[sarex] NASA's Shuttle Endeavour Begins Mission to the Space Station
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Thu Aug 9 02:15:24 PDT 2007
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT AC #31468:
> Aug. 8, 2007
> John Yembrick
> Headquarters, Washington
> john.yembrick-1 at nasa.gov
> George Diller
> Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
> george.h.diller at nasa.gov
> NASA'S SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR BEGINS MISSION TO THE SPACE STATION
> CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - The space shuttle Endeavour and its
> seven-member crew lifted off at 6:36 p.m. EDT Wednesday from NASA's
> Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The astronauts are on their way to
> the International Space Station for an assembly mission, designated
> "This is serious business we're in here," said Endeavour's Commander
> Scott Kelly to the shuttle launch director shortly before lift off.
> "I'm proud of your team for getting Endeavour ready to go fly. I'm
> also proud of my crew and the rest of the astronaut office for the
> competence and professionalism and consistently making something that
> is incredibly difficult look easy."
> Kelly then added, "We'll see you in a couple of weeks, and thanks for
> loaning us your space shuttle."
> Endeavour is scheduled to dock to the station on Friday. During the
> 11-day mission, the crew will add the Starboard 5 (S5) truss segment
> to the right side of the station's backbone. The segment will provide
> clearance between sets of solar arrays. The flight will include at
> least three spacewalks during which the astronauts will install a new
> gyroscope and external spare parts platform to the station.
> Endeavour's mission will debut a new system that enables docked space
> shuttles to draw electrical power from the station to extend visits
> to the outpost. If this system functions as expected, three
> additional days and a spacewalk will be added to the flight.
> Joining Kelly on the crew are Pilot Charlie Hobaugh and mission
> specialists Tracy Caldwell, Rick Mastracchio, Barbara R. Morgan,
> Alvin Drew and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Dave Williams. This is
> the first flight for Morgan, the teacher-turned-astronaut whose
> association with NASA began 22 years ago when she was selected as the
> backup in the Teacher in Space Project.
> This mission is the 119th space shuttle flight, the 20th flight for
> Endeavour and the 22nd U.S. flight to the International Space
> Station. The mission is Endeavour's first flight in more than four
> years. The shuttle underwent extensive modifications, including the
> addition of safety upgrades already added to shuttles Discovery and
> For the latest information about the STS-118 mission and its crew,
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