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STS-134 is the penultimate voyage of the Space Shuttle. This flight will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and an ExPRESS Logistics Carrier to the International Space Station. Space Shuttle launch date is 29 April 2011.

Space Shuttle Endeavour STS-134 Picture

The STS-134 mission marks 25th flight of Endeavour, 134th shuttle mission since STS-1, the 36th shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS assembly flight ULF6), the 21st post-Columbia mission, the 109th post-Challenger mission and the 165th NASA manned space flight.

Mission:

During the 14-day mission, Endeavour will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) and spare parts including two S-band communications antennas, a high-pressure gas tank, additional spare parts for Dextre and micrometeoroid debris shields. Four spacewalks (EVAs) are scheduled during the flight.

Mission Payload:

The mission will deliver Express Logistics Carrier-3 (ELC-3) and the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 (AMS), spare parts, a high-pressure gas tank, additional spare parts for Dextre and micrometeoroid debris shields to the International Space Station.

* Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer

The AMS-02 experiment is a state-of-the-art particle physics detector constructed, tested and operated by an international team composed of 56 institutes from 16 countries and organized under United States Department of Energy (DOE) sponsorship. The JSC project office oversees and directs the overall payload integration activities and ensures that the payload is safe and ready for launch on the Space Shuttle and deployment onto the ISS. The AMS Experiment will use the unique environment of space to advance knowledge of the universe and lead to the understanding of the universe’s origin. Johnson Space Center is home to the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer Project Office.

* ExPRESS Logistics Carrier 3

The ExPRESS Logistics Carrier 3 (ELC3) will carry several Orbital Replacement Units (ORU) that are too large or too heavy for other spacecraft to carry to the International Space Station.

* Materials on International Space Station Experiment

The STS-134 mission will deliver the Materials on International Space Station Experiment 8 (MISSE) experiments and will return MISSE 7 to earth. MISSE 7 has been on the ISS since its delivery on STS-129.

* GLACIER Freezer Module

STS-134 will carry a new Glacier to the ISS and will return two old ones. The Glacier units are used to store and return science samples on the space shuttle.


History

NASA announced the STS-134 crew on 10 August 2009.


STS-134 Mission Pique Polo Shirt

STS-134 Mission Pique Polo Shirt

 


STS-134 Mission Patch

STS-134 Mission Patch
 

Crew:

The STS-134 crew members are:

1. Mark Kelly (Commander)
2. Gregory H. Johnson (Pilot)
3. Michael Fincke (Mission Specialist)
4. Greg Chamitoff (Mission Specialist)
5. Andrew Feuste
6. Roberto Vittori (European Space Agency astronaut)


Related:

Did you know?

* STS-133 was the previous Space Shuttle mission.

* The next mission STS-135 will be launched in 2011.


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