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  • March 26: Space shuttle Endeavour makes a rare nighttime landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • March 26: Endeavour deploys its braking parachute as it lands at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • STS-123 Mission Specialists Takao Doi, of Japan, right, and Richard Linnehan, greets Kaoru Mamiya vice-president of the Japanese Space Agency after the space shuttle Endeavour landed safely Wednesday night March 26, 2008 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • STS-123 Mission Specialists Takao Doi, of Japan, right, and Richard Linnehan, left, greet Kaoru Mamiya vice-president of the Japanese Space Agency after the space shuttle Endeavour landed safely Wednesday night March 26, 2008 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • STS-123 astronauts, from left, Takao Doi, of Japan, Robert Behnke, Richard Linnehan, Greg Johnson, Dom Gorie, and Michael Forman, pose for a photo after the space shuttle Endeavour landed safely Wednesday night March 26, 2008 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • NASA workers secure the space shuttle Endeavour after landing safely Wednesday night March 26, 2008 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • NASA workers secure the space shuttle Endeavour after landing safely Wednesday night March 26, 2008 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • NASA workers secure the space shuttle Endeavour after landing safely Wednesday night March 26, 2008 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • This photo provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) Thursday, March 27, 2008 shows the space shuttle Endeavour landing Wednesday night, March 26, 2008 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • This image provided by NASA shows the Canadian-built Dextre located on the exterior of the International Space Station's Harmony node as photographed from Space Shuttle Endeavour as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation Monday March 24, 2008.
  • In this image provided by NASA backdropped by Earth's horizon and the blackness of space, the International Space Station appears very small from the point of view of the Space Shuttle Endeavour as the two spacecraft carry out their relative separation Monday March 24, 2008. Endeavour's vertical stabilizer, orbital maneuvering system pods and payload bay are seen in this image photographed by an STS-123 crewmember onboard the shuttle. Earlier the STS-123 and Expedition 16 crews concluded 12 days of cooperative work onboard the shuttle and station.
  • In this image provided by NASA backdropped by Earth's horizon and the blackness of space, the International Space Station is seen from Space Shuttle Endeavour as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation Monday March 24, 2008. Earlier the STS-123 and Expedition 16 crews concluded 12 days of cooperative work onboard the shuttle and station.
  • In this image provided by NASA backdropped by Earth's horizon and the blackness of space, the International Space Station is seen from Space Shuttle Endeavour as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation Monday March 24, 2008. Earlier the STS-123 and Expedition 16 crews concluded 12 days of cooperative work onboard the shuttle and station.
  • In a photo provided by NASA, the STS-123 crew on Sunday March 23, 2008, onboard the international space station pose for an in-space crew portrait on the last fulle day on the International Space Station. Clockwise from the lower right corner are astronauts Dominic Gorie, commander; Robert L. Behnken and Rick Linnehan, both mission specialists; Gregory H. Johnson, pilot; and Mike Foreman and JAXA's Takao Doi, both mission specialists. Shuttle Endeavor left the space station on Monday and is due back on Easth Wednesday.
  • In this image made from video, the space shuttle Endeavour undocks from the international space station on Monday, March 24, 2008.
  • In this image made from video, the space shuttle Endeavour undocks from the international space station on Monday, March 24, 2008.
  • In this image made from video, the space shuttle Endeavour undocks from the international space station on Monday, March 24, 2008.
  • In this image made from video, the space shuttle Endeavour undocks from the international space station on Monday, March 24, 2008.
  • In this image made from video, crew members from the space shuttle Endeavour and the international space station say farewell before undocking on Monday, March 24, 2008.
  • In this image made from video, crew members from the space shuttle Endeavour and the international space station embrace and say farewell before undocking on Monday, March 24, 2008.
  • In this image provided by NASA a STS-123 Endeavour crewmember captured the glowing green beauty of the Aurora Borealis while docked and onboard the International Space Station. Looking northward across the Gulf of Alaska, over a low pressure area (cloud vortex), the aurora brightens the night sky. This image was taken on March 21, 2008 at 9:08:46 (GMT) 5:08:46 EDT with a 28 mm lens from the nadir point of 47.9 degrees north latitude and 146.8 degreees west longitude.
  • In this image provided by NASA shows the Space Shuttle Endeavour's Remote Manipulator System/Orbiter Boom Sensor System and a portion of the International Space Station's solar array panels are photographed by a STS-123 crewmember through a window on Endeavour while docked with the station Friday March 21, 2008. The blackness of space and Earth's horizon provide the backdrop for the scene.
  • In this image provided by NASA astronaut Robert L. Behnken, participates in the mission's fourth spacewalk Thursday March 20, 2008 as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the 6-hour, 24-minute spacewalk, Behnken and astronaut Mike Foreman (out of frame), replaced a failed Remote Power Control Module -- essentially a circuit breaker -- on the station's truss. The spacewalkers also tested a repair method for damaged heat resistant tiles on the space shuttle. The sample tiles will be returned to Earth to undergo extensive testing on the ground.
  • March 19: This image from NASA TV shows astronauts aboard the linked Endeavour shuttle and International Space Station.
  • March 19: This image from NASA TV shows ISS Expedition 16 commander Peggy Whitson, left, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Takao Doi, left, and Commander Dominic Gorie during the JAXA VIP event.
  • In this image provided by NASA astronaut Rick Linnehan, anchored to a Canadarm2 mobile foot restraint, participates in the mission's third scheduled session of extravehicular activity Monday March 17, 2008 as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station.
  • In this image provided by NASA astronaut Rick Linnehan, anchored to a Canadarm2 mobile foot restraint, participates in the mission's third scheduled session of extravehicular activity Monday March 17, 2008 as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station.
  • In this image from NASA TV. Dextre, the two-armed Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator, is seen on the International Space Station, Wednesday, March 19, 2008. The Canadian robotic arm will be used for external space station maintenance.
  • In this Friday, March 14, 2008 provided by NASA, Astronaut Rick Linnehan, STS-123 mission specialist, participates in the mission's first scheduled session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the seven-hour and one-minute spacewalk, Linnehan and astronaut Garrett Reisman (out of frame), Expedition 16 flight engineer, prepared the Japanese logistics module-pressurized section (JLP) for removal from Space Shuttle Endeavour's payload bay; opened the Centerline Berthing Camera System on top of the Harmony module; removed the Passive Common Berthing Mechanism and installed both the Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) tool change out mechanisms on the Canadian-built Dextre robotic system, the final element of the station's Mobile Servicing System.
  • This March 12, 2008 photo provided Friday March 14, 2008 by NASA of the underside of the Space Shuttle Endeavour was provided by Expedition 16 crewmembers on the International Space Station (ISS). Before docking with the station, astronaut Dominic Gorie, STS-123 commander, flew the shuttle through a roll pitch maneuver or basically a backflip to allow the space station crew a good view of Endeavour's heat shield.
  • In this photo provided Friday, March 14, 2008 by NASA, astronaut Garrett Reisman, Expedition 16 flight engineer, uses a digital camera to expose a photo of his helmet visor during the mission's first scheduled session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. Also visible in the reflections in the visor are various components of the station, the docked Space Shuttle Endeavour and a blue and white portion of Earth.
  • In this Friday, March 14, 2008 photo provided by NASA, astronaut Rick Linnehan, STS-123 mission specialist, is anchored to a Canadarm2 mobile foot restraint as he participates in the mission's first scheduled session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station.
  • In this Friday, March 14, 2008 provided by NASA, astronaut Rick Linnehan, STS-123 mission specialist, participates in the mission's first scheduled session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the seven-hour and one-minute spacewalk, Linnehan and astronaut Garrett Reisman (out of frame), Expedition 16 flight engineer, prepared the Japanese logistics module-pressurized section (JLP) for removal from Space Shuttle Endeavour's payload bay; opened the Centerline Berthing Camera System on top of the Harmony module; removed the Passive Common Berthing Mechanism and installed both the Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) tool change out mechanisms on the Canadian-built Dextre robotic system, the final element of the station's Mobile Servicing System.
  • In this photo provided by NASA, Space Shuttle Endeavour approaches the International Space Station during STS-123 rendezvous and docking operations Wednesday, March 12, 2008. Docking occurred at 10:49 p.m. (CDT) on March 12. The Canadian-built Dextre robotic system and the logistics module for the Japanese Kibo laboratory are visible in Endeavour's cargo bay. A Russian spacecraft, docked to the station, is visible in the foreground.
  • This image provided by NASA Friday March 14, 2008 shows a low angle view of the nose and underside of Space Shuttle Endeavour's crew cabin taken by Expedition 16 crewmembers on the International Space Station (ISS). Before docking with the station, astronaut Dominic Gorie, STS-123 commander, flew the shuttle through a roll pitch maneuver or basically a backflip to allow the space station crew a good view of Endeavour's heat shield. Using digital still cameras equipped with both 400 and 800 millimeter lenses, the ISS crewmembers took a number of photos of the shuttle's thermal protection system and sent them down to teams on the ground for analysis.
  • This image provided by NASA shows the cargo bay of the Space Shuttle Endeavour where the logistics module for the Japanese Kibo laboratory awaits being added to the growing International Space Station. Space shuttle Endeavour closed in on the international space station on Wednesday, March 12, 2008 for a late-night linkup that will kick off almost two weeks of demanding construction work.
  • In this image from NASA TV the International Space Station Commander Peggy Whitson center greets the crew of Space Shuttle Endeavour, Thursday, March 13, 2008. From left, shuttle commander Dominic Gorie, astronauts Rick Linnehan, Gregory Johnson, inverted, and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Takao Dio.
  • This image made from NASA TV, astronauts use the Canada arm to lift the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory from the space shuttle Endeavour's payload bay as they pass over the African continent, by all appearances the upper Nile valley, early Friday morning, March 14, 2008.
  • In this image from NASA TV, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Takao Doi, right, is seen on the flight deck of shuttle Endeavour with pilot Gregory Johnson, Tuesday, March 11, 2008.
  • In this image from NASA TV, space shuttle Endeavour pilot Gregory Johnson, left, and mission specialist Rick Linnehan are seen on the aft deck of the shuttle, Tuesday, March 11, 2008.
  • The space shuttle Endeavour disappears into the clouds as it lifts off early Tuesday morning March 11, 2008 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., beginning a 16-day mission to the international space station.
  • The space shuttle Endeavour lifts off early Tuesday morning March 11, 2008 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., beginning a 16-day mission to the international space station.
  • Space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Tuesday, March 11, 2008.
  • The space shuttle Endeavour thunders off the launch pad early Tuesday morning March 11, 2008 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • Mar. 11: Space shuttle Endeavour lifts off from pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
  • The crew of STS-123, front row from left, Pilot Greg Johnson, Mission Specialist Garrett Reisman, Commander Dom Gorie, second row from left, Mission Specialists Robert Behnken, Takao Doi, of Japan, Michael Foreman, and Richard Linnehan, leave the Operations and Checkout Building Monday evening March 10, 2008 for a trip to Launch Pad 39-A and a planned liftoff on the space shuttle Endeavour at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • The space shuttle Endeavour sits on launch pad 39A at sunset Monday, March 10, 2008 at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
  • Japanese journalists work near the space shuttle Endeavour at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Monday, March 10, 2008 ahead of Tuesday's planned liftoff.
  • In this photo released by NASA, Mission Specialist Garrett Reisman is seen with his flight suit at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Monday, March 10, 2008.
  • In this photo released by NASA, astronaut Rick Linnehan is seen at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Monday, March 10, 2008.
  • An alligator is seen near pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Sunday March 9, 2008.
  • The crew of space shuttle Endeavour, from left, mission specialist Garrett Reisman, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Takao Doi of Japan, pilot Gregory Johnson, commander Dominic Gorie, mission specialist Mike Foreman, mission specialist Rick Linnehan, and mission specialist Robert Behnken arrive at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Saturday, March 8, 2008 to prepare for their upcoming launch. Endeavour is on schedule to launch March 11.
  • Feb. 18: U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly past Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in commemoration of NASA's 50th anniversary.
  • The space shuttle Endeavour sits on the pad prior to sunrise after its 3.4 mile trip from the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Monday Feb. 18, 2008.
  • The large treads of the crawler transporter move the vehicle away from the pad and space shuttle Endeavour after transporting it from the Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space in Cape Canaveral, Fla. Monday Feb. 18, 2008.
  • STS-123 mission specialists Mike Foreman, Takao Doi and Garrett Reisman are in their seats in space shuttle Endeavour to participate in a simulated launch countdown.
  • This illustration depicts the Canadian Space Agency's Dextre maintenance robot at the end of the International Space Station's Canadarm2. Dextre and a Japanese module will be delivered to the ISS during NASA's March 2008 STS-123 mission.
  • Technicians in Japan prepare the Kibo Japanese Logistics Module for its eventual launch toward the International Space Station.
  • From the left (front row) are Pilot Gregory Johnson and Commander Dominic Gorie. From the left (back row) are mission specialists Richard Linnehan, Robert Behnken, Garrett Reisman, Michael Foreman and Takao Doi, a Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut.

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