[sarex] Crew Excited About Endeavour's Success
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Wed Aug 22 04:24:57 PDT 2007
SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC - AMSAT A/C #31468
*Crew Excited About Endeavour's Success*
Space Shuttle Endeavour lands at Kennedy Space Center.
Image above: Space Shuttle Endeavour landed Aug. 21, 2007, at Kennedy
Space Center in Florida. The perfect landing capped a construction and
supply mission to the International Space Station. Image: NASA/Chuck
+ View Hi-Res Image of Landing
A couple hours after landing back at Kennedy Space Center, the crew of
STS-118 spoke enthusiastically about their 13 days in orbit and work on
the International Space Station.
"It was a great experience and the space station is really, I think, a
stepping stone to going back to the moon and on to Mars some day,"
commander Scott Kelly said.
Teacher-turned-astronaut Barbara Morgan said she is still getting used
to gravity again, but that spaceflight was a great experience that she
hopes more teachers get to share in.
"The flight was absolutely wonderful," she said. "I felt like I was
upside-down the whole first day."
Canadian astronaut Dave Williams said the thrill never gets dull.
"It's truly the ride of a lifetime," Williams said of the launch Aug. 8.
"Look over your shoulder and you can see Hurricane Dean."
The flight delivered a new segment to the International Space Station,
along with 5,800 pounds of supplies and equipment.
As far as the ding in a couple of heat shield tiles, Kelly said it did
not bother him much.
"I was a little bit underwhelmed by the size of the gouge," he said. "To
see it, it looked rather small."
*Photos of Tile Damage*
+ View Hi-Res Image of Tile Damage
+ View Hi-Res Image of Tile Taken in Space
+ STS-118 Mission Overview
+ STS-118 Fact Sheet (900 Kb PDF)
+ STS-118 NASA TV Schedule
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