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June 03, 2009

Next Launch June 13

NASA announced that the Space Shuttle Endeavour is on track to launch on Saturday, June 13 at 7:17 a.m. Eastern time. The orbiter was moved from pad 39B where it was on tap to support a Hubble rescue, to 39A. 39B is being readied for the Ares I flight test later this summer.

STS-127's main objectives are to install the "porch" on the Japanese Kibo module, swap out batteries, and deliver spare parts. The commander is Mark Polansky, pilot Douglas Hurley, and mission specialists are Julie Payette, David Wolf, Christopher Cassidy, Thomas Marshburn and space station flight engineer Timothy Kopra--who will replace Koichi Wakata.

The launch window is only 3 days long because of the scheduled launch on June 17 of the Lunar Reconnaisance Orbiter (LRO). Additional opportunities exist on June 19 and 20, but then the window closes until July 11 because of temperature constraints.

The flight is planned to be 16 days long and include 5 space walks.

Let's hope for some clear skies for June 13!

Marianne Dyson
NSS Advisor

Posted by m_dyson at June 3, 2009 11:51 PM



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