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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

STORRM Complete, Endeavour Sets Course for Final Return to Earth

At 4:38 a.m. EDT, Endeavour fired its jets to complete the final separation from the International Space Station, setting it on its course for return to Earth Wednesday, June 1. The shuttle will begin to increase its distance behind the station with each trip around Earth.

The shuttle's re-rendezvous with the space station for the Sensor Test for Orion Relative-navigation Risk Mitigation, or STORRM, was completed as planned, with Commander Mark Kelly flying Endeavour to an approach within about 950 feet of the station as the systems visual navigation system was tested.

Today's Mission Status Briefing is at 6:30 a.m. with Space Shuttle Lead Flight Director Gary Horlacher and Heather Hinkel, principal investigator for the Sensor Test for Orion Relative-navigation Risk Mitigation, or STORRM, system.

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