October 19, 2011
After their successful STS-124 mission and landing on runway 15 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, crewmembers exit the crew transport vehicle. Leading the way is NASA astronaut Mark Kelly, commander; followed by (from the left) Mike Fossum, Karen Nyberg, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and NASA astronaut Ron Garan, all mission specialists. Behind them is Stephen Lindsey, chief of the astronaut office, and astronaut Janet Kavandi. Space Shuttle Discovery's 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, Akihiko Hoshide, STS-124, Spaceflight, Mark E. Kelly, Janet L. Kavandi, Ronald J. Garan, Jr., Space Shuttle program