7 p.m. CST Thursday, Nov. 27, 2008
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas
STS-126 MCC Status Report #27
The crews of Endeavour and the International Space Station bid one another farewell on Thanksgiving Day, closing the hatches between the two spacecraft at 6:31 p.m. CST. The two crews conducted joint operations for 11 days, 15 minutes.

Endeavour crew members Commander Chris Ferguson, Pilot Eric Boe and Mission Specialists Don Pettit, Steve Bowen, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Shane Kimbrough and Greg Chamitoff shared a Thanksgiving meal with the Expedition 18 crew, Commander Mike Fincke and Flight Engineers Yury Lonchakov and Sandy Magnus, in the Russian Zvezda Service Module before saying goodbye.

After closing the hatches, the shuttle crew began preparations for Sunday’s return to Earth by checking out their rendezvous tools, installing a centerline camera in the shuttle’s docking system to provide visual acuity to the crew after undocking, and finished packing for their return trip home.

The crew plans to go to sleep about 9 p.m. tonight and will be awakened at 4:55 Friday morning.

Endeavour is set to undock from the International Space Station at 8:47 a.m. Friday as the two craft pass just to the east of Taiwan. With Boe at the controls of Endeavour, he will conduct a fly-around of the station to enable the crew to capture photos and video of the station. The final separation burn is set for 11:14 a.m.

The next status report will be issued after crew wakeup Friday, or earlier if events warrant.

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