

MS 4: Akihiko Hoshide

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STS-124 day 1 highlights

The highlights from shuttle Discovery's launch day are packaged into this movie.

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Discovery rolls out

Discovery travels from the Vehicle Assembly Building to pad 39A in preparation for the STS-124 mission.

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STS-124: The programs

In advance of shuttle Discovery's STS-124 mission to the station, managers from both programs discuss the flight.

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STS-124: The mission

A detailed preview of Discovery's mission to deliver Japan's science laboratory Kibo to the station is provided in this briefing.

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STS-124: Spacewalks

Three spacewalks are planned during Discovery's STS-124 assembly mission to the station.

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STS-124: The Crew

The Discovery astronauts, led by commander Mark Kelly, meet the press in the traditional pre-flight news conference.

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Discovery to arrive at the space station today
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE" & USED WITH PERMISSION
Posted: June 2, 2008

The shuttle Discovery, carrying Japan's huge Kibo laboratory module, closed in on the international space station today, on course for docking around 1:54 p.m. EDT.

Commander Mark Kelly, pilot Kenneth Ham, flight engineer Ronald Garan, Karen Nyberg, Michael Fossum, Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and space station flight engineer Gregory Chamitoff were awakened at 6:32 a.m. to begin docking preparations.

Trailing the station by about 9.2 miles, Kelly and Ham plan to fire Discovery's maneuvering jets at 11:16 a.m. to begin the terminal phase of the two-day rendezvous, following a carefully choreographed approach that will put the shuttle at a point 600 feet directly below the station around 12:46 p.m.

At that point, Kelly will guide the shuttle through a slow back flip, allowing the station crew to photograph the orbiter's heat shield tiles in a now-standard post-Columbia inspection. After the rotational pitch maneuver is complete, Kelly will guide Discovery to a position directly in front of the lab complex and then move in for a docking at pressurized mating adapter No. 2 on the front of node 2, or the Harmony module.

"It's a pretty standard profile," said lead Flight Director Matt Abbott. "We come up from behind and below. Once we get to what we call the r-bar, kind of an imaginary line from the station straight down to the center of the Earth, we'll stop there about 600 feet below and do the R-bar pitch maneuver, the RPM. That's so the station crew can photograph the thermal protection system on the orbiter and we'll downlink those pictures and use that as part of our analysis to clear the thermal protection system for entry as we always do.

"Then we'll transition up to what we call the v-bar, the velocity vector, which is out in front of the space station. And then Mark Kelly will manually fly the vehicle in to docking on node 2. One of the things you'll notice, it's getting pretty crowded there around node 2 with the (Japanese) logistics module, the (European) Columbus module. Of course, Kibo will go on the port side of node 2, so there's a lot of construction that's been going on lately. So Mark will guide it in and dock with the station."

Here is an updated timeline of today's activity (in EDT and mission elapsed time; includes revision A of the NASA television schedule; NOTE: rev. B is the current version of the TV schedule, but it was not available in time for this posting):


EDT........DD...HH...MM...EVENT

06/02/08

06:32 AM...01...13...30...STS/ISS crew wakeup
07:57 AM...01...14...55...Group B computer powerup
08:17 AM...01...15...15...Rendezvous timeline begins
08:32 AM...01...15...30...ISS daily planning conference
08:58 AM...01...15...56...NH rendezvous rocket firing
09:44 AM...01...16...42...NC-4 rendezvous rocket firing
10:32 AM...01...17...30...Spacesuits removed from airlock
10:34 AM...01...17...32...ISS in docking orientation
10:34 AM...01...17...32...ATV solar arrays feathered
11:16 AM...01...18...14...TI burn
11:40 AM...01...18...38...U.S. solar arrays feathered
11:41 AM...01...18...39...ISS in prox ops mode
11:42 AM...01...18...40...ISS crew meal
11:52 AM...01...18...50...Sunset
12:14 PM...01...19...12...Range: 10,000 feet
12:23 PM...01...19...21...Range: 5,000 feet
12:27 PM...01...19...25...Sunrise
12:29 PM...01...19...27...Range: 3,000 feet
12:33 PM...01...19...31...MC-4 rendezvous burn
12:37 PM...01...19...35...Range: 1,500 feet
12:39 PM...01...19...37...RPM start window open
12:42 PM...01...19...40...Range: 1,000 feet
12:45 PM...01...19...43...KU antenna to low power
12:46 PM...01...19...44...+R bar arrival directly below ISS
12:51 PM...01...19...49...Range: 600 feet
12:52 PM...01...19...50...RPM photography
12:53 PM...01...19...51...Start pitch maneuver
12:55 PM...01...19...53...Noon
01:01 PM...01...19...59...End pitch maneuver
01:03 PM...01...20...01...RPM full photo window close
01:04 PM...01...20...02...Initiate pitch up maneuver (575 ft)
01:11 PM...01...20...09...RPM start window close
01:15 PM...01...20...13...+V bar arrival; range: 310 feet
01:16 PM...01...20...14...Range: 300 feet
01:20 PM...01...20...18...Range: 250 feet
01:23 PM...01...20...21...Sunset
01:24 PM...01...20...22...Range: 200 feet
01:27 PM...01...20...25...Range: 170 feet
01:28 PM...01...20...26...Range: 150 feet
01:33 PM...01...20...31...Range: 100 feet
01:36 PM...01...20...34...Range: 75 feet
01:40 PM...01...20...38...Range: 50 feet
01:43 PM...01...20...41...Range: 30 feet; start stationkeeping
01:48 PM...01...20...46...End stationkeeping; push to dock
01:52 PM...01...20...50...Range: 10 feet

01:54 PM...01...20...52...DOCKING

01:58 PM...01...20...56...Sunrise
02:12 PM...01...21...10...Leak checks
02:37 PM...01...21...35...Group B computer powerdown
02:42 PM...01...21...40...Post docking laptop reconfig
02:47 PM...01...21...45...Orbiter docking system prepped for ingress
03:07 PM...01...22...05...Hatch open
03:52 PM...01...22...50...Welcome aboard!
04:02 PM...01...23...00...Safety briefing
04:27 PM...01...23...25...Post-docking EVA transfer
04:27 PM...01...23...25...Soyuz seatliner transfer to ISS
04:30 PM...01...23...28...Mission status briefing on NASA TV
05:02 PM...02...00...00...Soyuz seatliner installation
05:07 PM...02...00...05...REBA checkout
05:37 PM...02...00...35...Airlock preps
06:27 PM...02...01...25...EVA-1: Procedures review
08:57 PM...02...03...55...EVA-1: Mask pre-breathe
09:42 PM...02...04...40...EVA-1: Airlock 10.2 psi depress
10:02 PM...02...05...00...ISS crew sleep begins
10:32 PM...02...05...30...STS crew sleep begins
11:00 PM...02...05...58...Flight day highlights on NTV

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