Today, after a final inspection during the maneuver “Backflip” at 11:07 am EDT (5:35 p.m.), Atlantis will make its docking (docking) with ISS. The third day begins with the flight crew wakes up at 3:29 am EDT (9:29).
The crew of space shuttle Atlantis woke up at 3:29 EDT (9:29) with the song “Mr. Blue Sky “by Electric Light Orchestra, played for Commander Chris Ferguson.
Today is day docking in space. Atlantis will arrive at a point approximately 600 feet (182.88 meters) directly below the station at about 10:06 am EDT (4:06 p.m.), and Ferguson will perform the maneuver of appointment by one degree per second and perform rotation “backflip” to allow members of the crew of ISS Expedition 28 to take on hundreds of high resolution photographs of the shuttle’s heat shield and other areas of potential interest.
Analysts Imaging will focus on the pictures to determine the state of the thermal protection system of the shuttle.
Once the rotation is completed, will position Atlantis Ferguson nose up and in front of the station by advancing slowly towards the ISS for docking.
At 1:19 pm (7:19 p.m.), traps will be open between the two vessels.
With Ferguson, Pilot Doug Hurley, mission specialists Rex Walheim and Sandy Magnus will join the then member of the Expedition 28: Major Andrey Borisenko and flight engineers Alexander Volkov and Sergei Samokutyaev (Roskosmos), Satoshi Furukawa (JAXA ) and Ron Garan and Mike Fossum (NASA). The joint team will conduct more than a week in port operations, transferring supplies and equipment of the station’s mid-deck of Atlantis and the “Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module” Raffaello logistics module, which will be transferred from the cargo bay and installed on the Harmony node of the station Monday morning. Once all cargo will be unloaded Raphaello, elements of waste station will be packed and placed in the cargo bay for return to Earth.
Once the shuttle leaves the Earth’s atmosphere, it takes about two days before reaching the International Space Station. To dock with the ISS, the shuttle must cross the orbit of the station. She must complete several orbits before arriving at the correct distance for docking. To bring the shuttle to the station, it will conduct a series of small orbital adjustments resulting from using thrusters and engines of the shuttle (forming the orbital maneuvering system). The verniers of attitude on the front and rear of the shuttle, are used to change the speed, the orbit and attitude. Once the shuttle is 50 meters from the ISS and the Control Center gives permission, the attitude of verniers are activated and the shuttle goes to the station.