Endeavor Shuttle Gears Up To Depart From ISS

The Endeavor shuttle will depart from the International Space Station, or ISS, Sunday at 09:34 p.m., Moscow time, said sources at the Russian Mission Control based in Korolyov, near Moscow. Mission Control experts disclosed that ISS astronauts had succeeded in repairing all the three computers that had crashed earlier in the US-operated Destiny module. The failures had forced the US National Aerospace Agency to keep the shuttle docked with the station for another day. The delay enabled the shuttle astronauts to carry out all the planned operations at the station, Mission Control sources said. Currently, Endeavor's crew are completing the operations preparing for the departure. Endeavor's nightly departure and Earth-bound mission will free the docking unit for the Russian Soyuz TM-32 spacecraft to dock with the ISS Monday, April 30 at noon, with cosmonauts Talgat Musabayev and Yuri Baturin, and space tourist Dennis Tito on board. According to telemetric data and status reports feedback from Endeavor, the ISS, and the Soyuz TM-32 capsule, all the crews are feeling well.

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