Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Crew Ready To Deliver Cosmic Ray Detector

The Endeavour astronauts plann to work through the wee hours Thursday to accomplish a major mission objective: delivering a $2 billion cosmic ray detector to the International Space Station.

Scientists are anticipating the long-awaited installation of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, which promises to shed light on the origins, evolution and fate of the universe.

Here’s a look at the crew’s upcoming day in space:

++ 1:56 p.m.: Hoist the AMS out of Endeavour’s cargo bay with the shuttle’s 50-foot robot arm.

++ 2:31 a.m.: Begin hauling supplies, equipment, and scientific research apparatus from the shuttle to the station.

++ 3:01 a.m.: Use the shuttle robot arm to hand off AMS to sister robot arm on station.

++ 3:41 a.m.: Install AMS on the starboard, space-facing side of the station’s 335-foot robot arm.

++ 6:11 a.m.: Public Affairs event with Google.

++ 10:00 a.m.: Space-to-ground interviews with National Public Radio, the Associated Press, Reuters and Fox News.

++ 10:21 a.m. Spacewalk No. 1 procedures review.

++ 12:51: Spacewalkers Andrew “Drew” Feustel and Greg Chamitoff camp out in the station’s U.S. Quest airlock.