October 19, 2011
The STS-124 crewmembers finish their traditional walk-around Space Shuttle Discovery after landing on runway 15 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, to end a 14-day mission to the International Space Station. At left are Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, NASA astronauts Ron Garan, both mission specialists; and Ken Ham, pilot. At center is NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, mission specialist. At right are NASA astronauts Mike Fossum, mission specialist, and Mark Kelly, commander. The STS-124 mission ended with Discovery's landing on runway 15 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, ending a 14-day mission to the International Space Station. 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: STS-124, Test pilots, Spaceflight, Disaster Accident, Technology Internet, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Environment, Akihiko Hoshide, Mark E. Kelly, Ronald J. Garan, Jr., Gregory J. Harbaugh, STS-121, Space Shuttle, Space Shuttle program, NASA