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Saturday in space

6:53 a.m. ET: Discovery crew awakes.

8:33 a.m.: Rendezvous operations begin.

11:32 a.m.: Engine burn to adjust trajectory.

1:06 p.m. Discovery performs pre-docking backflip.

2:19 p.m.: Docking at International Space Station.

4:18 p.m.: Hatch opening and welcome ceremony.

4:53 p.m.: Station’s robotic arm grapples and removes spare parts pallet from payload bay.

5:53 p.m.: Station’s robotic arm hands pallet off to shuttle’s robotic arm.

6:38 p.m.: Station arm moves bases.

7:08 p.m.: Shuttle arm hands pallet back to station arm.

7:48 p.m.: Station arm installs pallet on Starboard-3 truss segment.

10:23 p.m.: Station crew sleeps.

10:53 p.m.: Discovery crew sleeps .

via Shuttle prepares for space station rendezvous – USATODAY.com.

CAPE CANAVERAL — Discovery will perform one of the most spectacular shuttle moves Saturday before docking at the International Space Station for the last time.

Discovery was the first orbiter to execute the nose-over-tail backflip just 600 feet below the outpost, as part of new heat shield inspection procedures that helped return the shuttle fleet to flight after the Columbia accident.

(at 1.06pm according to the chart above Saturday afternoon)

It can be seen on the NASA channel on cable or online at the NASA website with live video of the Discovery shuttle mission.

Very nifty.

– cricketdiane


I’ve yet to understand how they will be fixing satellites and retrieving them when it is required after the space shuttle program ends. Those things will still need to be done. Oh well.