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STS-127: Crew Arrives For Saturday Launch

Endeavour's crew arrived at KSC today in advance of this weekend's liftoff. The shuttle was successfully test-fueled last week, easing concerns over a hydrogen leak which thwarted last month's launch attempt. NASA reports:

Astronauts Arrive at Kennedy for Launch

The STS-127 crew members arrive at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Image above: Leading the way, Commander Mark Polansky is greeted by the STS-127 Launch Director Pete Nickolenko as the STS-127 crew members arrive at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to prepare for launch aboard space shuttle Endeavour. Image credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
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Space shuttle Endeavour's seven astronauts arrived at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida on July 7, touching down at the Shuttle Landing Facility aboard a Gulfstream jet at 1 p.m. EDT. The crew will spend the next few days in reviews and briefings while waiting for launch day to arrive.

The STS-127 launch countdown is set to begin at 10 p.m. July 8, leading toward liftoff July 11 at 7:39 p.m.

STS-127 Mission Overview

The STS-127 astronauts arrive at Kennedy Space Center.
Image above: After arriving at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to prepare for space shuttle Endeavour's July 11 launch on the 29th assembly flight to the International Space Station, the STS-127 crew members pose for a final photo before leaving the Shuttle Landing Facility. Image credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
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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

Preflight pics are up at CBC, JSC, and Sentinel. Launch blog at NASA. Pics and video at KSC. More clips at Space Multimedia. Live video at SFN. Discussion at Nasaspaceflight. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.

STS-127: Hydrogen Leak Forces Second Scrub

After lightning delayed Shuttle Endeavour's fueling by almost 3 hours, the old gaseous hydrogen leak issue surfaced again. Mission managers declared a scrub at 1:55 EDT this morning. NASA reports:

Endeavour Launch Now Targeted for July 11

Rays of light frame space shuttle Endeavour in this unusual angle.
Image above: Rays of light frame space shuttle Endeavour as the launch countdown continues at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Image credit/NASA TV

Space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 second launch attempt was cancelled early Wednesday, June 17 due to a liquid hydrogen leak associated with the ground umbilical carrier panel. It's the same location where a similar leak scrubbed Endeavour's first launch attempt on June 13.

Endeavour's next launch attempt is targeted for July 11 at 7:39 p.m. EDT.

Space shuttle Endeavour is bathed in light on Launch Pad 39A.
Image above: At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Endeavour is bathed in light at Launch Pad 39A. Image credit: NASA TV

STS-127 Additional Resources
› Mission Press Kit (6.3 Mb PDF)
› Mission Summary (484KB PDF)
› Meet the STS-127 Crew
› Flow Valve Fact Sheet (447 Kb PDF)

Preflight pics are up at CBC, JSC, and Sentinel. Launch blog at NASA. Pics and video at KSC. More clips at Space Multimedia. Live video at SFN. Discussion at Nasaspaceflight. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.

STS-127: Launch Tomorrow?

It looks like 5:40AM Wednesday for Shuttle Endeavour's liftoff to the International Space Station - if they can get her fueled up. Weather concerns have delayed the scheduled start of tanking, but mission managers have until about 10PM tonight to start loading the giant External Tank. NASA reports:

Endeavour 'in Good Shape' for Wednesday Launch

Space shuttle Endeavour at Launch Pad 39A following rollback of the rotating service structure
Image above: At Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Endeavour stands ready for liftoff after rollback of the pad's rotating service structure. Image credit/NASA TV

All times listed in EDT


Tuesday Launch Day Highlights

8 p.m.

NASA TV coverage of fueling begins

8:15 p.m.

Countdown resumes at the T-6 hour mark with the fueling of Endeavour

9 p.m.

Liquid hydrogen sensors go to "wet" state

11:15 p.m.

Countdown enters a 2-hour, 30-minute built-in hold at the T-3 hour mark; fueling enters stable replenish

11:30 p.m.

Ascent Team of flight controllers on duty for its shift in Mission Control, Houston
 
Wednesday Launch Day Highlights
12:30 a.m. Live launch coverage begins on NASA TV and Launch Blog

1:45 a.m.

Countdown resumes at T-3 hours
1:50 a.m. Endeavour astronauts depart crew quarters for Launch Pad 39A

2:20 a.m.

Astronauts arrive at the launch pad and begin to board Endeavour

3:35 a.m.

Endeavour hatch is closed and latched for launch
4:25 a.m. Countdown enters a 10-minute planned hold at the T-20 minute mark
4:35 a.m. Countdown resumes at the T-20 minute mark
4:46 a.m. Countdown enters a 40-minute planned hold at the T-9 minute mark, during which the Mission Management Team and Launch Control team will conduct polls to give a final "go" decision for launch
5:31 a.m. Countdown resumes at the T-9 minute mark
5:35 a.m. Auxiliary Power Units start at the T-5 minute mark
5:40 a.m. Endeavour launches on the STS-127 mission
5:49 a.m. Main Engine Cut Off (MECO)

Live HD webcast at SpaceVidCast. Preflight pics are up at CBC, JSC, and Sentinel. Launch blog at NASA. Pics and video at KSC. More clips at Space Multimedia. Live video at SFN. Discussion at Nasaspaceflight. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.

STS-127: Launch Set For Wednesday

With the hydrogen leak repair scheduled for completion Tuesday afternoon, and some schedule shuffling for range clearance, Endeavour is now set for launch early (ugh!) Wednesday morning. The LRO/LCROSS moon mission will now launch Thursday at 5:12PMNASA reports:

Endeavour, Crew to Launch June 17

A technician working on Endeavour's Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate (GUCP). NASA PHOTO NO: KSC-2009-3713NASA managers have scheduled the next launch attempt of Endeavour's STS-127 mission for 5:40 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, June 17. The flight's seven astronauts remain at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Technicians at Kennedy are working to fix a leak associated with the gaseous hydrogen venting system outside Endeavour's external fuel tank. The leak postponed Endeavour's Saturday morning scheduled launch to the International Space Station. Teams on Kennedy’s Launch Pad 39A are in the process of changing out internal seals in the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate, or GUCP, which is attached to the external tank. The vent line runs from the GUCP, away from the launch pad to a "flare stack" where excess hydrogen is safely burned off.

News video at CFNews13. Preflight pics are up at CBC, JSC, and Sentinel. Launch blog at NASA. Pics and video at KSC. More clips at Space Multimedia. Live video at SFN. Discussion at Nasaspaceflight. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.

STS-127: Endeavour May Launch Wednesday

Ground personnel are working on the solution to the gaseous hydrogen leak that scrubbed Endeavour's launch Saturday morning. Mission managers say the flight could go on as early as Wednesday, but that is the day that the LRO/LCROSS moon probes are scheduled to launch. NASA reports:

Launch Delayed for Endeavour and STS-127 Crew

STS-127 mission patch. NASA PHOTO NO: KSC-2009-3266Technicians at NASA's Kennedy Space Center are working to fix a leak associated with the gaseous hydrogen venting system outside Endeavour's external fuel tank. The leak postponed Endeavour's Saturday morning scheduled launch to the International Space Station. Teams on Kennedy’s Launch Pad 39A are in the process of changing out internal seals in the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate, or GUCP, which is attached to the external tank. The vent line runs from the GUCP, away from the launch pad to a "flare stack" where excess hydrogen is safely burned off.

Endeavour STS-127 poised for launch. NASA PHOTO NO: KSC-2009-3701Managers met Sunday afternoon to evaluate how repairs are going and assess when Endeavour's next launch attempt will be. The earliest the shuttle could be ready for liftoff is June 17, however there is a conflict on that date with the scheduled launch of NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter/Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

The 16-day mission will feature five spacewalks as the crews of Endeavour and the International Space Station work to install the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility and Experiment Logistics Module Exposed Section on the orbiting outpost.


Preflight pics are up at the JSC Gallery and Sentinel. Launch blog at NASA. Pics and video at KSC. More clips at Space Multimedia. Live video at SFN. Discussion at Nasaspaceflight. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.

STS-127: SCRUB!

A hydrogen leak has forced a delay in Endeavour's launch. We are looking at a minimum 4-day turnaround. Mission managers declared the scrub at 12:26AM EDT Saturday morning, before the crew had boarded. The issue is the same as the one that had delayed Discovery's STS-119 launch in March. NASA reports:

Endeavour Launch Delayed

Space shuttle Endeavour at Launch Pad 39A following rollback of the rotating service structure
Image above: At Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, space shuttle Endeavour stands ready for liftoff after rollback of the pad's rotating service structure. NASA Photo/Kim Shiflett

At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the launch of space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 mission to the International Space Station is on hold due to a leak associated with the gaseous hydrogen venting system outside the external fuel tank. The system is used to carry excess hydrogen safely away from the launch pad. At 12:26 a.m. EDT Saturday, June 13, shuttle managers officially scrubbed the launch for at least 96 hours.

Shuttle managers will meet Saturday morning to discuss what steps to take next, including targeting a new launch date.

The 16-day mission will feature five spacewalks as the crews of Endeavour and the International Space Station work to install the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility and Experiment Logistics Module Exposed Section on the orbiting outpost.

STS-127 Additional Resources
› Mission Press Kit (6.3 Mb PDF)
› Mission Summary (484KB PDF)
› Meet the STS-127 Crew
› Flow Valve Fact Sheet (447 Kb PDF)

Launch postponement briefing at Sentinel. Preflight pics are up at the JSC Gallery and Sentinel. Launch blog at NASA. Pics and video at KSC. More clips at Space Multimedia. Live video at SFN. Discussion at Nasaspaceflight. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.

STS-127: Launch Approved For Saturday

Mission managers have given the final go-ahead for Saturday morning's launch of Shuttle Endeavour to the ISS. The seven STS-127 astronauts arrived at KSC on June 8 and are making their final preparations for liftoff on 13 June 2009 at 7:17AM EDT.

With six men already aboard the Station, this will mean a record-setting 13 people will be in space at the same time. It's gonna get mighty crowded up there! NASA reports:

Endeavour Prepares for STS-127

STS-127 Mission Specialists Julie Payette and Christopher Cassidy check equipment
Image above: At NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, STS-127 Mission Specialists Julie Payette and Christopher Cassidy check equipment as part of pre-pack and fit check in preparation for space shuttle Endeavour's launch on June 13 to the International Space Station. Image credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
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Space shuttle Endeavour is in place at Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, undergoing final preparations for its upcoming 16-day mission to the International Space Station. Mission STS-127 is the 32nd flight dedicated to station construction, and the final of a series of three flights dedicated to the assembly of the Japanese Kibo laboratory complex.The STS-127 payload is the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility and Experiment Logistics Module Exposed Section.

STS-127 Additional Resources
› Mission Press Kit (6.3 Mb PDF)
› Mission Summary (484KB PDF)
› Meet the STS-127 Crew

Webcast Friday at 10AM EDT. Preflight pics are up at the JSC Gallery. Launch blog at NASA. Pics and video at KSC. More clips at Space Multimedia. Live video at SFN. Discussion at Nasaspaceflight. Check the links at right for play-by-play and NASA TV.