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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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Japanese experiments removed from the shuttle
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE" & USED WITH PERMISSION
Posted: July 21, 2009


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The Endeavour astronauts spent the 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 a new experiment platform Thursday.


An artist's concept of the shuttle arm handing off the experiment carrier to the station's arm. Credit: NASA TV
 
The pallet, known as the JLE, carries three experiments and is designed to lock in place on the newly installed Japanese Exposed Facility, or JEF.

"Wešre going to do another series of robotic handoffs," commander Mark Polansky said in a NASA interview. "We'll go and we'll grapple it with our own arm, the shuttle arm, and we'll take it out of the payload bay and we'll maneuver it off to the side where the station arm is ready and it will go ahead and grapple that.

"After that, we'll release the shuttle arm from it and we'll move ourselves in a position where we will provide camera support and then the station arm will take the JLE and we'll move it in a position where it can then berth to the JEF. The JEF is berthed to the (Kibo module). On the end of the JEF are several of these different ports where you can berth a payload. And there was one specifically in mind to handle the JLE.

"So it gets driven to a position where they don't actually touch. It's not the kind of a mechanism where they connect per se and have bolts driven in and everything else. This is a temporary thing so it will get driven to a point here where a series of latches can be commanded to go ahead and grab it and pull it in and that's where it'll remain for most of the mission."

The experiments mounted on the JLE will be moved to the exposed facility platform Thursday by the Kibo module's robot arm.

Following the morning's robotics work, the astronauts will enjoy a half-day off before preparing for the mission's third spacewalk Wednesday.

At noon, new NASA Administrator Charles Bolden will speak to agency employees on NASA television, his first address since confirmation last Wednesday. And at 3 p.m., video from cameras mounted on Endeavour's solid-fuel boosters will be carried on NASA TV.

During Endeavour's launching last Wednesday, an unusual amount of foam insulation peeled away from the central "intertank" region of the shuttle's external tank. The booster video may shed light on how the foam came off, if not why.

At the Kennedy Space Center, scaffolding is being erected around external tank No. 132, scheduled for use by the shuttle Discovery in late August, so engineers can conduct so-called "pull-plug" tests on its intertank foam to measure how securely it is bonded to the underlying metal. The goal is to find out if ET-132 has any problems that might cause similar foam shedding when Discovery takes off.

Here is an updated timeline of today's activity (in EDT and mission elapsed time; includes revision J of the NASA television schedule):


EDT........DD...HH...MM...EVENT

07/21
06:03 AM...05...12...00...Crew wakeup
07:43 AM...05...13...40...ISS daily planning conference
08:08 AM...05...14...05...SShuttle arm (RMS) grapples JLE
08:33 AM...05...14...30...SRMS unberths JLE
09:08 AM...05...15...05...SRMS JLE handoff
09:13 AM...05...15...10...EVA-3: Tools configured
09:28 AM...05...15...25...Station arm (SSRMS) grapples JLE
09:43 AM...05...15...40...SRMS ungrapples JLE
10:03 AM...05...16...00...SSRMS installs JLE
10:43 AM...05...16...40...Spacesuit swap
11:38 AM...05...17...35...SSRMS releases JLE
11:53 AM...05...17...50...SSRMS ICC removal from POA
11:58 AM...05...17...55...Equipment lock preps
12:00 PM...05...17...57...NASA Update with Charles Bolden
12:58 PM...05...18...55...Crew meals begin
01:00 PM...05...18...57...Mission status briefing
02:13 PM...05...20...10...Twitter/YouTube PAO event
02:43 PM...05...20...40...Shuttle crew off duty
03:00 PM...05...20...57...SRB video release
05:00 PM...05...22...57...SRB video replay
05:58 PM...05...23...55...EVA-3: Procedures review
06:58 PM...06...00...55...Evening planning conference
08:28 PM...06...02...25...EVA-3: Mask pre-breathe
09:08 PM...06...03...05...EVA-3: Airlock depress to 10.2 psi
09:33 PM...06...03...30...ISS crew sleep begins
10:03 PM...06...04...00...STS crew sleep begins
11:00 PM...06...04...57...Daily highlights reel

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