Next Space Shuttle mission on track for Nov. 30 launch; media press kit available online
What: Space Shuttle Endeavour is being prepared for launch Thursday, Nov. 30, on the STS-97 flight, the sixth construction mission to the International Space Station.
During 10 days punctuated by space flight firsts, the Space Shuttle Endeavour will see the International Space Station spread its wings giant solar arrays that will quintuple the Station's electrical power, enabling future unparalleled research.
When Endeavour lifts off, it will do so with the help of two solid rocket boosters, three reusable, high performance rocket engines the worlds most sophisticated reusable rocket engines and an external tank, all developed here at NASAs Marshall Center. For Marshalls role in the Space Shuttle, check our Web site at
- SHUTTLE ORBITER: Endeavour
- LAUNCH LOCATION: Pad 39B, Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
- TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Nov. 30 at 9:06 p.m. CST
- TARGET LANDING DATE/TIME: Dec. 10 at 4:25 p.m. CST
- LAUNCH WINDOW: less than 5 minutes
- MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 19 hours, 19 minutes
- CREW: Commander Brent Jett, Pilot Mike Bloomfield, and Mission Specialists Carlos Noriega, Joe Tanner and Marc Garneau.
- ORBITAL ALTITUDE AND INCLINATION: 177 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
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