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September 30, 2012 advisory from NASA confirming launch dates for next ISS re-supply mission:

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The first SpaceX launch for NASA’s Commercial
Resupply Services (CRS) contract is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 7,
from Space Launch Complex 40 on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in
Florida.

There is a single instantaneous launch opportunity for the
Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon capsule at 8:35 p.m. EDT. Backup launch
opportunities are available on Oct. 8 and Oct. 9, if needed.

The Space X rocket sits on Pad 40 before the successful May 2012 demonstration re-supply mission to the International Space Station. Space X plans to launch a new re-supply to the ISS on October 7, 8 or 9, 2012. It will be a night launch and should be visible throughout central Florida. (Peter M Crow for SHP: © 2012 SHP Productions, LLC).

NASA Television launch coverage from Cape Canaveral begins at 7 p.m.
on Oct. 7.

The launch of the Dragon spacecraft, designated SpaceX CRS-1, will be
the first of 12 contracted flights by the company to resupply the
International Space Station and is the second trip by a Dragon to the
station, following a successful demonstration mission in May.

Under the CRS contract, SpaceX will restore an American capability to
deliver and return significant amounts of cargo, including science
experiments, to the orbiting laboratory — a capability not available
since the retirement of the space shuttle.

The Dragon will be filled with about 1,000 pounds of supplies. This
includes critical materials to support the 166 investigations planned
for the station’s Expedition 33 crew, including 63 new
investigations.

The Dragon will return about 734 pounds of scientific
materials, including results from human research, biotechnology,
materials and educational experiments, as well as about 504 pounds of
space station hardware.

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You and Us.

WordPress informed us that we reached a new one-day high here on September 21 when 4,754 visitors logged on. In the last seven months visitors have logged on from 81 different countries in the world (shown in color on map, below).

To date in 2012, visitors here logged in from 81 countries.

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“PeteCrow/NASA” is a project of Seine/Harbour® Productions and is © by Seine/Harbour® Productions, LLC, Studio City, California, and by the Peter Michael Crow Trust.

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At LAX cranes were used to lift the Shuttle off the 747’s back instead of the Mate/De-Mate permanent device that was used at Kennedy Space Center in Florida (shown here). Each Shuttle weighs a slightly different amount when they arrive at their respective museums because of what has been left on and taken off. Endeavour’s flight weight from KSC to LAX was 155-tons.

The Los Angeles Times has done two excellent videos on Endeavour. All are great fun and all are found HERE. Scroll around on the page to find them, and there’s also a 360-degree interactive picture on the arrival of Endeavour atop the 747 at LAX. Great stuff all!

DEMATE One is a time lapse of Endeavour’s demating process which was scheduled to take about 10 hours, beginning at midnight on her day of arrival (September 21, 2012) in front of a United Airlines Hangar at LAX.

ENDEAVOUR ROUTE TO CSC The second time lapse is a two-minute time lapse driving the route the Endeavour will follow through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center on October 12/13, 2012.

Once the demate procedure was completed from the 747, Endeavour was moved into a United Airlines Hangar. Title to Endeavour was transferred to the CSC in 2011, and Endeavour was safed up and certain alternations were made by NASA in an OPF (Orbiter Processing Facility) at the direction of CSC. Then Endeavour was moved to the Vehicle Assembly Building for storage and Atlantis took her place in the OPF so Atlantis could be prepared for delivery to the Kennedy Space Center Visitors Center in November.

Endeavour did not fly to California empty. Tucked inside here were packages of patches designed by NASA for the California Science Center which were to be handed out at the arrival ceremony at LAX in order to commemorate Endeavour’s arrival on the west coast.

Endeavour is the newest of the Shuttle fleet. She was flown to California by at least one member of the crew that picked her up in Palmdale taking delivery in 1991.

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CBS in Los Angeles mapped it out — have a look HERE.

Endeavour preparing to be mated to the 747 in Florida on September 14. She was to be unmated from the 747 at LAX using cranes.

After landing on the southern east/west runway along Imperial Highway 105, Endeavour was taken to the United Airlines hangar where she will remain for the next few weeks. A final welcoming ceremony was held for her there.

The plans were for the KSC crew, lead by Flow Manager Stephanie Stilson, to begin the final readying of Endeavour at midnight Pacific time. Work was expected to be completed in 10-12 hours before Noon Saturday, September 22.

The SCA (Shuttle Carrier Aircraft) was scheduled to return to Edwards Air Force Base after off-loading Endeavour, to park and then to be abandoned.

The American Space Shuttle program is almost over — but not quite.

On Friday and Saturday October 12/13 Endeavour will make her way through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center.

Several weeks later Atlantis, now in an Orbiter Processing Facility hangar at Kennedy Space Center, will make her way a few miles south and east to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor’s Center (scheduled for November 2, 2012). And with that, the program will indeed be completed.

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Thursday, the Shuttle Eneavour flies from Houston to Biggs Army Base, Texas (re-fuel), and then spend the night at Edwards Air Force Base, California.

The Space Shuttle Endeavour, atop the NASA 747-100, is easy for you to follow across the United States — simply go HERE, and then enter NASA905 as the flight number. The full tail number of the airplane which Endeavour is mated to N905NA. Enter only “NASA905”, however.

Here’s the route:

CLICK to ENLARGE // To track Endeavour as she flies across the United States go to flightaware.com, look midway down the left side of the home page and find this panel. You will find the flight like this: Enter “NASA905″in the “Flight#” panel. That’s all there is to it! :

(Kennedy Space Center, Florida, to Houston’s Ellington Air Force Base — September 19);

(then Houston/Ellington to Biggs Army Airfield/El Paso (re-fuel) to Edwards/Dryden,California — September 20).

(THEN Edwards/Dryden north to Northern California and south landing at LAX between 11 am and Noon — September 21).

Here’s how to track her:

First — go to the link above which will take you to FlightAware — ( http://www.flightaware,com )

Then — find the panel halfway down the lefthand side of the FlightAware home page that looks like the panel directly to your left here. Under “Private Flight Tracker” enter the “Flight/Tail#” — “NASA905”.

Bingo!

This assumes previous flight numbers and designations remain the same for this flight. Don’t egg my house if it proves not to be the case — but it sure ought to be.

MAPS of LOS ANGELES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (below — scroll down)

And, beow are maps of LAX. The 747/Endeavour will land on the southern runway paralleling the Imperial Highway at the terminus of Freeway 105 and likely approach, as most aircraft do when landing at LAX, from east, landing to the west toward the Pacific Ocean. Expect it to stop about three-quarters of the way down the runway. Great views of her to the east will be possible for a wide swatch of Los Angeles along the 105.

Note, however: That Mother-of-all-LAX-Planespotting — at the In-n-Out Burger on Sepulveda at the end of the northernmost easternmost end of the runway — will be worthless since the shuttle will be approaching and landing far away to the south.

At the Sepulveda location planes dip almost directly over your head which makes it a great place, especially since the landing lights straddle Sepulveda.

On the other hand, If you’re not expecting it, you might swallow your entire burger and fries in a single gulp when the first one rumbles over you.

At the peak hours as many as 10 planes can land adjacent to you as you sit in line waiting at In-n-Out to get your burgers.

LAX courtesy of Google maps. NASA905 will likely land east to west (right to left) rolling to a stop about 3/4 down the southernmost (bottom) runway. Watching her land from Imperial Highway will be a cinch. Even better would be if you were checked into one of the rooms at the Embassy Suites midway down the runway. No surprise. The hotel is completely booked.

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LAX as it is known to pilots and the FAA. The 747 will spend Thursday night at Dryden/Edwards (high desert north of Palmdale), then head to Northern California before landing at LAX between 11am and Noon. Endeavour will go through the streets of LA on October 12/13, and is expected to open for public viewing at the California Science Center on October 30.

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(NASA advisory to Media == Thursday morning, September20, 2012)

SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR FERRY FLIGHT CONTINUES WEST

HOUSTON — The space shuttle Endeavour atop its 747 Shuttle Carrier
Aircraft (SCA) is scheduled to depart Houston’s Ellington Field at
about 7 a.m. CDT on Thursday for California.

Departure is planned to the south with low flybys of Clear Lake and
NASA’s Johnson Space Center expected before the aircraft and shuttle
turn northwest for a final pass over Houston heading west.

Public viewing only will be allowed from the permanent fence line at
Ellington Field. Only news media and essential personnel will be
allowed inside the perimeter fence.

After departing the Houston area, the flight plan includes a low pass
over the downtown Austin area near the Texas State Capitol building
between 7:30-8 a.m.

A fueling stop is planned at about 8:30 a.m. MDT in El Paso at Biggs
Army Air Field. Takeoff from Biggs is planned for about 11 a.m.

After the refueling stop at Biggs, the SCA and Endeavour will make
low-level flybys of the White Sands Missile Range and NASA’s White
Sands Test Facility in New Mexico, as well as Tucson, Arizona en
route to California. The flyover of Tucson will take place
approximately an hour and 15 minutes after departure from Biggs.

Arrival at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force
Base is scheduled for approximately noon PDT.

Following an overnight stay, the SCA and Endeavour will salute the
Edwards Air Force Base area early Friday with a low flyby northbound
to Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. Next the duo will
travel south, making a pass over NASA’s Ames Research Center,
Vandenberg Air Force Base and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory before
heading into the Los Angeles area.

Finally, the SCA and Endeavour will land about noon PDT at Los Angeles
International Airport (LAX), for an arrival ceremony before Endeavour
is taken off the 747 and transported to its permanent home at the
California Science Center next month.

The exact timing and path of the ferry flight will depend on weather
conditions and operational constraints. Some planned flyovers or
stopovers could be delayed or canceled.

During the cross-country ferry flight, social media users are
encouraged to share their Endeavour sightings using the hashtags
#spottheshuttle and #OV105, Endeavour’s vehicle designation.

For more information about NASA’s transfer of space shuttles to
museums, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/transition

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Endeavour took off from Kennedy Space Center about 7:18am and after flying the Visitors Center, the VAB and a part of the coast, circled back and came back low over the SLF in a final salute. She then turned west toward Houston/Ellington.

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Before taking off from the north to the south, Endeavour/747 taxied the entire length of the SLF, stopping midway down the runway for media and guests.

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Rain threatened and KSC officials debated holding the Endeavour’s departure for a third day, but in the end gave her the greenlight to go.

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Far in the distance, Endeavour banks past the Vehicle Assembly Building where for 20 years her journeys back to space began.

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