2005-2009 Mission Chronology 2 Information Summary
17th Space Station Flight
114th shuttle mission31st ight o OV-10350th Caliornia landing
Eileen Collins, commander (4th shuttle ight)James Kelly, pilot (2nd)Soichi Noguchi (JAXA), mission specialist (1st)Stephen Robinson, mission specialist (3rd) Andrew Thomas, mission specialist (4th)Wendy Lawrence, mission specialist (4th)Charles Camarda, mission specialist (1st)
Aug. 22, 2001 (return); Oct. 24, 2001;Jan. 28, 2002; March 8, 2002; April 24, 2002;June 20, 2002; Aug. 22, 2002 (begins OMM);March 29, 2005 (rollover)
– Sept. 17, 2001 (storage); Nov. 28, 2001(storage); April 17, 2002 (storage); June 14,2002; June 26, 2002; July 2, 2002 (transeraisle); May 26, 2005 (rollback)
– April 6, 2005; June 15, 2005 (rollout)
July 26, 2005, at 10:39 a.m. EDT.
A liquid hy-drogen tank low-level uel cut-o sensor ailed a rou-tine prelaunch check during the launch countdownJuly 13, causing mission managers to scrub Discov-ery’s frst launch attempt. Members o an engineeringteam met to review data and possible troubleshootingplans. Some o the troubleshooting included con-ducting electromagnetic intererence and ground re-sistance testing on wiring in the at engine compart-ment. On July 26, the countdown was awless andlito occurred on time.
Aug. 9, 2006, at 8:11:22 a.m. EDT.
onRunway 22, Edwards Air Force Base, Cali. Maingear touchdown: 8:11:36 a.m. Nose gear touch-down: 8:11:41 a.m. Wheel stop: 8:12:36 a.m. Rolloutdistance: 1.5 miles. Mission duration: 13 days, 21hours, 32 minutes and 48 seconds. Landed on orbit219. Logged 5.8 million miles. Waived o 2 land-ing opportunities on Aug. 9 at KSC due to weather.Landed on frst opportunity at EAFB, marking the 6thnight landing at Edwards and the 50th Shuttle landingin Caliornia. Kennedy Space Center was beset withweather issues starting Aug. 7, the original landingdate. Several landing opportunities at Kennedy werewaived o Aug. 8 and again Aug. 9. Edwards waschosen as the preerred landing site.
Discovery’s climb to orbit was extensively docu-mented through a system o new and upgradedground-based cameras, radar systems and airbornecameras aboard high altitude aircrat. The imagerycaptured o Discovery’s launch, and additional im-agery rom laser systems on Discovery’s new orbiterboom sensor system, or OBSS, laser-scanner aswell as data rom sensors embedded in the shuttle’swings, helped mission managers determine the healtho Discovery’s thermal protection system.When Discovery neared the station early Thurs-day morning, Krikalev and Phillips used digital cam-eras and high-powered 800-mm and 400-mm lensesto photograph Discovery’s thermal protective tilesand key areas around its main and nose landing geardoors. All imagery was downlinked to a team o 200to analyze.Beore docking with the space station, Com-mander Eileen Collins perormed the frst rendezvouspitch maneuver about 600 eet below the station. Themotion ipped the shuttle end over end at 3/4 degreeper second, allowing Expedition 11 crew members tophotograph the underside o Discovery and its heat-resistant tiles in detail.Imagery during launch showed a piece o oambeing shed rom the external tank, as well as smallertile and oam dings. Imagery o the tiles showed twoareas where gap fllers were protruding.Mission managers spent several days to deter-mine i any action would be required o the crew.They fnally decided to allow Robinson attempt to pullout the protruding gap fllers with his hand or with or-ceps, or remove the protrusions with a hacksaw. Theastronauts reviewed training or using the robotic armand worked on assembling a hacksaw should theyneed it. A pued-out piece o thermal blanket near thecockpit was identifed in the imagery and became an-other area o concern. Tunnel tests at NASA’s AmersResearch Center in Caliornia and urther engineering