Encyclopedia Astronautica
2008.03.26 - STS-123 MCC Status Report #32


Space shuttle Endeavour's record-setting visit to the International Space Station is just hours away from its conclusion.

On what is scheduled to be its last day in space, the crew was awakened at 9:58 a.m. CDT by Train's "Drops of Jupiter." The song was played for Pilot Gregory H. Johnson.

Deorbit preparations will begin at 1:58 p.m. Then the crew members will ready their seats and should get the okay to close the payload bay doors at 2:18 p.m. If the good weather forecast proves true, Commander Dominic Gorie will conduct the deorbit burn at 4:58 p.m., slowing Endeavour enough to allow it to drop out of orbit and begin its descent. Landing at the Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility is scheduled for 6:05 p.m., about half an hour before sunset.

Endeavour has one other opportunity to land today if needed. The second opportunity would get the astronauts to Florida about one hour after sunset. The deorbit burn would occur at 6:33 p.m. for a 7:39 p.m. landing. Either landing would secure for Endeavour the record for longest shuttle mission to the station.

While at the station, the crew delivered 25,839 pounds of equipment, hardware, supplies and consumables. The new Japanese Experiment Logistics Module, Pressurized Section -the first part of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency module, Kibo -accounts for the bulk of that at 18,377 pounds. In all, 23,776 pounds of equipment and hardware made its way from the shuttle's cargo bay to the station.

From the shuttle's middeck came 1,432 pounds of transfer and resupply items. And the station also got 608 pounds of water and 23 pounds of nitrogen before Endeavour left.

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