Archive - Jul 2005 - Story
The crew of Space Shuttle Discovery was awakened at 11:46 p.m. EDT Thursday for the first full day of docked operations at the International Space Station.
Among the activities on tap for today are installation of the Multi Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello, additional Shuttle exterior surveys and preparations for Saturday's spacewalk.
STS-114 Mission Specialist Wendy Lawrence and Pilot Jim Kelly will use the Station's Canadarm2 to pluck Raffaello from Discovery's payload bay and install it on the Station's Unity module. Raffaello is carrying 15 tons of supplies and equipment for ISS that will be transferred to the ISS during the coming days.
From the AMSAT Sarex reflector:
For the first time since December 2002, a Space Shuttle is docked with the International Space Station. The two spacecraft linked up at 7:18 a.m. EDT today as they flew over the southern Pacific Ocean west of Chile.
Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-114) continued its trajectory towards a rendevous with the International Space Station after its successful launch on Tuesday. Discovery had completed 17 orbits as of 1600 UTC Wednesday, and should dock with the ISS approximately 1118 UTC on Thursday morning.
Discovery's crew is using the newly modified robotic arm to examine the spacecraft for possible damage a day after its ascent into orbit. A new array of cameras trained on Discovery during Tuesday's launch showed a small piece of debris falling from the underside of Discovery.
(from the Amsat website)
Message received from Bob Bruninga, WB4APR:
PCSAT2 was carried into space today by STS-114. It will not be activated until it is installed on the outside of the ISS on 1 or 3 August during an EVA.
After a week or so of on-orbit checkout, and if all goes well, the APRS digipeater will be activated for general use probably by 10 Aug.
ESA French astronaut Leopold Eyharts spent some time last month with Kenneth Ransom, training and preparing for his Technician's license exam. He took and passed the exam this week, enabling him to participate in future ARISS contacts. Eyharts is scheduled as back up for the Expedition 12 crew.
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73, Scott WA6LIE
NASA successfully launched space shuttle Discovery on Tuesday after a 2-1/2 year struggle to rebuild the shuttle program following the fatal Columbia accident.
The shuttle, carrying seven crew members, soared into slightly hazy skies, leaving behind a trail of smoke and flames, while the roar of its solid booster rockets rattled windows and shook the ground across Cape Canaveral in Florida.
"On behalf of the many millions of people who believe so deeply in what we do, good luck, Godspeed and have a little fun up there," NASA launch director Mike Leinbach told the crew a few minutes before liftoff at 10:39 a.m.
Radio Amateurs make up 6 of the 7 crew members of the STS-114 Space Shuttle due for launch at 1951 UTC on Wednesday July 13th.
• Mission Commander - Eileen Collins, KD5EDS
• Mission Specialist - Wendy Lawrence, KC5KII
• Mission Specialist - Charles Camarda, KC5ZSY
• Mission Specialist - Soichi Noguchi, KD5TVP
• Mission Specialist - Andrew Thomas, KD5CHF/VK5MIR
• Pilot - James Kelly, KC5ZSW