Space Shuttle Endeavour Launches After Five Weather Delays

In this photo provided by NASA, Inside Kibo or the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), astronaut Mark Polansky (L), STS-127 commander, shakes hands with Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata July 23, 2009 in Space. Wakata has been onboard the International Space Station for a tour of duty as flight engineer but will be returning to Earth with Polansky and the rest of the STS-127 crew next week. Endeavour is on a 16-day mission with the crew of STS-127 that will include five spacewalks and complete construction of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory.
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