October 19, 2011
Space Shuttle Discovery is moments away from touchdown on runway 15 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, concluding the 14-day STS-124 mission to the International Space Station. Onboard are NASA astronauts Mark Kelly, commander; Ken Ham, pilot; Mike Fossum, Ron Garan, Karen Nyberg, Garrett Reisman and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, all mission specialists. The main landing gear touched down at 11:15:19 a.m. (EDT) on June 14, 2008. The nose landing gear touched down at 11:15:30 a.m. and wheel stop was at 11:16:19 a.m. During the mission, Discovery's crew installed the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's large Kibo laboratory and its remote manipulator system leaving a larger space station and one with increased science capabilities.
Topics: Disaster Accident, Human spaceflight, Spaceflight, Space exploration, Environment, Garrett Reisman, Akihiko Hoshide, Mark E. Kelly, Ronald J. Garan, Jr., STS-124, Canadarm, STS-121, Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle program, STS-124 mission