Thursday, March 13, 2008

Endeavour Mates, ATV repaired, awaits

NASA - ESA - JAXA "The most International mission
of the International Space Station"

As the Crew of Endeavour safely docked, only a bit behind schedule, early today, word arrived from ESA that a fault in the ATV locking out control of 7 of 28 Reaction Control System thrusters and one main engine had been repaired. In a "holding pattern," ATV is prepared now, with "all systems go" to dock at ISS soon after Endeavour completes its stay, part of the longest planned mission of the Shuttle's nearly twenty-seven year history, with five planned space walks and a longer mission made possible by power shared between the Endeavour and ISS.

NASA The STS-123 and Expedition 16 crews opened the hatches between space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station at 06:28 a.m. UT. They are combining forces for 12 days of joint operations. -

Endeavour delivers the first section of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory and the Canadian Space Agency's two-armed robotic system, Dextre.

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