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STS-129 Crew Set to Arrive at Kennedy

Published by Matt on Mon Nov 2, 2009 7:49 pm via: source
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At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the STS-129 launch team is getting ready for the final part of training called the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, or TCDT, which will prepare space shuttle Atlantis, the mission’s astronauts and the Kennedy team for the flight to the International Space Station.

Atlantis’ six astronauts will fly to Kennedy late this afternoon. Tuesday morning they will practice a simulated launch countdown inside the shuttle’s cockpit at Launch Pad 39A.

The canister containing the payload for space shuttle Atlantis' STS-129 mission to the International Space Station - Express Logistics Carriers 1 and 2 - is secured in the Payload Changeout Room. Credit: NASA

The canister containing the payload for space shuttle Atlantis' STS-129 mission to the International Space Station - Express Logistics Carriers 1 and 2 - is secured in the Payload Changeout Room. Credit: NASA

Before returning to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston on Tuesday, the crew members will inspect the cargo that they’ll be delivering to the station.

The payload was transferred to the pad Oct. 30 and will be installed in Atlantis’ bay Wednesday.

Launch of space shuttle Atlantis is set for Nov. 16 at 2:28 p.m. EST.

workers monitor the lift of the canister containing the payload for space shuttle Atlantis' STS-129 mission to the International Space Station - Express Logistics Carriers 1 and 2 - toward the Payload Changeout Room at Launch Pad 39A. Credit: NASA

workers monitor the lift of the canister containing the payload for space shuttle Atlantis' STS-129 mission to the International Space Station - Express Logistics Carriers 1 and 2 - toward the Payload Changeout Room at Launch Pad 39A. Credit: NASA

Preparations for STS-129 Mission in Full Swing

The STS-129 mission will be commanded by Charles O. Hobaugh and piloted by Barry E. Wilmore. Mission Specialists are Robert L. Satcher Jr., Mike Foreman, Randy Bresnik and Leland Melvin. Wilmore, Satcher and Bresnik will be making their first trips to space.

Atlantis and its crew will deliver two control moment gyroscopes, equipment and EXPRESS Logistics Carrier 1 and 2 to the International Space Station. The mission will feature three spacewalks.

Atlantis also will return station crew member Nicole Stott to Earth and is slated to be the final space shuttle crew rotation flight.

STS-129 crew members don training versions of their shuttle launch and entry suits in preparation for a water survival training session in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory near NASA's Johnson Space Center. Credit: NASA/JSC

STS-129 crew members don training versions of their shuttle launch and entry suits in preparation for a water survival training session in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory near NASA's Johnson Space Center. Credit: NASA/JSC

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