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Space Shuttle Endeavour and its seven-member STS-118 crew head toward Earth-orbit+ View High-res
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STS118-S-034 (8 Aug. 2007) --- The Space Shuttle Endeavour and its seven-member STS-118 crew head toward Earth-orbit and a scheduled link-up with the International Space Station. Liftoff from Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A occurred at 6:36 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 8, 2007. Onboard are astronauts Scott Kelly, commander; Charlie Hobaugh, pilot; Tracy Caldwell, Rick Mastracchio, Canadian Space Agency's Dave Williams, Barbara R. Morgan and Alvin Drew, all mission specialists. Endeavour will link up with the International Space Station on Friday, Aug. 10, to begin a joint mission to continue construction by delivering a third starboard truss segment, S5, and other payloads such as the SPACEHAB module and the external stowage platform 3. The 11-day mission may be extended to as many as 14 depending on the test of the Station-to-Shuttle Power Transfer System that will allow the docked shuttle to draw electrical power from the station and extend its visits to the orbital complex.
Space Shuttle Endeavour and its seven-member STS-118 crew head toward Earth-orbit+ View High-res
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STS118-S-043 (8 Aug. 2007) --- The Space Shuttle Endeavour and its seven-member STS-118 crew head toward Earth-orbit and a scheduled link-up with the International Space Station. Liftoff from Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A occurred at 6:36 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 8, 2007. Onboard are astronauts Scott Kelly, commander; Charlie Hobaugh, pilot; Tracy Caldwell, Rick Mastracchio, Canadian Space Agency's Dave Williams, Barbara R. Morgan and Alvin Drew, all mission specialists. Endeavour will link up with the International Space Station on Friday, Aug. 10, to begin a joint mission to continue construction by delivering a third starboard truss segment, S5, and other payloads such as the SPACEHAB module and the external stowage platform 3. The 11-day mission may be extended to as many as 14 depending on the test of the Station-to-Shuttle Power Transfer System that will allow the docked shuttle to draw electrical power from the station and extend its visits to the orbital complex.
The launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour+ View High-res
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STS118-S-019 (8 Aug. 2007) --- The Space Shuttle Endeavour and its seven-member STS-118 crew head toward Earth-orbit and a scheduled link-up with the International Space Station. Liftoff from Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39A occurred at 6:36 p.m. (EDT) on Aug. 8, 2007. Onboard are astronauts Scott Kelly, commander; Charlie Hobaugh, pilot; Tracy Caldwell, Rick Mastracchio, Canadian Space Agency's Dave Williams, Barbara R. Morgan and Alvin Drew, all mission specialists. Endeavour will link up with the International Space Station on Friday, Aug. 10, to begin a joint mission to continue construction by delivering a third starboard truss segment, S5, and other payloads such as the SPACEHAB module and the external stowage platform 3. The 11-day mission may be extended to as many as 14 depending on the test of the Station-to-Shuttle Power Transfer System that will allow the docked shuttle to draw electrical power from the station and extend its visits to the orbital complex. Photo credit: NASA/Reuters
Michael Griffin watches the launch of Endeavour August 8, 2007+ View High-res
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JSC2007-E-41601 (8 August 2007) --- NASA Administrator Michael Griffin (foreground) watches the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, to get STS-118 underway, from the Launch Control Center on August 8, 2007 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The shuttle lifted off from launch pad 39A at 6:36 p.m. (EDT). Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
NASA managers monitor STS-118 crew members from Launch Control Center+ View High-res
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JSC2007-E-41602 (8 August 2007) --- NASA managers monitor the STS-118 crew members as they board the Space Shuttle Endeavour from the Launch Control Center August 8, 2007 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The shuttle lifted off from launch pad 39A at 6:36p.m. (EDT). Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
William Gerstenmaier watches the launch of Endeavour August 8, 2007+ View High-res
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JSC2007-E-41603 (8 August 2007) --- William Gerstenmaier (foreground), NASA Associate Administrator for Space Operations, watches the launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour, to get STS-118 underway, from the Launch Control Center August 8, 2007 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla. The shuttle lifted off from launch pad 39A at 6:36 p.m. (EDT). Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls
The bottom aft portion of the STS-118 external tank+ View High-res
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STS118-E-05003 (8 Aug. 2007)-- This medium close-up picture showing the bottom aft portion of the STS-118 external tank was photographed by a camera positioned in Endeavour's umbilical well seconds after separation from the space shuttle Endeavour on launch day. Engineers, managers and flight controllers have carefully studied this image and other frames from this series as well as a number of pictures showing the falling ET as photographed by a handheld digital still camera in the shuttle's crew cabin.
The aft half of the STS-118 external tank+ View High-res
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STS118-E-05037 (8 Aug. 2007)-- This picture showing the aft half of the STS-118 external tank was photographed by a camera positioned in Endeavour's umbilical well seconds after separation from the space shuttle on launch day. Engineers, managers and flight controllers have carefully studied this image and other frames from this series as well as a number of pictures showing the falling ET as photographed by a handheld digital still camera in the shuttle's crew cabin.
The forward two thirds of the STS-118 external tank+ View High-res
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STS118-E-05047 (8 Aug. 2007)-- This picture showing the forward two thirds of the STS-118 external tank was photographed by a camera positioned in Endeavour's umbilical well seconds after separation from the space shuttle on launch day. Engineers, managers and flight controllers have carefully studied this image and other frames from this series as well as a number of pictures showing the falling ET as photographed by a handheld digital still camera in the shuttle's crew cabin.
STS-118 crewmembers exit the Operations and Checkout Building+ View High-res
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STS118-S-005 (8 Aug. 2007) --- After suiting up, the STS-118 crewmembers exit the Operations and Checkout Building to board the Astrovan, which will take them to launch pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center. On the right (front to back) are astronauts Scott Kelly, commander; Tracy Caldwell, Canadian Space Agency's Dave Williams, and Alvin Drew, all mission specialists. On the left (front to back) are astronauts Charlie Hobaugh, pilot; Rick Mastracchio and Barbara R. Morgan, both mission specialists. Endeavour will link up with the International Space Station on Friday, Aug. 10, to begin a joint mission to continue construction by delivering a third starboard truss segment, S5, and other payloads such as the SPACEHAB module and the external stowage platform 3. The 11-day mission may be extended to as many as 14 depending on the test of the Station-to-Shuttle Power Transfer System that will allow the docked shuttle to draw electrical power from the station and extend its visits to the orbital complex.