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NASA astronauts complete mammoth spacewalk

Space shuttle Endeavour mission astronauts Michael Fincke and Andrew Feustel ventured outside the International Space Station (ISS) and successfully recharged a solar array coolant system. They also lubricated a solar array drive mechanism during the spacewalk.

Woman's Twitter pics of Endeavour launch become Web sensation

An iPhone user’s plane ride from New York to Florida brought her instant fame! Stefanie Gordon, who aboard a passenger flight to Palm Beach Monday morning, caused an internet storm recently after snapping photos and a short video of space shuttle Endeavour as it burst through the clouds near her plane.

Space shuttle Endeavour blasts off for the last time

In an awe-inspiring sight, watched by thousands of excited spectators, the 122ft space shuttle Endeavour blasted off the launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center into the clear Florida skies on her 25th and final voyage into the orbit.

Endeavour launch Postponed at last moment

The launch of Space shuttle Endeavour had to be cancelled just three and a half hours before the scheduled time of the launch. It is reported that a technical problem in the hydraulic system forced the launch to be postponed.

Endeavour docks with the ISS

Houston -- NASA said space shuttle Endeavour docked with the International Space Station at 12:06 a.m. EST Wednesday, 215 miles above Earth.

Hatches between the two spacecraft were opened at 2:16 a.m. EST, completing delivery of the Italian-made Tranquility module and its new room with a view, the cupola. With the arrival of Endeavour's six STS-130 astronauts, the space station's population grew to 11, with its mass exceeding 1 million pounds, NASA said.

Endeavour launches without incident

Cape Canaveral -- Space shuttle Endeavour roared into the early morning sky over Florida's Kennedy Space Center Monday in the last scheduled night shuttle launch.

Originally set for Sunday morning, the launch had to be delayed because of low clouds over the space center. Endeavour and its external fuel tank, with a combined weight of 4.5 million pounds, finally lifted off at 4:14 a.m. EST Monday without incident and without any pre-launch technical problems.

Space shuttle Endeavour returns home

Cape Canaveral -- The space shuttle Endeavour returned to Earth Friday after a successful 16-day mission and five spacewalks, officials at Florida's Kennedy Space Center said.

Endeavour touched down at Cape Canaveral, Fla., at 10:48 a.m. EDT with
Commander Mark Polansky expected to make a statement after a walk around the shuttle, NASA officials said.

The shuttle's astronauts are to return to Houston's Ellington Field Saturday for a debriefing on 127th space shuttle mission and the 23rd flight for Endeavour.

During their five spacewalks, the astronauts installed the final pieces of a Japanese laboratory and replaced batteries on a solar wing of the International Space Station.

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Shuttle Endeavour leaves space station

Cape Canaveral, Fla. -- The U.S. space shuttle Endeavour left the International Space Station Tuesday afternoon to begin a three-day trip home after 11 days of linked flight.

The shuttle undocked from the massive orbiting laboratory at 1:26 p.m. EDT, NASA said.

The departure ended history's biggest orbiting crew -- 13 people together in low earth orbit, including, for the first time, two Canadians in space together.

Endeavour and its seven astronauts are scheduled to land in NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida Friday, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said.

The weather forecast calls for partly sunny skies with a thunderstorm possible.

Astronauts ready for STS-127 mission

Cape Canaveral, Fla. -- All seven STS-127 NASA astronauts boarded space shuttle Endeavour Wednesday afternoon, ready for another attempt at launching their 16-day mission.

NASA weather forecasters at mid-afternoon said the Kennedy Space Center's eastern range was "red" due to anvil clouds, cumulus clouds and lightning. Storms to the northwest of the launch pad were expected to dissipate, while a system northeast of Kennedy was being closely watched. But the forecasters said they still expected a 60-percent probability of favorable weather by the 6:03 p.m. EDT launch time.

The mission to the International Space Station is to include five spacewalks to complete construction of the Japan space agency's Kibo laboratory.

NASA to test Endeavour external tank

Cape Canaveral -- NASA plans to conduct a test of space shuttle Endeavour's external fuel tank at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida to make sure repairs were successful.

The test will be shown live online by NASA TV beginning at 7 a.m. EDT Wednesday.

"During the test, the external tank will be filled with liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen, just as it is before launch," the space agency said in a statement. "A hydrogen gas leak at the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate … postponed Endeavour's launch attempts June 13 and 17. The GUCP is attached to the venting system used to carry excess hydrogen safely away from the launch pad."