Endeavour STS-127 crew begin complex mission to expand JAXA's Kibo, space-exposed Lab

-Posted by D. Worth (US) | for- M. Barbay (France) and US

Continuously exposed to space environment. Astronauts exchange experiment payloads or hardware from the Pressurized Module...

Image: Cutting-edge Technology by JAXA

To monitor, control & analyze experiment data, as well as support & carry out on-orbit experiments from ground

Flight controllers in Japan work in cooperation with controllers at NASA's Mission Control Center in Houston, Texas, the Russian Mission Control Center near Moscow and the Payload Operations Center, Huntsville, Ala...

Endeavor to dock at ISS; in about 6 hours...Endeavour's 16-day mission includes 5 spacewalks and will complete the station's Japanese module.

Experiments in Kibo focus on: Space medicine, biology, Earth observations, material production, biotechnology and communications research. Kibo experiments and systems are operated from the Mission Control Room at the Space Station Operations Facility, or SSOF, at Tsukuba Space Center in Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan, just north of Tokyo.

The STS-127 crew members: Here.
Commander Mark Polansky, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Dave Wolf, Christopher Cassidy, Tom Marshburn, Tim Kopra and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Julie Payette. Kopra will join the space station crew and replace Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata. Wakata will return to Earth on Endeavour to conclude a three-month stay at the station.

Space Flight Systems Related Clocks: Timers, & Countdowns
NASA Int'l Community of Missions: Here.

Astronauts on twitter...
ASTRO 127: (Polansky) On twitter (Enroute to ISS)
Astro_Mike (Massimino) our hubble hero
On "Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson, will air tonight

Astro Sandy (Magnus) just arrived in Kuwait
NASA_Astronauts: Here... And the site: View.

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