Endeavour’s Payload Bay Doors Are Closed For Landing

Space shuttle Endeavour’s payload bay doors are closed and everything continues to proceed on schedule for Wednesday morning’s landing attempt.

Weather is forecast and observed “go” and astronaut Rick Sturckow is flying weather reconnaissance at Kennedy Space Center to assess conditions for Endeavour’s landing.

At 10:59 p.m. Mission Control is expected to give a “go” for Endeavour’s computers to begin running the Ops 3 entry software. At 11:29 p.m. a “go” is expected for crew suit up. The “go” for deorbit burn is expected by 1:09 a.m. Wednesday.

The deorbit burn scheduled for 1:29:43 a.m. will lead to a landing at 2:35:23 a.m.

Space shuttle Atlantis now is moving out of Kennedy Space Center’s Vehicle Assembly Building headed for Launch Pad 39A. First motion was at 8:42 p.m. EDT.

Technicians repaired a minor hydraulic leak on a corner valve for the jacking and elevation system on the crawler-transporter, which delayed the scheduled 8 p.m. rollout start.

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