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NASA STS-134 Report #30 7 p.m. CDT Monday, May 30, 2011

By SpaceRef Editor
May 30, 2011
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NASA STS-134 Report #30 7 p.m. CDT Monday, May 30, 2011

Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas

HOUSTON – The astronauts on space shuttle Endeavour got a special wakeup call Monday to kick off a day devoted to preparing the orbiter and its crew for their return to Earth this Wednesday.

The wakeup call at 5:57 p.m. CDT featured the original composition “Dreams You Give” by Brain Plunkett, the second place winner in the Space Shuttle Program’s Original Song Contest, which drew more than 1,300 entries. More than a million votes were cast online by the general public to choose two songs from among 10 finalists to be played to the astronauts; the top vote-getter will be played to wake up the crew tomorrow.

At 8:06 p.m. all six crew members will start their day talking about the flight in a series of interviews with ABC News, CBS News, CNN, NBC News, and Fox News Radio.

An hour later Commander Mark Kelly, Pilot Greg Johnson and Flight Engineer Roberto Vittori will take their places on Endeavour’s flight deck and work with the entry flight control team on a routine pre-entry checkout of the shuttle’s flight control systems and reaction control system jets. Most of the rest of the crew’s day will be spent packing items throughout the crew cabin in preparation for the planned landing at the Kennedy Space Center at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday.

At 11:26 tonight the six crew members will also take time for a tribute to Endeavour, speaking about the history of the youngest space shuttle and the work accomplished by its crews during its 25 trips to space.

SpaceRef staff editor.