Friday, August 14, 2009

STS-128 Discovery Mission

Space shuttle Discovery will carry the Leonardo supply module to the International Space Station during STS-128, along with a new crew member for the station, Nicole Stott. Commanded by veteran astronaut Rick "C.J." Sturckow, the mission is targeted to liftoff Aug. 25 to deliver refrigerator-sized racks full of equipment, including the COLBERT treadmill, an exercise device named after comedian Stephen Colbert. Stott will take the place of Tim Kopra, who moved into the station during STS-127. Pilot Kevin Ford and Mission Specialists Patrick Forrester, Jose Hernandez, John "Danny" Olivas and Sweden's Christer Fuglesang round out the crew.

Tony Ceccacci, STS-128 Lead Shuttle Flight Director and Heather Rarick, STS-128 Lead ISS Flight Director discuss the STS-128 mission, which is scheduled to launch later this month.

John Shannon, Space Shuttle Program Manager and Kirk Shireman, ISS Deputy Program Manager talk about the Space Shuttle program.

Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 20 Flight Engineer Tim Kopra, a native of Austin, Texas, discussed life and work on the orbital complex with students gathered at the Bob Bullock Texas State Museum in the state capital during an in-flight educational event on Aug. 12, 2009.

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