2007-08-12 - Space ShuttleShuttle STS-118 arrives at Space Station
Raumtransporter bringt Nachschub zur ISS<br /> The Space Shuttle Endeavour roared into a summer Florida sky on time on august 8 at 5:36 p.m. CDT, carrying to the International Space Station a crew of seven, among them teacher-turned-astronaut Barbara Morgan.
Endeavour's crew includes Commander Scott Kelly, Pilot Charles Hobaugh, Mission Specialists Tracy Caldwell, Rick Mastracchio, Dave Williams of the Canadian Space Agency, Alvin Drew and Morgan. The astronauts will attach a new piece to the station's backbone and replace a failed gyroscope. The mission will include up to four spacewalks.
The flawless climb to orbit realized a two-decade-old dream for Morgan, who was first selected by NASA in 1985 as the backup to Teacher in Space Christa McAuliffe. Following the Challenger accident in 1986, Morgan continued to work with NASA on educational activities and returned to teaching elementary school in Idaho. In 1998, she was selected as an astronaut. During this mission, her primary duties are to oversee the transfer of cargo to and from the shuttle and station and assist with robotics operations. She also will take part in several education-related activities.
Expedition 15 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineers Oleg Kotov and Clay Anderson welcomed the seven-member STS-118 crew aboard the station Friday at 4:04 p.m. EDT. The STS-118 crew arrived at the station a couple of hours earlier when Space Shuttle Endeavour docked at 2:02 p.m. Attention now turns to on-orbit construction work. Endeavour delivered the Starboard 5 (S5) truss, which will be attached to the station Saturday. The STS-118 crew will also conduct a spacewalk Saturday to assist in the S5's installation and activation. The S5 will serve as a spacer segment between the Starboard 4 (S4) and 6 (S6) segments. The S6 and its solar arrays will be attached during a future shuttle mission.