Project Description
The NASA Space Shuttle TV Schedule Transfer to Outlook Calendar provides an easy method for you to transfer NASA's Space Shuttle mission schedules, published in Excel, to your Outlook Calendar.

Mission Schedules

With the close of the Space Shuttle era, I uploaded my collection, from 2008 through 2011, of the full set of Space Shuttle mission schedules, including as many revisions that were published during a particular mission, that I have. Mission schedules in this zip file include the full set of revisions for STS-119, STS-122, STS-123, STS-124, STS-125, STS-126, STS-127, STS-128, STS-129, STS-130, STS-131, STS-132, STS-133, STS-134, and STS-135. Head over to the Download page and download Mission Schedules.


Photo credit: NASA

Landing Transcript (July 21, 2011)

On July 21, 2011, 5:57 AM EDT, landing announcer, Rob Navias: "Having fired the imagination of a generation, a ship like no other, it's place in history secured, the space shuttle pulls into port one final time. It's voyage at an end."

Atlantis Commander Chris "Fergie" Ferguson: "Mission complete, Houston. After serving the world for over 30 years, the space shuttle has earned its place in history. It's come to a final stop."

Houston CAPCOM, astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore: "We copy your wheels stopped, and we'll take this opportunity to congratulate you, Atlantis, as well as the thousands of passionate individuals across this great, space-faring nation who truly empower this incredible spacecraft, which for three decades has inspired millions around the globe, Job well done."

Atlantis Commander: Chris "Fergie" Ferguson: "Hey thanks, Butch, great words, great words. You know, the space shuttle has changed the way we view the world and it's changed the way we view our universe. There are a lot of emotions today, but one thing is indisputable -- America's not going to stop exploring. Thank you Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Endeavour and our ship, Atlantis. Thank you for protecting us and bringing this program to such a fitting end. God bless all of you, God bless the United States of America."
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"It was an honor to be a guest of NASA to be at the first and only @NASATweetup for a Space Shuttle landing. To see a Space Shuttle's launch and landing was something I never expected."
Ralph Hightower

Launch Transcript (July 8, 2011)

Mike Leinbach, NASA Launch Director, radioed "OK, Fergie, we're starting to feel pretty good here on the ground about this one today so on behalf of the greatest team in the world, good luck to you and your crew on the final flight of this true American icon. And so for the final time, Fergie, Doug, Sandy and Rex, good luck, Godspeed and have a little fun up there."

Chris Fergurson replied "Hey, thanks to you and your team, Mike and until the very end, you all made it look easy. The shuttle's always going to be a reflection of what a great nation can do when it dares to be bold and commits to follow through. We're not ending the journey today, Mike, we're completing a chapter of a journey that will never end. You and the thousands of men and women who gave their hearts, souls and their lives to the cause of exploration ... let's light this fire one more time, Mike, and witness this nation at its best."


Idea Man, Project coordinator and Developer, Ralph Hightower's view of the liftoff of Atlantis from the NASA Causeway, July 8, 2011. Camera: Canon A-1, 70-205mm zoom lens @ 205mm, Kodak Ektar 100 film. Copyright 2011, Ralph Hightower.

At 11:29 AM EDT, July 8, 2011, Space Shuttle Atlantis launched her final mission, ending 30 years of Space Shuttle flights.
Kennedy Liftoff Commentator George Diller: "And liftoff. The final liftoff of Atlantis, shoulders of the Space Shuttle, America will continue the dream."

Johnson Launch Commentator, Rob Navias: "Houston now controlling the flight of Atlantis as the Space Shuttle spreads its wings one final time for a sentimental journey into history."

At MECO (Main Engine Cutoff): "Booster officer confirms Main Engine Cutoff. For the last time the Space Shuttle Main Engines have fallen silent as the shuttle slips into the final chapter of a storied 30 year adventure."


NASA's Final Four Space Shuttle Astronauts: STS-135 crew portrait. Pictured are NASA astronauts Chris Ferguson (center right), commander; Doug Hurley (center left), pilot; Rex Walheim and Sandy Magnus, both mission specialists. Photo credit: NASA

STS-135 Mission Patch

Atlantis Landing Gear Wheel Stop


JSC2011-E-068008 (21 July 2011) --- Red paint marks the location where Atlantis' main landing gear came to a stop on the runway after the space shuttle landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 21, 2011. The landing completed STS-135, the final mission of the NASA Space Shuttle Program. Photo credit: NASA Photo/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool

JSC2011-E-068007 (21 July 2011) --- Green paint marks the location where Atlantis' nose landing gear came to a stop on the runway after the space shuttle landed at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 21, 2011. The landing completed STS-135, the final mission of the NASA Space Shuttle Program. Photo credit: NASA Photo/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool

My interview with the local CBS affliliate WLTX: Ralph Hightower Wins NASA Tweetup to See Space Shuttle Atlantis Landing. The day before landing, I stopped by WLTX's studio to appear live on their morning show in the 6 AM time slot on my drive down to Florida for the @NASATweetup STS-135 Landing Tweetup.

Thirty years of Space Shuttle flights ended on July 21, 2011 at 5:57 AM EDT.

STS-135. Atlantis official launch date was July 8, 2011 at 11:26:46 AM EDT for a 12 day mission to the International Space Station. Atlantis will carry the Raffaello multipurpose logistics module to deliver supplies, logistics and spare parts to the International Space Station. The mission also will fly a system to investigate the potential for robotically refueling existing spacecraft and return a failed ammonia pump module to help NASA better understand the failure mechanism and improve pump designs for future systems.

After some drama with the weather not cooperating and at T-31 when the O2 vent hood signaled it hadn't fully retracted at the launch pad, Atlantis and her crew of four, CDR Chris Ferguson, PLT Doug Hurley, MS1 Sandy Magnus, and MS2 Rex Walheim, rocketed into history at 11:39 AM EDT to close out the Space Shuttle program.

My Flickr Photo Set "STS-135: Final Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis"

Where as the launch of Atlantis was filled with drama, the landing of Atlantis had none. There were no weather contrainst from bringing Atlantis home on July 21, 2011. The skies were crystal clear, or in the words of NASA Astronaut, Rick Sturckow, who was flying weather recon in the Shuttle Training Aircraft, "severe clear". At the runway viewing site for NASA's first and only Tweetup for a Space Shuttle landing, I was surprised by the twin sonic booms; they were sharp, crisp, and clear.

My Flickr Photo Set "STS-135 Landing: Atlantis Pulls into Port One Final Time"

Since the last Space Shuttle has entered retirement, this program also goes into retirement with the Space Shuttle fleet. I hope that you have found the program as useful as I have.

If you are on Twitter, there are a number of different Tweetups to follow for the launch of Atlantis of the @NASA #FinalFour @NASA_Astronauts to launch on the Space Shuttle: Commander Christopher Ferguson @Astro_Ferg, Pilot Douglas G. Hurley @Astro_Doug, Mission Specialist Sandra H. Magnus @Astro_Sandy, and Mission Specialist Rex J. Walheim @Astro_Rex:
  1. @NASATweetup/sts-135-launch 150 Twitters, selected at random by NASA tweeted coverage of prelaunch activities and tours of KSC and tweet their experiences from the press site, 3 miles from the launch pad, at the iconic countdown clock.
  2. @CausewayTweetup/sts135-causewaytweetup An informal gathering of those who tweeted from the A Max Brewer Causeway, aka, the NASA Causeway, 6 miles from the action on the launch pad.
  3. @SVPTweetup: Another informal gathering of those that tweeted from Space View Park in Titusville, FL, 15 miles from launch site. People could register at http://svptweetup.eventbrite.com/.

Launch Window for STS-135

From CBS Space News maintained by CBS News reporter, Bill Harwood
DATE WINDOW OPEN IN PLANE WINDOW CLOSE DOCKING/NOTES
07/08/11 11:21:46 AM 11:26:46 AM 11:31:46 AM FD 3
11:35:03 AM FD 4
07/09/11 10:59:15 AM 11:04:15 AM 11:09:15 AM FD 3
07/10/11 10:33:30 AM 10:38:30 AM 10:43:30 AM FD 3
10:46:44 AM FD 4
07/11/11 10:10:57 AM 10:15:57 AM 10:20:57 AM FD 3
10:24:16 AM FD 4
07/12/11 09:50:26 AM 09:50:16 AM 09:55:16 AM FD 3 *
09:58:26 AM FD 4
07/13/11 09:22:42 AM 09:27:42 AM 09:32:42 AM FD 3
09:35:56 AM FD 4
07/14/11 09:00:09 AM 09:05:09 AM 09:10:09 AM FD 3
09:13:28 AM FD 4
07/15/11 08:36:10 AM 08:39:28 AM 08:44:28 AM FD 3
08:47:39 AM FD 4
07/16/11 08:11:54 AM 08:16:54 AM 08:21:54 AM FD 3
08:25:09 AM FD 4
07/17/11 07:49:22 AM 07:54:22 AM 07:59:22 AM FD 3
08:00:11 AM FD 4
07/18/11 07:23:39 AM 07:28:39 AM 07:33:39 AM FD 3
07:36:51 AM FD 4
07/19/11 07:01:06 AM 07:06:06 AM 07:11:06 AM FD 3
07:14:21 AM FD 4
07/20/11 06:38:34 AM 06:43:34 AM 06:48:34 AM FD 3
07/21/11 06:12:51 AM 06:17:51 AM 06:22:51 AM FD 3
06:26:03 AM FD 4
07/22/11 05:50:18 AM 05:55:18 AM 06:00:18 AM FD 3
06:03:34 AM FD 4
07/23/11 05:27:46 AM 05:32:46 AM 05:37:46 AM FD 3
07/24/11 05:02:04 AM 05:07:04 AM 05:12:04 AM FD 3
05:15:16 AM FD 4
07/25/11 04:39:30 AM 04:44:30 AM 04:49:30 AM FD 3
04:52:47 AM FD 4
07/26/11 04:16:59 AM 04:21:59 AM 04:26:59 AM FD 3
07/27/11 03:51:16 AM 03:56:16 AM 04:01:16 AM FD 3
04:04:29 AM FD 4
07/28/11 03:28:43 AM 03:33:43 AM 03:38:43 AM FD 3
03:42:00 AM FD 4
  • In-plane launch time is 10 seconds earlier than planar open

Editorial Opinion

I do have to say that while the Space Shuttle cannot fly to the moon, nothing is comparable to the capabilities of the Space Shuttle to haul stuff up to low Earth orbit and also bring stuff back home. I find it sad that the Space Shuttle program is retired. I understand the reasons: after Challenger and Columbia, it was too cost prohibitive to recertify the Space Shuttle for flight. Constellation was underfunded from the get-go and became over-budget and behind schedule because of lack of adequate funding.

Still, I am overjoyed that I will finally check off THE TOP ITEM on my bucket list! I saw the last launch of Apollo, the US half of the Apollo/Soyuz launch, July 15, 1975. I saw, I heard, I felt! The thunder from the Saturn vibrated my chest! I am so anxious to compare the two launch experiences.

New Version 1.4.134.3 required for STS-134 (Endeavour)

Version 1.4.134.3 fixed a problem detecting the end of Endeavour's crew sleep period and is the recommended version for STS-134. A new version for Endeavour's final mission, STS-134, has been published to CodePlex. NASA Space Shuttle TV Schedule Release v1.4.134.2 is required for STS-134 mission schedules. There are three different sleep periods during the STS-134 mission, the Endeavour's crew, the International Space Station crew, and Expedition 27/28 crew member, Ron Garan. Prior versions could accomodate Space Shuttle and ISS crew sleep schedules, but not three. This version now handles STS-134 mission schedule files published in Excel format.

Version numbering scheme: the third number reflects the mission number. Newer versions are backward compatible with prior missions.

STS-134. Endeavour landed June 1, 2011 at 2:35 AM EDT for her final mission. Endeavour launched on her final mission at 08:56:24 AM EDT, May 16, 2011. STS-134 is a 17 day mission for the 36th station flight (ULF6) to deliver EXPRESS Logistics Carrier 3 (ELC3), Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS). Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is a cool tool! You don't want to miss this mission! This mission will be unique because ISS Expedition 27 crew will undock from their Soyuz and return to Earth. Changes to the AMS to switch out the helium cooled magnet for another magnet to extend the life of the AMS forced the delay of the mission. Below is the launch window for Endeavour. The April 29, 2011 launch was scrubbed due to a problem with an Auxiliary Power Unit thermostat.

STS-134 Related Notes

Revision A of the schedule that NASA published does not have a revision date in the schedule. Open up the spreadsheet and put 5/16/11 in where REV A is and save the spreadsheet.

STS-114 Launch and Landing Photographs

I like these photos of the STS-114, Return to Flight mission, commanded by Eileen Collins:

STS-114 Launch, July 26, 2005. Photo Credit: NASA|

STS-114 Landing, August 5, 2005. Photo Credit: NASA

Download this application before the Space Shuttle is retired!

You didn't? Well, that's okay because I uploaded my collection of NASA's Space Shuttle mission schedules to the Downloads.

Announcement

Do you answer yes to any of the following questions?
  1. Does the thunder and blaze of a launch still thrill you?
  2. Are you still interested in manned spaceflight?
  3. Do you still follow NASA's Space Shuttle missions?

If you answered yes to any of the questions, then this program is for you! The NASA Space Shuttle TV Schedule Transfer to Outlook Calendar program reads the Excel spreadsheet for the Space Shuttle mission TV schedules provided by NASA on their web site, www.nasa.gov/, and can transfer the schedule into your Outlook Calendar. By "syncing" your PDA with Outlook, you can have the NASA Space Shuttle schedules in the palm of your hand.

All you have to do is download the Excel spreadsheet from NASA to your local hard drive and then run the program and tell the program to open the Excel spreadsheet that you just downloaded.

Instructions for use:

  1. Create a category for the program to add to the schedule. I use "NASA TV Schedule - STS" and the program uses "NASA TV Schedule - STS" as the default. You want to assign a category to the mission schedule because the program will delete appointments by that category to revise the schedule.
  2. Download the Excel spreadsheet from NASA (http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/mission_schedule.html).
  3. Start the application and tell it to open the Excel file that you just downloaded.
  4. Select the events in the top half that you want to track in your Outlook calendar.
  5. Tell the program to transfer the selected events from the NASA schedule to your Outlook calendar.

There are several other buttons that make it easy as pushing a button to update your calendar, such as Select All, Remove Selected Events.
The Smart Select button looks at the date and time range of the NASA schedule file and selects those events in your Outlook calendar that is within the NASA schedule. This makes it easy to remove events and add rescheduled events. The "New Schedule Update" button makes it easy for you to open the revised schedule and have the program automagically update your schedule.

NASA Links
NASA - Space Shuttle
NASA - Shuttle Mission TV Schedule
NASA - International Space Station

Program Requirements

Programming Article

The technical article, NASA Space Shuttle TV Schedule Transfer to Outlook Calendar, published on CodeProject describes the programming aspects and development of the program, as well as the reasons for creating the program and problems encountered during the development process.

Technologies Used

  • C#
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2005
  • Microsoft Visual Studio Tools for Office

Reason for Development

I wanted an easier way to keep track of the television schedule for Space Shuttle missions. Prior to my seeing a need for this application, I manually entered key events, such as launch and landing, and the flight day highlights into my calendar in Outlook.

NASA publishes the television schedules for Space Shuttle missions as a PDF file and as an Excel spreadsheet. In addition, NASA makes frequent revisions to the schedule during a mission. NASA broadcasts the Space Shuttle missions on satellite, and their programming is available on streaming video from their website and affiliates, direct broadcast satellite, such as Direct TV or DISH Network, and on many cable systems.

During a Space Shuttle mission, NASA frequently revises their television schedule. There can be fifteen to twenty revisions for a mission, and each mission can have as many as two hundred events. That clearly demands a solution to automate.

Since Microsoft published the Visual Studio Tools for Office, I saw this as a perfect opportunity to create a program that reads the television schedules in Excel format and adds the schedule to my Calendar in Outlook as appointments.

Last edited Apr 22, 2012 at 3:37 PM by RalphHightower, version 92