Technicians at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center will finish closing out Endeavour’s aft compartment and will retract the access arm to the external fuel tank today, as work continues to prepare for the start of the countdown on Friday.
Endeavour is now scheduled to launch Monday 16th May at 08:56 EDT (13:56 BST) on a 16-day mission to the International Space Station. The launch originally planned for 29th April was scrubbed when telemetry showed an electrical problem within the aft load control assembly in the Shuttle’s engine compartment.
Meanwhile at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the STS-134 crew is preparing to return to Kennedy this Thursday. Pictured in the official crew portrait above (clockwise) are NASA astronauts Mark Kelly (bottom centre), Commander Gregory H. Johnson, Pilot Michael Fincke, and Mission Specialists Greg Chamitoff, Andrew Feustel and ESA’s Roberto Vittori.
The delay to this launch has also pushed back the expected lift-off of STS-135 (Atlantis) to early July, with an exact date still to be confirmed.