Monday, July 18, 2011

Last Day For Atlantis Crew Aboard International Space Station

This is the last full day a space shuttle will spend docked to the International Space Station.  After buttoning up the Raffaello multipurpose module, the astronauts will use the station’s robotic arm to move Raffaello from the Harmony node’s Earth-facing port to the cargo bay of shuttle Atlantis.  At 9:19 a.m. EDT the shuttle and station crews will say farewell and close the hatches between the two spacecraft.

Today’s wakeup song was “Days Go By,” by Keith Urban, played at 10:29 p.m. EDT, along with a special message from employees at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston: “Good morning, Atlantis, from all of us at the Johnson Space Center! Have a great mission!”

Space Shuttle Atlanits is scheduled to land at 5:57 AM on Thursday July 21, 2011.