David Kirkpatrick

November 28, 2008

Endeavour set for Sunday landing

Filed under: Science — Tags: , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:34 pm

The release from a few minutes ago:

Space Shuttle Endeavour Set to Land Sunday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The space shuttle Endeavour crew is expected to complete its mission to the International Space Station with a landing at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 1:19 p.m. EST on Sunday, Nov. 30. This will conclude a 16-day flight, 11 of which were spent docked to the station.

(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO )

The STS-126 mission began Nov. 14 and prepared the space station to house six crew members for long-duration missions. The new station cargo includes a water recovery system, additional sleeping quarters, a second toilet and a resistance exercise device. During four spacewalks, the crew serviced the station’s two Solar Alpha Rotary Joints, which allow its solar arrays to track the sun, and installed new equipment in support of future assembly missions. The flight also delivered station resident Sandra Magnus to the outpost. Greg Chamitoff will return to Earth aboard Endeavour after spending more than five months aboard the complex.

The entry flight control team in Mission Control, Houston, will evaluate weather conditions at Kennedy before permitting Endeavour to return to Earth. Sunday landing opportunities at Kennedy are at 1:19 p.m. and 2:54 p.m.  The secondary landing site at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., will be activated Sunday for consideration as well. The opportunities at Edwards are 4:24 p.m. and 5:59 p.m.

Approximately two hours after landing, NASA officials will hold a media briefing to discuss the mission. The participants will be:

  — Michael Griffin, NASA administrator
  — Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for Space Operations
  — Mike Leinbach, NASA space shuttle launch director

After touchdown in Florida, the astronauts will undergo physical examinations and meet with their families. The STS-126 crew is expected to hold a news conference at approximately 6 p.m. Sunday.  Both news events will be broadcast live on NASA Television.

For NASA TV downlink information, schedules and links to streaming video, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

  For the latest information about the STS-126 mission, visit:

  http://www.nasa.gov/shuttle

  For more on the International Space Station, visit:

  http://www.nasa.gov/station

Photo:  NewsCom:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO
AP Archive:  http://photoarchive.ap.org/
PRN Photo Desk, photodesk@prnewswire.com
Source: NASA
   

Web site:  http://www.nasa.gov/

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