SU-O1.- (NASA & MRM Pictures) Successful launching of Mission STS-132 in time and with a beautiful weather “In God’s will and Godspeed” human history on the making NASA Mission’s STS travelers of the Universe.
Funny coincidence Mission STS-132 also the 132nd shuttle flight, the 32nd flight for Atlantis and the 34th shuttle mission dedicated to station assembly and maintenance mission to be complete in 12 days with 3 space walks.
STS-132 One of the final space shuttle visits to the International Space Station with the launch of Atlantis and six astronauts from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The mission will deliver cargo, critical spare parts and a Russian laboratory to the station, the Russian-built Mini Research Module-1 is inside the shuttle’s cargo bay.
Also known as Rassvet (dawn in Russian), it will provide additional storage space and a new docking port for Russian Soyuz and Progress spacecraft. The laboratory will be attached to the bottom port of the station’s Zarya module.
The Mission STS-132 is third of five shuttle missions planned for 2010, this was the last planned launch for Atlantis vehicle.
Commander Ken Ham is joined on the STS-132 mission by Pilot Tony Antonelli and Mission Specialists Garrett Reisman, Michael Good, Steve Bowen, and Piers Sellers, all veteran space fliers.
Astronauts: Michael Good and Pier Sellers rode Atlantis into orbit on their first space missions in 2009 and 2002, respectively.
The shuttle crew is scheduled to dock to the station at 10:27 a.m. EDTon Sunday, May 16 and the mission’s three spacewalks will focus on storing spare components outside the station, including six batteries, a communications antenna and parts for the Canadian Dextre robotic arm.
For the first time the Kennedy Space Center give the opportunity to civilians = Twitters on NASA Tweetup & followers selected from 1,000 online registrations, to meet with Shuttle technicians, manager, engineers and astronauts in a tour of Kennedy Space Center Operations and the Shuttle launch, attendees where from more than 30 US states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, an International visitors from Netherlands, New Zeland, and England.
After completing the 12-day STS-132 mission, the shuttle’s first landing opportunity at Kennedy is scheduled for 8:44 a.m. on Wednesday, May 26.
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