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MCC Answers: STS-113

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1. Miguel Gaviña, of Alcalá de Henares, Spain, asks the question:

What is MECO?
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2. Dewey Thompson, of Cleveland, Ohio, asks the question:

I know the shuttle is basically a glider when it returns to Earth, as it has no fuel left. Would it be able to return safely if the crew were unable to unload the payload bay while in orbit, or would the added weight prevent a safe return?
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3. Luis, of Madrid, Spain, asks the question:
My question is about the flight directors. I would like to know if all the missions have the same flight director or if it changes for every mission. Also, I would like to know how many flight directors are available in NASA, and how they reach the level of flight director. Thanks.
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4. David, of Kristinehamn, Sweden, asks the question:
I have a question regarding the shuttle's payload bay radiators. What color do they have? In some pictures they are blue, but in others they are gray!
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5. Richard Salzer, of Maineville, Ohio, asks the question:

What is composition of the breathing atmosphere provided in the ISS? Is it the same on the shuttle or other flights? Also, what pressure is maintained?
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6. Thomas Richman, of Anaheim, Calif., asks the question:
In the MCC, there are three main large viewing monitors displaying the shuttle's orbital elements, and the right-most panel displays a virtual image indicating what appears to be attitude or direction. I notice the small grayish objects that seem to wander around the horizon. What do these represent?
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7. Richard Evans, of Savannah, Ga., asks the question:
Is it possible to see the space shuttle or the space station pass over my city during the daytime hours?
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8. Bill Luhn, of Chicago, Ill., asks the question:
Since the shuttle is moving faster than the ISS until it catches up to it, physics would dictate that it must also be in a higher orbit. How much higher is the shuttle's orbit than the ISS' while it is catching up?
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9. Giles Harney, of Laurel, Md., asks the question:
On the graphic that has a green cone that depicts the station and shuttle during the docking phase, what does it mean when the color of the station and text turns to red?
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10. Mike Brumleve, of Lebanon, Ohio, asks the question:
Many structures on the ISS and in the shuttle payload bays have white fabric coverings. What are they made of, and what do they do?
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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 12/10/2002
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