Endeavour’s crew unloaded the first of their primary payloads, the spare parts-laden Express Logistics Carrier-3, onto the International Space Station on May 18, shortly after shuttle commander Mark Kelly maneuvered the 247,000-lb. orbiter to a smooth docking. The ELC-3 operations, methodically completed at 12:09 p.m., within six hours of the docking, cleared the way for a similar transfer of the $2 billion Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer from Endeavour’s cargo bay to the station’s starboard ...

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