Wednesday, October 22, 2008

STS-126 Mission Moves Forward!

The Space Shuttle Program's two-day Flight Readiness Review, or FRR, for Endeavour's STS-126 mission will wrap up Wednesday.

From this week's FRR discussions, decisions about preparedness for launch will be taken to the agency-level Flight Readiness Review that will be held Oct. 30-31 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

At that time the launch date will be set and shuttle processing will continue toward the projected liftoff date.

A news conference broadcast on NASA TV will follow the FRR to announce the official launch date.

Back at Kennedy's Space Station Processing Facility, the STS-126 Multi-Purpose Logistics Module is scheduled to be transferred to Launch Pad 39A on Wednesday.

Workers are now turning their attention to Endeavour's move off of Launch Pad 39B.

The crawler-transporter will glide under the shuttle, stacked on the mobile launcher platform, for Endeavour's Saturday roll around to Pad A.

At Johnson Space Center's Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory today, STS-126 mission astronauts Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper and Steve Bowen are rehearsing spacewalking techniques.

Endeavour is targeted to lift off at 7:55 p.m. EST, Nov. 14 on the 27th shuttle mission to the International Space Station.

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