October 18, 2011
STS119-S-079 (28 March 2009) --- Space Shuttle Discovery touches down on Runway 15 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, concluding the 13-day, 5.3-million mile journey of the STS-119 mission to the International Space Station. Onboard are NASA astronauts Lee Archambault, commander; Tony Antonelli, pilot; Steve Swanson, Richard Arnold, Joseph Acaba, John Phillips and Sandra Magnus, all mission specialists. The main landing gear touched down at 3:13:17 p.m. (EDT) on March 28, 2009. The nose gear touched down at 3:13:40 p.m. and wheels stop was at 3:14:45 p.m. During the mission, Discovery's crew delivered and installed the final pair of large power-generating solar array wings and the S6 truss segment to the starboard, or right, side of the station and accomplished important tasks to prepare the station for future upgrades and additions later this year.
Topics: STS-119, Manned spacecraft, Spaceflight, Space Shuttle Discovery, Lee Archambault, Joseph M. Acaba, STS-116, STS-117, Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle program, STS-119 mission