Endeavour Update

Endeavour as it performs a backflip, officially known as the Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver, shortly before docking with the ISS on Friday, July 17, 2009.  Photo credit:  NASA

Endeavour as it performs a backflip, officially known as the Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver, shortly before docking with the ISS on Friday, July 17, 2009. Photo credit: NASA

The space shuttle Endeavour arrived at the International Space Station on Friday.  Once docked, the combined crew made the largest number of astronauts ever on the ISS.

On Saturday during a 5.5 hour spacewalk, astronauts Dave Wolf and Tim Kopra successfully attached an experiment platform to the Japanese Kibo laboratory module.  The platform or porch is called the Japanese Exposed Facility, or JEF, and will allow for experiments to be performed in space.

Also on Friday and Saturday, NASA’s Debris Analysis Team reviewed photography of the shuttle Endeavour’s heat shield taken during the launch & as the shuttle docked with the ISS.  While the shuttle is not yet cleared to land, the Debris Analysis Team did not need more data from Endeavour, which is a good sign.

On Sunday, Mark Polansky and Doug Hurley worked with the shuttle’s robotic arm to maneuver a spare parts container for unloading from Endeavour.  Also, Tim Kopra and Koichi Wakata calibrated the robotic arm on the Kibo laboratory.

Unfortunately on Sunday the main toilet on the ISS broke, leaving only two others available.  Two of the astronauts worked to fix it on Sunday, but will have to return to working on it today.

Today, to mark the 40th Anniversary of the moon landing, the second spacewalk is scheduled. Astronauts Dave Wolf and Tom Marshburn, in a spacewalk scheduled to last 6.5 hours, will unpack the spare parts container that was moved for unloading yesterday & install a camera on the Kibo porch.

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