Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Upcoming events

June 13 - Shuttle Endeavor awaits its launch for mission STS-127 to the International Space Station. Launch is expected to occur at about 5:17 Mountain Daylight Time. The seven-member crew will help build the Japanese Kibo module complex. Five spacewalks are planned, and they should be as difficult or challenging as the Hubble mission walks were.  This is the last one of three Kibo assembly missions. Since there are already six crew on the station now, this will give us the unusual experience of watching 13 astronauts working together in space for the first time. Man, that station is going to seem crowded!

June 19 - Spaceport America will have its groundbreaking ceremony. Located 45 miles north of Las Cruces, New Mexico, the spaceport will be the home of tourist flights into sub-orbit by Virgin Galactic. Construction of the facilities will include expansive tourist viewing areas to watch the launch of the carrier aircraft cradling their space tourist rockets. First flights are expected to begin December 2010.

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