Space Shuttle Mission: STS-127

At NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A, crews began moving the Rotating Service Structure to its park position on time at 11 p.m. EDT. The move takes approximately one hour.

The launch team will meet tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. for a weather briefing before fueling space shuttle Endeavour. Tanking coverage will begin at 10 a.m. on NASA Television.

    Thunderstorms approach Launch Pad 39A Image above: Storm clouds approach Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Friday as space shuttle Endeavour stands awaiting Saturday's planned launch. Image credit: NASA TV

    STS-127 Mission Overview
    The 16-day mission will feature five spacewalks and complete construction of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory. Astronauts will attach a platform to the outside of the Japanese module that will allow experiments to be exposed to space.

    The STS-127 crew members are 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.

    STS-127 Additional Resources
    › Mission Press Kit (6.9 Mb PDF)
    › Mission Summary (429 Kb PDF)
    › Meet the STS-127 Crew

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