Sunday, November 16, 2008

Endeavour Nears Space Station Docking

SLN: Up to the Minute, I'm Charles Atkeison. The orbiter Endeavour is closing in on the international space station this morning for a afternoon docking today.

Beginning at about 3:50 pm ET, Endeavour will begin her rendezvous fly around of the space station. During this time, station crew members will photograph the belly of the shuttle with two cameras - a 800 mm & 400 mm digital. These images will be used to inspect for any tile loss or damage possibly caused during launch. Docking by Endeavour to the ISS has been updated to 5:04 pm ET today.

At 7:52 am ET, Endeavour trailed the space station by about 2,900 miles as they both flew high over the northern Pacific Ocean.

The seven member flight crew is scheduled to wake at 9:25 am this morning to begin day three of mission STS-126.
Meanwhile, on Saturday afternoon, the crew completed tile inspection by using the robotic arm. Only one issue is being addressed - a 1 foot ripped area located at the tail section.

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