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Here is a list of the Flight Data File (FDF) flown on shuttle mission STS-102, a logistics/crew rotation flight to the proto-ISS. If "Copies Flown" has a number in parenthesis, that is the normal number of books flown. The actual number of books flown on this mission is listed next. This lists only the "bound" copies of the books, not the flip books, cue ...


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When the SRBs light nothing will stop them short of propellant exhaustion. The hold down bolts cannot hold the stack and with no main engines it won't reach any kind of altitude in two minutes of burn and have no directional control. This opens a whole range of ugly scenarios the engineers have had many sleepless nights over. This is a situation that simply ...


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It appears that the 20 engines are all accounted for. (Note that the chart from Wikipedia lists engine 2048 twice (once with powerhead 6007 and once with powerhead 6021).) Here is the list of engines, their planned usage, and their last Shuttle flight. 2043 / none at present / STS-108 L SSME 2044 / SLS launch # 4 / STS-133 C SSME 2045 / SLS launch # 1 / ...


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Magellan (to Venus) Launched May 1989 on STS-30 Galileo (to Jupiter) Launched October 1989 on STS-34 Ulysses (to the Sun) Launched October 1990 on STS-41


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The Orbiters changed over time so that, for example, Columbia when it was destroyed was quite a bit different from when it was delivered. When writing this up I've tried ignore the temporal differences and to list the major differences that had an effect on operations. All the Orbiters had different things failed in them at various times that were not ...


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I'm having some trouble finding definitive numbers for some of the upper stages used with the shuttle, but these look like the biggies: Inertial Upper Stage (IUS), actually 2 solid rocket stages; Orbus-21 (27-28 MNs) and Orbus-6 (7.7 MNs) for a total of around 35 MNs Transfer Orbit Stage (TOS), Orbus-21 solid rocket, 28 MNs PAM-D-II, Star-63 solid rocket, 9-...


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Yes. Ulysses was quite a light weight, only 370 kg. For comparison, the Galileo probe, which was put in to Jupiter's atmosphere, weighted almost that much, and that was a small part of Galileo, which in total weighed about 2562 kg. Much of that mass was to orbit the planet, also the communications was supposed to be better, as the prime part of Galileo was ...


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I think it's just barely possible that 1850s technology could achieve a crewed suborbital launch above the Kármán line, similar to the first crewed Mercury missions, but that anything beyond that would not be possible. Without modern rocket engines, the best propulsion option is a black powder rocket. This has a specific impulse of about 80 seconds (a ...


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In addition to previous answers: 2013 Luca Parmitano played synthesizer keyboard from ISS in duplex with Didier Marouani live concert (2:37 in the following video) 2018 Andrew Feustel and Scott Tingle play guitars 2018 "international space band". Anton Shkaplerov and Oleg Artemyev learned to play Peruvian pipes; Andrew ...


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This is not a comprehensive answer as such, but rather an attempt to put information from @OrganicMarble answer and also information from this unofficial Russian webpage into consize "laymen's terms", as requested by OP, for ISS decompression. There might be a confusion regarding what exactly OP means under "potentially catastrophic". In order to have ...


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The major difference between the response to a cabin leak in the shuttle and station is that, if the leak cannot be stopped, the shuttle would terminate its mission and enter, and the station (or parts of it) would be abandoned. Some information about leak isolation procedures on the station can be found in the answers to Can they isolate individual modules ...


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Yes. The procedures can be found in the Orbit Pocket Checklist, page 4-3. The title is O2 (N2) FLOW HIGH / CAB P LOW / dP/dT. Since your question only asks whether it exists / has been published, I will not attempt to explain it. The procedure is lengthy, here is the first page.


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