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STS-118 Fact Sheet

Written and Edited by Cliff Lethbridge

 

STS-118 – Endeavour

 

119th Space Shuttle Mission

20th Flight of Endeavour

 

Crew:

 

Scott Kelly, Commander

Charlie Hobaugh, Pilot

Dave Williams, Mission Specialist

Barbara R. Morgan, Mission Specialist

Rick Mastracchio, Mission Specialist

Tracy Caldwell, Mission Specialist

Alvin Drew, Mission Specialist

 

Orbiter Preparations:

 

Tow to Orbiter Processing Facility – December 7, 2002

Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building – January 9, 2004

Tow to Orbiter Processing Facility – January 21, 2004

Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building – December 16, 2004

Tow to Orbiter Processing Facility – January 12, 2005

Tow to Shuttle Landing Facility Hangar – February 22, 2005

Two to Orbiter Processing Facility – March 18, 2005

Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building – July 2, 2007

Rollout to Launch Pad 39A – July 11, 2007

 

Launch:

 

August 8, 2007 – 6:36 p.m. EDT. Launch occurred as scheduled with no delays.

 

Landing:

 

August 21, 2007 – 12:32 p.m. EDT at Runway 15, Kennedy Space Center. Landing occurred during the 201st orbit.

 

Mission Summary:

 

The crew included teacher-in-space Barbara Morgan. Main payloads were the S5 Truss, SPACEHAB Pressurized Module and External Stowage Platform-3. Endeavour docked to the International Space Station (ISS) at 2:02 p.m. EDT on August 10, 2007. There were four spacewalks during the mission.

 

The first spacewalk occurred on August 11, 2007 and lasted 6 hours, 17 minutes. Astronauts Mastracchio and Williams added the two-ton, eleven-foot spacer, the Starboard 5 segment of the ISS Truss, to ISS. They also retracted the forward heat-rejecting radiator from the P6 Truss.

 

The second spacewalk occurred on August 13, 2007 and lasted 6 hours, 28 minutes. Astronauts Williams and Mastracchio installed the 600-pound Control Moment Gyroscope onto the ISS Z1 segment of the truss, replacing a failed unit.

 

The third spacewalk occurred on August 14, 2007 and lasted 5 hours, 28 minutes. Astronaut Mastracchio and ISS Flight Engineer Clay Anderson relocated the S-band antenna sub-assembly from the P6 Truss to the P1 Truss, installed a new transponder on P1 and retrieved a P6 transponder. During the spacewalk, astronaut Mastracchio noted a hole on the thumb of his left glove. The hole was on the second of five layers and did not pose a hazard. But as a precaution, Mastracchio ended the spacewalk early.

 

The fourth spacewalk occurred on August 18, 2007 and lasted 5 hours. Astronaut Williams and ISS Flight Engineer Anderson installed the External Wireless Instrumentation System antenna, attached a stand for the Shuttle’s robotic arm extension boom and retrieved two materials experiment containers from outside ISS.

 

 

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