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MCC Answers: STS-112

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1. Patrick Donovan, of Cameron Park, Calif., asks the question:
Why is the space station in a 51.6-degree inclined orbit instead of something less or something more?
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2. Hai Nguyen, of Houston, Texas, asks the question:
Is there ever a period where Mission Control loses communication with the shuttle or station? From my limited understanding, the zone of exclusion has been closed with the Guam Remote Ground Relay Terminal, but is there still a loss of communication as the signal is handed over from one satellite to the next?
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3. Steve Madwin, of Fremont, Calif., asks the question:
I understand the assembly sequence of the truss structure, but what happened to the S2/P2 Truss segments?
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4. Michael Ravnitzky, of Silver Spring, Md., asks the question:
How many times are the orbiter drag chutes typically re-used? What happens to the ones that are no longer usable?
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5. Ralph Branch, of Richton Park, Ill., asks the question:
Does the MCC personnel follow the same sleep schedule as the crew?
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6. Amy Slibolt, of Cody, Wyo., asks the question:
Why are the astronauts told to load fluids and take salt tablets just before they end the mission?
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7. Kirby Runyon, of Spring Arbor, Mich., asks the question:
My question concerns how the orbiter attains the ISS' altitude. When the orbiter achieves the 122-nautical-mile orbit after launch, what maneuvers does it perform to allow for an orbit of 250 nautical miles?
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8. Scott Rowe, of Saint Peters, Mo., asks the question:
What happens to the Z1 Truss after the P6 is repositioned?
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9. Sebastian Stabroth, of Braunschweig, Germany, asks the question:
Congratulations! The new ET camera launch view was terrific. Since the camera lens became fogged during SRB separation, how do you prevent the orbiter front windows from fogging at that moment of ascent?
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10. Meggyesi Zalán, of Pécs, Hungary, asks the question:

What is the cargo bay capacity of the space shuttle?
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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 10/21/2002
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