Endeavour to undock from ISS for the last time – Watch LiveMay 29, 2011
NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour is to undock from the ISS later as the crew bring to a close their STS-134 mission. Hatches are being sealed (on NASA TV below) with the actual undocking due to occur at 23:53 EDT (03:53 GMT/ 04:53 BST).
The last EVA “spacewalk” in the 30 year history of the US shuttle programme was completed at the International Space Station on Friday, when astronauts Mike Fincke and Greg Chamitoff’s seven-and-a-half-hour walk ended NASA’s part in the construction of the ISS.
Landing of Endeavour is scheduled for Wednesday 1st June at 02:32 EDT (06:32 GMT/ 07:32 BST). The last ever shuttle mission (STS-135) will see Atlantis launch on (or soon after) 8th July, before all remaining shuttles are decommissioned.
Don’t miss one of your last chances to see this beautiful spacecraft in operation, the shuttle has been iconic and will be greatly missed!
Addition: NASA has confirmed the ISS and Endeavour images taken by ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli are still with the Soyuz capsule, and will be processed and released shortly. In an unprecedented event the ISS was moved by 120° to provide the best angle of the station with Endeavour docked, and Nespoli took high definition video footage and digital camera stills from his vantage point in Soyuz.
The capsule landed safely with Commander Dmitry Kondratyev, astronaut Cady Coleman and Nespoli on board in Kazakhstan on 24th May.