Archive - Jul 28, 2009 - Story
Image above: The shadow of space shuttle Endeavour can be seen on the International Space Station's solar arrays shortly after undocking. Photo credit: NASA TV
The crews of Endeavour and the International Space Station parted company today at 1:26 p.m EDT, with all of the docked mission's objectives complete.
The Expedition 20 crew on the station lost one crew member and gained another. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Astronaut Koichi Wakata will be returning home on Endeavour after four months as a member of the Expedition 18, 19 and 20 crews. The station's newest NASA flight engineer, Tim Kopra, arrived aboard Endeavour.
Tue, 28 Jul 2009 04:02:20 AM CDT
The shuttle crew was awakened at 3:03 a.m. EDT to the strains of "Proud to Be an American" performed by Lee Greenwood. The song was selected for spacewalker Chris Cassidy, a former Navy SEAL, who now has 18 hours, five minutes of extravehicular activity to his credit over three spacewalks.
Commander Mark Polansky and his team will begin checking out the laser rangefinders and other equipment that will be used to provide precise readings on the distance between the two spacecraft.
The station will be reoriented for undocking by 12:38 p.m., and docking latches will open at 1:26 p.m.