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The Mission

Orbiter: Discovery
Mission: STS-116
Launch: Dec. 9, 2006
Time: 8:47 p.m. EST
Site: Pad 39B, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Landing: Dec. 22 @ 5:32 p.m. EST
Site: Shuttle Landing Facility, KSC

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Master Flight Plan

STS-116 Quick-Look

Shuttle Launch Schedule

Earlier Stories

Docking Timeline

Launch Windows Chart

Countdown Timeline

NASA TV Schedule

Ascent Trajectory

Crew Background

Key Mission Personnel

Shuttle Flight History

Launch/Landing Chart

Manned Spaceflights

Current Demographics

Projected Demographics

Spacewalk Statistics

STS-115 Archive

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STS-116 Master Flight Plan
Updated: Dec. 17, 2006

Changes and additions:
- Dec. 8: Updating with launch delay; rendezvous timeline TBD
- Dec. 10: Updating flight day 2 timeline
- Dec. 10: Updating through end of mission
- Dec. 11: Updating flight day 3
- Dec. 17: Updating from flight day 9 through end of mission

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