May 13, 2011 7:02 PM by Greg Boyce
The Space Shuttle Endeavour will carry a physics experiment that comes from the Air Force Academy when it launches next week.
"We're taking up a very important experiment, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, a science experiment that could change the course of physics," said retired Col. Gregory H. Johnson. "And we're also taking some pieces and parts up to the space station in anticipation of the shuttle retiring, because we only have a few more shuttle flights."
"I'll be the pilot; we have four mission specialists, [we're] doing four spacewalks, we have a lot of robotic arm operations and so I'm kind of the head arm operator overall, overseeing what we're doing with both the shuttle and the space station robotic arms, and I'll be taking part in both sides of that endeavor, moving the robotic arms, moving the pieces and parts around, inspecting the shuttle prior to reentry and after launch," he added.
The shuttle is scheduled to dock at the International Space Station early in its 16-day mission, to transfer several experiments and supplies to the space station.