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Robert Pearlman
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Endeavour will set sail on its 23rd mission with the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility and Experiment Logistics Module Exposed Section on the 29th space shuttle mission to the International Space Station.

The facility will provide a type of "front porch" for experiments in the exposed environment, and a robotic arm that will be attached to the Kibo Pressurized Module and used to position experiments outside the station.


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At Pad 39A on May 22, the STS-127 payload canister is hoisted into the changeout room. Endeavour's rollaround from Pad 39B to 39A is planned for May 30.

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NASA release
NASA Updates Shuttle Endeavour's Move to Launch Pad, TCDT

Space shuttle Endeavour now is planned to be moved from Launch Pad 39B to 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Sunday, May 31, weather permitting. Endeavour is targeted to lift off June 13 on a 16-day mission to the International Space Station.

The STS-127 crew's launch dress rehearsal, known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, has changed from June 2 to June 4 at Kennedy. The delay will allow engineers and technicians to rearrange remaining processing work because of recent weather delays.

NASA Television will provide live video of Endeavour at the launch pad beginning at 6 a.m. Video highlights of the rollaround will air on the NASA TV Video File.

The following events are associated with the TCDT. All times are Eastern.

  • June 2 - STS-127 crew arrival: The astronauts will arrive at approximately 3 p.m. at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility and make a statement. The arrival will be broadcast live on NASA TV.

  • June 3 - STS-127 crew media availability: The crew will take media questions at Launch Pad 39A at 9:20 a.m. The session will be carried live on NASA TV.

  • June 4 - STS-127 crew walkout photo opportunity: The astronauts will depart from the Operations and Checkout Building at 7:45 a.m. in their launch and entry suits in preparation for the countdown demonstration test at the launch pad. The walkout will not be broadcast live, but will be part of the NASA TV Video File.

Robert Pearlman
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NASA update
Endeavour Completes Move To Launch Pad 39A

Space shuttle Endeavour completed its 3.4 mile trek from NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39B to Launch Pad 39A and was secured to the pad at 10:42 a.m. CDT Sunday, May 31. First motion was at 2:16 a.m.


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The STS-127 crew members arrived at Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday for the terminal countdown demonstration test (TCDT), which concludes on Thursday with a dress rehearsal for their upcoming launch.


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NASA release
NASA Gives 'Go' for June 13 Launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour

NASA managers completed a review Wednesday of space shuttle Endeavour's readiness for flight and selected June 13 as the official launch date for the STS-127 mission to the International Space Station. Commander Mark Polansky and his six crewmates are scheduled to lift off at 7:17 a.m. EDT from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Endeavour's launch date was announced following a daylong Flight Readiness Review at Kennedy. During the meeting, top NASA and contractor managers assessed the risks associated with the mission and determined the shuttle's equipment, support systems and procedures are ready for flight.

The 16-day mission will feature five spacewalks and complete construction of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory. Astronauts will attach a platform to the outside of the Japanese module that will allow experiments to be exposed to space.

The STS-127 crew members are Polansky, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Dave Wolf, Christopher Cassidy, Tom Marshburn, Tim Kopra and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Julie Payette. Kopra will join the space station crew and replace Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata. Wakata will return to Earth on Endeavour to conclude a three-month stay at the station.

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The STS-127 crew arrived at Kennedy Space Center just before 11:00 p.m. CDT on Monday for their launch on Saturday.


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posted 06-09-2009 09:39 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for James Brown   Click Here to Email James Brown     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Weather is forecast 80% go Saturday, Sunday, and Monday morning.

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It great to see the crew of STS-127 crew arriving at Kennedy Space Center. I wonder did anyone notice in the above photo that Commander Mark Polansky's boot is unclean, scruffy and grey while the rest of the crew's boot are clean and shiny! Anyway god speed STS-127 crew for Saturday's launch...

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Weather is now forecast 90% go Saturday morning.

Robert Pearlman
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NASA update
STS-127 Launch Countdown Under Way

The countdown to launch of space shuttle Endeavour on its STS-127 mission officially began at 9:00 a.m. EDT today as countdown clocks began counting backward from T-43 hours.

Final prelaunch activities remain on schedule as NASA prepares for liftoff of Endeavour on Saturday, June 13, at 7:17 a.m. EDT. The seven STS-127 crew members arrived at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility late Monday night.

"I have no issues to report," said NASA Test Director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson during a prelaunch status briefing from Kennedy on Tuesday. "The STS-127 flight crew, Endeavour and the launch team are all ready to proceed with their launch countdown call-to-stations tomorrow."

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