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Birthday Wishes for Suni Williams, Endeavour Lands in Houston

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Sep 20, 2012 5:27 am via: NASA
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Expedition 33 Commander Suni Williams was surprised by the family of Sally Ride when they wished her a happy birthday from Mission Control Center. Williams has been aboard the orbital laboratory since July 17 when she arrived with Flight Engineers Aki Hoshide and Yuri Malenchenko. The trio said goodbye to their Expedition 32 crewmates who undocked Sept. 16.

Williams and Hoshide got together to review cargo and gear they will prepack in preparation for the arrival of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft in October. The duo also reviewed Dragon rendezvous procedures. Williams later checked the Harmony node’s centerline berthing camera system where the Dragon will be berthed when it arrives next month.

Hoshide answered questions about life in space from listeners on Nippon Radio. He earlier had a ham radio pass with students from Kole, Poland. Hoshide also worked throughout the station sampling air, replacing batteries and cleaning bacteria filters.

Malenchenko worked inside Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-3) which docked to the aft end of the Zvezda service module on March 28. He performed leak checks and depressurized a tank on the ATV-3.

Space shuttle Endeavour, whose last mission was to the International Space Station, landed at Ellington Field in Houston atop a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft at 11:40 a.m. EDT Wednesday. Endeavour’s final destination is Los Angeles on Friday where it will be delivered to the California Science Center.

Endeavour delivered the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer in May 2011 during the STS-134 mission. The seven shuttle crew members joined the six Expedition 27 crew members for 11 days of docked operations. This was Endeavour’s 25th and final mission.

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