If all goes according to plan, space shuttle Atlantis will launch this Friday! As part of the STS-135 mission, Atlantis will carry the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module to deliver supplies, logistics and spare parts to the International Space Station. The mission also will fly a system to investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing spacecraft and return a failed ammonia pump module to help NASA better understand the failure mechanism and improve pump designs for future systems.
I was lucky enough to get into the NASA Tweetup so I am in Orlando today, and if all goes well, I’ll be witnessing history this weekend. Follow me on Twitter to watch the fun! The Tweetup is tomorrow and the launch is currently scheduled for Friday.
And check out the links below for more information.
STS-135 Mission page: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/shuttlemissions/sts135
STS-135 Mission Summary: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/558175main_STS135%20Mission%20Summary-4.pdf
STS-135 Press Kit: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/566071main_STS-135_Press_Kit.pdf
Launch countdown 101: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/launch/countdown101.html
Atlantis fact sheet: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/552635main_2011.06.30_ATLANTIS.pdf
Launch countdown milestones http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/news/135_countdown_milestones.html
Space Shuttle Era fact sheet: http://www.nasa.gov/pdf/566250main_SHUTTLE_ERA_FACTS.pdf
Media briefings televised on NASA TV: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/news/135_hours_events.html
NASA Tweetup online:
The Twitter account for the Tweetup is @NASAtweetup. The hashtag for the event is #NASATweetup. The list of confirmed NASA Tweetup attendees is at http://twitter.com/nasatweetup/sts-135-launch. And don’t forget to follow the entire STS-135 crew on Twitter:
Commander Chris Ferguson: @Astro_Ferg
Pilot Doug Hurley: @Astro_Doug
Mission Specialist Sandy Magnus: @Astro_Sandy
Mission Specialist Rex Walheim: @Astro_Rex