The STS-126 crew has arrived at Launch Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and is in final preparations for their launch aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour at 7:55 p.m. EST tonight. The weather appears favorable.
NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson commands the seven-member crew, which includes Pilot Eric Boe, Mission Specialists Donald Pettit, Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper, Steve Bowen, Shane Kimbrough and Sandra Magnus. Boe, Bowen and Kimbrough will be making their first spaceflight.
Endeavour's payload bay contains the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, which is packed with a heavy load of 14,500 pounds of equipment and supplies for the International Space Station (ISS). ISS Expedition 17/18 Flight Engineer Gregory Chamitoff will return to Earth with Endeavour's crew and Magnus will take Chamitoff's place.