(From Our Friends at OMSI in Portland Oregon)
SPACE SHUTTLE ATLANTIS STS-122
OMSI in Portland Oregon will offer space exploration enthusiasts a front row seat to watch Stanley Love from Eugene, Oregon and NASA’s Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-122 launch into space Thursday, February 7 at 11:00 a.m. for the 11:45 a.m. PST launch and flight to the International Space Station (launch dates and times subject to change). OMSI will be showing the lift-off in the auditorium live via satellite on NASA TV. Admission for the televised launch is free.
Space shuttle Atlantis’ upcoming 11-day mission will deliver a key component to continue construction of the International Space Station. During the first of three spacewalks, a laboratory module, known as Columbus, will be installed. The following day, astronauts will enter the European Space Agency’s module for the first time, expanding the research facilities of the station and providing crew members and scientists around the world the ability to conduct a variety of life, physical and materials science experiments. The shuttle also will deliver a new crew member and bring back another astronaut after a nearly two-month mission.
Joining Commander Frick on STS-122 will be pilot Alan Poindexter and mission specialists Leland Melvin, Rex Walheim, Stanley Love and European Space Agency astronauts Hans Schlegel and Leopold Eyharts. Eyharts will replace current station crew member Dan Tani, who has lived on the outpost since October. Eyharts will return to Earth on shuttle Endeavour’s STS-123 mission, currently targeted for launch on March 11, 2008.
Dr. Stanley Love was born June 8, 1965 in San Diego, California, but considers Eugene, Oregon to be his hometown. Married, with two children. His recreational interests include martial arts, alpine hiking, reading and writing science fiction, and appreciation of new music, cult films, and anime. His parents, Glen A. and Rhoda M. Love, reside in Oregon.
Dr. Love graduated from Winston Churchill High School, Eugene, Oregon, in 1983. Earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from Harvey Mudd College, Claremont, California, in 1987. Attended graduate school in Astronomy at the University of Washington in Seattle, receiving a Master of Science degree in 1989 and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1993.
For more information about the STS-122 mission, including images and interviews with the crew, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/main/
To watch the Shuttle launch on live NASATV, please visit: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/
There will be some viewing opportunities of both the space shuttle and ISS during the mission over Portland. For date and time: