Endeavour 'in really good shape to fly'
Shuttle launch to ISS tomorrow
Endeavour will depart Launch Pad 39A at 11:17 GMT carrying the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility and Experiment Logistics Module Exposed Section. This third Kibo assembly trip concludes work on the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA) orbiting science lab.
On board for the trip are pilot Doug Hurley and commander Mark Polansky (front row, left and right), along with (back row L-R) astronauts Dave Wolf and Christopher Cassidy, and mission specialists Julie Payette of the Canadian Space Agency, Tom Marshburn and Tim Kopra.
STS-127 features five planned spacewalks to fit the Japanese lab extension. NASA elaborates: "The facility will provide a type of 'front porch' for experiments in the exposed environment, and a robotic arm that will be attached to the Kibo Pressurized Module and used to position experiments outside the station."
At the end of the 16-day mission, Tim Kopra will remain aboard the ISS as a flight engineer and science officer, while Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata - who's been aloft since arriving aboard Discovery on STS-119 mission back in March - will return to Earth on Endeavour.
They cancelled the launch. That must mean it wasn't in such great shape, ya think? Good job they found that out before they lit the blue touch paper, right? I'm really getting the hang of this rocket science stuff
Kibo will be pleased
The terror of Usenet with the insanely long sig has beaten Colbert to getting a part of the ISS named after him.
As pointless as the ISS is, and despite the fact that there's no record of any of the actual 'science' that is said to go on there and taking into consideration it's $200Bn price tag, it is still rather awesome nonetheless.