STS-126 Endeavour Mission Patch - Approx 4". embroidered patch.
SPACE SHUTTLE ENDEAVOUR (STS-126) Space shuttle Endeavour's STS-126 flight will feature important repair work and prepare the International Space Station to house six crew members for long-duration missions. The 15-day flight with its four planned spacewalks will primarily focus on servicing the station's two Solar Alpha Rotary Joints, which allow its solar arrays to track the sun. (The starboard SARJ has had limited use since September 2007.) Endeavour will carry about 32,000 pounds, which will include supplies and equipment necessary to double the crew size from three to six members in spring 2009. The new station cargo includes additional sleeping quarters, a second toilet and a resistance exercise device. The shuttle also will deliver a new crew member and bring back another after more than five months aboard the station.