June 28, 2011
The seven astronauts for the STS-92 flight, having just returned from a mission in Earth orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery, pose near that vehicle at Edwards Air Force Base in the Mojave Desert of California. From the left are astronauts Koichi Wakata of Japan's National Space Development Agency (NASDA), Michael E. Lopez-Alegria, Peter J.K. (Jeff) Wisoff, William S. McArthur, Jr., Leroy Chiao, Pamela A. Melroy and Brian Duffy. Discovery touched down at 2 p.m. (PDT), October 24, and rolled to a stop on Edward's concrete runway at 2:0l, for a mission elapsed time of 12 days, 21 hours and 43 minutes.
Topics: Human spaceflight, Spaceflight, Space exploration, Environment, William S. McArthur, Pamela Melroy, STS-92, Leroy Chiao, Koichi Wakata, Michael Lopez-Alegria, Space Shuttle program