Posted by Lydia on July 13th, 2009
LATEST UPDATE: 1812 CDT 14 July 2009.
Endeavor is on its way to the International Space Station with a seven member crew made up of six Americans and one Canadian after five suspended launch attempts due to rainy summer Floridian weather. Tomorrow the laser tipped robotic arm will review the Shuttle for possible damage caused by launch debris. A record thirteen member crew will “comfortably” inhabit the Space Station for the next eleven days, thanks to the added living space constructed during past missions. Sixteen countries have collaborated in the decade long ongoing construction of the International Space Station, now the size of a four bedroom house. Only seven additional trips to the ISS are scheduled before the Shuttle mission is to be retired next year.
Endeavour and STS-127 is an eleven day mission with five planned spacewalks. The main goal is to attach a platform outside the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory, completing construction of the lab.
Having been postponed again yesterday, the launch is rescheduled for today at 1851 EDT, weather permitting, with pre-launch coverage beginning at 1330 EDT on NASA TV.
UPDATE: 2139 CDT – the mission was postponed again due to weather and has been rescheduled for Wednesday 15 July at 1703 CDT. Launch coverage will begin at noon on NASA TV.
STS-127 crew members: Commander Mark Polansky, Pilot Doug Hurley, Mission Specialists Dave Wolf, Christopher Cassidy, Tom Marshburn, Tim Kopra, and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Julie Payette. Mission Specialist Tim Kopra replaces Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata who returns after three months on the International Space Station.