May 26, 2009

NASA plans for Endeavour’s June launch

The U.S. space agency says it's planning the final events prior to space shuttle Endeavour's STS-127 June mission to the International Space Station.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said STS-127 will be the 32nd construction flight to the ISS and the last of a series of three flights dedicated to the assembly of the Japanese Kibo laboratory complex.

NASA officials said space shuttle Endeavour will be moved from Launch Pad 39B to pad 39A Saturday, with the STS-127 crew's launch dress rehearsal, known as the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test, taking place May 31-June2.

Endeavour had been stationed at launch pad 39B in case an emergency rescue operation had been necessary during the repair mission to the Hubble Space Telescope by space shuttle Atlantis.

The Endeavour launch is scheduled for June 13 at 7:17 a.m. EDT.

The first motion of the shuttle on its pad-to-pad roll is scheduled for 12:01 a.m. EDT Saturday. Live coverage of the move will be shown on NASA television beginning at 6 a.m.

The Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test provides each shuttle crew with an opportunity to participate in various simulated countdown activities, including equipment familiarization and emergency training, NASA said. Endeavour's astronauts and ground crews will take part in the practice countdown.