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Old May 6 2009, 03:03 AM   #1
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STS-125



Launch is currently set for Monday, May 11 at 2:01 PM Eastern.

For those of you keep score at home...

  • 126th shuttle flight
  • 30th mission for the Atlantis Orbiter
  • 1st and only mission since STS-107 (Columbia) to not visit the ISS
  • Last Hubble Servicing Mission
  • Last Non-ISS mission
  • After this, only 8 more shuttle missions, ending with STS-134 in 2010 or 2011
  • Mission patch deisgned by Mike Okuda...which they all looked that good.
See you in Florida!
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Old May 6 2009, 03:30 AM   #2
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[*]Mission patch deisgned by Mike Okuda...which they all looked that good.
Does this make it canon?
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Old May 6 2009, 05:16 AM   #3
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[*]Mission patch deisgned by Mike Okuda...which they all looked that good.
Does this make it canon?
Obviously yes.
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Old May 6 2009, 07:23 AM   #4
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I really should get up to Kennedy before I move out of Florida.

One can barely see it from Fort Lauderdale and that's only if it's not cloudy.
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Old May 6 2009, 12:08 PM   #5
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You've got less than two years left, T'Bonz, before the shuttles are retired. If I lived anywhere near KSC, I'd be out there on Monday.

Instead, I'll be following the launch, and I'm happy it's at a normal time (early evening here).

By the way, for people using Twitter: STS-125 mission specialist Mike Massimino has an account, and he'll be updating during the mission as well. Look for Astro_Mike.
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Old May 6 2009, 05:28 PM   #6
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One can barely see it from Fort Lauderdale and that's only if it's not cloudy.
I used to watch the launches from my office window near the Miami airport.

I currently live just north of West Palm Beach and can still see 'em from my front door. Night launches are easier and more spectacular.

Definitely get up to Canaveral. You can get a great view from the 520 Causeway just south of the launch pad and cruise ship port.
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Old May 6 2009, 06:09 PM   #7
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[*]Last Hubble Servicing Mission
This is sad, so so so so sad.
Finger crossed for that telescope-beauty up there to hold on for as long as possible after this last check-up. I was 10 when they put it up there, and very excited about it too!

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Old May 6 2009, 07:57 PM   #8
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So, i'm a little out of the loop. Are they retiring shuttles all together? or just this one? And if all of them, what next?
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Old May 6 2009, 08:07 PM   #9
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They're retiring ALL the shuttles when the ISS is completed in late 2010 or early 2011 depending on delays.

Atlantis' final flight will be on STS-131.
Endeavour's final flight will be on STS-133
Discovery's final flight will be the final shuttle mission, STS-134.

As of now, and this is open to change, after the shuttles are retired and sent to their respective museums, the US will be out of the manned space launch business for a couple of years as the Constellation program gets geared up aiming for a lunar landing in the early 2020s.
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Old May 6 2009, 09:09 PM   #10
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Wasn't just around today NASA trying to find a way to get approval to an extension to the Shuttle program? Just a rumor I've picked up on the net, so I've no source for this, thus the question :P

I don't see the Constellation program being ready on time actually, and while I see the process of retiring the Shuttles is already started, I think at NASA are kind of realizing they could use with a bit more time. As far as I can tell there is quite a gap between the completion of the Constellation and the phasing out of the Shuttles, and while that could have not been forseen in time, it's getting pretty pratical now.

I am sure they will come up with something, but I wouldn't be so sure the last missions of the Shuttles are going to be exactly the one you've pointed out, I wouldn't be surprised by an extension of the program.
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Old May 6 2009, 09:11 PM   #11
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[*]Last Hubble Servicing Mission
This is sad, so so so so sad.
Finger crossed for that telescope-beauty up there to hold on for as long as possible after this last check-up. I was 10 when they put it up there, and very excited about it too!
I agree. Hubble's served us well. Maybe it'll follow the path of the Rovers on Mars and just keep on working without help


Squiggy, (sorry if this is a stupid question ) if the US aren't sending up manned missions after the shuttle retirements, who'll be sending scientists to the ISS?
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Old May 6 2009, 09:16 PM   #12
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Squiggy, (sorry if this is a stupid question ) if the US aren't sending up manned missions after the shuttle retirements, who'll be sending scientists to the ISS?
Russia, with the Soyuz. At the moment the only means of sending someone to the ISS are the Shuttle and the Soyuz, so not much alternative to that.

Concerning supplyies, the Progress is going to do its job as always, supported by the recently developed ATV by ESA. That was actually one of the main "nodal" point in the phasing out of the shuttles: a reliable method of sending "stuff" up there, which the ATV+Progress combination provides.
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Old May 6 2009, 09:28 PM   #13
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Concerning my speculations here, I thought about posting a reference link: NASA managers present two shuttle extension options to lawmakers.
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Old May 6 2009, 09:35 PM   #14
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Squiggy, (sorry if this is a stupid question ) if the US aren't sending up manned missions after the shuttle retirements, who'll be sending scientists to the ISS?
Russia, with the Soyuz. At the moment the only means of sending someone to the ISS are the Shuttle and the Soyuz, so not much alternative to that.
It seems like such an odd move to make - build the space-station and then stop sending people. I hope Soyus stays viable.
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It seems like such an odd move to make - build the space-station and then stop sending people. I hope Soyus stays viable.
It has been since its first launch on April 23, 1967, and it has a pretty good record (of course, it's now flying in an upgraded version, but the basic design hasn't changed much). A very nice set of information about it of on wikipedia.

It's a good solid soviet time piece of engineering... nothing fancy, but it does its job pretty well. Let's hope it will keep doing so!
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