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Orbiter: Endeavour
Mission: STS-126
Payload: ISS ULF2
Launch: Nov. 14, 2008
Time: 7:55 p.m. EST
Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Landing: Nov. 30 at 4:25 p.m. EST
Site: Edwards Air Force Base, California
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CDR: Chris Ferguson

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MS 1: Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper

MS 2: Stephen Bowen

MS 3: Don Pettit

MS 4: Shane Kimbrough

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STS-126: The programs

In advance of shuttle Endeavour's STS-126 mission to the station, managers from both programs discuss the flight.

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STS-126: The mission

A detailed preview of Endeavour's mission to deliver expanded crew accommodations to the station is provided in this briefing.

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STS-126: Spacewalks

Four spacewalks are planned during Endeavour's STS-126 mission to the station.

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STS-126: The Crew

The Endeavour astronauts, led by commander Chris Ferguson, meet the press in the traditional pre-flight news conference.

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Shuttle rollaround

Space shuttle Endeavour switched launch pads on Oct. 23, traveling from pad 39B to pad 39A.

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Two shuttles sighted

Stunning aerial views of shuttles Atlantis and Endeavour perched atop launch pads 39A and 39B on Sept. 20.

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Endeavour to the VAB

For its role as a rescue craft during the Hubble servicing mission and the scheduled November logistics run to the space station, Endeavour is moved to the Vehicle Assembly Building.

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Spacewalk No. 4 begins; Endeavour mission extended
BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
STORY WRITTEN FOR CBS NEWS "SPACE PLACE" & USED WITH PERMISSION
Posted: November 24, 2008

Astronauts Stephen Bowen and Robert "Shane" Kimbrough switched their spacesuits to internal battery power at 1:24 p.m., about 20 minutes ahead of schedule, to officially kick off a planned six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk, the fourth and final EVA planned for the shuttle Endeavour's crew.

This is the 118th EVA devoted to station assembly and maintenance since construction began in 1998 and the 19th this year. Going into today's excursion, the shuttle crew had logged 20 hours and 34 minutes of spacewalk time, pushing the station's total to 739 hours and 23 minutes.

For identification, Kimbrough's spacesuit features broken red stripes on the legs. His radio call sign is EV-3 and views from his helmet camera will have the number 16 in the lower right corner. Bowen's suit is unmarked, his call sign is EV-2 and his helmet cam is No. 18.

After attaching safety tethers, Bowen and Kimbrough will make their way to the station's left-side solar alpha rotary joint, or SARJ, to remove thermal covers around the mechanism's 10-foot-wide drive gear. While Kimbrough works to lubricate the gear's bearing races, Bowen will be working on the opposite side of the solar power truss to install a final bearing assembly in the damaged right-side SARJ and to finish cleaning and lubricating the joint.

Earlier today, NASA managers decided to extend the shuttle Endeavour's mission by one day, presumably to give troubleshooters more time to resolve problems with the space station's new urine processor. Endeavour now is scheduled to undock the day after Thanksgiving and land back at the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday.

"Mike, as you may have heard, hopefully on the big loop, the IMMT has just decided to extend the shuttle for a day," astronaut Terry Virts radioed from Houston. "Just wanted to make sure you guys got the word."

"Well great," replied Expedition 18 commander Mike Fincke. "We really enjoy having these guys up here and if we can only extend by one day that will have to do, but we're grateful for the news."

"Well, hopefully it will be a good extra day for you guys," Virts said.

A revised flight plan will be posted here as soon as it's available.

A look at the deorbit burn and landing opportunities for KSC, plus the backup sites of Edwards Air Force Base in California and Whites Sands in New Mexico for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday are posted here:

(all times EST)

ORBIT..SITE.....DEORBIT....LANDING

Sunday, 11/30/08

248....KSC......12:15 PM...01:18 PM
249....NOR......01:47 PM...02:50 PM
.......KSC......01:51 PM...02:54 PM
250....EDW......03:21 PM...04:24 PM
.......NOR......03:23 PM...04:25 PM
251....EDW......04:57 PM...05:59 PM

Monday, 12/01/08

263....KSC......11:05 AM...12:08 PM
264....KSC......12:40 PM...01:43 PM
265....EDW......02:11 PM...03:14 PM
.......NOR......02:12 PM...03:15 PM
266....EDW......03:46 PM...04:49 PM
.......NOR......03:48 PM...04:51 PM
267....EDW......05:23 PM...06:25 PM

Tuesday, 12/02/08

279....KSC......11:30 AM...12:33 PM
280....NOR......01:02 PM...02:05 PM
.......KSC......01:06 PM...02:08 PM
281....EDW......02:35 PM...03:38 PM
.......NOR......02:37 PM...03:40 PM
282....EDW......04:11 PM...05:14 PM

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VIDEO: SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR BLASTS OFF! PLAY
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