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Walheim



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Walheim
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Walheim, Rex Joseph (1962-) American test pilot mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-110, STS-122, STS-135.

Grew up in San Carlos, California.. Educated UC; Houston; Edwards. Total EVA Time: 1.53 days. Number of EVAs: 5.


NASA Official Biography

NAME: Rex J. Walheim (Major, USAF)
NASA Astronaut Candidate (Mission Specialist)

PERSONAL DATA:
Born October 10, 1962, in Redwood City, California, but considers San Carlos, California his hometown. Married to the former Margie Dotson of Villa Park, California. They have one child. He enjoys snow skiing, hiking, softball and football. His father, Lawrence M. Walheim, Jr., resides in Belmont, California. His mother, Avis L. Walheim is deceased.

EDUCATION:
Graduated from San Carlos High School, San Carlos, California in 1980; received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1984, and a master of science degree in industrial engineering from the University of Houston in 1989.

ORGANIZATIONS:
Society of Flight Test Engineers; Association of Old Crows.

SPECIAL HONORS:
Distinguished Graduate, Reserve Officers Training Corps, University of California, Berkeley. Distinguished Graduate and top flight test engineer in USAF Test Pilot School Class 92A. Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Air Force Commendation Medals, Aerial Achievement Medal, and various service awards.

EXPERIENCE:
Walheim was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Air Force in May 1984. In April of 1985 he was assigned to Cavalier Air Force Station in Cavalier, North Dakota, where he worked as a missile warning operations crew commander. In October 1986, he was reassigned to the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas, where he worked as a mechanical systems flight controller and was the lead operations engineer for the Space Shuttle landing gear, brakes, and emergency runway barrier. Walheim was transferred to Headquarters Air Force Space Command in Colorado Springs, Colorado, in August 1989 where he was manager of a program upgrading missile warning radars. He was selected for USAF Test Pilot School in 1991, and attended the course at Edwards AFB California in 1992. Following his graduation, he was assigned to the F-16 Combined Test Force at Edwards where he was a project manager, and then commander of the avionics and armament flight. In January 1996, Walheim became an instructor at USAF Test Pilot School, where he served until he commenced astronaut training.

NASA EXPERIENCE:
Walheim served as a flight controller and operations engineer at the Johnson Space Center from October 1986 to January 1989. He was selected by NASA in March 1996 and reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 1996 to begin two years of training and evaluation. Successful completion of initial training will qualify him for various technical assignments leading to selection as a mission specialist on a Space Shuttle flight crew.

JANUARY 1997

Birth Place: Redwood City, California.
Status: Active.


Born: 1962.10.10.
Spaceflights: 3 .
Total time in space: 36.36 days.

More... - Chronology...


Associated Countries
See also
  • NASA Group 16 - 1996 Requirement: pilot, engineer, and scientist astronauts for space shuttle flights. Nickname: The Sardines (named because that's how packed they were; at 44 this was the largest ASCAN class of all time) More...

Associated Flights
  • STS-110 Crew: Bloomfield, Frick, Morin, Ochoa, Ross, Smith Steven, Walheim. ISS Assembly flight. Carried the S0 truss segment to the ISS, the first segment of the main backbone of the station to which the solar arrays would be attached. More...
  • STS-122 Crew: Frick, Poindexter, Walheim, Love, Melvin, Schlegel. ISS assembly mission. Delivered to the ISS and installed the Columbus European Laboratory Module and the Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure - Non-Deployable (MPESS-ND). More...
  • STS-135 Last flight of shuttle Atlantis and last space shuttle flight. Delivered supplies to keep ISS running at six-crew level until commercial resupply was to come on line in 2012. Crew: Ferguson; Hurley; Walheim; Magnus. Extra contingency mission at end of shuttle program. The crew trained as STS-335, a rescue mission to return the STS-134 crew to earth if they became marooned in space. After the safe return of STS-134, the mission proceeded as STS-135, with a reduced crew that could be returned over an 18 month period aboard Soyuz capsules in case the crew could not return in Atlantis. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • USAF American agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. United States Air Force, USA. More...

Associated Programs
  • ISS Finally completed in 2010 after a torturous 25-year development and production process, the International Space Station was originally conceived as the staging post for manned exploration of the solar systrem. Instead, it was seemed to be the death knell of manned spaceflight. More...

Bibliography
  • NASA Astronaut Biographies, Johnson Space Center, NASA, 1995-present. Web Address when accessed: here.

Walheim Chronology


1983 December 5 - .
  • NASA Astronaut Training Group 16 selected. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Brown, David; Burbank; Cagle; Caldeiro; Camarda; Carey; Clark; Fincke; Forrester; Frick; Guidoni; Herrington; Higginbotham; Hobaugh; Kelly; Kelly, Mark; Kelly, Scott; Lockhart; Loria; Magnus; Massimino; Mastracchio; McCool; Morin; Nowak; Pettit; Phillips. The group was selected to provide pilot, engineer, and scientist astronauts for space shuttle flights.. Qualifications: Pilots: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. Advanced degree desirable. At least 1,000 flight-hours of pilot-in-command time. Flight test experience desirable. Excellent health. Vision minimum 20/50 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 vision; maximum sitting blood pressure 140/90. Height between 163 and 193 cm.

    Mission Specialists: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics and minimum three years of related experience or an advanced degree. Vision minimum 20/150 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20. Maximum sitting blood pressure of 140/90. Height between 150 and 193 cm.. 10 pilots and 25 mission specialists selected from over 2,400 applicants. 9 additional international astronauts.


2002 April 8 - .
2002 April 8 - . 20:44 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39B. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-110.
  • STS-110 - . Call Sign: Atlantis. Crew: Bloomfield; Frick; Walheim; Ochoa; Morin; Ross; Smith, Steven. Payload: Atlantis F25 / SO. Mass: 100,000 kg (220,000 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bloomfield; Frick; Walheim; Ochoa; Morin; Ross; Smith, Steven. Agency: NASA. Manufacturer: Boeing. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-110. Spacecraft: Atlantis. Duration: 10.82 days. Decay Date: 2002-04-19 . USAF Sat Cat: 27413 . COSPAR: 2002-018A. Apogee: 402 km (249 mi). Perigee: 309 km (192 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.70 min. Launch delayed from March 22, April 4. Space Shuttle Atlantis entered an orbit of approximately 59 x 229 km x 51.6 deg at 2052 UTC, and separated from the External Tank, ET-114. ET-114 reached apogee around 2122 UTC and reentered over the Pacific about 2150 UTC at the end of its first orbit. Atlantis fired its OMS engines at apogee to raise its perigee to 155 km. Further orbit changes will lead to a rendezvous with the Space Station on Station mission 8A. STS-110 carried the S0 truss segment to the Station. The truss was the first segment of the main backbone of the Station which was to grow to carry the large solar panel wings and radiators. Cargo manifest:
    • Bay 1-2: Orbiter Docking System - 1800 kg + 3 EMU spacesuits - 360 kg
    • Bay 4-13: S0 Truss - 12623 kg. The S0 truss, built by Boeing/Huntington Beach, was 13.4 m long and 4.6 m in diameter. The main truss had a hexagonal cross section. One face carried fluid, power and data cables, while another face carried the rails for the Mobile Transporter. The S0 contained avionics, GPS antennae, and a radiation dose monitor. The S0 would be attached to the LCA (Lab Cradle Assembly) which was attached to the top of the Destiny lab module in 2001. Attached to S0 were:
      • 4 x MTS (Module to Truss Structure) struts. These were used to connect it to the Destiny module
      • Airlock Spur. This was a 4.2 m beam that hinged out to connect to the Quest module and had handrails for spacewalkers
      • Mobile Transporter (MT). This was made by TRW Astro Aerospace in Carpinteria and was an 885 kg, 2.7 m long truck which moved on the S0 rails to transfer heavy cargo along the truss.
    • Sill: RMS arm - 410 kg
    • Total: 15193 kg

2002 April 9 - .
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2002 April 10 - .
  • STS-110 Mission Status Report #04 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bloomfield; Bursch; Frick; Morin; Ochoa; Onufrienko; Ross; Smith, Steven; Walheim; Walz. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-4; STS-110. Atlantis has closed the distance between it and the International Space Station to less than 1,800 statute miles, and is continuing its approach in anticipation of docking with the station at 11:06 a.m. central time today. The linkup should occur as the two spacecraft fly over south-central China, to the southwest of Shanghai. The Atlantis crew, Commander Mike Bloomfield, Pilot Steve Frick and mission specialists Rex Walheim, Ellen Ochoa, Lee Morin, Jerry Ross and Steve Smith, was awakened at 3:44 a.m. by "Rapunzel Got a Mohawk," performed by Joe Scruggs. The song was played for Ochoa, at the request of her family. Additional Details: here....

2002 April 11 - .
  • STS-110 Mission Status Report #06 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bloomfield; Bursch; Frick; Morin; Ochoa; Onufrienko; Ross; Smith, Steven; Walheim; Walz. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-4; STS-110. Construction of a framework for expanded research begins today as the S-Zero (S0) truss segment is installed on the International Space Station. The truss will provide support for the cooling and power systems necessary to attach additional laboratories to the complex. Additional Details: here....

2002 April 11 - .
  • STS-110 Mission Status Report #07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bloomfield; Bursch; Frick; Ochoa; Ross; Smith, Steven; Walheim; Walz. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-4; STS-110. The expansion of the International Space Station continued today with the installation of the 13 1/2 ton S0 (S-Zero) truss segment on the orbital outpost. Assisted by Expedition Four Flight Engineer Dan Bursch, Atlantis Mission Specialist Ellen Ochoa gently lifted the truss out of the shuttle's payload bay at 5:30 a.m. Central time through the use of the station's robotic arm and maneuvered it onto a clamp at the top of the station's Destiny Laboratory. It took just under four hours to complete the delicate procedure. Additional Details: here....

2002 April 11 - . 14:36 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-110-1 - . Crew: Smith, Steven; Walheim. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.33 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Smith, Steven; Walheim. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-110. At 1030 UTC the S0 truss was unberthed from Atlantis, and berthed to the Destiny module's Lab Cradle Assembly at 1346 UTC. At 1433 the Quest airlock was depressurized and the astronauts emerged to bolt in place the two forward MTS struts and deploy a trailing umbilical for the mobile transporter. The airlock was repressurized at 2224 UTC.

2002 April 12 - .
  • STS-110 Mission Status Report #09 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bloomfield; Bursch; Frick; Morin; Ochoa; Onufrienko; Ross; Smith, Steven; Walheim; Walz. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-4; STS-110. The ten crewmembers of the Atlantis / International Space Station complex transferred experiments and supplies into their respective vehicles today as the latest addition to the station, the S-Zero (S0) Truss, continued to pass its initial checkouts with flying colors. Additional Details: here....

2002 April 12 - .
  • STS-110 Mission Status Report #08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bloomfield; Bursch; Frick; Morin; Ochoa; Onufrienko; Ross; Smith, Steven; Walheim; Walz. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-4; STS-110. After successful installation of the S-Zero (S0) Truss and a spacewalk on Thursday, the focus of today's activities will shift from external construction of the International Space Station to the transfer of equipment, supplies and experiments between the space shuttle Atlantis and the orbiting laboratory. Additional Details: here....

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2002 April 14 - .
  • STS-110 Mission Status Report #12 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bloomfield; Bursch; Frick; Morin; Ochoa; Onufrienko; Ross; Smith, Steven; Walheim; Walz. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-4; STS-110. Outfitting of the newest component of the International Space Station continues today with the mission's third spacewalk. Shuttle astronauts Steve Smith and Rex Walheim will continue installation work on the S-Zero (S0) Truss, now permanently attached to the station's U.S. laboratory Destiny. Additional Details: here....

2002 April 14 - .
2002 April 14 - . 13:48 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-110-3 - . Crew: Smith, Steven; Walheim. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.27 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Smith, Steven; Walheim. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-110. Summary: From 1344 to 2015 UTC the astronauts rewired the SSRMS station robot arm to get power via the S0. They also removed launch restraint bolts from the Mobile Transporter. The Mobile Transporter was tested in a small move on April 15..

2002 April 15 - .
  • STS-110 Mission Status Report #15 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bloomfield; Bursch; Frick; Morin; Ochoa; Onufrienko; Ross; Smith, Steven; Walheim; Walz. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-4; STS-110. The first railcar in space crept down the track of a newly installed truss structure at the International Space Station today, paving the way for the future use of the system on which the station's robotic arm will be mounted to travel the full length of the complex. Additional Details: here....

2002 April 15 - .
  • STS-110 Mission Status Report #14 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bloomfield; Bursch; Frick; Morin; Ochoa; Onufrienko; Ross; Smith, Steven; Walheim; Walz; Wolf. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-4; STS-110. The first space railroad car will get a trial run today, highballing along 26 feet of the track atop the International Space Station's new S-Zero (S0) Truss at a maximum speed of one inch per second, or 100 yards an hour. The 1,900-pound Mobile Transporter begins its run about 6:30 a.m. Additional Details: here....

2002 April 16 - .
  • STS-110 Mission Status Report #17 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bloomfield; Bursch; Frick; Morin; Ochoa; Onufrienko; Ross; Smith, Steven; Walheim; Walz. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-4; STS-110. Atlantis astronauts Jerry Ross and Lee Morin completed the outfitting of the new S-Zero (S0) truss on the International Space Station today during a 6 hour, 37 minute spacewalk, installing a ladder, testing electrical switches for upcoming truss expansion and attaching external lights and equipment to be used in future assembly work. Additional Details: here....

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2004 June 30 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #04-36 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Fincke; Padalka; Walheim. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-9. Summary: The second time was the charm for two International Space Station spacewalkers tonight as they moved with ease to restore power to a key control system, completed a series of bonus jobs to get ahead on future work, and finished up ahead of schedule.. Additional Details: here....

2007 November 24 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 11/24/07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Love; Malenchenko; Schlegel; Tani; Walheim; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-1; STS-122. Saturday -- Stage EVA day for CDR Whitson, FE-1 Malenchenko, FE-2 Tani.

    Node-2 Harmony is ready to accept Columbus!

    EVA-12 'Charlie' was completed fully successfully in 7 hrs 4 min, accomplishing all objectives & get-ahead tasks.
    As a consequence, Node-2 Harmony was fully activated by the ground, one day earlier than originally planned, enabling interior activations by the crew tomorrow.

    During the spacewalk, CDR Peggy Whitson (EV1) and FE-2 Dan Tani (EV2), supported by FE-1 Yuri Malenchenko as intravehicular (IV) crewmember, connected and configured the second half of the Node-2 fluid, power, and cooling jumpers (the first half was accomplished on EVA-11 'Bravo' on 11/20).
    Specifically, the spacewalkers - Additional Details: here....


2007 November 27 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 11/27/07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson, Clayton; Love; Malenchenko; Schlegel; Tani; Walheim; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15-2. Before breakfast, Dr. Whitson completed the last day of her 2nd session with the NASA/JSC experiment NUTRITION w/Repository (Peggy's third session will be on her Flight Day 60).

    Today she collected another urine sample for storage in the MELFI (Minus-Eighty Laboratory Freezer for ISS). The sampling kit was then stowed away. (The current NUTRITION project expands the previous Clinical Nutritional Assessment profile (MR016L) testing in three ways: Addition of in-flight blood & urine collection (made possible by MELFI), normative markers of nutritional assessment, and a return session plus 30-day (R+30) session to allow evaluation of post-flight nutrition and implications for rehabilitation.) Additional Details: here....


2007 December 3 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 12/03/07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Love; Malenchenko; Schlegel; Tani; Walheim; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-16; STS-122. Underway: Week 7 of Increment 16.

    FE-1 Malenchenko continued his support of his first experiment session with the Russian TEKh-20 Plasma Crystal-3+ (Plazmennyi-Kristall/PK-3+) payload by activating the turbopump in the Service Module (SM)'s Transfer Compartment (PkhO) for keeping the vacuum chamber (ZB) in the SM Work Compartment (RO) evacuated. The turbopump will be deactivated tonight at ~4:25pm EST. (Main objective of PK-3 is to study dust plasma wave propagation and dispersion ratio at a specified power of HF discharge, pressure, and a varied number of particles.) Additional Details: here....


2007 December 18 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 12/18/07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Love; Malenchenko; Schlegel; Tani; Walheim; Whitson; Williams, Dave. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-1; STS-122. EVA-13 by CDR Peggy Whitson and FE-2 Dan Tani was completed successfully in 6h 56m, accomplishing its objectives.

    During the spacewalk, Tani (EV1) & Whitson (EV2), supported by FE-1 Yuri Malenchenko as intravehicular (IV) crewmember, inspected the Stbd (right-side) 1A BGA (Beta Gimbal Assembly) and BMRMM (Bearing Motor Roll Ring Module), followed by a detailed investigation and photo documentation of the Stbd SARJ (Solar Alpha Rotary Joint).
    Specifically, the spacewalkers -

    Found no obvious signs of external damage on cables or hardware of the BGA & BMRMM that might have caused the repeated tripping of circuit breakers (RPCs/Remote Power Controllers), making it more likely that the issue is internal to the hardware or its electrical system;
    Entered into the S5 truss to disconnect some wiring to allow the ground to perform diagnostic continuity tests, and later reconnected the cables;
    Temporarily removed 22 protective MLI (Multi-Layer Insulation) covers to inspect the SARJ, its two DLAs (Drive Lock Assemblies), and its 12 TBAs (Trundle Bearing Assemblies), reattaching the covers afterwards,
    Found most metal shavings around TBA-4 and TBA-5, i.e., metallic, magnetic contamination on the main gear bearing's outboard angled race ring as well as pitting and abrasions on the ring but no obvious damage on the inboard race ring or on the gear teeth themselves. DLA (Drive Lock Assembly) #2 appeared especially 'ugly', i.e., filled with contamination, and, according to the spacewalkers, the further away from the DLA, the less contamination was observed;
    Took photographs, measured the depth of surface pits with a special probe and collected debris samples; and
    Deinstalled and removed TBA-5 from its housing under cover #20, using a PGT (Pistol Grip Tool), then brought it inside in a bag for eventual return to Earth aboard STS-122/Atlantis (SARJ can function OK on only 11 TBAs).
    (Official start time of the spacewalk was 4:50am EST, 70 minutes ahead of the timeline, ending at 11:46am. Total EVA duration (PET = Phase Elapsed Time) was 6h 56min. It was the 100th spacewalk for ISS assembly & maintenance and the 72nd from the station (28 from Shuttle, 50 from Quest, 22 from Pirs) totaling 436h 3m, and the 4th for Expedition 16 (totaling 28h 11m. During the spacewalk, her fifth, Peggy Whitson set a new record of aggregated EVA time by a woman (of 32h 36m) when she exceeded the 29h 18m held by Sunita Williams. After today's EVA, a total of 121 spacewalkers (90 NASA astronauts, 21 Russians, and ten astronauts representing Japan-1, Canada-4, France-1, Germany-1 and Sweden-3) have logged a total of 624h 25m outside the station on building, outfitting and servicing. It was also the 122nd spacewalk by U.S. astronauts. The 100th EVA dedicated to ISS assembly & maintenance originally was to have been conducted by Rex Walheim & Hans Schlegel of the delayed STS-122/1E mission.) Additional Details: here....


2008 February 7 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 02/07/08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Eyharts; Frick; Love; Malenchenko; Melvin; Poindexter; Schlegel; Tani; Walheim; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-1; STS-122. The crew's work/sleep cycle was shifted preparatory to Atlantis 1E arriva, to 3:30am-8:30pm.

    Yest kasaniye! Progress M-63 (28P), approaching from below the station, docked flawlessly at the DC1 Docking Compartment nadir port at 9:38am EST, followed by docking probe retraction and hook closure ('sborka') after motion damp-out, while the ISS was in LVLH (local vertical/local horizontal) attitude. All Progress systems operated nominally from Automated Rendezvous start. (Launched on 2/5 (8:02am EST), the 28P resupply drone delivered about 2.5 tons of cargo for the ISS crews, including propellants for the Russian thrusters, fresh water, oxygen, food, spare parts, repair gear, life support and science experiment hardware.) Additional Details: here....


2008 February 7 - .
2008 February 7 - . 19:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-122.
  • STS-122 - . Call Sign: Atlantis. Crew: Frick; Poindexter; Melvin; Walheim; Schlegel; Love; Eyharts. Payload: Atlantis F29 / Columbus. Mass: 117,850 kg (259,810 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Frick; Poindexter; Melvin; Walheim; Schlegel; Love; Eyharts. Agency: NASA. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-122; ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-2; ISS EO-16-1. Spacecraft: Atlantis. Duration: 12.77 days. Decay Date: 2008-02-20 14:07:00 . USAF Sat Cat: 32486 . COSPAR: 2008-005A. Apogee: 343 km (213 mi). Perigee: 329 km (204 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.20 min. ISS flight 1E's primary mission was the long-delayed delivery and installation of the European Columbus module. The shuttle entered an initial 58 km x 230 km orbit at 19:54 GMT. The OMS-2 circularization burn at 20:23 GMT put it into a 215 km x 233 km chase orbit. Atlantis docked with the PMA-2 port of the ISS at 17:17 GMT on 9 February. Eyharts was dropped off at the station, Tani, already aboard the ISS, returned to Earth on Atlantis. Atlantis undocked from the ISS on 20 February at 09:24 GMT; began its deorbit burn at 12:59; and landed at the Kennedy Space Center at 14:07.

2008 February 8 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 02/08/08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson, Clayton; Eyharts; Malenchenko; Schlegel; Tani; Walheim; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-15-2; ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-1; STS-122. Dan Tani's 109th day in space.

    The crew's work/sleep cycle was shifted once more in preparation for Atlantis 1E arrival, to 5:00am-8:15pm.

    STS-122/Atlantis continues its catch-up flight for tomorrow's FD3 ISS docking at ~12:25pm EDT, to begin ISS Stage 1E. (Catch-up rate ~480 nmi. per revolution of ~92 min.). (Hatch opening: expected at ~1:35pm, followed by: Safety Briefing, OBSS (Orbiter Boom Sensor System) handoff from SSRMS (Space Station Remote Manipulator System) to SRMS (Shuttle RMS) at ~4:30pm, Soyuz seat liner transfer (for the Tani/Anderson exchange), and preparations for the first spacewalk, EVA-1, by EV1 Walheim & EV2 Schlegel, on 2/10, preceded by their overnight Campout tomorrow night in the Airlock (A/L) for denitrogenation/pre-breathe. Objectives of the nominal 11-day mission: Delivering & installing the Columbus module, delivering new ISS-16 crewmember LĂ(c)opold Eyharts & bringing Dan Tani back home, and conducting a total of three EVAs. Landing will nominally take place at KSC on FD10 (2/18) at ~9:59am EST.) Additional Details: here....


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2008 February 9 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 02/09/08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Eyharts; Frick; Love; Malenchenko; Melvin; Poindexter; Schlegel; Tani; Walheim; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-1; ISS EO-16-2; STS-122. All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below.

    aturday = Docking Day. Happy Birthday, Peggy Whitson!

    STS-122/Atlantis docked smoothly at the PMA-2 (Pressurized Mating Adapter-2) port at 12:17pm EST, eight minutes ahead of time, after successfully completing the RPM (R-Bar Pitch Maneuver) at 11:32am. The station now hosts ten occupants again as Mission 1E is underway. (The combined crew is comprised of ISS CDR Peggy Whitson, FE-1 Yuri Malenchenko, FE-2 Dan Tani, STS CDR Steve Frick, PLT Alan Poindexter, MS1 Leland Melvin, MS2 Rex Walheim, MS3 Hans Schlegel, MS4 Stanley Love, and MS5 LĂ(c)opold Eyharts who replaces Dan Tani as FE-2, while the latter returns on the Atlantis as MS-5.) Additional Details: here....


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2008 February 10 - .
  • STS-122 MCC Status Report #06 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Love; Schlegel; Walheim. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-122; ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-1; ISS EO-16-2. Summary: The seven-member crew of Atlantis will spend today preparing for the mission's first spacewalk on Monday and take a closer look at a small tear on a thermal blanket over the shuttle's right Orbital Maneuvering System pod.. Additional Details: here....

2008 February 10 - .
2008 February 10 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 02/10/08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Eyharts; Frick; Love; Malenchenko; Melvin; Poindexter; Schlegel; Tani; Walheim; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-1; ISS EO-16-2. Sunday --- Mission 1E Flight Day 4 (FD4).

    Ahead: Week 17 of Increment 16.

    Mission 1E replanning by MCC-Houston, driven by the one-day delay of the first spacewalk, was completed last night, as follows:

    Approved mission extension by one day (i.e., 12+0+2 instead of 11+0+2), resulting in 2/19 (Tuesday) as return date for Atlantis;
    Limiting resource being oxygen (O2), under further discussion is the option to either extend by one more docked day or transfer the unexpended O2 to the ISS (current O2 margins are estimated to be 11+1+2 plus an additional 20-25 hours. These are still being refined given the insertion of the new FD4);
    All FD 4 activities moved to FD 5. EVA-1 will be conducted by Stanley Love and Rex Walheim tomorrow, with Campout of the two tonight;
    Today (FD 4) was replanned and includes 1.5 hrs of focused inspection (FI) of the starboard OMS (Orbital Maneuvering System) pod blanket that has a corner slightly peeled back (the FI, starting at ~ 2:15 pm EST, is planned for 90 min, with additional FI time available on FD 06 if needed);
    Transfer status: 22% of transfer complete, 6 hours of transfer scheduled for FD 4, expect 35/40 lbs N2 transfer today, 3 CWCs filled.
    Wakeup time for the ISS crew remains at 4:45am EST, with sleep time tonight 8:45pm. Same times for the Shuttle crew. Additional Details: here....


2008 February 11 - .
2008 February 11 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 02/11/08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Eyharts; Frick; Love; Malenchenko; Melvin; Poindexter; Tani; Walheim; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-1. Mission 1E Flight Day 5 (FD5). Underway: Week 17 of Increment 16.

    Mission 1E's EVA-1 was completed successfully by Stanley Love & Rex Walheim in 7hr 58min, accomplishing all its objectives.
    (During the spacewalk, Walheim (EV1) & Love (EV2) prepared Columbus for unberthing and installation, hooking up electric cables, removing protective covers from the module's docking mechanism and equipping Columbus with the PDGF (Power & Data Grapple Fixture) required for grappling. They also started preparing the NTA (Nitrogen Tank Assembly) for removal, preparatory to replacement with a new NTA on EVA-2 (disconnecting electric cables and two ammonia flex hoses was deferred to Wednesday, but Walheim unfastened two of the four bolts holding down the NTA). Official start time of the spacewalk was 9:13am EST, about 25 minutes ahead of the timeline, and it ended at 5:11pm. Total EVA duration (PET = Phase Elapsed Time) was 7h 58min. It was the 102nd spacewalk for ISS assembly & maintenance and the 74th from the station (28 from Shuttle, 52 from Quest, 22 from Pirs) totaling 451h 11min, and the 6th for Expedition 16 (totaling 43h 19min.) After today's EVA, a total of 125 spacewalkers (94 NASA astronauts, 21 Russians, and ten astronauts representing Japan-1, Canada-4, France-1, Germany-1 and Sweden-3) have logged a total of 639h 33min outside the station on building, outfitting and servicing. It was also the 124th spacewalk by U.S. astronauts.) Additional Details: here....


2008 February 11 - .
2008 February 11 - . 14:13 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-122-1 - . Crew: Walheim; Love. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.33 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Walheim; Love. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-122; ISS EO-16. Summary: The crew assisted in the installation of the Columbus module to the station, removed a grapple fixture from the payload bay, and installed it on Columbus..

2008 February 12 - .
2008 February 12 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 02/12/08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Eyharts; Frick; Malenchenko; Schlegel; Tani; Walheim; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-1. Mission 1E Flight Day 6 (FD6). Congratulations, ESA!

    At ~9:15am EST, the European Columbus laboratory was opened and entered by crewmembers for the first time. (Columbus is permanently attached at the starboard port of Node-2.)

    Crew sleep cycle remains at 4:45am - 8:15pm for both crews.

    Before breakfast, FE-2 Dan Tani completed his daily access of the SLEEP experiment (Sleep-Wake Actigraphy & Light Exposure during Spaceflight) software for data logging and filling in questionnaire entries in the experiment's laptop session file on the HRF-1 laptop for downlink. (To monitor the crewmember's sleep/wake patterns and light exposure, Dan wears a special Actiwatch device which measures the light levels encountered by him as well as his patterns of sleep and activity throughout the Expedition. The log entries are done within 15 minutes of final awakening for seven consecutive days, as part of the crew's discretionary 'job jar' task list.)

    CDR Peggy Whitson and FE-2-16 Leo Eyharts continued their IMMUNO (Integrated Immune Assessment) experiment, begun on 2/9, with liquid saliva collections, first thing after wake-up and prior to breakfast, drinking and teeth-brushing. All samples were stored at ambient temperature. Dan Tani's IMMUNO liquid saliva collection starts tomorrow morning. (IMMUNO (Integrated Immune Assessment)is a 24-hr. test of human immune system changes, with the objective to investigate immune neuro-endocrine reactions in the space environment by studying samples of saliva, blood and urine using collection kits and the biomedical (MBI) protection kit, to develop and validate an immune monitoring strategy consistent with operational flight requirements and constraints. The strategy uses both long and short duration crewmembers as study subjects. The saliva is collected in two forms, dry and liquid. The dry samples are collected at intervals during the collection day using a specialized book that contains filter paper. The liquid saliva collections require that the crewmember soak a piece of cotton inside their mouth and place it in a salivette bag; there are four of the liquid collections during docked operations. The on-orbit blood samples are collected right before undocking and returned on the Shuttle so that analysis can occur with 48 hours of the sampling. This allows assays that quantify the function of different types white blood cells and other active components of the immune system. For cold storage, samples are secured in the MELFI (Minus-Eighty Laboratory Freezer for ISS). Also included are entries in a fluid/medications intact log, and a stress-test questionnaire to be filled out by the subject at begin and end. Urine is collected during a 24-hour period, conventionally divided into two twelve-hour phases: morning-evening and evening-morning.) Additional Details: here....


2008 February 12 - .
2008 February 13 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 02/13/08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Eyharts; Frick; Love; Malenchenko; Melvin; Poindexter; Schlegel; Tani; Walheim; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-1; ISS EO-16-2. Mission 1E Flight Day 7 (FD7).

    Crew sleep cycle remains at 4:45am EST - 8:15pm for both crews.

    Mission 1E's EVA-2 was completed successfully by Rex Walheim & Hans Schlegel in 6h 45m, accomplishing all its objectives and get-aheads.
    (During the spacewalk, Walheim (EV1) & Schlegel (EV2) removed the new NTA (Nitrogen Tank Assembly) from the Shuttle PLB (Payload Bay), 'flew' it to the CETA (Crew & Equipment Translation Aid) cart for transfer to the P1 truss, installed it in place of the failed NTA, which they returned via CETA for stowage in the PLB, and performed Get-Aheads, viz.: Clean up Lab MMOD (Micrometeoroid/Orbital Debris Shield) & install Columbus Trunnion Covers.) Official start time of the spacewalk was 9:27am EST, about 8 min ahead of the timeline, and it ended at 4:12pm. Total EVA duration (PET = Phase Elapsed Time) was 6h 45min. It was the 103rd spacewalk for ISS assembly & maintenance and the 75th from the station (28 from Shuttle, 53 from Quest, 22 from Pirs) totaling 457h 56min, and the 7th for Expedition 16 (totaling 50h 04min). After today's EVA, a total of 127 spacewalkers (95 NASA astronauts, 21 Russians, and 11 astronauts representing Japan-1, Canada-4, France-1, Germany-2 and Sweden-3) have logged a total of 646h 18min outside the station on building, outfitting and servicing. It was also the 125th spacewalk involving U.S. astronauts.) Additional Details: here....


2008 February 13 - .
2008 February 13 - .
2008 February 13 - . 14:27 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-122-2 - . Crew: Walheim; Schlegel. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.29 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Walheim; Schlegel. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-122; ISS EO-16. Summary: The astronauts replaced a nitrogen tank assembly on the P1 truss..

2008 February 14 - .
2008 February 14 - .
2008 February 14 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 02/14/08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Eyharts; Love; Malenchenko; Melvin; Poindexter; Tani; Walheim; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-1; ISS EO-16-2. Mission 1E Flight Day 8 (FD8).

    Crew sleep cycle shifted one hour earlier: 3:45am - 7:15pm for both crews.

    Last night, Mission 1E was extended by one day (13+0+2), with landing now on Wednesday, 2/20, at ~9:03am EST (if at KSC).

    Columbus final activation has been completed.

    After yesterday's command queue lockup between the COL CCS (Columbus Orbital Laboratory Command & Control System) and the COL MMC (Mission Management Computer), final activation of COL data management systems was accomplished late last night by transitioning/swapping the primary & backup C&C MDM (Multiplexer/Demultiplexer) computers. (The MMC is the intermodule interface computer required between the US C&DH (Command & Data Handling) system and the COL DMC (Data Management Computer) which handles equipment monitoring) Additional Details: here....


2008 February 15 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 02/15/08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Eyharts; Frick; Love; Malenchenko; Melvin; Poindexter; Schlegel; Tani; Walheim; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-16; STS-122; STS-123. Mission 1E Flight Day 9 (FD9).

    ISS crew goes to sleep one hour earlier than yesterday: 3:45am - 6:15pm, Shuttle crew half an hour later. 3:45am - 6:45pm.

    Mission 1E's EVA-3 was completed successfully by Rex Walheim & Stan Love in 7h 25m, accomplishing all its objectives and get-aheads.
    (During the spacewalk, Walheim (EV1) & Love (EV3) transferred the European SOLAR (Solar Monitoring Observatory) and the EuTEF (European Technology Exposure Facility) to the COL EPF (Columbus Orbital Laboratory External Payload Facility), retrieved the failed CMG (Control Moment Gyro) for stowage in the Shuttle PLB for return, installed COL worksite interface fixtures and handrails, inspected a suspected sharp-edged MMOD impact site on an Airlock (A/L) handrail (#508), and inspected, photographed and took samples from the failed starboard SARJ (Solar Alpha Rotary Joint) race ring and covers not yet inspected before. Official start time of the spacewalk was 8:07am EST, about 28 min ahead of timeline, and it ended at 3:32pm. Total EVA duration (PET = Phase Elapsed Time) was 7h 25min. It was the 104th spacewalk for ISS assembly & maintenance and the 76th from the station (28 from Shuttle, 54 from Quest, 22 from Pirs) totaling 465h 21min, and the 8th for Expedition 16 (totaling 57h 29min). After today's EVA, a total of 129 spacewalkers (97 NASA astronauts, 21 Russians, and 11 astronauts representing Japan-1, Canada-4, France-1, Germany-2 and Sweden-3) have logged a total of 653h 43min outside the station on building, outfitting and servicing. It was also the 126th spacewalk involving U.S. astronauts.) Additional Details: here....


2008 February 15 - .
  • STS-122 MCC Status Report #16 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Love; Schlegel; Walheim. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-122; ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-1; ISS EO-16-2. Summary: The seven-member crew of space shuttle Atlantis is just one spacewalk away from finishing the installation of the new Columbus research module and its exterior experiment facilities.. Additional Details: here....

2008 February 15 - .
  • STS-122 MCC Status Report #17 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Love; Melvin; Poindexter; Walheim. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-122; ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-1; ISS EO-16-2. Summary: Astronauts Rex Walheim and Stan Love today spent seven hours and 25 minutes completing the third and final spacewalk of the STS-122 mission. Walheim and Love worked to transfer the first of two external experiment facilities -an observatory used to monito. Additional Details: here....

2008 February 15 - . 13:07 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-122-3 - . Crew: Walheim; Love. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.31 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Walheim; Love. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-122; ISS EO-16. Summary: The astronauts installed experiments on the exterior of the Columbus module and moved a failed ISS Control Moment Gyro to the payload bay of Atlantis for return to earth..

2008 February 16 - .
2008 February 16 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 02/16/08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Eyharts; Frick; Love; Malenchenko; Poindexter; Schlegel; Tani; Walheim; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-1; ISS EO-16-2; STS-122; STS-123. Mission 1E Flight Day 10 (FD10). Saturday - half-day off for the combined ISS and Shuttle crew except for housekeeping and voluntary work.

    Wake/sleep cycle shifted back again to prepare for 2/18 undocking: 3:15am - 5:15pm EST, Shuttle crew: 3:15am - 5:45pm.

    More crewtime was applied to COL (Columbus Orbital Laboratory) rack configuration, activation & operation, led by CDR Peggy Whitson and FE-2-16 Leo Eyharts. (In particular, Whitson focused on readying the EDR (European Drawer Rack), gathering equipment, outfitting the rack, installing PCDF EU (Protein Crystalization Diagnostic Facility Electronic Unit) coolant water and data connections, setting up the laptop, verifying its software load & activating it, checking out the EDR RFI (Rack Fire Indicator), and checking out the functionalities of the rack's various subsystems.) Additional Details: here....


2008 February 16 - .
2008 February 17 - .
  • ISS On-Orbit Status 02/17/08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Eyharts; Frick; Love; Malenchenko; Melvin; Poindexter; Schlegel; Tani; Walheim; Whitson; Yi So-yeon. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-16; ISS EO-16-1; ISS EO-16-2; STS-122. Sunday --- Mission 1E Flight Day 11 (FD11).

    Dan Tani's 118th day in space (116 aboard ISS). Ahead: Week 18 of Increment 16.

    Wake/sleep cycle shifted further back to prepare for 2/18 undocking: 1:45am - 4:15pm EST (incl. Eyharts), Shuttle crew: 1:45am - 4:45pm (incl. Tani).

    CDR Peggy Whitson performed her final INTEGRATED IMMUNE blood collection, assisted by MS1 Leland Melvin, right before hatch closure. FE-2 Dan Tani will continue his saliva collections, both liquid and dry, and blood collections aboard the Atlantis all the way home FE-2-16 Leo Eyharts transferred his and Peggy's saliva return pouches and blood sleeves as well as Dan's saliva collection kit to the Shuttle for return. (Background: IMMUNE assessment, integrated with the Russian IMMUNO, is a 24-hr. test of human immune system changes, with the objective to investigate immune neuro-endocrine reactions in the space environment by studying samples of saliva, blood and urine using collection kits and the biomedical (MBI) protection kit, to develop and validate an immune monitoring strategy consistent with operational flight requirements and constraints. The strategy uses both long and short duration crewmembers as study subjects. The saliva is collected in two forms, dry and liquid. The dry samples are collected at intervals during the collection day using a specialized book that contains filter paper. The liquid saliva collections require that the crewmember soak a piece of cotton inside their mouth and place it in a salivette bag; there are four of the liquid collections during docked operations. The on-orbit blood samples are collected right before undocking and returned on the Shuttle so that analysis can occur with 48 hours of the sampling. This allows assays that quantify the function of different types white blood cells and other active components of the immune system. For cold storage, samples are secured in the MELFI (Minus-Eighty Laboratory Freezer for ISS). Also included are entries in a fluid/medications intact log, and a stress-test questionnaire to be filled out by the subject at begin and end. Urine is collected during a 24-hour period, conventionally divided into two twelve-hour phases: morning-evening and evening-morning.) Additional Details: here....


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2008 February 20 - .
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