Monday, November 24, 2008

1130a 11/24 Update: Shuttle mission extended one day

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CBS NEWS STS-126 STATUS REPORT: 62
Posted: 11:30 AM, 11/23/08

By William Harwood
CBS News Space Analyst

Changes and additions:

   SR-59 (11/23/08): Urine processor continues working beyond earlier failure point; engineers hopeful about fix
   SR-60 (11/23/08): Urine processor shuts down again; troubleshooting continues
   SR-61 (11/24/08): Astronauts gear up for final spacewalk; urine processor troubleshooting continues
   SR-62 (11/24/08): Shuttle mission extended one day

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11:30 AM, 11/24/08, Update: Shuttle mission extended one day

NASA managers today decided to extend the shuttle Endeavour's mission by one day, presumably to give troubleshooters more time to resolve problems with the space station's new urine processor. Endeavour now is scheduled to undock the day after Thanksgiving and land back at the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday.

"Mike, as you may have heard, hopefully on the big loop, the IMMT has just decided to extend the shuttle for a day," astronaut Terry Virts radioed from Houston. "Just wanted to make sure you guys got the word."

"Well great," replied Expedition 18 commander Mike Fincke. "We really enjoy having these guys up here and if we can only extend by one day that will have to do, but we're grateful for the news."

"Well, hopefully it will be a good extra day for you guys," Virts said.

A revised flight plan will be posted here as soon as it's available.

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Quick-Launch Web Links:

CBS News STS-126 Status Reports:
http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/current.html

CBS News STS-126 Quick-Look Page:
http://www.cbsnews.com/network/news/space/currentglance.html

NASA ISS Expeditions Page:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/index.html

NASA Shuttle Web: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/shuttle/index.html
NASA Station Web: http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/index.html
Spaceflight Now: http://spaceflightnow.com/index.html
GoogleSatTrack: http://www.lizard-tail.com/isana/tracking/

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