plan crew activities before a mission. This image is a
detail of the STS-111 Crew Activity Plan. Peruse the timelines
a 12-day space shuttle mission or a six-month space station expedition
requires incredibly detailed planning. If you forget to bring something
with you, or you schedule two tasks for the same time period that
require the same piece of equipment, you're going to have problems.
people work together before and during a mission to ensure that
everything happens when it's supposed to happen and that everyone
gets what they need out of the mission.
Placed atop each console are initials or abbreviated names for each
console's function. Each console also has a "call sign," the name
the controller uses when talking to other controllers over the various
telephone communication circuits. In some cases, console names or
initials are the same as the call signs.
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Mason is a timeline change officer in the Payload
Operations Center at Marshall Space Flight Center in
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During shuttle missions, flight controllers in the Mission Control
Center, Houston, responded to questions submitted
via the Internet.
the many space flight support functions of the Flight Dynamics Facility
at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., is the essential
job of generating the data used to point ground-based and space-based
tracking and communications antennas at spacecraft, including the
space shuttle and the International Space Station. This pointing
data makes it possible to send commands and receive telemetry, science
data and television broadcasts from space. It also provides voice
communication between the Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas,
and the astronauts.
More than five years of planning can go into the development of
an International Space Station science experiment. NASA's payload
integration experts take into account the resource requirements
of each experiment and find the most efficient way to incorporate
it into the station's systems and the crew's timeline.
Shuttle Reference Manual
guide provides in-depth information of the Shuttle program.
a timeline change officer, Mason is responsible for updating
and maintaining the daily plan that is used by the crew to operate
science experiments onboard the International Space Station.
Reynolds was born with NASA in his blood. His parents worked
to support America's first ventures to space. Now, Reynolds,
a Marshall Space Flight Center engineer, communicates with crews
on the International Space Station, and was the designer of
a "tool holder" that makes space jobs easier and safer.|
since they visited the Marshall Space Flight Center's space
museum as little girls, Rita Sutton and Roxanna Sherwin knew
they wanted to be a part of the space program.