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Orbiter: Endeavour
Mission: STS-127
Payload: ISS 2J/A
Launch: July 15, 2009
Time: 6:03 p.m. EDT
Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Landing: July 31 @ approx. 10:48 a.m.
Site: Shuttle Landing Facility, KSC
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Meet the astronauts flying aboard Endeavour's STS-127 mission.

CDR: Mark Polansky

PLT: Doug Hurley

MS 1: Chris Cassidy

MS 2: Julie Payette

MS 3: Tom Marshburn

MS 4: Dave Wolf

Up: Tim Kopra

Down: Koichi Wakata

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STS-127: The programs

In advance of shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 mission to the station, managers from both programs discuss the flight.

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STS-127: The mission

A detailed step-by-step preview of Endeavour's STS-125 mission to install an external exposure platform on the station's Kibo science facility.

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STS-127: The EVAs

The lead spacewalk officer provides indepth explanations of the EVAs on Endeavour's assembly mission to the station.

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STS-127: The crew

The seven astronauts launching on Endeavour meet the press in the traditional pre-flight news conference.

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STS-127 Mission Coverage


Shuttle Endeavour and crew are home safe and sound

Shuttle Endeavour and crew have safely returned from their thrilling spaceflight that mixed delicate robotics with the muscle of spacewalkers to continue constructing and maintaining the International Space Station. Touchdown on Kennedy Space Center's runway came at 10:48 a.m. EDT on July 31.

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Astronauts prep Endeavour for Friday's landing
The Endeavour astronauts tested the shuttle's re-entry systems Thursday before packing up for Friday's planned landing to close out the 16-day space station assembly mission. Optimistic the weather will cooperate for a morning landing, NASA will only staff the Kennedy Space Center for back-to-back landing opportunities Friday.
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Station gets new cargo ship; shuttle heat shield checked
Space station commander Gennady Padalka aborted the automated approach of an unmanned Russian Progress supply ship Wednesday after a problem of some sort left it in the wrong orientation, taking over manual control and remotely guiding the craft to a picture-perfect docking. The shuttle astronauts, meanwhile, performed now-standard heat shield inspections to look for space debris damage.
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Shuttle undocks and takes victory lap around station
The shuttle Endeavour completed its 11-day visit to the International Space Station on Tuesday, undocking after an action-packed construction mission featuring five spacewalks and intricate operations with three robotic arms.
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Endeavour crew completes fifth and final spacewalk
Astronauts Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn went outside the International Space Station for a five-hour spacewalk Monday to install two Japanese television cameras on the new Exposed Facility, re-wire the power to two of the station's stabilizing gyroscopes, fix insulation on a Canadian robot and accomplish other minor get-ahead tasks. It was the last in a series of five EVAs for shuttle Endeavour's mission.
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Station's carbon dioxide scrubber back on line
Worried the shuttle Endeavour might have to undock early because of a carbon dioxide removal problem aboard the International Space Station, engineers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston came up with a manual control work-around that successfully restored the CO2 removal system to near-normal operation.
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Astronauts get the day off to rest after hectic pace
The combined 13-member crew of the shuttle-station complex enjoyed a day off Saturday, taking a break after a grueling week and a half of work that included four spacewalks, internal and external equipment transfers and the precisely coordinated use of three robotic arms.
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Spacewalkers give station's power grid fresh batteries
Astronauts Chris Cassidy and Tom Marshburn finished the laborious two-spacewalk job of replacing nine-year-old batteries in the International Space Station's oldest solar array truss during a grueling seven-hour excursion Friday, installing new power packs that should last through the middle of the next decade.
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Station's outdoor science deck gets its first payloads
Aboard the International Space Station on Thursday, the astronauts used Japan's robot arm to mount an X-ray astronomy experiment, a communications relay package and a space environment monitor onto the new external science facility.
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Mission Control calls early end to station spacewalk
Spacewalkers Dave Wolf and Chris Cassidy planned to replace four aging batteries in the International Space Station's oldest solar array truss Wednesday, but concerns about spacesuit carbon dioxide levels prompted the EVA to end after installing only two new power packs.
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No obvious problems found with next shuttle tank foam
Engineers testing the adhesion of foam insulation on the external tank needed for an August shuttle flight have not found any obvious problems that would raise concern about debris shedding like the foam losses noted during Endeavour's climb to space last week, officials said Wednesday.
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Onboard rocket camera footage always dazzles and the video from shuttle Endeavour's solid boosters doesn't disappoint. The inspiring views of the spacecraft rocketing toward orbit are presented here for Spaceflight Now+Plus users with launch audio.
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Japanese experiments removed from the shuttle
The Endeavour astronauts spent Tuesday morning working with the shuttle and station robot arms, pulling a pallet of Japanese experiments from the orbiter's payload bay and moving it into position for installation on the new external research facility.
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Spacewalkers unpack spare parts from launch carrier
Endeavour astronauts Dave Wolf and Tom Marshburn, both medical doctors, took a six-hour, 53-minute spacewalk Monday to unload a pallet of spare parts for the International Space Station. They delivered a replacement high-speed communications antenna, cooling system pump and railcar drive unit for use, if needed, in the future post-shuttle era.
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Cargo carrier moved to station for next spacewalk
A small pallet stacked with spare parts and fresh batteries for the International Space Station was transferred out of shuttle Endeavour's payload bay Sunday morning. The robot arms on both spacecraft again worked in tandem to move the carrier onto the station in preparation for Monday's spacewalk that will begin unloading the equipment.
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Astronauts install station's new external science deck
The Japanese Exposed Facility was attached to the Kibo laboratory module Saturday, giving the International Space Station a new outdoor platform to perform science research. Final installation of the deck came after the day's 5.5-hour spacewalk by astronauts Dave Wolf and Tim Kopra.
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Heat shield inspection finds no major issues on shuttle
NASA's Debris Analysis Team is in the final stages of reviewing launch and on-orbit photography of the shuttle Endeavour's heat shield. The ship's nose cap and wing leading edge panels have been cleared for entry as is and while 16 areas have been identified with minor tile damage, engineers have not seen anything that warrants repairs or additional inspections, a senior manager said Saturday.
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Shuttle Endeavour docks with the space station
Endeavour has arrived at the International Space Station for its construction mission that will install an external science deck to complete Japan's Kibo facilities, pre-stage critical spare parts for the outpost and replace aging batteries in the power grid. Friday's docking occurred a few minutes early at 1:47 p.m. EDT (1747 GMT).
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Strips of foam peeled away from Endeavour's fuel tank
Post-launch photography of the shuttle Endeavour's external tank shows multiple areas of bare metal where thin strips of foam insulation peeled away during the climb to space, the result of an as-yet-unknown mechanism.
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Space shuttle Endeavour finally launches on sixth try
Endeavour finally roared to life and blasted off Wednesday on its sixth try, rocketing away through a hazy sky toward a Friday rendezvous with the space station. Multiple pieces of foam insulation appeared to fall from the ship's external tank during the early moments of flight, but it was not immediately clear whether the shuttle's fragile heat shield suffered any significant damage.
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NASA sets Wednesday and Thursday launch options
Engineers replaced rocket nozzle rain covers Tuesday and prepared the shuttle Endeavour for a sixth launch attempt Wednesday, weather permitting, to get a complex space station construction mission underway. A backup attempt on Thursday, although possible, would have to eliminate the mission's fifth spacewalk.
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Weather again keeps Endeavour on the pad
For the second straight day, launch of space shuttle Endeavour was postponed due to summertime thunderstorms around the Kennedy Space Center. It was the fifth scrub for the space station construction mission. The next try is planned for Wednesday at 6:03 p.m. EDT.
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Thunderstorms postpone shuttle launch to Monday
Stormy weather approaching the Kennedy Space Center forced NASA launch managers to order another 24-hour delay for the hard-luck crew of the shuttle Endeavour Sunday, their fourth slip since a hydrogen leak derailed an initial launch try in June.
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Lightning checks delay shuttle's launch to Sunday
Already a month behind schedule, launch of the shuttle Endeavour on a 16-day space station assembly mission was delayed at least 24 hours, from Saturday to Sunday, to give engineers time to evaluate the effects of multiple lightning strikes at the launch pad during a severe thunderstorm Friday.
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Countdown sequence begins again for Endeavour
Inside Kennedy Space Center's launch control center Wednesday night, engineers started a fresh countdown for the shuttle Endeavour. The month-delayed mission is targeting a Saturday launch to the International Space Station.
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Endeavour crew ready for another shot at launching
After spending an extra month on the ground while a gaseous hydrogen leak was fixed, space shuttle Endeavour's astronauts have arrived at Kennedy Space Center from Houston looking fit and eager to finally get their space station construction mission underway Saturday evening.
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No leaks found during Endeavour fueling test
Sensors near a repaired hydrogen vent line attached to shuttle Endeavour's external tank detected only the slightest traces of free hydrogen during a critical fueling test Wednesday, officials said, clearing the way for another launch attempt July 11.
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Endeavour test date set; knob jammed in Atlantis
Engineers plan to load the shuttle Endeavour's external tank with rocket fuel next Wednesday to test vent line fixes intended to stop, or at least reduce, gaseous hydrogen leaks that grounded the shuttle June 13 and 17, NASA officials say. If the repairs work, the agency will press ahead with a third attempt to launch Endeavour on a space station assembly mission July 11.
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Special shuttle fueling test expected next week
Shuttle managers plan to meet Wednesday to review procedures for a fueling test next week to assess the performance of an alternative internal seal and shim-like washers intended to eliminate a leak in a gaseous hydrogen vent line that has twice grounded the shuttle Endeavour.
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Minor defect in shuttle fuel tank might be causing leaks
A very slight "clocking" misalignment in the way a hydrogen vent port flange on the shuttle Endeavour's external tank was riveted into the structure is the leading candidate for what caused gaseous hydrogen leaks that derailed two launch attempts June 13 and 17, the shuttle program manager says.
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Hydrogen leak scrubs Endeavour launch again
Launch of shuttle Endeavour is postponed due to another leak in the gaseous hydrogen venting system between the launch pad and external fuel tank. NASA says the mission to the space station will be postponed to July.
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NASA sets Wednesday for shuttle Endeavour launch
Shuttle Endeavour will bump its way into the Cape Canaveral launch lineup and target a 5:40 a.m. EDT liftoff Wednesday, NASA officials have decided. That means the Atlas 5 rocket originally scheduled to launch at that day carrying two Moon-bound science satellites will be pushed back.
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Shuttle Endeavour launch date remains up in the air
NASA managers Sunday deferred making a formal decision on whether to reschedule the delayed shuttle Endeavour for launch Wednesday or whether to press ahead instead with launch of the agency's $583 million Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter mission aboard an unmanned Atlas 5 rocket.
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Space shuttle Endeavour launch postponed by leak
NASA cancelled Saturday's launch of the space shuttle Endeavour because of a leak in the gaseous hydrogen vent system that developed late in fueling. Officials say the launch will be delayed until at least Wednesday and perhaps longer.
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Flight will be intricate dance of spacewalks and robotics
The shuttle Endeavour will launch on one of the most complex space station assembly missions yet attempted, a grueling 16-day flight to attach a Japanese experiment platform, deliver critical spare parts, replace massive solar array batteries and swap out a station crew member.
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Shuttle Endeavour's launch countdown gets underway
Countdown clocks at the Kennedy Space Center have started ticking toward Saturday morning's scheduled launch of the space shuttle Endeavour and the marathon 16-day mission to the International Space Station.
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Crew performs unusual spacewalk inside station
Working in spacesuits inside a compartment opened to vacuum, space station commander Gennady Padalka and NASA flight engineer Michael Barratt carried out a short 12-minute internal spacewalk Wednesday to finish rigging a port in the Zvezda command module for arrival of a new docking module in November.
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The Mark Polansky-led crew has arrived at the Kennedy Space Center for Saturday morning's launch of the shuttle Endeavour on the construction flight that will finish building the Japanese science facilities aboard the International Space Station.

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Endeavour crew due for arrival at Cape tonight
As space shuttle Endeavour's targeted Saturday morning launch looms large on the horizon, the seven astronauts are packing up for tonight's trip from Houston to the Kennedy Space Center where final preps to begin the countdown are underway.
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Spacewalkers prep station for new Russian module
The space station crew carried out a spacewalk Friday, the first of two needed to rig the Russian Zvezda module for attachment of a new docking port. The EVA by commander Gennady Padalka and NASA flight engineer Michael Barratt began at 3:52 and concluded at 8:46 a.m. EDT, accomplishing all of the planned tasks.
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Endeavour crew completes practice countdown
Despite cloudy and raining weather that would have scrubbed a real space shuttle launch attempt, Endeavour's seven astronauts climbed aboard their spacecraft at pad 39A for a practice countdown Thursday morning.
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Shuttle Endeavour cleared for launch next week
While the shuttle Endeavour's crew reviewed emergency procedures at the launch pad Wednesday, NASA managers held an executive-level flight readiness review and cleared the ship for blastoff June 13, at 7:17 a.m. EDT, on a complex space station assembly mission.
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Endeavour crew set for countdown practice run
Space shuttle Endeavour's seven astronauts arrived at the Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday to participate in emergency training exercises and a countdown dress rehearsal for next weekend's launch.
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Expanded space station crew off to smooth start
Orchestrating the work of six full-time astronauts aboard the International Space Station is a bit like "herding cats," a Canadian crew member told reporters Monday, adding that living in the surreal weightlessness of space was like floating in a Salvador Dali painting.
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Endeavour switches pads
Space shuttle Endeavour left pad 39B Sunday morning, having completed its role as a standby rescue vehicle during the recent Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission, and moved to pad 39A where the ship will launch from in just two weeks.
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Shuttle managers pressing ahead with planned launch
NASA managers met Friday and decided to continue processing the shuttle Endeavour for launch June 13 on a five-spacewalk space station assembly mission while continuing an analysis of a short circuit that knocked an avionics unit off line during the shuttle Atlantis' liftoff May 11.
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Double-sized international crew united aboard station
A Russian Soyuz capsule docked with the International Space Station Friday, doubling the lab's crew to six in a long-awaited milestone intended to boost productivity and science output.
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NASA faces hurdles to launch Endeavour in June
Space shuttle Endeavour will switch launch pads at the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday morning, a move that's coming later than expected and making the schedules leading toward a mid-June station construction flight even tighter.
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Space station awaits doubling of crew this week
A Russian Soyuz rocket roared to life and streaked into orbit Wednesday, setting off after the International Space Station in a long-awaited mission to boost the lab's crew from three to six full-time residents.
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STS-400: 'Just in case'
When the space shuttle Atlantis blasts off on NASA's final mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope, the shuttle Endeavour and a four-man crew will be standing by for launch on a mission space agency managers hope will never be needed: an emergency rescue flight to bring the Atlantis astronauts back to Earth if heat shield damage or some other problem prevents a safe re-entry.
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Double shuttle panoramas

For the final time in space shuttle program history, both launch pads at Kennedy Space Center are occupied. Endeavour was rolled to pad 39B before sunrise last Friday, taking its perch a mile-and-a-half north of pad 39A where Atlantis stands poised for the last mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope. These panoramas shot Friday show Endeavour at dawn and the mid-afternoon spectacle of seeing double shuttles.

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Endeavour moved to launch pad for rescue standby
Following through on its extraordinary plan to have a quick-response space shuttle poised to launch if the Atlantis crew needs rescuing during next month's Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission, NASA rolled sistership Endeavour to the other Kennedy Space Center pad Friday morning.
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Shuttle Endeavour moves into assembly building
In preparation for its role as a standby rescue craft during next month's Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission and its scheduled June construction flight to the international space station, shuttle Endeavour rolled from the hangar to the Vehicle Assembly Building on Friday morning.
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