Endeavour Crew Prepares for Wednesday Landing
Space shuttle Endeavour and its crew prepare for their return to Earth after the spacecraft's final mission skyward.Space shuttle Endeavour's crew is wrapping up final preparations for its planned landing Wednesday morning at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the space agency reported. The crew is preparing to stow the Ku-Band antenna, used for high-data-rate communications and television from space, and will sleep before the re-entry sequence. The astronauts on Endeavour got a special wake-up call Monday to kick off a day devoted to preparing the orbiter and its crew for their return to Earth this week. The wake-up call featured the original composition "Dreams You Give" by Brain Plunkett, the second-place winner in the Space Shuttle Program's Original Song Contest, which drew more than 1,300 entries. More than a million votes were cast online by the general public to choose two songs from among 10 finalists to be played to the astronauts; the top vote-getter will be played to wake up the crew tomorrow.
At 8:06 p.m. EDT, all six crew members will start their day talking about the flight in a series of interviews with various major news outlets, and an hour later Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Greg Johnson and Flight Engineer Roberto Vittori will take their places on Endeavour's flight deck and work with the entry flight-control team on a routine pre-entry checkout of the shuttle's flight-control systems and reaction-control system jets.