The Space Shuttle Endeavour is scheduled to launch on Saturday, July 11 at 4:39pm PST. You can watch the launch preparations and the shuttle liftoff live on NASA TV at the following URL: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html
Portland opregon residents may also watch the launch at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). OMSI will be showing the lift-off in the planetarium live via satellite on NASA TV beginning at 4:00 p.m., with the shuttle’s launch scheduled at 4:39 p.m. PDT. Admission for the televised launch is free.
The 16-day mission will feature five spacewalks and complete construction of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory. Astronauts will attach a platform to the outside of the Japanese module that will allow experiments to be exposed to space. STS-127 is the 127th space shuttle flight, the 29th to the station, the 23rd for Endeavour and the third in 2009. Seven flights to the station remain before the shuttles retire in 2010.
The STS-127 crew members are Commander Mark Polansky, Pilot Doug Hurley and Mission Specialists Dave Wolf, Christopher Cassidy, Tom Marshburn, Tim Kopra and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Julie Payette. Kopra will join the space station crew and replace Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata. Wakata will return to Earth on Endeavour to conclude a three-month stay at the station.
For more information about the STS-127 mission, including images and interviews with the crew, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/shuttle/news/
For more information about the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s Kibo laboratory, visit http://kibo.jaxa.jp/en/about/kibo/
To view sighting opportunities for both the shuttle and ISS during the 16-day scheduled mission, visit the following link: http://spaceflight1.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/
Please note that the shuttle lift-off date and time is subject to change by NASA.