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Shuttle Launches / Missions => Shuttle Launches / Missions => : varun March 15, 2009, 02:56:39 PM



: STS-119 Launch Tonight
: varun March 15, 2009, 02:56:39 PM
Astronauts Seated for Launch

The seven crew members of space shuttle Discovery are checking their communications gear this evening as the countdown to launch proceeds on schedule.

The astronauts are strapped inside the shuttle, with four on the flight deck and three on the lower level of the crew compartment. Commander Lee Archambault and Pilot Tony Antonelli are seated in the front seats surrounded by the instrument panels and windows needed to control the shuttle. Steve Swanson will serve as flight engineer during ascent, so he is sitting behind and between Archambault and Antonelli. Joseph Acaba is in a seat behind Antonelli where he, too, can help out during launch.

On the lower deck, Richard Arnold is closest to the hatch. John Phillips is in the center seat and Japan's Koichi Wakata is in the right-most seat. Sandra Magnus will sit in his place during landing, after Wakata transfers to the International Space Station.

PS.: SAS from Florida Tech is going to take pictures and videos. Check back at the forum for updates. If you plan to take any pictures, register for the forum and share it with everyone.


: Re: STS-119 Launch Tonight
: Andy March 17, 2009, 08:05:04 PM
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Credit: Rob Wilkos



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