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STS-126 Endeavour : Flight Day #17 ~ There's no place like home





STS-126 Endeavour (OV-105)
ISS Expedition: XVIII
Primary Payload: MPLM Leonardo
Launched: Nov. 14
Launch Time: 7:55 p.m. EST {39A}
Mission Duration: 16 days
Landing Date: Nov. 30
Landing Time: 1:19 p.m. EST
Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center
Inclination/Altitude: 51.6°/122nm

[RTF-1]-STS-114 Discovery • [RTF-2]-STS-121 Discovery
[01]-STS-115 Atlantis • [02]-STS-116 Discovery • [03]-STS-117 Atlantis
[04]-STS-118 Endeavour • [05]-STS-120 Discovery • [06]-STS-122 Atlantis
[07]-STS-123 Endeavour • [08]-STS-124 Discovery • [09]-STS-126 Endeavour
[10]-STS-119 Discovery • [11]-STS-125 Atlantis • [12]-STS-127 Endeavour
[13]-STS-128 Atlantis • [14]-STS-129 Discovery • [15]-STS-130 Endeavour
[16]-STS-131 Atlantis • [17]-STS-132 Discovery • [18]-STS-133 Endeavour
[+][+][+][+][+][+][+][+][+]

ENDEAVOUR CREW WAKE UP (begins FD 17)  (ORBIT #243 :: 03:55AM CST)
ISS PROGRESS 31 DOCKING COVERAGE (docking scheduled at 6:25am CT) (ORBIT #244 :: 05:45AM CST)
DEORBIT PREPARATIONS BEGIN (ORBIT #245 :: 07:15AM CST)
PAYLOAD BAY DOOR CLOSING (ORBIT #246 :: 08:34AM CST)
1ST KSC OPPORTUNITY DEORBIT BURN (ORBIT #248 :: 11:14AM CST)
MILA C-BAND RADAR ACQUISITION OF ENDEAVOUR (ORBIT #249 :: 01:06PM EST)
1ST KSC OPPORTUNITY LANDING (ORBIT #249 :: 01:19PM EST)
2ND KSC OPPORTUNITY DEORBIT BURN (ORBIT #249 :: 01:50PM EST)
2ND KSC OPPORTUNITY LANDING (ORBIT #250 :: 02:54PM EST)
1ST EDW OPPORTUNITY DEORBIT BURN (ORBIT #250 :: 03:20PM EST)
1ST EDW OPPORTUNITY LANDING (ORBIT #251 :: 04:25PM EST)
2ND EDW OPPORTUNITY DEORBIT BURN (ORBIT #251 :: 04:57PM EST)
2ND EDW OPPORTUNITY LANDING (ORBIT #252 :: 06:00PM EST)
POST-LANDING NEWS CONFERENCE (NET L+2 HRS)
STS-126 CREW NEWS CONFERENCE (may be postponed or cancelled) (NET L+4.5 HRS)


Astronaut Chris Ferguson, STS-126 commander, watches bubbles float freely
on the middeck of Space Shuttle Endeavour while docked with the International Space Station

30-Nov @ 11:41am PST :: No-GO KSC 1 & 2, weather. GO for EDW, first opp. Previous Edwards landings since Return to Flight: STS-114 Discovery (Noguchi, Expedition 18 Back-up & Primary Expedition 22/23; Robinson, STS-130) & STS-117 Atlantis (CDR Sturckow, STS-128 {Cdr}; Pilot Archambault, STS-119 {Cdr}; Forrester, STS-128; Swanson, STS-119; Olivas, STS-128).

30-Nov @ 12:29pm PST :: Good de-orbit burn @ 12:20pm, lasting 2min 54secs.

30-Nov @ 12:45pm PST :: Yest kasaniye! At 7:28am EST, Progress M-01M (31P) docked smoothly at the DC1 (Docking Compartment) nadir port under manual TORU control by Lonchakov & Fincke, followed by a final DPO post-contact thrusting burn, docking probe retraction and hook closure (“sborka”) after motion damp-out, while the ISS was in free drift for ~20 min.

30-Nov @ 1:14pm PST :: STS-126 Entry Flight Director: Bryan Lunney, CAPCOM: Alan Poindexter, Weather CAPCOM: Greg C. Johnson & PAO: Kelly Humphries.

30-Nov @ 1:21pm PST :: c-span covering. yeah.

30-Nov @ 1:25pm PST :: nose gear touchdown. welcome to California!

Stat Check for STS-126 :: Sun, 30 Nov 2008 01:36:51 PM PST — Endeavour's mission to the International Space Station ended when the shuttle's motion stopped at 4:26:03 p.m. The mission lasted 15 days, 20 hours, 30 minutes and 34 seconds. The shuttle traveled 6,615,109 miles during its 250 orbits of Earth. It was the 27th shuttle mission to the space station, and the 124th shuttle mission overall.

30-Nov @ 1:50pm PST :: btw, no sonic farts, did hear them on tv. great shots! forgot my Flight Aware login, requested recovery account information & logged on ok. haven't used this thing since Atlantis, i think. Shuttle Carrier Aircraft & photos.

30-Nov @ 2:18pm PST :: ok, gotta get dressed & get something for dinner. & some rocky road ice cream. hey, Häagen-Dazs.

30-Nov @ 4:49pm PST :: think i got the last pint of Häagen-Dazs RR. got a pizza too :), but i stop at diet soda!

01-Dec @ 3:40pm PST :: [i think they're back in Houston by now]


With a NASA F/A-18 mission support aircraft providing a backdrop, STS-126 commander Chris Ferguson (at microphone) thanked employees of NASA Dryden Flight Research Center for their support of Space Shuttle Endeavour's landing at Edwards Air Force Base Sunday. With Ferguson were STS-126 crewmembers (from left) Heidimarie Stefanyshyn–Piper, Eric Boe, Stephen Bowen, Robert Kimbrough and Donald Pettit. (NASA photo / Tony Landis)

Technicians Begin Prepping Endeavour for Ferry Flight :: Mon, 01 Dec 2008 10:20:46 AM PST — Space shuttle Endeavour is in the early stages of de-servicing at NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center in California as technicians begin readying the shuttle for its flight back to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The ferry flight is targeted to leave Dryden on Monday, Dec. 8. The group looking after Endeavour now will swell significantly with the arrival on Tuesday of a couple hundred specialists from Kennedy. Endeavour landed at Dryden on Sunday to complete STS-126. Weather in Florida was not acceptable to mission controllers who ordered Endeavour to the West Coast instead. The astronauts are due back in Houston on Monday evening.



United Space Alliance technicians gather around the rear of Space Shuttle Endeavour for a safety briefing prior to moving the tail workstand around the shuttle's engines. December 2, 2008 - NASA Photo / Tony Landis - ED08-0306-39

02-Dec @ 6:55pm PST :: Endeavour Deservicing, Ferry Flight Prep Work Underway — Technicians working on space shuttle Endeavour turnaround operations at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California have begun the major tasks to prepare the shuttle for its ferry flight back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Workers leveled the spacecraft on jacks Monday night to properly position it for deservicing operations in the gantry-like Mate-Demate Device at Dryden. Tuesday's work is focusing on drying and securing the three main engines, performing leak checks and securing vents, along with unloading flight crew systems and experiments and performing inspections of the shuttle's mid-deck area. Later in the day, technicians were scheduled to offload liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen from the shuttle's Power Reactant Storage and Distribution system, the fuel cells that provide electrical power when the shuttle is in space. Endeavour will be flown back to NASA Kennedy on the back of a modified Boeing 747 jetliner known as the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. The ferry flight is tentatively scheduled to begin no earlier than Sunday, Dec. 7.

05-Dec @ 7:17pm PST :: Preparations on Track for Endeavour's Ferry Flight on Sunday — Turnaround processing for the Space Shuttle Endeavour continued Friday at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base in the Southern California high desert in preparation for the shuttle's ferry flight back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida this weekend. Processing managers reported that the shuttle could depart Edwards as early as Sunday morning if all continues to go well. Major work on Friday includes retracting the large work stand from around the main and orbital maneuvering system engine nozzles, bringing the large aerodynamic tailcone into position for installation over the nozzles, and installing ballast to ensure proper center-of-gravity during the ferry flight. Lifting of the shuttle in the Mate-Demate Device gantry and mounting it upon the modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft is expected to take up most of Saturday and Saturday evening. Following a flight readiness review scheduled for Saturday morning, processing managers are hopeful the 747-shuttle combination will be ready for flight by 6 a.m. Sunday. Takeoff from Edwards' main runway on the first leg of the ferry flight should occur no earlier than about 7 a.m. Sunday, but could be delayed by weather or technical issues. Managers are looking toward a takeoff on Runway 22 to the southwest at this time, although wind conditions could mandate a switch to a Runway 04 takeoff to the northeast.

06-Dec @ 4:37pm PST :: Shuttle ferry flight postponed to Monday morning Dec. 8 — Due to a technical issue related to installation of the aerodynamic tailcone, the ferry flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour from Edwards Air Force Base back to the Kennedy Space Center has been postponed to no earlier than early Monday morning, Dec. 8. At present, takeoff would be no earlier than about 6:30 a.m. Monday on Runway 22 toward the southwest, and takeoff could be delayed by technical or weather conditions.

07-Dec @ 8:07pm PST :: Weather Forces delay to Shuttle Endeavour's Ferry Flight — A weather front over the southwestern states and expected inclement weather over the southeastern states on Tuesday have led space shuttle managers to postpone the first leg of shuttle Endeavour's ferry flight from Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to no earlier than Tuesday morning, Dec. 9.

08-Dec-2008 @ 11:49am PST :: Strong Winds May Further Delay Endeavour's Planned Departure — Strong westerly winds sweeping over the high desert of Southern California Monday morning have brought progress on lifting the Space Shuttle Endeavour and mounting it on its modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft to a virtual halt. Winds have been running at sustained velocities of 25 to 30 knots, with gusts up to 35 knots, well above the limits of 20 knots sustained and 24 knots gusts for that operation. Those wind velocities are expected to continue to this evening. Mission managers are recommending that the initial leg of the ferry flight from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center on Edwards Air Force Base be postponed further to Wednesday morning, Dec. 10. A decision on delaying to Wednesday or keeping the currently targeted Tuesday departure is expected after a weather briefing at mid-day today.

NASA Press Releases & more stuff
[+] STS-126 Commander & Crew & Elllington Field
[+] STS-127 mission patch
[+] NASA Assigns Astronaut Crews :: STS-130 Endeavour CDR George Zamka & STS-131 Atlantis CDR Alan Poindexter
[+] NASA Sets Target Shuttle Launch Date for Hubble Servicing Mission :: May 12, 2009
[+] Next NASA Mars Mission Rescheduled for 2011 :: Fall 2011
[+] Veteran Astronaut Carl Walz Leaves NASA :: STS-51, STS-65, STS-79, Expedition 4
[+] NASA Deputy Administrator Dale to Resign on January 17
[+] Ultimate "Ask The Experts" Experience For Corpus Christi Students :: 09-Dec @ 10:40am to 11am CST
[+] NASA Extends Contract with Russian Federal Space Agency :: Spring 2012



AQ-1776 PUFFY PINK CLOUDS FORM A CANOPY OVER THE SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR… AT NASA DRYDEN FLIGHT RESEARCH CENTER (NASA Photo / Tom Tschida)

09-Dec @ 7:17am PST :: Endeavour's Planned Ferry Flight Pushed Back to Wednesday Morning — Following a mid-day weather briefing Monday, NASA ferry flight managers have decided to postpone the departure of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on its modified 747 carrier aircraft on the first leg of its trip back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to Wednesday morning, Dec. 10. A further weather briefing is planned for mid-day Tuesday, which could impact the schedule if conditions change.

09-Dec @ 8:07pm PST :: Endeavour's Ferry Flight Set for Wednesday Morning — The departure of the Space Shuttle Endeavour on its modified 747 carrier aircraft on the first leg of its trip back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida is set for early Wednesday morning, Dec. 10, from NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. Takeoff is scheduled for about 7 a.m. Wednesday from the main runway at Edwards on Runway 04 toward the northeast, although a wind shift could mandate a change to a Runway 22 takeoff to the southwest.

10-Dec @ 6:44am PST :: FlightAware » NASA912 : : 07:00AM PST (EDW) - 10:21AM MST (KBIF: Fort Bliss) ~ 2h21m • NASA911 : 07:10AM PST (EDW) - 10:21AM MST (KBIF: Fort Bliss) ~ 2h11m.

Fort Bliss is one of the major deployment centers for troops bound for Iraq and Afghanistan [+][+][+][+][+].

10-Dec @ 7:05am PST :: FlightAware » NASA912 left at 06:54AM PST & will arrive at Fort Bliss 10:15AM MST.

10-Dec @ 7:15am PST :: FlightAware » Endeavour Departs Dryden at 07:10AM PST & arriving at Fort Bliss 10:14AM MST.

10-Dec @ 9:27am PST :: FlightAware » NASA912 (09:52AM MST; 1h58m) & NASA911 (10:08AM MST; 2h5m) @ Biggs Army Airfield, Fort Bliss.



The Space Shuttle Endeavour atop its modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft lifts off from Edwards Air Force Base on the first leg of its ferry flight back to the Kennedy Space Center early Wednesday morning. ( NASA Photo / Tom Tschida)

10-Dec @ 10:41am PST :: Shuttle Endeavour Heading Back to Florida — 12.10.08 - 7:45 am - The Space Shuttle Endeavour is on its way back to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Mounted atop its modified Boeing 747 carrier aircraft, Endeavour was carried aloft on the first leg of its trip back to Kennedy early Wednesday morning, Dec. 10, from Edwards Air Force Base in the high desert of Southern California. The piggyback combo lifted off runway 04 at Edwards moments after sunrise at 7:07 a.m. on planned two-hour, 10-minute flight to the first intermediate stop, Biggs Army Airfield at El Paso, Texas. After refueling and lunch for the crew, the 747-shuttle combo was slated to depart on the second leg of the cross-country ferry flight to its second stop. After an overnight stay, Endeavour and its 747 carrier aircraft are expected to continue their ferry flight on Thursday, arriving at the Kennedy Space Center either late Thursday or by mid-day Friday, depending on weather conditions over the southeast states. An Air Force C-17 cargo aircraft is flying ahead of the 747-shuttle combination to serve as a pathfinder to assist the shuttle carrier aircraft crew in avoiding precipitation that could damage the shuttle's insulation blankets at flight speeds. Endeavour landed at Edwards on Sunday, Nov. 30, after weather conditions along Florida's east coast last weekend were not adequate to support a safe landing at Kennedy. It was the 52nd space shuttle landing at Edwards out of 124 shuttle missions to date. Endeavour had been launched Nov. 14 on the 16-day STS-126 mission to the International Space Station.

› View Departure Video (320 X 240) (640 X 480)
› Read STS-126 Status Reports
› STS-126 Image Gallery
› View Landing Video (320 X 240) (640 X 480)
› Pilot's Comments Video (320 X 240) (320 X 256 CC) (640 X 480)

10-Dec @ 12:00pm PST :: FlightAware » after a sandwich, cup of coffee, & big long stretch, NASA912 left Fort Bliss @ 12:16PM MST, arrives NAS JRB Fort Worth (KNFW) @ 02:52PM CST • NASA911 left Fort Bliss @ 12:34PM MST, arrives NAS JRB Fort Worth @ 03:21PM CST. i think this is an overnight stop [+][+][+].

AQ 342 = NAS JRB FORT WORTH = HOIST THE COLOURS ( AQ-553 SONGS FROM THE SOUL OF SERVICE, AQ-553 INNUMERABLE IN THEIR CONCOURSE) [+] = REAL-TIME STRATEGY.

AQ 1107 = ENDEAVOUR DEPARTS EDWARDS ON HER SCA PIGGYBACK RIDE - HEADS TO TEXAS (AQ-461 THE FLIGHT OF THE ENDEAVOUR :: {1} AQ-201 FORT BLISS, AQ-318 BIGGS ARMY AIRFIELD; {2} AQ-342 NAS JRB FORT WORTH) = SOMETIMES AFFECTION IS A SHY FLOWER THAT TAKES TIME TO BLOSSOM.

10-Dec @ 1:23pm PST :: FlightAware » NASA912 & NASA911 @ NAS JRB Fort Worth § WFAA: Space Shuttle stops in Fort Worth today ~ this is an overnight stop.

11-Dec @ 6:18am PST :: Barksdale AFB, Louisiana? (wait, check these out). me? getting pancakes at daylight (then, snooze).

AQ 147 = SATURN (my current car, another bio hint is "cupcake", name of a boat at marina del rey; AQ-315 BIBLIOGRAPHIC HINT, AQ-315 THREE AUTOMAKERS; AQ-493 PRECIOUS BIBLIOGRAPHIC HINT, AQ-493 FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION {FMC: one way to generate 3-letter name for Chrysler, Ford, General Motors -- using M from Motors; 2nd: FGC; AQ-146 BIG THREE) = DAISETZ (AQ-321 GREAT SIMPLICITY).

AQ 123 = CUPCAKE = AFCYBER.

AQ 318 = CYBERSPACE ROADMAP = BIGGS ARMY AIRFIELD.

AQ 371 = AIR FORCE CYBER COMMAND = NORTHFIELD, VERMONT.

AQ 372 = AFCYBER (PROVISIONAL) = BARKSDALE AFB, LOUISIANA = BY THE SHAPE AND NUMBER = KNAPSACK AND BAROMETER (AQ-260 ALDEN PARTRIDGE, AQ-260 BOOK OF EXODUS, AQ-260 LEAN AS CASSIUS, AQ-260 LONG LIVE COBOL, AQ-260 THE ARCH-FOSSIL, AQ-260 VORHANDENHEIT; AQ-294 CITIZEN SOLDIER, AQ-294 MILITARY ACADEMY, AQ-294 SHEMHAMPHORESCH, AQ-294 THE RED EAGLE ORDER; AQ-410 INSEPARABLE COMPANIONS, AQ-410 BERIAH - WORLD OF CREATION, AQ-410 ENLARGED SENSE OF REASON, AQ-410 GATEKEEPER OF THE TUATH DÉ, AQ-410 GRAVITATIONAL KEYHOLE, AQ-410 KEY OF SOLOMON THE KING, AQ-410 KYABJE TRIJANG RINPOCHE, AQ-410 LETTER CHAINS OF THE NAME, AQ-410 THE SIGN OF THE COVENANT) = SPECULATIVE REALISM = THETA CHI FRATERNITY = TURN-BASED STRATEGY = MO'HIN - DIRECTIVE FORCE = LAND OF THE ETHIOPIANS.

AQ 322 = OBJECTS OF THETA CHI (AQ-146 THETA CHI, AQ-925 THE MUTUAL BENEFIT AND IMPROVEMENT OF ALL ITS MEMBERS, AQ-1542 BIND BY CLOSER BONDS THE MEMBERS TO EACH OTHER AND THE MUTUAL ASSISTANCE OF EACH OF ITS MEMBERS, AQ-2440 THE ADVANCEMENT AND CARRYING OUT OF ANY MEASURES AT THE INSTITUTION IN WHICH IT SHALL BE ESTABLISHED WHICH SHALL BE OF IMPORTANCE TO ITS MEMBERS) = ONE-TO-ONE LEVERAGE.

AQ 925 = THE MUTUAL BENEFIT AND IMPROVEMENT OF ALL ITS MEMBERS = IF MEN WITHIN THEMSELVES WOULD BE GOVERNED BY REASON = THE TAO OF HEAVEN IS LIKE AN ARROW, YET IT WOUNDETH NOT = THEN AGAIN AROSE THE GOD THOTH, IN THE SIGN OF THE ENTERER.

AQ 1542 = BIND BY CLOSER BONDS THE MEMBERS TO EACH OTHER AND THE MUTUAL ASSISTANCE OF EACH OF ITS MEMBERS = AZ., THE SALTIRE OF ST. ANDREW, SURMOUNTED BY THE CROSS OF ST. GEORGE, THE LATTER FIMBRIATED, AR.

AQ 2072 = THE ADVANCEMENT AND CARRYING OUT OF ANY MEASURES… IN WHICH IT SHALL BE ESTABLISHED WHICH SHALL BE OF IMPORTANCE TO ITS MEMBERS = RED RUBIES FOR GRYFFINDOR, YELLOW TOPAZ FOR HUFFLEPUFF, BLUE SAPPHIRES FOR RAVENCLAW, AND GREEN EMERALDS FOR SLYTHERIN.

AQ 459 = CHIEF TANTAQUIDGEON TOTEM (Symbolism was important to the Mohegan Indian way of life. This was often reflected in an individual's totem which was one's own personal sign. The cross with four dots was Chief Tantaquidgeon's personal totem. The cross representing the axis of a compass, symbolized the four winds. Between the cross he placed four dots which honored four of his great ancestors and leaders of the Mohegan people: The sachems (chiefs) Uncas and Sassacus; Samson Occum; and the sagamore (chief of second rank) Tantaquidgeon, Uncas' friend. ¶ The paving pattern you are standing on is a representation of Chief Tantaquidgeon's personal totem. The trees are living symbols of the Chief's four great ancestors that his totem honored; AQ-405 CROSS WITH FOUR DOTS, AQ-405 NORWICH UNIVERSITY) = ALEPH BY THE SHAPE AND NUMBER = CONTINUED U.S. COMMITMENT (AQ-330 THE AMERICAN MOMENT) = EPITOMIZED HOW NASA WORK = HARRY'S FINAL DESTINATION = MICHAEL, GABRIEL, RAPHAEL, ORIEL = TABULA ANGELORUM BONORUM.

11-Dec @ 8:40:44am PST :: STS-126 Mission Update » Endeavour's Landing Planned for Friday — After an overnight stop in Ft. Worth, Texas, the ferry flight team has decided on another stopover tonight before giving the go-ahead for the piggy-backed shuttle to return to Kennedy Space Center in Florida. There is an advancing cold front moving in on Kennedy, preceded by high winds and storms that will not allow a smooth flight and landing for the dynamic duo today. The crosswinds at Kennedy are forecasted to subside and the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft with Endeavour perched on top is scheduled to arrive at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility no earlier than 2 p.m. Friday.

11-Dec @ 11:43am PST :: FlightAware » NASA912 : : 11:00AM CST (KNFW) - 01:12PM CST (KBAD: Barksdale AFB) ~ 2h12m • NASA911 : 11:07AM CST (KNFW) - 01:14PM CST (KBAD: Barksdale AFB) ~ 2h7m. there will be a midday moon over JSC, apparently.

12-Dec @ 06:13:33 AM PST :: STS-126 Mission Update » Weather is Watchword for Shuttle's Return — Clouds associated with a cold front in Florida are expected to move out of the area around NASA’s Kennedy Space Center this afternoon in time for space shuttle Endeavour to return to its home spaceport on top of a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Meteorologists and mission managers will discuss the weather forecast during a briefing later this morning. Endeavour, still bolted to the top of the 747, is at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. where it landed Thursday. If Endeavour is cleared to fly back to Florida today, it is not expected to reach Kennedy until at least 2 p.m. EST.

12-Dec @ 7:56am PST :: FlightAware » NASA912NASA911 :: unfortunately, FlightAware is temporarily unavailable, but i think they're leaving around 9:00am PST.

12-Dec @ 09:13:28 AM PST :: STS-126 Mission Update » Endeavour Takes Off for Florida — The final leg of space shuttle Endeavour’s cross-country trek began at noon EST today when space shuttle Endeavour took off from Barksdale Air Force Base, La., on the back of a modified 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. It is scheduled to arrive at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at about 2:40 p.m. today. Depending on the weather on Florida’s Atlantic coast at arrival, pilots of the 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft could fly over Cocoa Beach, Fla., during the return. The pilots will make that decision when they near the area. The flight will land at the Shuttle Landing Facility on runway 33, which means it will land from the southern end of the runway.

12-Dec @ 12:21:04 PM PST :: STS-126 Mission Update » Endeavour Touches Down in Florida — Space shuttle Endeavour and the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft shimmered in the Florida sun Friday afternoon as the shuttle returned to its home spaceport at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center on Florida's Atlantic coast. The modified 747 provided the muscle to lift and fly Endeavour from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to Kennedy. The ferry flight began Wednesday and made overnight stops in Texas and Louisiana on its way to Florida. The 747 touched down at 2:44 p.m. EST on the Shuttle Landing Facility’s runway 33. The 3-mile-long runway is the same one used by shuttles when they return from space. Endeavour will be taken to the gantry-like Mate-Demate Device to be removed from the top of the 747. Then Endeavour will be towed to the Orbiter Processing Facility where it will be readied for a future flight. Endeavour, flying STS-126, landed at Edwards on Nov. 30 because weather conditions at Kennedy were not acceptable.

12-Dec @ 12:28pm PST :: FlightAware » NASA912 (10:56AM CST - 02:23PM EST - 2:27) • NASA911 (11:07AM CST - 02:24PM EST - 2:17).










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