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    STS126-S-038 (14 Nov. 2008) --- Against a black sky, the Space Shuttle Endeavour and its seven-member STS-126 crew head toward Earth orbit and a scheduled link-up with the International Space Station. Liftoff was on time at 7:55 p.m. (EST) on Nov. 14, 2008 from launch pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Onboard are astronauts Chris Ferguson, commander; Eric Boe, pilot; Steve Bowen, Shane Kimbrough, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Donald Pettit and Sandra Magnus, all mission specialists. Magnus will join Expedition 18 in progress to serve as a flight engineer aboard the ISS. The mission will feature four spacewalks and work that will prepare the space station to house six crew members for long-duration missions.

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    STS126-S-039 (14 Nov. 2008) --- Captured by a remote camera equipped with a special "fish-eye" lens, the Space Shuttle Endeavour and its seven-member STS-126 crew head toward Earth orbit and a scheduled link-up with the International Space Station. Liftoff was on time at 7:55 p.m. (EST) on Nov. 14, 2008 from launch pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Onboard are astronauts Chris Ferguson, commander; Eric Boe, pilot; Steve Bowen, Shane Kimbrough, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Donald Pettit and Sandra Magnus, all mission specialists. Magnus will join Expedition 18 in progress to serve as a flight engineer aboard the ISS. The mission will feature four spacewalks and work that will prepare the space station to house six crew members for long-duration missions.

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    STS126-S-040 (14 Nov. 2008) --- Captured by a remote camera equipped with a special "fish-eye" lens, the Space Shuttle Endeavour and its seven-member STS-126 crew head toward Earth orbit and a scheduled link-up with the International Space Station. Liftoff was on time at 7:55 p.m. (EST) on Nov. 14, 2008 from launch pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Onboard are astronauts Chris Ferguson, commander; Eric Boe, pilot; Steve Bowen, Shane Kimbrough, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Donald Pettit and Sandra Magnus, all mission specialists. Magnus will join Expedition 18 in progress to serve as a flight engineer aboard the ISS. The mission will feature four spacewalks and work that will prepare the space station to house six crew members for long-duration missions.

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    S126-E-005051 (15 Nov. 2008) --- Not long after the opening of the payload bay doors on the Space Shuttle Endeavour, crewmembers were able to get their first looks at cargo and hardware located in the bay, from windows on the aft flight deck. Visible in the frame are the Canadian-built remote manipulator system's robot arm, the docking system which will have a major role in the following day's docking with the International Space Station, and the Italian-built Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo en route to its fifth visit to the orbital outpost.

  • Astronauts Chris Ferguson and Eric Boe› View High-res
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    S126-E-005069 (15 Nov. 2008) --- On Endeavour's forward flight deck, astronauts Chris Ferguson (left), STS-126 commander, and Eric Boe, pilot, prepare for the following day's scheduled rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station.

  • Astronaut Don Pettit› View High-res
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    S126-E-005070 (15 Nov. 2008) --- On Endeavour's aft flight deck, astronaut Don Pettit, STS-126 mission specialist, is one of seven astronauts onboard the space shuttle who are anticipating rendezvous and docking Nov. 16 with the International Space Station.

  • Astronaut Shane Kimbrough› View High-res
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    S126-E-005071 (15 Nov. 2008) --- On Endeavour's aft flight deck, astronaut Shane Kimbrough, STS-126 mission specialist, is one of seven astronauts onboard the space shuttle who are anticipating rendezvous Nov. 16 with the International Space Station.

  • Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper› View High-res
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    S126-E-005026 (14 Nov. 2008) --- Astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, STS-126 mission specialist, attired in her shuttle launch and entry suit, is pictured on the middeck of Space Shuttle Endeavour during post launch activities.

  • Shane Kimbrough› View High-res
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    S126-E-005028 (14 Nov. 2008) --- Astronaut Shane Kimbrough, STS-126 mission specialist, attired in his shuttle launch and entry suit, is pictured on the middeck of Space Shuttle Endeavour during post launch activities.

  • Shane Kimbrough and Sandra Magnus› View High-res
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    S126-E-005029 (14 Nov. 2008) --- Astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Sandra Magnus, both STS-126 mission specialists, work with their shuttle launch and entry suits on the middeck of Space Shuttle Endeavour during post launch activities.