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Moscow, Russia (RIA Novosti) May 31, 2011
The space shuttle Endeavour, which finally undocked from the International Space Station at 3:55 GMT, is flying a re-approach to the station for a Detailed Test Objective known as STORRM (Sensor Test for Orion Relative Navigation Risk Mitigation), NASA said on Monday.
Endeavour, piloted by Commander Mark Kelly, will approach within about 200 meters of the station.
STORRM is examining sensor technologies that could make it easier for future space vehicles to dock at the International Space Station.
Nearly five hours after undocking, Endeavour's engines will fire again to leave the vicinity of the station. The shuttle will begin to increase its distance from the station with each orbit of the Earth, NASA said.
Source: RIA Novosti
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Shuttle Endeavour leaves International Space Station
Washington (AFP) May 30, 2011
The US space shuttle Endeavour was on its way back to Earth on Monday after undocking from the International Space Station on its final journey before entering retirement, NASA said. Endeavour's last mission is the penultimate flight for the 30-year-old US shuttle program, which will end for good after the Atlantis mission to the orbiting research lab, scheduled to begin July 8. The undo ... read more
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