Sixth Time’s the Charm

The space shuttle Endeavour blasting off from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the STS-127 mission to the ISS.  Image Credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

The space shuttle Endeavour blasting off from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on the STS-127 mission to the ISS. Image Credit: NASA/Jim Grossmann

The space shuttle Endeavour launched yesterday, the sixth attempt for this mission to the International Space Station.  Unfortunately during liftoff, foam insulation from the external fuel tank broke away and struck the shuttle.  Later yesterday, Mission Control informed the crew that the damage appeared to less extensive than initially thought, but the extent of the damage will not be clear until Friday.  On Friday, when the shuttle arrives at the ISS, the crew there will photograph the entire shuttle as it performs a backflip before docking.  The shuttle does have a repair kit & repairs could be made during a spacewalk.  If the damage is too extensive, the shuttle crew could move into the ISS for 2-3 months to await rescue by another shuttle.  For more on the shuttle’s mission, check out this prior post.

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One Comment on “Sixth Time’s the Charm”

  1. James Best Says:

    I am very proud of the Canadian Astronauts on the ISS. The entire crews are making history that will bebfit the human race in the future. Keep up the fantastic work all of you are doing. I look forward to hearing and seeing about your groundbreaking space flight. I have always been amazed and interested in NASA’s ability to put men in space. Now, that the ISS has astornauts from aroun the world and both male& female space travellers are up there is something that I know I will remember for the rest of my life.


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