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Sunday, May 29, 2011

Quick Hit: Endeavour Crew Ready To Head Back Home



By: Syeed

After a successful 10 day mission the crew of the Space Shuttle Endeavour crew said their goodbyes and are ready to head back home.

During their 10 day’s docked to the ISS (10 days 23 hours and 45 minutes to be exact) Endeavour’s crew made four spacewalks to install new components on the space station as well as perform some maintenance.  Including a Boom Assembly that marked the completion of the U.S Orbital Segment of the station.

One of the more interesting things the crew installed is the $2 Billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 , an experiment module designed to measure cosmic rays and help particle physicists search for all types of weird matter they can’t see with current instrumentation. Scientist are hoping the AMS-02 will shed some light on dark-matter and anti-matter as well as help with understanding the formation of the universe.

So that’s that, the 134th and final mission of the Space Shuttle Endeavour is almost over, the crew will be landing this Wednesday June 1st at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, ISS Commander Andrei Boriseinko wished the crew a soft landing in his goodbye, and I wish them the same.

Here’s an interview with the crew from PBS:

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