Nov 15, 2008- Launch preps, night before launch

On the way to training, I saw the two booster recovery ships preparing to leave their dock in support of STS-126’s launch.


When I got back to the pad, I assisted with the mid deck experiment installation and testing, including the spider & butterfly habs that were installed. They were inside a locker on the mid deck so no, they won’t be free floating in the astronauts’ living area. Once that was done and all lockers were installed, I went to the white room and assisted with removing platforms and other equipment. You never realize how much stuff you have until you have to take it all out!

While that was going on, the RSS was rolled back and the vehicle was standing out there, the xenon lighting making it glow in the dark clear night. You can see the hydrogen flare stack off to the right of the pic.

Was able to walk around and get some photos during a lull in the work- climbed up to the 255 ft. level,

then down to the 215 ft level,

then the 195 ft level,

where you enter the crew module through the orbiter access arm

Plating had to be installed under the floor grates because some people, including astronauts, got freaked out walking over it when you could see the pad surface below. Some of the platforms are still like that, like in front of the Payload Changeout Room, and I can see where you could get a little dizzy going across it. I hear people complain or refuse to walk on it all the time. Won’t be going to work today so I can take the wife out to dinner. Launch is at 1955 hr.–Enjoy the show!

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About John Sep

Former Space Shuttle aerospace technician and private pilot now looking towards the next great adventure. Soon to be heading home from my overseas assignment! Transfered my blog from MySpace to here so check my older stuff for info and pictures from my days in space shuttle processing- lots of behind the scenes stuff! He drew pics, flew planes, fought fires and helped launch people into space - what will he do next?
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