Well it was only seven more days and counting until the launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on October 14th. However, NASA recently announced a delay of the fifth and final space shuttle mission launched to the orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. Therefore the next Space Shuttle mission will be the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour on November 14th at 7:55 p.m. EST.
Space Shuttle Endeavour will deliver equipment and facilities, such as a reusable logistics module, additional crew quarters, a second treadmill, equipment for the regenerative life support system and spare hardware to the International Space Station to enable them to have a larger crew to reside aboard the complex.
This mission which will be manned by astronauts Christopher J. Ferguson, Eric A. Boe, pilot, Sandra H. Magnus, Stephen G. Bowen, Donald R. Pettit, Robert S. (Shane) Kimbrough and Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper, will also help replace Expedition 17/18 Flight Engineer Gregory E. Chamitoff, who will return to Earth with the STS-126 crew. In his stead, Sandra H. Magnus will remain on the station to serve as a flight engineer and NASA science officer for Expedition 18. Magnus will return to Earth on shuttle mission STS-119.
At NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Florida’s Space Coast, technicians are readying Endeavour for its move over to Launch Pad 39A on Oct. 25. To see behind the scene images of the launch preparations click here.