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STS-128

Space Shuttle Discovery / OV-103

United Space Alliance

Launch Status
Success

Crew

Patrick G. Forrester

Patrick G. Forrester

Mission Specialist

Status: Active
3/31/1957 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 8/10/2001
Last Flight: 8/29/2009

Patrick Graham Forrester is a retired United States Army officer and a NASA astronaut. At the time of his retirement from the U.S. Army, Forrester had achieved the rank of colonel. He is married and has two children.

Forrester has flown on three Space Shuttle missions, STS-105, STS-117 and STS-128. He is the current Chief of the Astronaut Office, having assumed the role from Chris Cassidy in June 2017.

Christer Fuglesang

Christer Fuglesang

Mission Specialist

Status: Active
3/18/1957 -
Nationality: Swedish
Type: Government
First Flight: 12/10/2006
Last Flight: 8/29/2009

Arne Christer Fuglesang (born March 18, 1957 in Stockholm) is a Swedish physicist and an ESA astronaut. He was first launched aboard the STS-116 Space Shuttle mission on December 10, 2006, at 01:47 GMT, making him the first Swedish citizen in space.

Married with three children, he was a Fellow at CERN and taught mathematics at the Royal Institute of Technology before being selected to join the European Astronaut Corps in 1992. He has participated in two Space Shuttle missions and five spacewalks, and is the first person outside of the United States or Russian space programs to participate in more than three spacewalks.

Frederick W. Sturckow

Frederick W. Sturckow

Commander

Status: Retired
8/11/1961 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 12/4/1998
Last Flight: 8/29/2009

Frederick Wilford "Rick" Sturckow is an Engineer, retired United States Marine Corps officer, former NASA astronaut, and commercial spacecraft pilot. Sturckow is a veteran of four Space Shuttle missions. He flew on STS-88 and STS-105 as a pilot and STS-117 and STS-128 as a commander. All four missions docked with the International Space Station, making Sturckow one of two people to visit the station four times. Sturckow later was assigned to the Johnson Space Center as a CAPCOM. He left NASA in 2013 to become a pilot for Virgin Galactic.

John D. Olivas

John D. Olivas

Mission Specialist

Status: Retired
5/25/1966 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 6/8/2007
Last Flight: 8/29/2009

John Daniel "Danny" Olivas is an American engineer and a former NASA astronaut. Olivas has flown on two space shuttle missions, STS-117 and STS-128. He performed EVAs on both missions, totaling 34hrs 28min.

In 2013 Olivas joined the University of Texas at El Paso as Director of the Center for the Advancement of Space Safety and Mission Assurance Research (CASSMAR) and will oversee space initiatives on campus.

Kevin A. Ford

Kevin A. Ford

Pilot

Status: Retired
7/7/1960 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 8/29/2009
Last Flight: 10/23/2012

Kevin Anthony Ford is a retired United States Air Force Colonel and a NASA astronaut. Ford has received a number of special honors and awards, some of which are the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal. Ford has also logged more than 5,000 flying hours and also holds FAA commercial certificates for airplanes, helicopters and gliders. Ford has served in many roles at NASA since his selection in July 2000. The roles include as a Capsule Communicator or CAPCOM. He was also the Director Of Operations at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia from January 2004 to January 2005. He was pilot of STS-128 and Flight Engineer 2 of Soyuz TMA-06M from October 23, 2012 to March 16, 2013.

José Hernández

José Hernández

Mission Specialist

Status: Retired
9/7/1962 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 8/29/2009
Last Flight: 8/29/2009

José Moreno Hernández is an American engineer and former NASA astronaut. After three years and being turned down eleven times for astronaut training by NASA, Hernández was selected in May 2004. Hernández was assigned to the crew of Space Shuttle mission STS-128.

Nicole Stott

Nicole Stott

Mission Specialist

Status: Retired
11/19/1962 -
Nationality: American
Type: Government
First Flight: 8/29/2009
Last Flight: 2/24/2011

Nicole Marie Passonno Stott is an American engineer and a NASA astronaut. She served as a Flight Engineer on ISS Expedition 20 and Expedition 21 and was a Mission Specialist on STS-128 and STS-133. After 27 years of working at NASA, the space agency announced her retirement effective June 1, 2015.

Mission

STS-128

Type: Human Exploration

STS-128 (ISS assembly flight 17A) was a NASA Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS) that launched on 28 August 2009. Space Shuttle Discovery carried the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo as its primary payload. Leonardo contained a collection of experiments for studying the physics and chemistry of microgravity. Three spacewalks were carried out during the mission, which removed and replaced a materials processing experiment outside ESA's Columbus module, and returned an empty ammonia tank assembly.

Location

Launch Complex 39A

Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

185 rockets have launched from Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA.

Launch Complex 39A, Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

Rocket

Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103

Length: 38.1 meters
Diameter: 8.4 meters
First Launch: August 30, 1984

Space Shuttle Discovery is one of the orbiters from NASA’s Space Shuttle program and the third of five fully operational orbiters to be built. Its first mission, STS-41-D, flew from August 30 to September 5, 1984. Over 27 years of service it launched and landed 39 times, gathering more spaceflights than any other spacecraft to date.

The Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103 rocket has been launched a total of 38 times with 38 successful and 0 failed launches.

Agency

United Space Alliance

Type: Commercial
Abbreviation: USA

Founded: 1995
Launchers: Space Shuttle

Country: USA

United Space Alliance (USA) is a spaceflight operations company. USA is a joint venture which was established in August 1995 as a Limited Liability Company (LLC), equally owned by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

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