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Friday, 3 October 2008

NASA - Next Space Shuttle

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    Endeavour Launch Targeted for Nov. 14

    Oct. 3, 2008
    Space Shuttle Program managers advanced the target launch date for Endeavour's STS-126 mission by two days to Nov. 14 at 7:55 p.m. EST.

    Steve Bowen prepares for EVA practice. Image above: Astronaut Steve Bowen prepares to practice spacewalking in the Neutral Buoyancy Lab at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Image credit: NASA
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    Endeavour will carry new equipment to the International Space Station that will allow the orbiting laboratory to double its current resident crew from three to six. One Endeavour crew member, Sandra Magnus, will remain on the station for a long-duration mission when Endeavour returns. She will take the place of current station resident crewman Greg Chamitoff.

    Working inside the gigantic swimming pool at NASA's Neutral Buoyancy Lab at NASA's Johnson Space Center, astronauts Steve Bowen and Shane Kimbrough are rehearsing the fourth spacewalk for the mission.

    Technicians at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida will remove the Hubble Space Telescope servicing hardware from the cargo bay of space shuttle Atlantis on Oct. 13 as Atlantis stands on Launch Pad A. The Atlantis mission to service the Hubble has been delayed and Atlantis will be moved back from Launch Pad 39A to the Vehicle Assembly Building on Oct. 20. Endeavour will be moved to Pad A on Oct. 25.

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