STS-129 Crew Completes Robotic Arm Checkout

The STS-129 crew is wrapping up a busy day following the successful launch of Atlantis at 2:28 p.m. EST from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Scheduled to go to sleep around 8:30 p.m., the crew completed a thorough checkout of the shuttle’s robotic arm earlier in preparation for Tuesday’s survey of Atlantis’ wing leading edge panels and nosecap.

Beginning at 9 p.m., NASA TV will play Flight Day 1 highlights hourly until the STS-129 astronauts awaken at 4:28 a.m. Tuesday to begin their first full day in space.

Space Shuttle Mission: STS-129Launch of space shuttle Atlantis

Image above: Space shuttle Atlantis with its crew of six astronauts lifts off from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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Flawless Launch for Atlantis
The STS-129 mission is commanded by Charles O. Hobaugh and piloted by Barry E. Wilmore. Mission Specialists are Robert L. Satcher Jr., Mike Foreman, Randy Bresnik and Leland Melvin. Wilmore, Satcher and Bresnik are making their first trip to space.

Atlantis and its crew are delivering two control moment gyroscopes, equipment and EXPRESS Logistics Carrier 1 and 2 to the International Space Station. The mission will feature three spacewalks.

The mission also will return station crew member Nicole Stott to Earth and is slated to be the final space shuttle crew rotation flight.

STS-129 Additional Resources
› STS-129 Mission Overview
› STS-129 Press Kit (15.5 Mb PDF)
› Mission Summary (518 kb PDF)
› More about STS-129 Crew
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