2008-12-08 - Shuttle lands at EdwardsShuttle Endeavour lands at Edwards AFB
Raumfähre kehrt nach ISS-Einsatz zur Erde zurück Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew landed at 1:25 p.m.
Raumfähre kehrt nach ISS-Einsatz zur Erde zurück
Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew landed at 1:25 p.m. PST Sunday (30 November) at Edwards Air Force Base in California, completing a 16-day journey of more than 6.6 million miles. The STS-126 mission featured important repair work and prepared the International Space Station to house six crew members on long-duration missions beginning next year. The new station equipment includes a water recovery system, additional sleeping quarters, a second toilet and an exercise device. During four spacewalks, the crew serviced the station's two Solar Alpha Rotary Joints, which allow its solar arrays to track the sun, and installed new hardware that will support future assembly missions.
Chris Ferguson commanded the flight and was joined by Pilot Eric Boe and Mission Specialists Donald Pettit, Steve Bowen, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Shane Kimbrough and Sandra Magnus. Magnus remained aboard the station, replacing Expedition 18 Flight Engineer Greg Chamitoff, who returned to Earth on Endeavour after more than five months on the station.