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Sun, Apr 17, 2011

NASA Pulls Back On STS-134 Extension

But Extra Days Could Be Added Mid-Mission

Reversing a previously-announced decision, space shuttle managers now plan to keep shuttle Endeavour's STS-134 mission as a 14-day flight, and possibly extend the mission as many as two days while Endeavour is in space. No reason was given for the change.

The program had extended the mission one day on Wednesday, but managers determined late yesterday that they will keep it at a 14-day flight for the time being. Once Endeavour is in space, managers will evaluate the shuttle's performance and other mission objectives and then decide whether to add another day or two to the flight to support operations aboard the International Space Station.

The first landing opportunity at Kennedy is now Friday, May 13 at 0928 EDT. All schedules will be discussed at Tuesday's Flight Readiness Review meeting at Kennedy.

Launch remains targeted for April 29 at 1547.

FMI: www.nasa.gov

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