Endeavour Shuttle Still Undocked From ISS

A decision on when the Endeavour shuttle will be undocked from the International Space Station will be made prior to the morning of April 29. Most probably, undocking will be done Sunday night, this RIA Novosti correspondent was told Saturday at the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration office at the Russian Mission Control Center. According to NASA representative Carlos Fontanot, the ISS is now putting back to life two spare computers aboard the module Destiny, which are required for completing the shuttle's programme of stay at the ISS. It will be remembered that two days ago, these computers suddenly failed. While American specialists are trying to revive the computers, other shuttle crewmen and the ISS host crew spend this Saturday loading equipment and machinery which have outlived their service life aboard the ISS, added the NASA spokesman. They are being put into the shuttle's cargo hold. RIA Novosti was told at the Mission Control Center that the time of undocking Endeavour from the ISS is crucial for setting a flight mode to the station of the Russian spacecraft Soyuz TM-32. It will blast off from the Baikonur cosmodrome Saturday. "Only after the American shuttle Endeavour is undocked from it will the Russian ship be tethered. Its independent flight time to the station is four days," the Mission Control Center said.

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