Launch: Feb. 7, 2010
Time: 4:39 a.m. EST
Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center
Landing: Feb. 19 @ approx. 11:15 p.m.
Site: KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility
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0610 GMT (1:10 a.m. EST)Astronauts operating the space station's robot arm Monday moved a pressurized docking port from a temporary storage location on top of the space station's forward Harmony module to the recently vacated outboard port on the new Tranquility habitation module.
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0414 GMT (11:14 p.m. EST Mon.)The 11 crewmembers from Endeavour and Expedition 22 are gathering in the Unity node of the International Space Station for a group lunch.
0229 GMT (9:29 p.m. EST Mon.)Today's robotics operation to relocate Pressurized Mating Adapter No. 3 from Harmony to Tranquility has gone well. The PMA was bolted down at 9:28 p.m., becoming a new stowage closet on the outboard side of the station's newest module.
The PMAs are tunnel-like and serve as connectors between two large objects at the space station. PMA No 1. bridges the divide between U.S. and Russian segments of the station by connecting Unity to Zarya. PMA No. 2 is anchored on the front of Harmony and is the docking port used by space shuttles.
PMA No. 3 is essentially an unused spare at this stage of the station's life.
0203 GMT (9:03 p.m. EST Mon.)The PMA is now in place. Latches and 16 bolts will firmly attach the structure.
0201 GMT (9:01 p.m. EST Mon.)The two of the four ready-to-latch indicators have been triggered. The arm operators are going adjust the pitch and yaw angles to get the other indicators.
0154 GMT (8:54 p.m. EST Mon.)The robot arm has the docking adapter lined up and beginning final approach.
0115 GMT (8:15 p.m. EST Mon.)PMA is en route to Tranquility.
0052 GMT (7:52 p.m. EST Mon.)The 16 electric bolts and latches holding the docking adapter atop Harmony have released, leaving the structure in the hands of the space station robot arm for unberthing and tonight's relocation to Tranquility.
0025 GMT (7:25 p.m. EST Mon.)The latest version of the NASA Television schedule (Rev. I) can be downloaded here.
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2150 GMT (4:50 p.m. EST)The shuttle Discovery will spend another week inside its processing hangar at Kennedy Space Center due to cold temperatures in Florida, likely forcing a launch delay until early April.
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2115 GMT (4:15 p.m. EST)Flight Day 9's wakeup call has been sounded from Houston for the astronauts. This day will see the Pressurized Mating Adapter No. 3 moved from Harmony to the new Tranquility module, a transfer expected to start aroud 7 p.m. EST. Internal outfitting of Tranquility and cupola will continue today, then the crew will get some off-duty time before marching into the final preparations for the next spacewalk.
1044 GMT (5:44 a.m. EST)After letting go from the cupola, the space station's robotic arm reached over to Pressurized Mating Adapter No. 3 that's been in storage atop the Harmony module and grappled it.
On Monday night, PMA 3 will be relocated to the outboard port on Tranquility, the spot where cupola was launched.
0920 GMT (4:20 a.m. EST)After resolving minor problems with a pair of balky bolts early Monday, the Endeavour astronauts moved a multi-window cupola to the new Tranquility module's Earth-facing port where the observation deck will provide bay-window views for robot arm operators.
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0632 GMT (1:32 a.m. EST)CUPOLA INSTALLED. The latches and 16 electrically driven bolts have been engaged, firmly attaching the new bay window on the Earth-facing side of the International Space Station's Tranquility module.
Spacewalkers Bob Behnken and Nick Patrick will remove the thermal blanket covering the cupola and unfasten the launch locks holding its window shutters closed during Tuesday night's EVA.
0625 GMT (1:25 a.m. EST)The four ready-to-latch indicators have been triggered as cupola slides into the berthing port.
0620 GMT (1:20 a.m. EST)Cupola is lined up and inching toward its new home on the space station.
0551 GMT (12:51 a.m. EST)Arm operator Terry Virts says that during a pre-installation inspection, the crew has spotted an electrical connector sticking out in the cupola docking interface. But the crew says the connector shouldn't interfere.
0538 GMT (12:38 a.m. EST)After backing the cupola straight away from Tranquility, the arm is making the turn to position the structure over the nadir port.
0531 GMT (12:31 a.m. EST)Cupola continues to slowly back away from Tranquility as the International Space Station moves into an orbital sunrise 218 miles over London.
0524 GMT (12:24 a.m. EST)The station arm is detaching cupola now.
0520 GMT (12:20 a.m. EST)Success at last. All four sets of bolts and the capture latches have released the coupling of cupola and Tranquility. The observation portal is in the hands of the space station's robotic arm to maneuver from the outboard berthing point to the Earth-facing side of Tranquility.
Cupola couldn't be launched on the underside of the module because that wouldn't fit in Endeavour's payload bay. So it rode to orbit temporarily docked to the far end of Tranquility.
0450 GMT (11:50 p.m. EST Sun.)Mission Control is devising commands to adjust the torque for releasing the bolts to match the force that the robot arm is putting on cupola.
Engineers also suspect there was some uneven loading imparted on the bolts when cupola was attached to Tranquility on the ground.
A NASA spokeswoman says that the three attempts to release the bolts have resulted in a different bolt getting jammed each time.
0432 GMT (11:32 p.m. EST Sun.)A bolt remains jammed despite the latest effort.
0429 GMT (11:29 p.m. EST Sun.)As part of the troubleshooting for the bolt jam problem in the berthing mechanism, the crew is going to command the station's robotic arm, which is grappled to the cupola, to turn off the brakes, go into limp mode and then reapply the brakes.
0408 GMT (11:08 p.m. EST Sun.)The indication to the crew aboard the space station now shows that a different bolt jammed during that second try.
0403 GMT (11:03 p.m. EST Sun.)A second attempt to disengage the bolts has again resulted in a jammed indication. Engineers in Mission Control are assessing. These large bolts hold the two structures together. Obviously, they have to be released in order for the robot arm to unberth cupola from Tranquility's outboard port.
0359 GMT (10:59 p.m. EST Sun.)Space station commander Jeff Williams has started the procedures to release electric bolts holding cupola to the Tranquility module. However, he's received an indication that one of those bolts has jammed.
0323 GMT (10:23 p.m. EST Sun.)The arm has a grasp on cupola. The seven-windowed structure will be unbolted and relocated to another part of Tranquility later tonight.
0307 GMT (10:07 p.m. EST Sun.)Operators Kay Hire and Terry Virts are maneuvering the space station's robot arm into position to grapple the cupola. Activities are running a bit behind schedule now due to the longer than expected time to get cupola depressurized.
0235 GMT (9:35 p.m. EST Sun.)The latest version of the NASA Television schedule (Rev. H) can be downloaded here.
0101 GMT (8:01 p.m. EST Sun.)Depressurization of the cupola compartment is underway in preparation for tonight's move from one berthing port to another. After the depress is completed, the crew will complete a series of leak checks to ensure all is ready for the cupola to be plucked off Tranquility later tonight.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2010The Endeavour astronauts have been cleared to move a multi-window cupola from the outboard port of the new Tranquility module to its Earth-facing hatch after engineers concluded an interference issue with a protective cover would not prevent a normal docking.
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2115 GMT (4:15 p.m. EST)Flight Day 8 is underway for the joint crew aboard the space shuttle Endeavour and International Space Station complex.
Coming up in the next few hours, the cupola will be depressurized and then unbolted from its launch position on the outboard side of Tranquility for relocation to the Earth-facing side of the module using the station's robotic arm.
The demating is scheduled for about 10:45 p.m. EST and installation to the nadir port will happen around 12:30 a.m. EST.
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