Mark Kelly and Crew Members of Shuttle Endeavour To Leave The International Space Station

By on May 30, 2011 in Astronomy, Science, United States, World Comments

Space Shuttle Endeavour
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The six space shuttle Endeavour astronauts bid farewell to the three Expedition 28 crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS) late Sunday, May 29, 2011. The six crew members are on their way home to wrap up NASA’s final shuttle flight, according to several international news sites.

Based on the reports, shuttle Endeavour is due to be back on Earth on Wednesday and will be retired to a California museum after the 16-day space journey.

Reports also mentioned that before leaving the neighborhood of the space station, Endeavour took a photo-taking victory lap around the station as shown on NASA Television. Likewise, Kelly and his crew planned a test of a navigation system for future spacecraft.

It was also reported that the installed Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer device is already collecting 25 million to 40 million cosmic particles a day.

The Endeavour astronauts conducted four spacewalks as they performed maintenance and installed components on the station, including the Enhanced International Space Station Boom Assembly that marked the completion of the U.S. Orbital Segment of the station.

NASA’s only remaining shuttle flight- the Atlantis, will blast off on July 8 with a load of space station supplies to close out the 30-year shuttle program, according to reports.

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