STS-121 Fact Sheet
By Cliff Lethbridge
STS-121 – Discovery
115th Space Shuttle Mission
32nd Flight of Discovery
Steven Lindsey, Commander
Mark Kelly, Pilot
Piers Sellers, Mission Specialist
Michael Fossum, Mission Specialist
Lisa Nowak, Mission Specialist
Stephanie Wilson, Mission Specialist
Thomas Reiter, Mission Specialist
Tow to Orbiter Processing Facility – August 22, 2005
Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building – May 12, 2006
Rollout to Launch Pad 39B – May 19, 2006
July 4, 2006 – 2:38 p.m. EDT. Launch attempts on July 1 and July 2 were scrubbed to bad weather at the Kennedy Space Center. July 4 launch occurred on time with no delays.
July 17, 2006 – 9:15 a.m. EDT at Runway 15, Kennedy Space Center. Rollout time was 66 seconds. Mission duration was 12 days, 18 hours, 37 minutes, 54 seconds.
The main payload was the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) LEONARDO. About 7,400 pounds of supplies and equipment were transferred from LEONARDO to the International Space Station (ISS) and about 4,600 pounds of materials were returned to Earth aboard LEONARDO. There were three spacewalks during the mission.
The first spacewalk lasted 7 hours, 31 minutes. Astronauts Sellers and Fossum installed a blade blocker on the S0 Truss to protect an undamaged power, data and video cable. They rerouted the cable in order to move the mobile transporter rail cart. They also tested a method of transporting spacewalking astronauts to the underbelly of the Shuttle to make repairs if necessary.
The second spacewalk lasted 6 hours, 47 minutes. Astronauts Sellers and Fossum restored the mobile transporter rail cart to full operation. The third spacewalk lasted 7 hours, 11 minutes. Astronauts Sellers and Fossum tested methods of repairing the Shuttle’s thermal protection system and evaluated a thermal imaging camera. Astronaut Reiter remained aboard ISS, and Discovery returned to Earth with one astronaut less than when it was launched.
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