October 6, 2011
NASA officials and guests greet the STS-123 crew members at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility. Pictured on the right (front to back) in the blue flight suits are NASA astronauts Dominic Gorie, commander; Mike Foreman, mission specialist; Gregory H. Johnson, pilot; Robert L. Behnken, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Takao Doi and NASA astronaut Rick Linnehan, all mission specialists. Also pictured on the left (front to back) are Space Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach, Kennedy Space Center Director Bill Parsons and LeRoy Cain, chair of the mission management team. Space Shuttle Endeavour landed on Runway 15 at NASA Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility to end the STS-123 mission, a 16-day flight to the International Space Station. The main landing gear touched down at 8:39:08 p.m. (EDT) on March 26, 2008. The nose landing gear touched down at 8:39:17 p.m. and wheel stop was at 8:40:41 p.m. The mission completed nearly 6.6 million miles. The landing was on the second opportunity after the first was waved off due to unstable weather in the Kennedy Space Center area. The STS-123 mission delivered the first segment of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory and the Canadian Space Agency's two-armed robotic system, known as Dextre.
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