With Commander Chris Ferguson in control, Endeavor makes an ontime arrival at Edward’s Airforce Base surrounded by a cerulean blue sky. Amazing wrapup for STS-126’s 15 day, 20 hour mission!
GO AT THROTTLE UP!
It’s lift off for the Space Shuttle Endeavor which left Earth orbit on a successful and beautiful night launch on its way to the International Space Station, which it should reach on Sunday.
The first module was carried into space ten years ago on 20 November, 1998, marking the commencement of construction of the ISS.
STS-126’s 15 day mission will commemorate this anniversary. STS-126 carries supplies, equipment, a regenerative life support system and additional living quarters which once installed will increase the present living area from a “three bedroom one bath living space to a five bedroom two bath home-away-from-home with a gym” enabling crew expansion from three to six onboard astronauts by next spring. The installation of a “regenerative environment control system” will provide astronauts with recycled condensation and waste water which will be used for cooling systems and drinking water in the near future decreasing the dependence on the Space Shuttle, to be retired in 2010.