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In one of its final missions, the space shuttle Endeavour launched this morning at 4:14am EST from the Kennedy Space Center. The shuttle mission has as its main goal the delivery of a connecting module to the International Space Station. The module will increase living space on the ISS and also has an attached robotic, windowed control station. Only four more missions remain for the space shuttle program before it is retired by the end of the year.
NASA is currently working to meet the early February launch date for the space shuttle Endeavour. Currently, NASA engineers are working to repair broken hoses on the new space station module, Tranquility, that Endeavour is taking to the International Space Station (ISS). The new module uses liquid ammonia to keep its electronic equipment cool in space. The hoses that carry the ammonia have been unable to sustain the necessary pressure to cool Tranquility, but repairs are underway.
The space shuttle Endeavour undocked from the International Space Station yesterday. Today, the astronauts are inspecting Endeavour to ensure that there was no damage to the heat shield from micrometeorites or space junk while the shuttle was in orbit. Currently, the shuttle is scheduled to land Friday at the Kennedy Space Center at 10:48 a.m.
Also today, the ISS welcomed the unmanned Russian Progress supply ship. It carries thousands of pounds of supplies for the ISS crew.
The fifth & final spacewalk for the crew of the Endeavour started this morning outside the International Space Station. Astronauts Christopher Cassidy and Thomas Marshburn did a number of jobs while outside the ISS and the spacewalk lasted for approximately four hours. Tomorrow, Endeavour will undock from the ISS and spend the next three days in space before landing on July 31st.
Yesterday, astronauts successfully spacewalked for almost seven hours moving spare parts off of the Endeavour to the International Space Station. Performing this delicate operation (astronauts had to be careful not to hit the ISS or shuttle with any of the parts) took longer than expected. This meant that a camera scheduled to be installed on the new Kibo porch was postponed to one of the upcoming spacewalks.
Additionally, astronauts were able to repair the problem toilet on the ISS. Contaminated components had to be replaced, but after tests the repairs were deemed successful.
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.