NASA STS-129 Mission Footage (2009)


With Beautiful Blue-and-White Earth Below, Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-129) Approaches the International Space Station, November 18, 2009As Seen From the International Space Station
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1 October 20, 2009 STS-129 TCDT Launch Pad Media Q&A Play Video
2 October 29, 2009 STS-129 Post FRR News Conference Play Video
3 November 06, 2009 STS-129 Mission Profile Play Video
4 November 12, 2009 STS-129 Crew Arrival Play Video
5 November 14, 2009 STS-129 Pre Launch Briefing Play Video
6 November 15, 2009 STS-129 Countdown Status Briefing Play Video
7 November 16, 2009 STS-129 HD Launch Play Video
8 November 16, 2009 STS-129 Post Launch News Conference Play Video
9 November 16, 2009 STS-129 Launch Replays Play Video
10 November 17, 2009 STS-129 Mission Status Briefing Play Video
11 November 17, 2009 STS-129 Post MMT Briefing Play Video
12 November 18, 2009 STS-129 Docking to ISS Play Video
13 November 18, 2009 STS-129 Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver Sped Up Play Video
14 November 18, 2009 STS-129 Hatch Opening Play Video
15 November 18, 2009 STS-129 Mission Status Briefing Play Video
16 November 18, 2009 STS-129 Post-Mission Management Team Briefing Play Video
17 November 19, 2009 Expedition 21 Thanksgiving Message Play Video
18 November 19, 2009 STS-129 Mission Status Briefing Play Video
19 November 20, 2009 STS-129 In Flight Interview Play Video
20 November 20, 2009 STS-129 Interview With Tom Joyner Show Play Video
21 November 20, 2009 STS-129 EVA #1 Highlights Play Video
22 November 20, 2009 STS-129 US PAO Event with ESPN, BET & WRIC-TV.mp4 Play Video
23 November 20, 2009 STS-129 Mission Status Briefing Play Video
24 November 21, 2009 STS-129 EVA #2.mp4 Play Video
25 November 21, 2009 STS-129 Mission Status Briefing.mp4 Play Video
26 November 22, 2009 STS-129 US PAO Event with WTTG-TV/Bay News 9/WBBM Radio Play Video
27 November 22, 2009 STS-129 PAO Educational Event with Tennessee Tech University Play Video
28 November 22, 2009 Crews Celebrate Birth of Astronaut Bresnik's Daughter Play Video
29 November 23, 2009 Randy Bresnik Birth Statement Play Video
30 November 23, 2009 STS-129 Mission Status Briefing Play Video
31 November 23, 2009 STS-129 EVA #3 Highlights Play Video
32 November 24, 2009 Expedition 21 & STS 129 Joint Crew News Conference Play Video
33 November 24, 2009 Expedition 21-22 Change Of Command Ceremony Play Video
34 November 24, 2009 STS-129 Mission Status Briefing Play Video
35 November 24, 2009 STS-129 SRB Camera Replays Play Video
36 November 24, 2009 Happy Thanksgiving from NASA Play Video
37 November 25, 2009 STS-129 Sped Up Undocking And Fly Around Play Video
38 November 25, 2009 STS-129 Post-MMT Briefing Play Video
39 November 26, 2009 STS-129 US PAO Event Play Video
40 November 26, 2009 STS-129 Mission Status Briefing Play Video
41 November 27, 2009 STS-129 HD Landing Play Video
42 November 27, 2009 STS-129 Post-Landing Commander Statement Play Video
43 November 27, 2009 Entry Flight Control Team Video Replay Play Video
44 November 27, 2009 STS-129 Post-landing News Conference Play Video
45 November 27, 2009 STS-129 Mission Highlights Play Video
46 November 27, 2009 STS-129 Post-Flight Crew News Conference Play Video
47 November 27, 2009 Space Station Astronaut Nicole Stott Returns to Earth Play Video
48 December 01, 2009 STS 129 Crew Return To Ellington Field Play Video

Documentary Description

STS-129 Mission Footage

STS-129 Mission Summary, November 2009

Launch: 2:28 p.m. EST - Nov. 16, 2009

Landing: 9:44 a.m. EST - Nov. 27, 2009

Orbiter: Atlantis

Mission Number: STS-129 (129th space shuttle flight)

Launch Window: 10 minutes

Launch Pad: 39A

Mission Duration: 10 days, 19 hours, 16 minutes, 13 seconds

Landing Site: KSC

Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

Primary Payload: 31st station flight (ULF3), EXPRESS Logistics Carrier 1 (ELC1), EXPRESS Logistics Carrier 2 (ELC2)

Commander Charlie Hobaugh led the STS-129 mission to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Atlantis. Barry Wilmore served as the pilot. Mission specialists were Robert Satcher, Michael Foreman, Randy Bresnik and Leland Melvin. Wilmore, Satcher and Bresnik made their first trips to space.

The mission returned station crew member Nicole Stott to Earth. STS-129 was the final space shuttle crew rotation flight to or from the space station.

Atlantis delivered parts to the space station, including a spare gyroscope. The mission featured three spacewalks.

STS-129 was the 31st shuttle mission to the station.

STS-129: Stocking the Station


For the mission patch of STS-129, the sun shines brightly on the International Space Station above and the United States below representing the bright future of U.S. human spaceflight. Image: NASA

The spare parts delivered to the International Space Station by Atlantis during the STS-129 mission will mean spare years on the station’s life once the space shuttle fleet is retired.

“You’ll see this theme in some of the flights that are going to come after ours as well,” said Brian Smith, the lead space station flight director for the mission. “This flight is all about spares – basically, we’re getting them up there while we still can.”

With only one U.S. module left to deliver, the Space Shuttle Program is turning its attention to helping the space station build up a store of replacement parts. There are only half a dozen flights left in the shuttle’s manifest before they stop flying, and as the only vehicle large enough to carry many of the big pieces of equipment into space, several of the flights are devoted to the task. This is the first, however, and as the first this mission is dedicated to taking up the spares of the highest priority.

“We’re taking the big ones,” Smith said. “And not only are they the big ones – they’re the ones deemed most critical. That’s why they’re going up first.”

The spares are going up on two platforms – called external logistics carriers, or ELCs – to be attached on either side of the station’s truss, in hopes that wherever a failure happens, the necessary spare won’t be too far away. The ELCs carried up on STS-129 will be chocked full with two pump modules, two control moment gyroscopes, two nitrogen tank assemblies, an ammonia tank assembly, a high-pressure gas tank, a latching end effector for the station’s robotic arm and a trailing umbilical system reel assembly for the railroad cart that allows the arm to move along the station’s truss system. There’s also a power control unit, a plasma container unit, a cargo transportation container and a battery charge/discharge unit. In all, that’s 27,250 pounds worth of spares to keep the station going long after the shuttles retire.

Some of those spares would be used to replace failed components of the systems that provide the station power or keep it from overheating or tumbling through space. Others, in the case of the latching end effector and reel assembly, are essential parts of the robotics system that allow the astronauts to replace the other parts when they wear out.

“It was a long-term goal to have the full power production capability and all the international partners present and six person crew capability,” said Mike Sarafin, the lead shuttle flight director for the mission. “These are the spares that will allow us to utilize the investment that we’ve put in.”

Attired in training versions of their shuttle launch and entry suits, these six astronauts take a break from training to pose for the STS-129 crew portrait. Image: NASA

NASA isn’t nearly done investing in the station, however, and the agenda of Atlantis’ crew makes that clear. In addition to the complex robotics work required to get the spares into place, there are three spacewalks scheduled to go on outside and a complicated rewiring project planned for the crew inside.

The focus for the work inside, and object of several tasks inside, will be preparing for the STS-130 mission, during which the last U.S. space station module will be delivered: the Tranquility node with its attached cupola. During the spacewalks, that will mean routing connections and preparing the berthing port on the Harmony node that it will attach to. On the inside, the work is a little more extensive. Originally, Tranquility was to be installed on the Earth-facing port of the Harmony node, but it’s since been decided that it would fit better on the port side of Harmony. And changing the plans requires significant changes to the hardware. Data, power, cooling lines, air flow – all of those connections need to be rerouted to the new location, and with double the manpower normally available at the station, a shuttle mission is a good time to get that done.

However, even with the shuttle crew at the station, resources aren’t unlimited. Any mission would consider its plate pretty full, with the robotics work required to get the spares transferred to the station, the spacewalks and the Tranquility prep work inside. But unlike the other space shuttles, Atlantis wasn’t outfitted with the system that allows shuttles to draw power from the space station. That means that where recent station assembly missions have lasted up to 17 days, Atlantis has only 11 to get to the station and back.

“All that in 11 days,” Sarafin said. “It’s a lot to package into a finite period of time; it’s a challenging mission.”

Still, the STS-129 team intends to make the most of every second it has on orbit, just as the larger shuttle and station teams will make the most of each of the remaining missions. That’s not unusual, though – Atlantis’ Commander Charles O. Hobaugh would say that it’s characteristic of the entire effort that has gone into building the station.

“There’s been a lot of work put forth to make it all successful, and it’s just incredible to see how much has been accomplished and how successful it has become,” he said. “The space station has been a long hard road, but it’s been an extremely productive road. We’ve really been able to bring together a diverse national and international background of cultures for one common cause. It’s all science and exploration and cooperation.”


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