October 19, 2011
Bill Gerstenmaier, NASA associate administrator for Space Operations, looks at the thermal protection system tiles on the underside of Space Shuttle Discovery, whose landing ended the STS-124 mission, a 14-day flight to the International Space Station. 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, Environment, Edwards Air Force Base, Spaceflight, Space Shuttle program, William H. Gerstenmaier, STS-114, STS-1, STS-124, Canadarm, STS-118, Space Shuttle, Manned spacecraft, NASA, STS-124 mission