STS-129 is set to conclude with a homecoming to Florida, following a flawless mission for Atlantis and her crew. Landing at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is due at 9:44am Eastern, following an opening deorbit burn opportunity at 8:37am. Atlantis is working no issues, and has seen her Thermal Protection System (TPS) cleared for entry, despite some interest in the 5L RCC panel on her port wing.
STS-129 EOM (End Of Mission):
With perfect weather on the Florida Space Coast, it is highly likely Atlantis will complete a mission that launched at the first attempt and landed on the opening opportunity. Consumables onboard will allow for the orbiter to remain in space until Monday – if required – with LiOH (Lithium hydroxide) canisters the limiting factor.
“Planned EOM is Friday, November 27. Consumables support through EOM+3 (End Of Mission plus three days, Monday, Nov. 30,” noted the final Mission Management Team (MMT) summary presentation (L2) for a nominal EOM.
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“LiOH supports EOM+3 and is the limiting consumable. Supply Water supports eight opportunities over four days. Cryo can support 17 hours over EOM+3. OMS/RCS (Orbital Maneuvering System/Reaction Control System) margin ...