[sarex] Endeavour Undocks from Space Station
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Sun Aug 19 05:24:00 PDT 2007
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
*Endeavour Undocks from Space Station*
19 AUGUST 2007
Space Shuttle Endeavour undocked from the International Space Station at
7:56 a.m. EDT (1156 UTC) today, ending an almost nine-day stay at the
orbital outpost for the STS-118 crew.
Undocking was moved up a day in preparation for landing on Tuesday. The
earlier landing opportunity was selected in the event Hurricane Dean
threatens the Houston area. It allows an opportunity for the shuttle to
land before Mission Control, Houston, would be shut down in preparation
for a storm. Mission managers are continuing to monitor the situation
and assess their options.
After backing 400 feet away from the station, the STS-118 crew will fire
Endeavour’s engines to for the separation engine burn about 8:25 a.m.
Later, the crew will conduct the post-docking heat shield inspection to
make sure Endeavour is ready for landing.
The seven astronauts will enjoy some well-deserved off duty time after
the busy stay at the station. While at the station, the crew installed
the Starboard 5 (S5) truss segment and transferred tons of cargo between
the shuttle and the station. The STS-118 crew conducted four spacewalks
at the station. The two major objectives were the installation of the S5
and the replacement of a failed attitude control gyroscope
Animations: + Endeavour undocking from station
| + Shuttle wings and nose cap survey
*Hurricane Dean Information*
On-orbit Hurricane Dean Video: + Real Video
| + Windows Media
+ NASA Hurricane Resource Page
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