NASA managers completed a review
Wednesday of space shuttle Endeavour's readiness for flight and
selected June 13 as the official launch date for the STS-127
mission to the International Space Station. Commander Mark Polansky
and his six crewmates are scheduled to lift off at 7:17 a.m. EDT
from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Endeavour's launch date was announced following a daylong Flight
Readiness Review at Kennedy. During the meeting, top NASA and
contractor managers assessed the risks associated with the mission
and determined the shuttle's equipment, support systems and
procedures are ready for flight.
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
The STS-127 crew members are 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
Wakata will return to Earth on Endeavour to conclude a three-month
stay at the station.
Polansky, who has a Twitter account named Astro_127, can be