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May 24, 2008

STS-124 Launch Saturday May 31

STS-124 is scheduled to blast off from Kennedy Space Center at 5:02 p.m. on Saturday, May 31 for a scheduled 14-day mission. Those of us at the ISDC may watch it together!

The primary objective of the flight is to deliver the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo ("Hope") laboratory and robotic arm system. Three spacewalks are planned.

Navy Commander Mark Kelly leads the crew of seven. Navy Cmdr. Kenneth Ham (husband of Linda Ham, first female flight director) will serve as the pilot. Mission specialists will include NASA astronauts Karen Nyberg; Air Force Col. Ronald Garan Jr.; and Air Force Reserve Col. Mike Fossum, and Japanese astronaut Akihiko Hoshide. The flight will also deliver new station crew member Greg Chamitoff and return Garrett Reisman.

Timeline Overview

Flight Day 3 (Tuesday) Rendezvous and docking with the space station
Flight Day 4 (Wednesday) EVA 1 wtih Fossum and Garan
Flight Day 5 (Thursday) Kibo activation, hatch opening
Flight Day 6 (Friday) EVA 2 by Fossum and Garan
Flight Day 7 (Saturday) Move of Japanese Logistics Module from Harmony to Kibo
Flight Day 8 (Sunday) Japanese arm first use/testing
Flight Day 9 (Monday) EVA 3 Fossum and Garan
Flight Day 10 (Tuesday) all crew press conference
Flight Day 11 (Wednesday) off duty
Flight Day 12 (Thursday) undock, fly around
Flight Day 13 (Friday) off duty
Flight Day 14 (Saturday) Entry prep
Fight Day 15 (Sunday-June 15) Landing at KSC

The next shuttle flight (to Hubble) after this one is scheduled for October 8.

I hope to see some of you at the ISDC in Washington, DC.

To the stars!

Marianne Dyson

Assignments Editor, Ad Astra magazine

Former NASA flight controller;

Posted by m_dyson at May 24, 2008 05:11 PM



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