[FPSPACE] FW: NASA's Shuttle Endeavour Launches On Home Improvement Mission

LARRY KLAES ljk4 at msn.com
Sat Nov 15 10:18:01 EST 2008

>From: KSC News Center <ksc at newsletters.nasa.gov>
>To: KSC News Center <ksc at newsletters.nasa.gov>
>Subject: NASA's Shuttle Endeavour Launches On Home Improvement Mission
>Date: Fri Nov 14 21:30:01 EST 2008
>Nov. 14, 2008
>Candrea Thomas
>Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
>candrea.k.thomas at nasa.gov
>Katherine Trinidad
>Headquarters, Washington
>katherine.trinidad at nasa.gov
>RELEASE: 08-294
>CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - Space shuttle Endeavour and its seven-member
>crew lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center at 7:55 p.m. EST
>Friday to repair and remodel the International Space Station.
>Endeavour's STS-126 mission will carry to space about 32,000 pounds,
>which includes supplies and equipment necessary to double the crew
>size from three to six members in spring 2009. The new station cargo
>includes additional sleeping quarters, a second toilet, a water
>reclamation system and a resistance exercise device.
>The mission's four planned spacewalks primarily will focus on
>servicing the station's two Solar Alpha Rotary Joints, which allow
>the outpost's solar arrays to track the sun. The starboard SARJ has
>had limited use since September 2007.
>Shortly before launch, Commander Chris Ferguson thanked the teams that
>helped make the launch possible.
>"It's our turn to take home improvement to a new level after 10 years
>of International Space Station construction," he said. "Endeavour is
>good to go."
>Joining Ferguson on Endeavour's 15-day flight are Pilot Eric Boe and
>Mission Specialists Donald Pettit, Steve Bowen, Heidemarie
>Stefanyshyn-Piper, Shane Kimbrough and Sandra Magnus. Magnus will
>replace current station crew member Greg Chamitoff, who has lived on
>the outpost since June. She will return to Earth on Discovery's
>STS-119 mission, targeted for February 2009.
>NASA is providing continuous television and Internet coverage of
>Endeavour's mission, which is the 124th shuttle flight, the 22nd for
>Endeavour and the 27th shuttle mission to the station. NASA
>Television features live mission events, daily mission status news
>conferences and 24-hour commentary. NASA TV is webcast at:
>NASA's Web coverage of STS-126 includes current mission information,
>interactive features, news conference images, graphics and videos.
>Mission coverage, including the latest NASA TV schedule, also is
>available on the main space shuttle Web site at:
>Daily news conferences with STS-126 mission managers will take place
>at NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston. During normal business hours
>of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST Monday through Friday, reporters may ask
>questions from participating NASA locations. Please contact your
>preferred NASA facility by its daily close of business to confirm its
>availability before each event.
>On Monday, Nov. 17, the mission status briefing at 3:30 p.m. EST will
>include NASA's International Space Station Program Manager Mike
>Suffredini. He will discuss the station's upcoming 10th anniversary.
>The station's first element, the Zarya module, was launched on Nov.
>20, 1998. The briefing will originate from Johnson. NASA Television's
>Video File will broadcast highlights from the station's past 10
>years, beginning at 10 a.m. on Nov. 17.
>For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and schedule information, visit:
>Johnson will operate a telephone bridge for media briefings that occur
>outside of normal business hours. To be eligible to use this service,
>reporters must possess a valid media credential issued by a NASA
>center or for the STS-126 mission. Media planning to use the service
>must contact the Johnson newsroom at 281-483-5111 no later than 15
>minutes prior to the start of a briefing in which they wish to
>participate. Newsroom personnel will verify their credentials and
>transfer them to the phone bridge. The capacity of the phone bridge
>is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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