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Nasa Facts STS-126

Nasa Facts STS-126

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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STS-126
(27th ISS fight)
Endeavour
Pad 39A:
124th shuttle mission22nd ight o OV-10552nd landing at Edwards Air Force Base inCaliornia
Crew:
Chris Ferguson, commander (2nd shuttle ight)Eric Boe, pilot (1st)Steve Bowen, mission specialist (1st)Shane Kimbrough, mission specialist (1st)Heidemarie Steanyshyn-Piper, missionspecialist (2nd)Donald Pettit, mission specialist (2nd)Sandra Magnus, mission specialist (2nd)(up to ISS)Gregory Chamito (down rom ISS)
Orbiter Preparations:
Into OPF –
03/27/2008
OPF –
09/11/2008 (rollover)
VAB -
09/19/2008 (rollout to pad B); Endeavourwas on pad B to serve as an emergency vehicleduring the STS-125 Hubble servicing mission tolaunch rom pad A. That mission was postponed,enabling Endeavour to move to pad A.
Rollaround to pad A –
10/23/2008
Launch:
Nov. 14, 2008, at 7:55 p.m. EST.
Endeavour litup the night sky with a awless lito.
Landing:
Nov. 30, 2008, at 4:25 p.m. EST.
Ater twolanding opportunities were waved o at the primarylanding site in Florida due to weather concerns, En-deavour landed on a temporary runway adjacent tothe concrete runway 22/04 at EAFB. The temporaryrunway is 12,000 eet long by 200 eet wide and is aconcrete/asphalt runway with a 1,000-oot underrunand overrun capability or shuttle load bearing. Maingear touchdown was 4:25:06 p.m. EST
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Nose geartouchdown was 4:25:21 p.m. Wheelstop was 4:26:03p.m. Mission elapsed time was 15 days, 20 hours, 29minutes and 37 seconds, covering 6.615 million miles.
 
Mission Highlights:
Prior to docking with the International SpaceStation, the crew conducted a fve-hour inspection oEndeavour’s heat shield using the shuttle’s robotic armand the Orbiter Boom Sensor System. Analysis o im-ages taken during inspection revealed a small piece othermal blanket was loose in the at portion o the or-biter. Commander Chris Ferguson also ew the shuttlethrough a slow backip so the station’s Expedition18 Commander Mike Fincke and Flight Engineer GregChamito could photograph the heat shield. Groundcontrollers reviewed the photos and determined therewas no need or more inspection.

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