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The Mission




Orbiter: Discovery
Mission: STS-128
Payload: Leonardo
Launch: Aug. 28, 2009
Time: 11:59 p.m. EDT
Site: Pad 39A, Kennedy Space Center
Landing: Sept. 11 @ approx. 8:53 p.m. EDT
Site: Edwards Air Force Base, California
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STS-128 Video Coverage

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The Crew




Meet the astronauts flying aboard Discovery's STS-128 mission.

Meet the Astronauts

CDR: Rick Sturckow

PLT: Kevin Ford

MS 1: Pat Forrester

MS 2: Jose Hernandez

MS 3: Danny Olivas

MS 4: Christer Fuglesang

Up: Nicole Stott

Down: Tim Kopra

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STS-128 Mission Coverage

Welcome back, Discovery!
Space shuttle Discovery completed its ferryflight across the country Monday, reaching the Kennedy Space Center just after 12 noon EDT. The trek began at daybreak Sunday when the spacecraft departed Edwards Air Force Base in California atop the modified 747 carrier jet. The duo made refueling stops in Amarillo and Fort Worth, Texas, before heading to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana for an overnight stay.
   MISSION STATUS CENTER
   IMAGES: DISCOVERY HOME AGAIN
   IMAGES: FERRYFLIGHT DEPARTS EDWARDS AFB
   IMAGES: DISCOVERY'S PREPS FOR FERRYFLIGHT
   MOVIES: HIGH DEFINITION VIDEO
   MOVIES: STANDARD DEFINITION VIDEO
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One more look back at shuttle Discovery's launch
Onboard rocket camera footage always dazzles and the video from shuttle Discovery's external fuel tank and solid boosters didn't disappoint. The inspiring views of the spacecraft rocketing toward orbit are presented here for Spaceflight Now+Plus users with launch audio.
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Shuttle Discovery lands safely in Mojave Desert
Dogged by persistent unfavorable weather conditions at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA diverted shuttle Discovery's landing to the backup site at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The spacecraft touched down at 8:53 p.m. EDT (5:53 p.m. local) on Friday to finish the two-week mission to the International Space Station.
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   IMAGES: DISCOVERY LANDS IN CALIFORNIA
   MORNING STORY
   NASA TV SCHEDULE REV. R (.pdf download)
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   MOVIES: HIGH DEFINITION VIDEO
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Bad weather postpones shuttle landing to Friday
The Discovery astronauts were forced to pass up two landing opportunities Thursday because of dynamic, hard-to-predict weather at the Kennedy Space Center, delaying re-entry until Friday in hopes conditions will improve enough to permit a Florida landing.
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Crew gets Discovery ready for Thursday's landing
With flight controllers keeping tabs on threatening weather, the Discovery astronauts packed up Wednesday and tested the shuttle's re-entry systems in preparation for landing Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center, weather permitting, to close out a successful space station resupply mission.
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Shuttle Discovery undocks from the space station
With pilot Kevin Ford at the controls, the shuttle Discovery undocked from the International Space Station on Tuesday after delivering a fresh crew member and more than 18,500 pounds of needed equipment and supplies.
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Leonardo stowed as space crews say their farewells
The Discovery astronauts detached the Leonardo cargo module from the space station Monday and berthed it in the shuttle's cargo bay for return to Earth. After a late-night farewell ceremony, hatches the shuttle and station were closed, setting the stage for undocking Tuesday.
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VIDEO: TELEMUNDO, TAMPA AND UNIVISION CREW INTERVIEWS PLAY
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Can vaccine breakthrough help cure NASA's ills?
A vaccine to protect people against Salmonella, a deadly bacteria that often contaminates food processing operations, is headed for human testing following commercial development in zero gravity on the space shuttle and International Space Station.
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Astronauts wrapping up supply transfers to station
Sailing into the home stretch of a busy space station resupply mission, the Discovery astronauts worked Sunday to wrap up equipment and supply transfers before enjoying a half day off to relax and enjoy the view.
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Discovery astronauts finish mission's last spacewalk
Astronauts Danny Olivas and Christer Fuglesang took the mission's third and final spacewalk Saturday evening, a seven-hour excursion outside the International Space Station that deployed a payload mounting mechanism, replaced a failed circuit breaker and an orientation sensor, installed GPS antennas and routed long cables for a future module.
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VIDEO: ASTRONAUTS' HOME MOVIES: DAY 8 PLAY
VIDEO: ASTRONAUTS' HOME MOVIES: DAY 7 PLAY
VIDEO: INTERNATIONAL CREW NEWS CONFERENCE PLAY
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Space shuttle main engine nozzle leaks being studied
Engineers are looking into what might have caused more than 300 microscopic leaks in the nozzle of a space shuttle main engine used to help launch Endeavour in July. But officials Friday characterized the issue as relatively minor, saying the leaks were well below any threshold that could cause an in-flight problem.
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Discovery crew getting some free time in orbit
The Discovery astronauts and their space station colleagues enjoyed a half-day off Friday, taking a break to relax and enjoy the view from 220 miles up after a grueling week in orbit resupplying the International Space Station.
   MORNING STORY
   NASA TV SCHEDULE REV. I (.pdf download)
Spacewalkers install new coolant reservior on station
Astronauts Danny Olivas and Christer Fuglesang completed a six-and-a-half-hour spacewalk Thursday evening to install a new 1,700-pound ammonia coolant tank in the International Space Station's truss backbone. A depleted tank, removed during a spacewalk Tuesday, was mounted in the shuttle Discovery's cargo bay for return to Earth and refurbishment.
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   NEW TANK INSTALLED
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Astronauts spend the day
on equipment transfers

The Discovery astronauts focused on equipment transfers Wednesday, moving science racks and other gear into the International Space Station from a cargo module delivered by the shuttle. Flight controllers, meanwhile, studied the track of a derelict European rocket body to determine if an avoidance maneuver might be necessary.
   NASA SAYS AVOIDANCE MANEUVER UNLIKELY
   HEAT SHIELD CLEARED
   MORNING STORY
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Spacewalkers remove old coolant tank, experiments
Astronauts Danny Olivas and Nicole Stott took a 6.5-hour spacewalk Tuesday night to remove a massive ammonia coolant tank from the International Space Station's solar power truss and retrieve space exposure experiment packages.
   ALL OBJECTIVES ACCOMPLISHED ON EVA
   AMMONIA COOLANT TANK REMOVED
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VIDEO: STEP-BY-STEP SUMMARY OF SPACEWALK NO. 1 PLAY
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Cargo module mounted to space station for unloading
The International Space Station's big robot arm plucked a cargo-delivery module out of Discovery's payload bay and brought it aboard the outpost Monday.
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Discovery docks to space station on 25th birthday
Shuttle Discovery, marking the 25th anniversary of its maiden launch into orbit, successfully docked to the International Space Station on Sunday.
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   EARLY LOOK SAYS FUEL TANK DID WELL
   DOCKING PREVIEW STORY
   ARCHIVED MISSION STATUS CENTER
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Astronauts give Discovery full post-launch inspection
The Discovery astronauts conducted an inch-by-inch inspection of the most critical sections of the shuttle's heat shield Saturday, examining the ship's nose cap and wing leading edge panels with a laser scanner on the end of a 50-foot-boom attached to the shuttle's robot arm.
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Discovery launches on
silver anniversary mission

A quarter-century after its maiden voyage, shuttle Discovery soared back into space at 11:59 p.m. EDT Friday for a new mission to deliver equipment and research gear to the International Space Station.
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Shuttle Discovery's launch pushed back to Friday night
NASA managers Thursday ordered another delay for launch of the shuttle Discovery, from early Friday morning to late Friday night, to give engineers additional time to make sure an 8-inch hydrogen valve in the orbiter's aft compartment will operate normally during fueling.
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Discovery testing finds no problem with suspect valve
An 8-inch hydrogen valve and a suspect position sensor in the shuttle Discovery's engine compartment that appeared to malfunction during fueling Tuesday, forcing NASA to scrub an early Wednesday launch, performed normally during five open-close cycles Wednesday evening, officials said.
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Discovery could spend silver anniversary in orbit
If space shuttle Discovery launches this week, the flight will mark nearly 25 years to the day since the orbiter embarked on a career that has achieved some of the most historic U.S. space missions ever flown.
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Another scrub for space shuttle Discovery's launch
Engineers plan to test a suspect hydrogen fill-and-drain valve aboard the shuttle Discovery late Wednesday to determine if the valve or a sensor system that measures its position is to blame for readings that forced NASA to call off the shuttle's countdown Tuesday, delaying launch from early Wednesday until Friday at the earliest.
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Weather scrubs Discovery's late-night launch
Florida's hard-to-predict weather threw the shuttle Discovery's crew a curve ball early Tuesday, worsening when forecasters predicted improvement, generating unexpected lightning and offshore storms. While conditions improved as the morning wore on, the launch team ran out of time and NASA managers were forced to order a 24-hour delay.
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Sunday review confirms Discovery's readiness to fly
NASA managers reviewed a few final technical issues Sunday and cleared Discovery for launch early Tuesday. The only issue going into the final hours of the countdown is the weather, with a 40 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms Monday that could delay fueling.
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Mission preview: Shuttling equipment to space station
After last-minute debate over external tank insulation, the shuttle Discovery is poised for launch early Tuesday on a three-spacewalk mission to deliver more than seven tons of supplies, experiment hardware and life-support gear to the International Space Station.
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Tick tock: Counting down to shuttle Discovery's blastoff
The shuttle Discovery's countdown is proceeding smoothly through its initial hours with no technical problems of any significance, officials said Saturday. The weather remains unchanged, with forecasters calling for a 70 percent chance of acceptable conditions at launch time Tuesday.
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   MOVIES: HIGH DEFINITION VIDEO
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Shuttle Discovery launch scheduled for next Tuesday
The Flight Readiness Review formally set August 25 as the official launch date for shuttle Discovery. The astronauts flew to the Cape on Wednesday evening and the launch countdown should start Friday, leading to next Tuesday's liftoff at 1:36 a.m. EDT.
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Discovery's tank cleared for launch after foam debate
After a lengthy technical discussion, NASA managers decided Tuesday the shuttle Discovery's external tank can be safely flown as is, without the need for additional time-consuming inspections of its foam insulation, clearing the way for launch next week on a space station resupply mission.
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Shuttle launch hinges on data from foam tests
NASA is pressing ahead with preparations to launch the shuttle Discovery Aug. 24 on a space station resupply mission, but Program Manager John Shannon said Thursday a final decision to proceed will depend on the results of last-minute testing this weekend to verify the integrity of external tank foam insulation.
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Engineers continue to assess shuttle tank foam
The shuttle Discovery's crew strapped in for a dress-rehearsal countdown Friday, a milestone on the road to launch around Aug. 24 on a space station resupply mission. Engineers, meanwhile, are continuing a down-to-the-wire assessment of critical insulation on Discovery's external tank in the wake of foam losses during the shuttle Endeavour's launch last month.
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Shuttle crew comes to town for practice countdown
Space shuttle Discovery's seven astronauts were welcomed at the Kennedy Space Center on Wednesday for upcoming emergency training exercises and a countdown dress rehearsal with the launch team.
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Discovery's rollout to launch pad turns into epic voyage
The space shuttle Discovery was hauled from the Vehicle Assembly Building to the launch pad Tuesday, slogging through the muddy pathway but eventually reaching its destination to ready the ship for blastoff by month's end.
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Solid rocket booster issue examined on Discovery
An internal valve problem with the hydraulic steering system on the left-hand solid rocket booster of space shuttle Discovery is being analyzed in the Vehicle Assembly Building. Rollout to pad 39A has been rescheduled for Monday to Tuesday.
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Shuttle Discovery moves to Vehicle Assembly Building
While shuttle Endeavour orbits the Earth at the International Space Station, sister-ship Discovery moved from its hangar to the Vehicle Assembly Building at the Kennedy Space Center on Sunday morning in preparation for launch to the outpost in late August.
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More fuel tank tests will delay next shuttle launch
NASA managers decided Thursday to order another 125 foam "plug-pull" tests on the external tank scheduled for use by the shuttle Discovery next month to make sure there are no adhesion problems like those that resulted in unusual foam shedding during Endeavour's takeoff last week.
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No obvious problems found with next shuttle tank foam
Engineers testing the adhesion of foam insulation on the external tank needed for an August shuttle flight have not found any obvious problems that would raise concern about debris shedding like the foam losses noted during Endeavour's climb to space last week, officials said Wednesday.
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John Glenn Mission Patch

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The historic first orbital flight by an American is marked by this commemorative patch for John Glenn and Friendship 7.
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Final Shuttle Mission Patch

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The crew emblem for the final space shuttle mission is available in our store. Get this piece of history!
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Celebrate the shuttle program

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Anniversary Shuttle Patch

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This embroidered patch commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Program. The design features the space shuttle Columbia's historic maiden flight of April 12, 1981.
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Mercury anniversary

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Fallen Heroes Patch Collection
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