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Flight Director Matt Abbott talks to Paul Hill+ View High-res
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JSC2006-E-54706 (21 Dec. 2006) ---Flight director Matt Abbott talks to Paul Hill, Space Shuttle Mission Operations manager, in the Shuttle Flight Control Room during the final deployment of some small satellites from Space Shuttle Discovery's cargo bay.
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JSC2006-E-54709 (21 Dec. 2006) --- Overall view of the Shuttle Flight Control Room in the Johnson Space Center's Mission Control Center during the final deployment of some small satellites from Space Shuttle Discovery's cargo bay. On a screen in the front of the control room, a Department of Defense pico-satellite known as Atmospheric Neutral Density Experiment (ANDE) is released from the shuttle's payload bay by STS-116 crewmembers and viewed via live television on the ground. Santa Claus and one of his reindeer, who are also associated traditionally with low Earth orbit at this time of year, adorn the top of a console in the control room.
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JSC2006-E-54711 (21 Dec. 2006) --- Overall view of the Shuttle Flight Control Room in the Johnson Space Center's Mission Control Center during the final deployment of some small satellites from Space Shuttle Discovery's cargo bay. On a screen in the front of the control room, a Department of Defense pico-satellite known as Atmospheric Neutral Density Experiment (ANDE) is released from the shuttle's payload bay by STS-116 crewmembers and viewed via live television on the ground.
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JSC2006-E-54730 (21 Dec. 2006) --- A scene inside the Shuttle Flight Control Room in the Johnson Space Center's Mission Control Center during the final deployment of some small satellites from Space Shuttle Discovery's cargo bay. On a screen (top right) in the front of the control room, a Department of Defense pico-satellite known as Atmospheric Neutral Density Experiment (ANDE) is released from the shuttle's payload bay by STS-116 crewmembers and viewed via live television on the ground. A seasonal snowman adorns the top of a console in the control room, perhaps representing the hopes of some flight controller for a white Christmas, unfortunately not in the forecast for the Houston area this year.
Astronaut K. Megan McArthur, STS-116 Orbit 2 spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM)+ View High-res
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JSC2006-E-54743 (20 Dec. 2006) --- Astronaut K. Megan McArthur, STS-116 Orbit 2 spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM), talks with the astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery as they wind down toward the final 48 hours of an almost two-week mission in space.
Karl A. Silverman with the Space Flight Meteorology Group+ View High-res
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JSC2006-E-54933 (22 Dec. 2006) --- Karl A. Silverman with the Space Flight Meteorology Group checks on weather conditions in Florida as STS-116 flight controllers in Houston's Mission Control Center await the Dec. 22 landing of the Space Shuttle Discovery near the site from which the spacecraft launched almost two weeks earlier. Weather had earlier caused waving off the landing at the now-targeted, most frequently-used site and another in California.
Astronauts Kenneth T. Ham, Stephen N. Frick (far left, background) and Christopher J. Ferguson+ View High-res
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JSC2006-E-54962 (22 Dec. 2006) --- Astronaut Kenneth T. Ham talks to the astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery as nearly all focus is on determining the correct and safest one of three potential landing sites for the STS-116 mission. Astronauts Stephen N. Frick (far left, background) and Christopher J. Ferguson (partially obscured behind Ham) either assisted or acted as spacecraft communicators at the CAPCOM Console in the Space Shuttle Flight Control Room. Weather had earlier led to waving off the landing at the ultimately-targeted, most frequently-used Florida site and another in California.
Norm Knight (far right in the foreground), Steve Stich (center)+ View High-res
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JSC2006-E-54966 (22 Dec. 2006) --- Overall view of the Space Shuttle Flight Control Room, as seen from a point just behind the Flight Director console. Norm Knight, STS-116 entry flight director, is at far right in the foreground. Steve Stich (center) had been ascent flight director almost two weeks earlier when the Discovery successfully launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Flight controllers and astronauts were now assured of a landing at the same site. Weather had earlier led to waving off the landing of Discovery at the ultimately-targeted, most frequently-used Florida site and another in California.
Christopher J. Ferguson (right), Stephen N. Frick+ View High-res
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JSC2006-E-54970 (22 Dec. 2006) --- Astronaut Christopher J. Ferguson (right), monitors weather at one of the potential landing sites for the Space Shuttle Discovery as STS-116 flight controllers in Houston's Mission Control Center await the Dec. 22 landing of the spacecraft.Astronaut Stephen N. Frick assisted Ferguson and other spacecraft communicators at the CAPCOM console in the Space Shuttle Flight Control Room. Weather had earlier caused waving off the landing at the ultimately-targeted, most frequently-used Florida site and another in California.
STS-116 Orbit 2 flight control team+ View High-res
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JSC2006-E-54409 (15 Dec. 2006) --- The members of the STS-116 Orbit 2 flight control team pose for a group portrait in the shuttle flight control room of Houston's Mission Control Center (MCC). Flight director Matt Abbott holds the STS-116 mission logo.