Endeavour blasts off to repair and remodel the International Space Station

November 15th, 2008 - 12:29 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Nov 15 (ANI): The space shuttle Endeavour has lifted off from NASAs Kennedy Space Center, along with its seven-member crew, to repair and remodel the International Space Station.

Endeavours STS-126 mission will carry to space about 32,000 pounds, which includes supplies and equipment necessary to double the crew size from three to six members in spring 2009.

The new station cargo includes additional sleeping quarters, a second toilet, a water reclamation system and a resistance exercise device.

The missions four planned spacewalks primarily will focus on servicing the stations two Solar Alpha Rotary Joints, which allow the outposts solar arrays to track the sun.

Shortly before launch, Commander Chris said, Its our turn to take home improvement to a new level after 10 years of International Space Station construction. Endeavour is good to go.

Joining Ferguson on Endeavours 15-day flight are Pilot Eric Boe and Mission Specialists Donald Pettit, Steve Bowen, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Shane Kimbrough and Sandra Magnus.

Magnus will replace current station crew member Greg Chamitoff, who has lived on the outpost since June.

She will return to Earth on Discoverys STS-119 mission, targeted for February 2009.

NASA is providing continuous television and Internet coverage of Endeavours mission, which is the 124th shuttle flight, the 22nd for Endeavour and the 27th shuttle mission to the station.

NASAs Web coverage of STS-126 includes current mission information, interactive features, news conference images, graphics and videos. (ANI)

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