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Endeavour Crew Prepares for Wednesday Landing

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Jun 1, 2011 6:19 am via: NASA
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Endeavour astronauts spent much of their day getting ready for their return to Earth. Their first landing opportunity is Wednesday at 2:35 a.m. EDT at Kennedy Space Center.

Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Greg H. Johnson and Mission Specialist Roberto Vittori powered up and checked out the flight control system, testing the flaps and rudder that will control Endeavour’s flight once it enters the Earth’s atmosphere. Next they test fired the reaction system thrusters that control the shuttle’s attitude before it reaches the atmosphere.

Meanwhile, Mission Specialists Mike Fincke, Andrew Feustel and Greg Chamitoff stowed items in the cabin for re-entry. Each crew member got about an hour’s exercise.

Endeavour undocked from the International Space Station at 11:55 p.m. Sunday, ending a stay of 11 days, 17 hours and 41 minutes at the orbiting laboratory.

During the docked operations, the STS-134 crew delivered and installed the AMS to study cosmic particles and the ExPRESS Logistics Carrier 3 with spare parts, and performed four spacewalks to perform maintenance and install components on the station, including the Enhanced International Space Station Boom Assembly that marked the completion of the U.S. Orbital Segment of the station.

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