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Orbiter: Discovery
Mission: STS-124
Payload: Kibo lab
Launch: May 31, 2008
Time: 5:02 p.m. EDT
Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Landing: June 14 @ approx. 11:15 a.m. EDT
Site: Shuttle Landing Facility, KSC

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Meet the astronauts flying aboard Discovery's STS-124 mission.

Meet the Astronauts

CDR: Mark Kelly

PLT: Ken Ham

MS 1: Karen Nyberg

MS 2: Ron Garan

MS 3: Mike Fossum

MS 4: Akihiko Hoshide

Up: Greg Chamitoff

Down: Garrett Reisman

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Discovery rolls out

Discovery travels from the Vehicle Assembly Building to pad 39A in preparation for the STS-124 mission.

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STS-124: The programs

In advance of shuttle Discovery's STS-124 mission to the station, managers from both programs discuss the flight.

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STS-124: The mission

A detailed preview of Discovery's mission to deliver Japan's science laboratory Kibo to the station is provided in this briefing.

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STS-124: Spacewalks

Three spacewalks are planned during Discovery's STS-124 assembly mission to the station.

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STS-124: The Crew

The Discovery astronauts, led by commander Mark Kelly, meet the press in the traditional pre-flight news conference.

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Discovery to VAB

For its STS-124 mission, shuttle Discovery was transferred from its hangar to the Vehicle Assembly Building for attachment to a fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters.

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Complex 40 toppling

The Complex 40 mobile service tower at Cape Canaveral's former Titan rocket launch pad was toppled using explosives on April 27.

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STS-124 Mission Coverage

NASA approves shuttle launch pad repair plan
Shuttle program managers Thursday approved a plan to strip away fire bricks from damaged sections of the "flame trench" at launch pad 39A, to erect a steel grid over the exposed concrete back wall and to spray on a thick coating of heat-resistant Fondu Fyre to protect the structure from super-hot shuttle booster exhaust.
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Space shuttle pad repair options being debated
Engineers assessing extensive damage to launch pad 39A during the shuttle Discovery's May 31 takeoff said Monday they are confident the "flame trench" that diverts exhaust to either side can be repaired in time for NASA's next mission, the Oct. 8 launch of shuttle Atlantis on a flight to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
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   IMAGES: MONDAY'S MEDIA TOUR
   IMAGES: EARLIER PHOTOS OF PAD DAMAGE
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Discovery back on Earth
Commander Mark Kelly guided the space shuttle Discovery to a sun-drenched Florida landing Saturday, setting down on runway 15 at the Kennedy Space Center to close out a virtually flawless space station assembly mission, leaving a new Japanese lab module behind and bringing flight engineer Garrett Reisman back to Earth after 95 days in space.
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Good weather predicted for landing in Florida
The shuttle Discovery is in good shape and ready for landing Saturday at the Kennedy Space Center to close out a successful space station assembly mission. The Spaceflight Meteorology Group at the Johnson Space Center in Houston is predicting near ideal conditions for the planned 11:15 a.m. EDT touchdown.
   LANDING PREVIEW STORY
NASA says lost object from shuttle no worry for entry
Engineers at the Johnson Space Center in Houston believe a flashing bit of debris spotted floating away from the shuttle Discovery this morning was a clip used to secure thermal insulation in the ship's rudder/speed brake to protect against engine heat during ascent. Flight controllers told the astronauts the lost clip poses no threat to a safe re-entry.
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NASA says Hubble plans not threatened by pad repairs
Serious damage to the "flame trench" at launch pad 39A during the shuttle Discovery's May 31 takeoff will require extensive repairs, officials said Thursday, but engineers believe the work can be completed in time to support the planned Oct. 8 launch of shuttle Atlantis on a long-awaited flight to service the Hubble Space Telescope.
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It's an off duty day for shuttle astronauts
The Discovery astronauts took the day off Thursday, enjoying the view from 210 miles up and chatting with family members in private teleconferences. The only mission-related activity on the schedule is a rocket firing to adjust the shuttle's orbit slightly to improve landing opportunities at the Kennedy Space Center.
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NASA considers SARJ work on next shuttle visit
NASA managers are considering a plan for the crew of the next space station assembly mission, scheduled for launch around Nov. 10, to clean up and lubricate a damaged, debris covered solar array drive gear and to replace 12 bearing assemblies in a bid to use the mechanism as long as possible before switching to a backup gear, an official said Wednesday.
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Shuttle Discovery undocks from the space station
After its successful visit to the space station that delivered Japan's Kibo science laboratory, the largest module for the complex, shuttle Discovery undocked at 7:42 a.m. EDT Wednesday morning to prepare for this weekend's landing.
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Shuttle crew closes hatches for undocking Wednesday
The shuttle Discovery's crew bid farewell to space station commander Sergei Volkov, Oleg Kononenko and incoming flight engineer Gregory Chamitoff Tuesday, sharing a few final thoughts, hugs and handshakes before closing hatches and preparing the shuttle for undocking early Wednesday.
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Reisman prepares for home after station expedition
The Discovery astronauts are working through a final day of equipment transfers to and from the space station before closing hatches late Tuesday and undocking early Wednesday. Outgoing flight engineer Garrett Reisman, returning to Earth after three months in space, planned to squeeze in a final few hours of handover time, briefing his replacement, Gregory Chamitoff, on the intricacies of life aboard the station.
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Spacewalker says cleaning damaged joint a 'big job'
The powder-like debris dusting the outer edge of the space station's left-side solar array rotary mechanism does not appear to represent a serious problem, spacewalker Mike Fossum said Monday. He said the grease and debris seen on the port solar alpha rotary joint does not look anything like the much more severe contamination that has hobbled the station's right-side SARJ.
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Japan's robotic arm extended and tested
The Discovery astronauts exercised the Japanese Kibo module's robot arm Monday, re-opened the Japanese logistics module mounted atop Kibo Friday and replaced spacesuit battery chargers in the Quest airlock module.
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Discovery crew completes third and final spacewalk
Perched on the end of the space station's fully extended robot arm, astronaut Ron Garan manually carried a 528-pound nitrogen tank from one side of the lab's main power truss to the other Sunday, enjoying a spectacular there-and-back windshield-wiper ride that carried him eight stories above the research station.
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   TANK REPLACED, SARJ SAMPLE TAKEN
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Booster cameras give dramatic views of launch
Hitch a ride up and down aboard the twin solid rocket boosters that launched shuttle Discovery on May 31. Video from cameras mounted on the reusable boosters provides stunning views of the ascent and subsequent splashdown into the Atlantic Ocean. The movies are presented here with launch audio.
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Japanese robotic arm flexed for first time
The Discovery astronauts unlimbered the Kibo laboratory module's Japanese robot arm Saturday and prepared spacesuits and equipment for a third and final spacewalk Sunday to collect debris samples from a solar array rotary joint and install a tank of pressurized nitrogen for the space station's ammonia coolant loops.
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Spacewalkers may gather grease sample from joint
The Discovery astronauts may be asked to collect a sample of the presumed grease seen inside the space station's left-side solar alpha rotary joint. NASA managers have not made a final decision, but engineers would like to get a sample to pin down where the grease might be coming from and astronaut Michael Fossum will be in the area during a third and final spacewalk Sunday.
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Japanese logistics module moved atop the Kibo lab
The Discovery astronauts worked through a busy day inside the international space station Friday, continuing the outfitting of the Japanese Kibo laboratory module and moving a smaller storage module to its permanent home on Kibo's upward-facing port.
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Spacewalkers take second excursion outside Kibo
Astronauts Mike Fossum and Ron Garan conducted a seven-hour spacewalk Thursday to mount cameras on Japan's Kibo lab module, remove launch locks and prepare a docking port for the attachment Friday of a Japanese logistics module.
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Astronauts enter roomy Kibo laboratory module
The 10 astronauts aboard the shuttle-space station complex opened up the newly installed Japanese Kibo module Wednesday at 5:05 p.m., floated inside and literally bounced off the walls, enjoying a chance for some impromptu zero gravity acrobatics in the roomy new addition.
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Space station cosmonaut repairs troubled toilet
Cosmonaut-turned-plumber Oleg Kononenko replaced a pump in the space station's balky Russian toilet Wednesday and initial tests indicated the potty's urine collection system was working normally again. While engineers will monitor the toilet's operation to make sure the repair was, in fact, successful, they were hopeful a potentially difficult problem had been resolved.
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Japan's science laboratory module added to station
Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, operating the station's robot arm, pulled the 15-ton Kibo lab module from Discovery's cargo bay and attached it to the station on Tuesday as a 7-hour spacewalk concluded.
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NASA begins investigation into shuttle pad damage
At the Kennedy Space Center, an investigation has been launched to find out what caused extensive damage to pad 39A as it was pounded by Discovery's exhaust plumes during liftoff Saturday.
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Discovery arrives at station to install major module
The shuttle Discovery glided to a gentle docking with the international space station Monday, wrapping up a two-day orbital rendezvous after pausing directly below the lab complex for a slow-motion back flip that gave the lab crew a chance to photograph the orbiter's heat shield.
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Launch pad damaged during Discovery's liftoff
Launch pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center suffered unusual damage during the shuttle Discovery's blastoff Saturday, NASA officials said Sunday.
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Initial tank pictures show no major foam loss
Close-up photos of the shuttle Discovery's external tank, shot as it drifted away from the orbiter Saturday, show a few relatively minor areas of foam loss but no major damage, NASA officials said Sunday. About five pieces of debris were seen falling away during launch from a camera mounted on the tank, but Mission Management Team Chairman LeRoy Cain said Sunday it's not clear where the presumed foam might have originated.
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Heat shield checks on Sunday's agenda for crew
The Discovery astronauts were awakened for their first full day in space at 7:02 a.m. Sunday by a recording of "Your Wildest Dreams" by the Moody Blues beamed up from mission control. The major items on today's agenda include spacesuit checkout for upcoming station assembly spacewalks; rendezvous and docking preparations; and an inspection of the shuttle's heat shield.
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Discovery launches!
Right on time, the shuttle Discovery blasted into orbit Saturday, kicking off a two-week, three-spacewalk mission to attach Japan's huge Kibo laboratory module to the international space station and deliver a fresh flight engineer - Gregory Chamitoff - to replace outgoing station astronaut Garrett Reisman.
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Griffin optimistic about Soyuz, toilet resolution
NASA Administrator Mike Griffin said Saturday he's confident Russian space engineers will resolve technical problems with the Soyuz spacecraft that ferry Russian crews to and from the international space station. Griffin also said he was hopeful spare parts being launched to the station aboard the shuttle Discovery will help the crew repair the Russian toilet before it becomes a real problem.
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Station toilet parts delivered for shuttle launch
A replacement pump and other equipment needed to repair the Russian toilet aboard the international space station was installed in the shuttle Discovery early Thursday as engineers readied the ship for blastoff Saturday on a long-awaited flight to deliver Japan's huge Kibo laboratory module to the orbiting outpost.
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Countdown begins for Saturday's shuttle launch
The shuttle Discovery's international crew flew to the Kennedy Space Center Wednesday for the start of their countdown to blastoff Saturday on a mission to attach Japan's huge Kibo lab module to the international space station.
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Discovery passes final review for May 31 launch
NASA managers Monday cleared the shuttle Discovery for launch May 31 on a three-spacewalk mission to deliver and attach Japan's huge Kibo laboratory module to the international space station. The decision to proceed came after a lengthy discussion on the health of the station's Soyuz lifeboat after back-to-back re-entry problems that led to rough, off-course landings.
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Astronauts board Discovery for countdown rehearsal
The crew of the shuttle Discovery strapped in Friday for a dress-rehearsal countdown that sets the stage for launch May 31 on a long-awaited flight to deliver Japan's huge Kibo laboratory module to the space station.
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Discovery crew at the Cape for practice countdown
Shuttle Discovery's astronauts flew into Kennedy Space Center on Tuesday afternoon for this week's countdown dress rehearsal and emergency training drills at launch pad 39A.
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Check out some panoramas created Saturday morning after Discovery arrived atop Kennedy Space Center's pad 39A.
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Space shuttle Discovery rolls out to the launch pad
With four weeks until its planned launch to haul the Japanese science laboratory module up to the space station, shuttle Discovery traveled overnight from the Vehicle Assembly Building to pad 39A.
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Shuttle boss discusses delay to downstream flights
The shuttle Discovery is on track for launch May 31 on a high-priority flight to deliver Japan's huge Kibo lab module to the international space station. But subsequent flights are slipping four to five weeks each because of external tank production issues, and a flight that had been targeted for late this year will slip into early 2009, a senior NASA manager said Thursday.
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Shuttle moves to assembly building for May 31 launch
Shuttle Discovery was transferred from its hangar to the Vehicle Assembly Building on Saturday morning where the spacecraft will be hooked up to its external fuel tank and twin solid rocket boosters in preparation for rollout to the launch pad.
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New target launch date set for next shuttle mission
Launch of shuttle Discovery to deliver the Kibo science laboratory module to the space station for Japan has been pushed back to Saturday, May 31 at 5:01 p.m. EDT. NASA officially announced the six-day delay based on the processing schedule for the mission's external fuel tank and to avoid the launch team working over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
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With the shuttle Endeavour's mission entering the home stretch, shuttle Discovery remains on track for blastoff May 25 to ferry a huge Japanese laboratory module to the space station. But subsequent near-term flights, including a high-profile mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope, could be delayed, sources say, because of ongoing external tank production issues.
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