SUPER SIMPLE PUDDING PAINT

Pudding Paint

I love edible finger paint. What’s not to love? Your toddler gets to be creative, explore through their senses and you don’t have to worry about them tasting it. It’s the best of both worlds. We have made a few other edible paint recipes in the past found here and here. We especially love the greek yogurt recipe but I thought why not sweeten it up a bit? Enter the Pudding Paint.

FOR THIS ACTIVITY YOU WILL NEED:
-Vanilla pudding
-Food coloring

THIS ACTIVITY:

-Promotes creativity and exploration
-Teaches colors
-Builds fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination
-Promotes learning through the senses including touch, taste, sight, and smell

Directions:

Prepare the pudding per the directions

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When ready, divide the pudding equally into 4 containers (or how ever many colors you want)

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Add the food coloring and stir!

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EASY as that!

I laid out the paint and some extra tools that I thought she could use.

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She used the pipe cleaner to dip in the paint

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She started out with the pom pom by dipping them in the paint before she decided it was more fun to put them in her mouth. I had to watch her very carefully and I think we will be saving pom pom fun for the future!

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She was having a blast painting and TASTING

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The pudding makes a very nice smooth texture that I am sure feels great.

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The end result-I think more ended up in her mouth than on the paper!

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TIPS:
- Put on some play clothes that you don’t care about getting dirty
-Use a mess mat ( I use a dollar store plastic shower curtain)
-Do right before bath time!

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    This is brilliant and I bet it smelled lovely too. We used jello to make play dough last week and it certainly added another dimension.

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    I let my 2nd graders finger paint with pistachio pudding when I taught. (I checked for allergies first, of course.) The pistachio had enough color and the nut bits added tactile interest. I covered the desk tops with butcher paper and taped down the corners. I’d start with a little directed play (spelling words, math problems, shapes or whatever) and then the fun was on! GREAT indoor recess day!
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    • Brittany says

      Do you have any Kool-aid? You could use that to dye the pudding. If not, you could just leave it the off white color of the pudding. It is still a great sensory experience and art project!

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The targeted circular orbit is 11,047 nautical miles with an inclination of 55 degrees.T+3:28:53.0Begin spin-upThe next step in preparing for deployment of the payload is gently spinning up the stage like a top.T+3:33:03.0Separate spacecraftThe GPS 2F-1 satellite is released into space from the Delta 4 rocket to begin a new era of upgrading the orbiting navigation network.Image and data source: Boeing/ULA.Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final space shuttle mission is now available in our store. Get this piece of history!STS-134 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of space shuttle Endeavour is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-134. Available in our store!Ares 1-X PatchThe official embroidered patch for the Ares 1-X rocket test flight, is available for purchase.Apollo CollageThis beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos.Project OrionThe Orion crew exploration vehicle is NASA’s first new human spacecraft developed since the space shuttle a quarter-century earlier. The capsule is one of the key elements of returning astronauts to the Moon.Fallen Heroes Patch CollectionThe official patches from Apollo 1, the shuttle Challenger and Columbia crews are available in the store. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.GPS 2F-3 launch timeline SPACEFLIGHT NOWPosted: Sept. 30, 2012 T-0:00:05.5Engine startThe RS-68 main engine begins to ignite as the liquid hydrogen fuel valve is opened, creating a large fireball at the base of the rocket. The engine powers up to full throttle for a computer-controlled checkout before liftoff.T-0:00:00.0LiftoffThe rocket’s two strap-on solid rocket motors are lit, the four hold-down bolts are released and the Delta 4 lifts off from Cape Canaveral’s pad 37B. The pad’s three swing arms retract at T-0 seconds.T+0:01:00.2Max-QThe vehicle experiences the region of maximum dynamic pressure. Both solid motors and the RS-68 liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine continue to fire as the vehicle heads downrange, arcing over the Atlantic along a 105-degree flight azimuth.T+0:01:40.0Jettison solid motorsHaving used up all their solid-propellant and experienced burnout six seconds ago, the two strap-on boosters are jettisoned from the Delta’s first stage. The spent casings fall into the ocean.T+0:04:05.6Main engine cutoffThe hydrogen-fueled RS-68 rocket engine completes its firing and shuts down to finish the first stage burn.T+0:04:11.6Stage separationThe Common Booster Core first stage and the attached interstage are separated in one piece from the Delta 4’s upper stage. The upper stage engine’s extendible nozzle drops into position as the first stage separates.T+0:04:26.1Second stage ignitionThe upper stage begins its job to place the GPS 2F-3 satellite into space with the first of three firingsby the RL10B-2 liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine.T+0:04:36.5Jettison payload fairingThe four-meter diameter composite payload fairing that protected the GPS 2F-3 cargo atop the Delta 4 during the atmospheric ascent is no longer needed, allowing it to be jettisoned in two halves.T+0:12:11.5Upper stage shutdownThe RL10 upper stage engine shuts down to complete its first firing of the launch. The rocket and attached satellite reach a parking orbit.T+0:21:17.4Restart upper stageAfter a 9-minute coast period, the upper stage is reignited to raise the apogee to the medium-Earth orbit altitude.T+0:24:34.4Upper stage shutdownAt cutoff time for the second burn, the upper stage will reach the intermediate transfer orbit where it coasts for the next three hours.T+3:20:44.6Restart upper stageThe upper stage reaches the proper point in space and reignites the the RL10 engine to circularize the orbit.T+3:22:22.5Upper stage shutdownThe powered phase of the Delta 4’s mission to reach the GPS constellation concludes. The targeted circular orbit is 11,047 nautical miles with an inclination of 55 degrees.T+3:28:53.0Begin spin-upThe next step in preparing for deployment of the payload is gently spinning up the stage like a top.T+3:33:03.0Separate spacecraftThe GPS 2F-3 satellite is released into space from the Delta 4 rocket to upgrade the orbiting navigation network.Image and data source: Boeing/ULA.John Glenn Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The historic first orbital flight by an American is marked by this commemorative patch for John Glenn and Friendship 7.Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final space shuttle mission is available in our store. Get this piece of history!Celebrate the shuttle programFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This special commemorative patch marks the retirement of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. Available in our store!Anniversary Shuttle PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This embroidered patch commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Program. The design features the space shuttle Columbia’s historic maiden flight of April 12, 1981.Mercury anniversaryFree shipping to U.S. addresses!Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alan Shephard’s historic Mercury mission with this collectors’ item, the official commemorative embroidered patch.Fallen Heroes Patch CollectionThe official patches from Apollo 1, the shuttle Challenger and Columbia crews are available in the store. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.GPS 2F-3 satellite launched by Delta 4 rocketSPACEFLIGHT NOWPosted: Sept. 30, 2012 Upgrading the Global Positioning System one launch at a time, a modern bird soars to space atop a Delta 4 launch vehicle to replace a long-surviving navigation satellite deployed 19 years ago, a durable craft of the past that doubled life’s expectations and will give way to current advancements. Liftoff occurred at 8:10 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral’s Complex 37.See our for the latest news on the launch.Photo credit: Pat Corkery/United Launch AllianceGPS 2F-3 satellite readied to launchSPACEFLIGHT NOWPosted: Sept. 30, 2012 About three weeks before before its scheduled launch, the U.S. Air Force’s Global Positioning System 2F-3 navigation satellite was encapsulated in the Delta 4 rocket’s two-piece nose cone at Cape Canaveral’s DSCS Processing Facility, then transported to Complex 37 a week later for hoisting into the mobile service gantry and placement atop the United Launch Alliance Delta 4 rocket.The bullet-shaped shroud protects the satellite during ascent through Earth’s atmosphere during the first four-and-a-half minutes of flight and then gets jettisoned to uncover the craft after the threshold the space is reached.See our for the latest news on the launch.Photo credit: United Launch AllianceGPS 2F-6 launch timeline T-0:00:05.0Engine startThe RS-68 main engine begins to ignite as the liquid hydrogen fuel valve is opened, creating a large fireball at the base of the rocket. The engine powers up to full throttle for a computer-controlled checkout before liftoff.T-0:00:00.0LiftoffThe rocket’s two strap-on solid rocket motors are lit, the four hold-down bolts are released and the Delta 4 lifts off from Cape Canaveral’s pad 37B. The pad’s three swing arms retract at T-0 seconds.T+0:01:00.7Max-QThe vehicle experiences the region of maximum dynamic pressure. Both solid motors and the RS-68 liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine continue to fire as the vehicle heads downrange, arcing over the Atlantic along a 45-degree flight azimuth.T+0:01:40.0Jettison solid motorsHaving used up all their solid-propellant and experienced burnout six seconds ago, the two strap-on boosters are jettisoned from the Delta’s first stage. The spent casings fall into the ocean.T+0:04:07.2Main engine cutoffThe hydrogen-fueled RS-68 rocket engine completes its firing and shuts down to finish the first stage burn.T+0:04:14.5Stage separationThe Common Booster Core first stage and the attached interstage are separated in one piece from the Delta 4’s upper stage. The upper stage engine’s extendible nozzle drops into position as the first stage separates.T+0:04:29.0Second stage ignitionThe upper stage begins its job to place the GPS 2F-6 satellite into space with the first of two firings by the RL10B-2 liquid hydrogen/liquid oxygen engine.T+0:04:39.5Jettison payload fairingThe four-meter diameter composite payload fairing that protected the GPS 2F-6 cargo atop the Delta 4 during the atmospheric ascent is no longer needed, allowing it to be jettisoned in two halves.T+0:15:31.5Upper stage shutdownThe RL10 upper stage engine shuts down to complete its first firing of the launch. The rocket and attached satellite reach an intermediate transfer orbit where it coasts for the next three hours.T+3:03:25.0Restart upper stageThe upper stage reaches the proper point in space and reignites the the RL10 engine to circularize the orbit.T+3:05:08.2Upper stage shutdownThe powered phase of the Delta 4’s mission to reach the GPS constellation concludes. The targeted circular orbit is 11,047 nautical miles with an inclination of 55 degrees.T+3:15:49.5Separate spacecraftThe GPS 2F-6 satellite is released into space from the Delta 4 rocket to upgrade the orbiting navigation network.Image and data source: Boeing/ULA.John Glenn Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The historic first orbital flight by an American is marked by this commemorative patch for John Glenn and Friendship 7.Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final space shuttle mission is available in our store. Get this piece of history!Celebrate the shuttle programFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This special commemorative patch marks the retirement of NASA’s Space Shuttle Program. Available in our store!Anniversary Shuttle PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This embroidered patch commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Program. The design features the space shuttle Columbia’s historic maiden flight of April 12, 1981.Mercury anniversaryFree shipping to U.S. addresses!Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alan Shephard’s historic Mercury mission with this collectors’ item, the official commemorative embroidered patch.Fallen Heroes Patch CollectionThe official patches from Apollo 1, the shuttle Challenger and Columbia crews are available in the store. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.GPS 2R-11 launch timelineSPACEFLIGHT NOW

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    Posted: July 28, 2004GeneralOne of five planets known to ancient astronomers; in mythology Mercury was the fleet-footedmessenger of the gods, a fitting name for a planet that moves quickly across the skyClosest planet to the Sun; second smallest planet in the solar system (larger only than Pluto)Visited by only one spacecraft: NASA’s Mariner 10 (1974-75), which examined less than half thesurface in detailPhysical CharacteristicsDiameter is 4,878 kilometers (3,031 miles), about one-third the size of Earth and slightly larger than our MoonDensest planet in the solar system (when corrected for compression), with density 5.3 timesgreater than waterLargest known crater on Mercury’s pockmarked surface is the Caloris Basin (1,300 kilometersor 800 miles in diameter), likely created by an ancient asteroid impactSurface is a combination of craters, smooth plains and long, winding cliffsPossible water ice on the permanently shadowed floors of craters in the polar regionsEnormous iron core takes up 60 percent of the planet’s total mass – twice as much as Earth’sEnvironmentExperiences the solar system’s largest swing in surface temperatures, from highs above 450degrees Celsius (840 degrees Fahrenheit) to lows below -212 C (-350 F)Only inner planet besides Earth with a global magnetic field, though Mercury’s field is about 100 times weaker than Earth’s (at the surface)Extremely thin atmosphere contains hydrogen, helium, oxygen, sodium, potassium and calciumOrbitAverage distance from the Sun is 58 million kilometers (36 million miles), about two-thirdscloser to the Sun than the EarthHighly elliptical (elongated) orbit, ranging from 46 million kilometers (29 million miles) to 70million kilometers (43 million miles) from the SunOrbits the Sun once every 88 Earth days; moving at an average speed of 48 kilometers (30 miles)per second, it’s the “fastest” planet in the solar systemRotates on its axis once every 59 Earth days, but because of its slow rotation and fast speedaround the Sun, one solar day (from noon to noon at the same place) lasts 176 Earth days,or two Mercury yearsDistance from Earth (during MESSENGER’s orbit) ranges from about 87 million to 212 millionkilometers, about 54 million to 132 million milesSTS-134 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of space shuttle Endeavour is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-134. Available in our store!Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final space shuttle mission is now available in our store. Get this piece of history!Apollo CollageThis beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos.STS-133 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of space shuttle Discovery is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-133. Available in our store!Anniversary Shuttle PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This embroidered patch commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Program. The design features the space shuttle Columbia’s historic maiden flight of April 12, 1981.Mercury anniversaryFree shipping to U.S. addresses!Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alan Shephard’s historic Mercury mission with this collectors’ item, the official commemorative embroidered patch.An insider’s view of how Apollo flight controllers operated and just what they faced when events were crucial. Choose your store: Soviet SpaceFor the first time ever available in the West. Rocket & Space Corporation Energia: a complete pictorial history of the Soviet/Russian Space Program from 1946 to the present day all in full color. Available from our store.Choose your store: – – – Viking patchThis embroidered mission patch celebrates NASA’s Viking Project which reached the Red Planet in 1976.Choose your store: – – – Apollo 7 DVDFor 11 days the crew of Apollo 7 fought colds while they put the Apollo spacecraft through a workout, establishing confidence in the machine what would lead directly to the bold decision to send Apollo 8 to the moon just 2 months later. Choose your store: – – – Gemini 12Gemini 12: The NASA Mission Reports covers the voyage of James Lovell and Buzz Aldrin that capped the Gemini program’s efforts to prove the technologies and techniques that would be needed for the Apollo Moon landings. Includes CD-ROM.Choose your store: – – – | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.MESSENGER awaits launch on marathon trek to Mercury BY WILLIAM HARWOOD

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    “I’m looking forward to seeing the launch occur. The GPS 2F navigation satellite provides better real-time Position, Navigation and Timing services to the warfighter and commercial civil users around the globe,” said Col. William Cooley, Global Positioning Systems director.The Delta 4 rocket has been used to launch a host of National Reconnaissance Office satellites, Air Force communications spacecraft and NASA weather observatories. Now, it looks to add to its service of maintaining the GPS constellation.For more on the Delta 4 rocket and its flight history, see our .Liftoff is set for Thursday at 8:40 p.m. EST from pad 37B on 1.2 million pounds of thrust. The evening’s launch opportunity lasts until 8:59 p.m. EST.For more , see our special Info Sheet. Credit: Carleton Bailie/Boeing”A tremendous amount of work has been accomplished to date on this mission. There are hundreds of people on the satellite and launch teams who have been hard at work to ensure a successful launch and mission,” said Col. William Hodgkiss, the Air Force’s mission director.It is the first of three GPS launches planned through July to replace aging craft in the constellation.The decision to launch came after Phase 2 of the investigation into the low-thrust condition experienced by a Delta 4 rocket in October 2012. Although successful was that launch, officials have carefully studied the situation to prevent its reoccurrence. “Over the last several months, ULA and government teams have continued with Phase 2 of an investigation related to a successful Delta 4 launch that occurred in October 2012 in which the second stage engine thrust was lower than expected.” said Jim Sponnick, United Launch Alliance’s Atlas and Delta Programs vice president. The GPS 2F-5 satellite. Credit: Boeing”These additional investigation activities have confirmed that there is not a systemic issue with the Delta 4 second stage RL10B-2 engine. Additionally, the investigation results have reconfirmed that the system improvements that were implemented following Phase 1 of the investigation were appropriate.The Delta 4 rocket flew three times last year after putting in place additional inspections and changes to the way the engine is purged and thermally conditioned prior to ignition.Final analyses and testing should allow the investigation to wrap up in April.For tips on taking pictures of the launch, see our . And for details on where the best spots are to see the launch, see the .And if you will be away from your computer but would like to receive occasional updates, sign up for our to get text message updates sent to your cellphone. U.S. readers can also sign up from their phone by texting “follow spaceflightnow” to 40404. (Standard text messaging charges apply.)Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final space shuttle mission is now available in our store. Get this piece of history!STS-134 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of space shuttle Endeavour is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-134. Available in our store!Ares 1-X PatchThe official embroidered patch for the Ares 1-X rocket test flight, is available for purchase.Apollo CollageThis beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos.Project OrionThe Orion crew exploration vehicle is NASA’s first new human spacecraft developed since the space shuttle a quarter-century earlier. The capsule is one of the key elements of returning astronauts to the Moon.Fallen Heroes Patch CollectionThe official patches from Apollo 1, the shuttle Challenger and Columbia crews are available in the store. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Military communications satellite put atop Delta 4 SPACEFLIGHT NOWPosted: May 7, 2013 Pushing forward with plans to launch the Air Force’s fifth Wideband Global SATCOM communications satellite on May 22 to give the expanding constellation worldwide coverage, the craft departed its cleanroom Monday night and headed for the Delta 4 rocket’s launch pad. File image of Delta payload leaving Astrotech. Credit: NASAUnited Launch Alliance workers at Cape Canaveral’s Complex 37 hoisted the spacecraft atop the booster on Tuesday to complete assembly of the 217-foot-tall rocket.The Wideband Global SATCOM 5 spacecraft, built by The Boeing Company under a $342 million contract, will relay high-data-rate, large-volume communications such as voice, video conferencing, intelligence files and weather data.WGS 5 is headed for geosynchronous orbit 22,300 miles up to join the Pentagon’s communications infrastructure that routes information between civilian leadership and military forces around the globe.”The (WGS) system provides high-capacity communications to the Department of Defense, the White House Communications Agency, the Department of State and an increasing number of international partners,” said Gen. William Shelton, leader of Air Force Space Command.”Once WGS 5 becomes operational, the constellation will be postured to provide worldwide coverage.”This satellite will aim its coverage zone over the Americas, providing X- and Ka-band communications to U.S. Northern Command, Southern Command and other continental United States-based users, officials said. The mission patch symbolizes WGS 5 becoming the second Block 2 satellite in orbit, joining the three Block 1 spacecraft. was launched in October 2007 to cover the vast U.S. Pacific Command that stretches from the U.S. western coast all the way to Southeast Asia. satellite followed with an April 2009 launch to serve U.S. Central Command and the forces in Afghanistan, Iraq and other parts of Southwest Asia. went up in December 2009 to cover U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command, plus lend additional support over the Middle East. inaugurated the upgraded Block 2 series for improved communications with unmanned aerial drones when it was launched in January 2012 to cover the Middle East and Southeast Asia for use by U.S. Central Command and U.S. Pacific Command.Boeing is building a fleet of 10 WGS satellites, and the next satellite launching later this summer, WGS 6, was financed in cooperation with Australia.”This is dedicated military satellite communications. It’s now international in nature. We’ve got international partners signed up with this. In fact the Australians have purchased a satellite to buy into the system,” Shelton said.This illustration depicts the major elements of the Delta 4 rocket and WGS 5. Credit: ULAThe WGS 5 satellite was shipped from Boeing’s factory in Los Angeles to the Kennedy Space Center runway, then taken to the commercial Astrotech spacecraft preparation facility in neighboring Titusville on March 9. It has undergone final testing, the loading of maneuvering fuel and encapsulation within the rocket’s nose cone since then.Monday night’s 25-mile trip from Titusville entered KSC to drive by the Vehicle Assembly Building and shuttle launch pad before heading down the beach at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station to Complex 37 where the Delta 4 awaits.The payload was raised into the gantry Tuesday for mating to the rocket to begin the final two weeks of pre-flight work.The move began the same day as the GPS 2F-4 navigation satellite was transported from its military cleanroom to the Atlas 5 rocket facilities at Complex 41 for mating to that booster. The mission is scheduled for liftoff May 15, kicking off two United Launch Alliance flights for the Air Force in just 7 days.The May 15 launch of Atlas with GPS will be possible during a window extending from 5:38 to 5:56 p.m. EDT.The May 22 launch of Delta with WGS will be possible during a window extending from 8:26 to 8:58 p.m. EDT.STS-134 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of space shuttle Endeavour is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-134. Available in our store!Final Shuttle Mission PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The crew emblem for the final space shuttle mission is now available in our store. Get this piece of history!Apollo CollageThis beautiful one piece set features the Apollo program emblem surrounded by the individual mission logos.STS-133 PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!The final planned flight of space shuttle Discovery is symbolized in the official embroidered crew patch for STS-133. Available in our store!Anniversary Shuttle PatchFree shipping to U.S. addresses!This embroidered patch commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Program. The design features the space shuttle Columbia’s historic maiden flight of April 12, 1981.Mercury anniversaryFree shipping to U.S. addresses!Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Alan Shephard’s historic Mercury mission with this collectors’ item, the official commemorative embroidered patch. | | | | 2014 Spaceflight Now Inc.Military weather satellite rockets into polar orbitSPACEFLIGHT NOW

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    STORY WRITTEN FOR & USED WITH PERMISSIONPosted: September 11, 2006The shuttle Atlantis is closing in on the interational space station this morning for a linkup that will kick off a busy week of work to attach and deploy a $372 million set of solar arrays. Docking is expected around 6:46 a.m.”Welcome to a wonderful day in micro gravity and thanks for your excellent work!” flight controllers said in a morning message to the crew. “Today your extraterrestrial peers are looking forward to greeting you and to getting your help to upgrade their home! Have a smooth docking!”Commander Brent Jett is flying a standard rendezvous profile, approaching the lab complex from behind and below. The terminal phase of the rendezvous procedure will begin a few minutes past 4 a.m. with the shuttle trailing the station by about 9.2 miles.On final approach, at a distance of about 600 feet directly below the station, with Atlantis’ nose facing forward and its open payload bay facing the station, Jett will carry out the slow 360-degree rotational pitch maneuver, or RPM, that will point the belly of the shuttle at the station.As the shuttle’s underside rotates into view, Expedition 13 commander Pavel Vinogradov and flight engineer Jeff Williams will photograph Atlantis’ belly with handheld digital cameras equipped with 400mm and 800mm lenses. The former has a resolution of three inches while the latter has a resolution of one inch.Imagery from the station will be downlinked to Houston for detailed analysis.”The RPM maneuver, or rendezvous pitch maneuver, is actually very visually dramatic,” Jett said in a NASA interview. “But from a flying standpoint, it’s not really any more difficult than any other type flying we do for rendezvous. The real significance of the RPM is that it allows the station crew to take photos of the underbelly tile areas of the orbiter, which we don’t inspect on flight day two. On flight day two, we’re looking primarily at leading edge of the wing so this is a whole other area of the thermal protection system, which allows the folks on the ground to analyze for any damage.”If for some reason we can’t do the RPM, it’s a significant impact to our mission because we still have to, at some point, go under there and look at the tile. The RPM is a very, very efficient way for us to do a little flip maneuver, as we approach the station and allow the station crew members to use an 800mm lens to photograph all the tile and send it down to the ground and let them analyze it. So it’s a real important maneuver.”After completing the pitch-around, Jett will position Atlantis about 400 feet directly ahead of the space station with the shuttle’s nose facing deep space and its cargo bay facing the lab complex. He then will guide the spacecraft to a docking with a pressurized mating adaptor attached to the front of the Destiny laboratory module.After leak checks, Vinogradov, Williams and European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter, ferried to the station aboard Discovery in July, will welcome the Atlantis crew aboard the station and provide a safety briefing before all nine astronauts get down to work.”Traditionally, space shuttle crews have kind of taken the day off after docking,” pilot Chris Ferguson said in a NASA interview. “It’s typically a very long and very busy day. They might do some general transfer operations after docking, but they would kind of pause and take the night off and begin the heavy construction the next day.”What we’ve elected to do … is to get right into the payload operations shortly after docking. So about two hours after we’re together, hard-mated and the hatches are open, Dan (Burbank) and I are going to extract the payload from the payload bay. Once again, this payload is huge, it occupies the entire payload bay and weighs about 36,000 pounds, so it’s no small operation. There are some areas where the clearances get rather tight.”Burbank, operating the arm, will have just one inch of clearance between the P3/P4 solar array truss segment and the OBSS heat shield inspection boom mounted along the right wall of the payload bay. As he is lifting the payload straight up from its perch in the cargo bay, Burbank will have to jog it slightly to the left to avoid the OBSS. It is a delicate procedure because of the payload’s inertia and the need to avoid any overshoots that could cause it to hit anything.Assuming all goes well, Burbank will position P3/P4 over the left wing of the shuttle. At that point, Canadian astronaut Steve MacLean, operating the space station’s more massive arm from inside the Destiny laboratory module, will grapple P3/P4 in a handoff maneuver and Burbank will release the truss with the shuttle’s arm.The Canadarm 2 crane will be positioned at work site 7 on the station’s P1 truss element, “which is as far as you can go on the space station with the station arm, or Canadarm 2,” MacLean said in an interview. “I’m prepositioned so I can accept the handoff. Dan will get it into position and then I’ll go in for the handshake when both arms are holding it. Dan will let go and we’ll park there over night.”MacLean said the handoff will mark a proud moment for Canada, which provided both robot arms and the Space Vision System that will be used Tuesday to precisely position P3/P4 for attachment to the station’s truss.”Don’t be surprised if you hear a call out on the ‘great Canadian handshake,'” MacLean joked at a pre-flight news conference. “But we are handshaking with a payload that is impressive, very high tech, that’s going to carry us forward to having the best orbiting laboratory in the world.”Pulling P3/P4 from the cargo bay starts a 35-hour timer. That’s how long the crew has to get the payload attached to the P1 truss and wired into the electrical system to power critical heaters. But the 13 umbilicals needed to route power and data to and from the new truss element will not be hooked up until Tuesday during a spacewalk by Tanner and Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper.Instead, P3/P4 will be left hanging out over the left wing of the shuttle Monday night, safely attached to the station’s robot arm, while the astronauts wind down from a very busy third day in space.Here is an updated timeline of today’s activities (in EDT and mission elapsed time):EDTDDHHMMEVENT__________________________________________________04:00 AM011645ISS: Verify RPM photo setup ready04:08 AM011653TI rendezvous rocket firing04:20 AM011705ISS in attitude04:44 AM011729Sunset05:07 AM011752Range: 10,000 feet05:15 AM011800Range: 5,000 feet05:17 AM011802Sunrise05:20 AM011805Begin final approach05:21 AM011806Range: 3,000 feet05:25 AM011810MC-4 rendezvous burn05:29 AM011814Range: 1,500 feet05:31 AM011816RPM start window open05:34 AM011819Range: 1,000 feet05:37 AM011822KU antenna to low power05:38 AM011823+R bar arrival directly below ISS05:43 AM011828Range: 600 feet05:45 AM011830Rendezvous pitch maneuver05:46 AM011831Noon05:53 AM011838End pitch maneuver05:54 AM011839RPM full window close05:56 AM011841Start pitch up maneuver to +V bar in front of ISS06:02 AM011847RPM start window close06:07 AM011852+V bar arrival; range: 310 feet in front of ISS06:08 AM011853Range: 300 feet06:12 AM011857Range: 250 feet06:16 AM011901Sunset06:16 AM011901Range: 200 feet06:19 AM011904Range: 170 feet06:21 AM011906Range: 150 feet06:25 AM011910Range: 100 feet06:28 AM011913Range: 75 feet06:32 AM011917Range: 50 feet06:35 AM011920Range: 30 feet; start stationkeeping06:40 AM011925End stationkeeping; push to dock06:45 AM011930Range: 10 feet06:46 AM011931Atlantis docks with space station06:49 AM011934Sunrise07:05 AM011950Hatch leak checks07:20 AM012005Group B computer powerdown07:35 AM012020Orbiter docking system preps for entry07:55 AM012040Hatches opened08:05 AM012050Shuttle robot arm (SRMS) grapples P3/P408:20 AM012105Welcome aboard!08:30 AM012115Safety briefing08:55 AM012140Station arm (SSRMS> configured08:55 AM012140Post-docking EVA transfer09:25 AM012210SRMS unberths P3/410:00 AM012245Mission status briefing on NASA TV10:15 AM012300EVA tools configured10:45 AM012330SRMS hands P3/P4 to SSRMS10:55 AM012340SRMS ungrapples P3/411:30 AM020015EVA camera setup11:55 AM020040EVA-1: Procedures review02:40 PM020325EVA-1: Tanner, Piper campout prebreathe03:25 PM020410EVA-1: 10.2 depress03:45 PM020430ISS crew sleep begins04:15 PM020500STS crew sleep begins05:00 PM020545Daily video highlights reel on NASA TV06:00 PM020645Post-MMT status briefing on NASA TVTanner and Piper will spend the night sealed up in the station’s Quest airlock module as part of a new “campout” procedure. The airlock’s pressure will be lowered from 14.2 pounds per square inch to 10.2 psi to help the spacewalkers purge nitrogen from their blood and prevent the bends when working in their 5-psi spacesuits.Tuesday morning, after a “hygiene break,” Tanner and Piper will begin donning their spacesuits, assisted by Jett. MacLean, meanwhile, will return to the Destiny module, take control of Canadarm 2 and move P3/P4 up to a pre-install position just a few inches from the left end of the station’s main truss.Motor-driven bolts will then engage to lock the new P3/P4 truss in place, clearing the way for Tanner and Piper to begin a critical spacewalk to wire it into the station’s electrical system, to remove launch restraints and to begin preparations for solar array deployment Thursday.

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