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Shuttle Crew Inspects Shuttle, Begins Preparations for Landing Friday

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Jul 30, 2009 9:12 am via: source
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(NASA) – Twin satellite deployments and a check of the systems that will control Endeavour’s return home to the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, are on tap today as the shuttle leads the International Space Station in orbit.

Early in the day, STS-127 Commander Mark Polansky and Pilot Doug Hurley will test the thruster jets and aerodynamic control surfaces that will be used to guide Endeavour to a landing planned for 10:48 a.m. EDT Friday.

Astronaut Dave Wolf, STS-127 mission specialist, looks over a checklist on the aft flight deck of space shuttle Endeavour. Photo credit: NASA

Astronaut Dave Wolf, STS-127 mission specialist, looks over a checklist on the aft flight deck of space shuttle Endeavour. Photo credit: NASA

Once those checks are complete, the crew will deploy two pairs of small satellites.

The first, called Dual RF Astrodynamic GPS Orbital Navigator Satellite (DRAGONSat), will look at independent rendezvous of spacecraft in orbit using Global Positioning Satellite data. The second, called Atmospheric Neutral Density Experiment-2 (ANDE-2), will measure the density and composition of the rarified atmosphere 200 miles above the Earth’s surface.

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