Endeavour – Docking with the International Space Station

Mission Control
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Mission Control for Shuttle Docking
Docking Adapter
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Space Shuttle Docking Adapter
Mission Control
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View of Endeavour from ISS

At 6:00 PM Phoenix time (8:00 PM EST), the Space Shuttle is approximately 37 nautical miles from the International Space Station.

Endeavour is scheduled to dock with the International Space Station at 10:06 PM Phoenix time on Tuesday, 9 February (12:06 AM EST Wednesday) over the northern coast of Spain.

Endeavor continues to close on the ISS. At 6:30 PM, Endeavor will execute a one second burn of its Reaction Control System (RCS) to adjust its approach velocity by 1/4 of a foot per second.

Mission Control
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Aft Deck of Shuttle

Kay Hire preparing for docking. Aft deck of the Space Shuttle.

At 6:50 PM, the Shuttle is 40 minutes away from its terminal initiation approach burn, at which time it will be about 50,000 feet away from the ISS. This burn will slow the approach by about 5 miles per hour.

The shuttle is currently passing over the Mediterranean.

Mediterranean
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Over the Mediterranean
Closing
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Shuttle Closing on ISS
Shuttle from ISS
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Shuttle From ISS
Closer ISS
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ISS from the Shuttle: Closer
ISS Docking Port
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ISS Docking Port: 100 Feet
Flying Shuttle
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Flying Shuttle to the ISS Docking Port

At 10:00 AM Phoenix time, Endeavour is 35 feet from the ISS, and closing at 0.08 feet per second. Six minutes form docking.

The Shuttle has initiated final approach.

Closing at 0.1 feet per second.

Three minutes. Distance is 17 feet away from the ISS.

“14 feet at point one”.

Shuttle has docked at 10:06 PM Phoenix time.

I3 Feet
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Three Feet From Docking Port
Soft Dock Confirmed
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Soft Dock Confirmed
Shuttle from ISS View Port
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Shuttle from ISS View Port

Right now, mission control is waiting for the final vibrations between Endeavour and the International Space Station to completely die down. When this happens, the docking ring will be drawn back in and the final latches will be closed.

Subsequently, a series of leak checks will be performed between the two spacecraft.

The hatch between Endeavour and the ISS will be opened in about two hours.

At 10:25 PM Phoenix time (12:25 AM EST), we wish you all a good night, and best wishes to the crews for a successful mission.

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