Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 11:00 p.m. CDT
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
STS-123 MCC Status Report #27
HOUSTON – The crew of Endeavour neared the two-week mark in space preparing for tomorrow’s undocking and departure from the International Space Station.
The crew spent some time speaking with their families back home and transferring cargo, tools and other supplies back to the shuttle. The combined crews also spoke with reporters during the traditional crew news conference. Reporters from the United States, Japan and France participated in the news conference and spoke with the astronauts about the major milestones and accomplishments of the mission as well as life in space.
Endeavour’s crew will say goodbye to the station crew tomorrow afternoon, and the hatches between the two spacecraft are due to be closed at 4:13 p.m. CDT. Endeavour will undock and pull away from the station at 6:56 p.m. and will perform the traditional fly-around of the station. This will give Endeavour’s crew the first chance to see from afar the newly installed Kibo logistics module and the Dextre robot, which is now attached to the outside of the U.S. lab, Destiny. The undocking sets the stage for Endeavour’s scheduled landing at the Kennedy Space Center Wednesday, just before sunset.
The next STS-123 status report will be issued after the crew wakes up tomorrow, or earlier if events warrant.
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