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NASA Facts Mission STS-121

NASA Facts Mission STS-121

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Mission STS-121
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During the SS-121 mission to the Interna-tional Space Station, the Space Shuttle Discoverycrew will continue to test new equipment and procedures that increase shuttle saety.SS-121, the second mission in the Return toFlight sequence, will carry on improvements thatdebuted during last year’s SS-114 mission andbuild upon those tests.Discovery’s astronauts will deliver more sup- plies and cargo or uture station expansion. Onecrew member will stay behind aer the missionis complete. European Space Agency astronautTomas Reiter will work with the station crewunder a contract between ESA and the RussianFederal Space Agency.Tis will be the rst three-person crew sincethe Expedition 6 crew returned to Earth on May4, 2003. Without the shuttle to erry equipmentto the station aer the Space Shuttle Columbiaaccident, only two people could be supported on-board until the necessary provisions were in place.Discovery will carry NASA’s Italian-builtmulti-purpose logistics module, known as Leon-ardo. Tis pressurized cargo compartment willcontain more than two tons o equipment andsupplies. Tis will be the ourth trip to the stationor Leonardo, the rst o three such Italian-builtcompartments. Unneeded station equipment andsupplies will be moved to Leonardo beore it ismoved rom the station and put back into Discov-ery’s cargo bay or return to Earth.Steve Lindsey, an Air Force colonel, will com-mand Discovery. He is making his ourth space-fight, and second as commander. Te pilot willbe Navy Cmdr. Mark Kelly, making his secondfight.Other crew members, in addition to Re-iter, will be Mission Specialists Mike Fossum,Stephanie Wilson, Piers Sellers and Navy Cmdr.Lisa Nowak. Tis will be the rst spacefight orFossum, Wilson and Nowak. Sellers is making hissecond spacefight.
Mission Information
Launch: No earlier than May 2006Orbiter: Discovery (OV-103)
Mission Number: Shuttle ight No. 115
 – Discovery ight No. 32
Launch Window: Five minutesLaunch Pad: 39BMission Duration: 12 days
Landing Site: KSCInclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/
 140 nautical miles
Primary Payload: 18th station ight(ULF-1.1)

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