Archive - Aug 20, 2007 - Story
Space shuttle Endeavour's crew spent - weather permitting - their last full day on orbit today getting their ship ready to return home Tuesday with two landing opportunities available at Florida's Kennedy Space Center at 11:32 a.m. and 1:06 p.m.
The shuttle was deemed in good shape for landing this morning, after analysis on Sunday's final inspection of the wing leading edges and nose cap was completed. Commander Scott Kelly, Pilot Charles Hobaugh, and Mission Specialist Rick Mastracchio reinforced that assessment with successful checks of the shuttle flight control systems. Kelly and Hobaugh spent time on their computers practicing landing simulations and the entire crew, including mission specialists Tracy Caldwell, Dave Williams, Barbara Morgan and Alvin Drew, got ready for return by stowing equipment and supplies.
Endeavour astronauts are getting ready to come home.
The crew, Commander Scott Kelly, Pilot Charles Hobaugh, and Mission Specialists Tracy Caldwell, Rick Mastracchio, Dave Williams, Barbara Morgan and Alvin Drew, was awakened at 3:37 a.m. CDT by "Flying," performed by the Long John Baldry Trio, a Canadian group. It was for Williams, a Canadian Space Agency astronaut.
Endeavour is about 68 miles behind the International Space Station, a distance increasing by about 4.5 miles each 91-minute orbit of the Earth. The two spacecraft spent almost nine days together before Endeavour undocked at 6:56 a.m. Sunday.