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Nasa Facts STS-118

Nasa Facts STS-118

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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STS-118
(22nd Space Station Flight)Endeavour
Pad A:
119th shuttle mission20th ight OV-10565th landing at KSC
Crew:
Scott Kelly, commander (2nd shuttle ight)Charlie Hobaugh, pilot (2nd)Dave Williams, mission specialist (2nd)Barbara R. Morgan, mission specialist (1st)Rick Mastracchio, mission specialist (2nd) Tracy Caldwell, mission specialist (1st) Alvin Drew, mission specialist (1st)
Orbiter Preps:
OPF – Dec. 7, 2002 (STS-113 landing) VAB – Jan. 9, 2004 (or OPF maintenance)OPF-2 – Jan. 21, 2004 (return) VAB HB-4 – Dec. 16, 2004OPF-2 – Jan 12, 2005SLF Hangar – Feb. 22, 2005(or OPF modifcations)OPF – March 18, 2005 (return) VAB – July 2, 2007 (rollover)Pad A – July 11, 2007
Launch:
 Aug. 8, 2007, at 6:36 p.m. EDT.
Launch was on time and Endeavour litedo into an early evening sky beore sunset.Endeavour carried a crew o seven, includingteacher-turned-astronaut Barbara R. Morgan. The payload comprised the S5 truss, SPACE-HAB module and external stowage platorm 3with a replacement control moment gyroscope,or CMG. This mission was the fnal one or theSPACEHAB module. Astronauts replaced theCMG or a aulty one on the International SpaceStation. The launch returned Endeavour to activeservice ater a three-year hiatus or major modif-cations. The work, conducted at KSC, includedaddition o a “glass cockpit,” a global positioningsystem or landing and the Station-to-ShuttlePower Transer System, known as the SSPTS. The system enables the orbiter to draw powerrom the space station, enabling an extendedstay or the mission.
Landing:
 Aug. 21, 2007, at 12:32 p.m. EDT.
Endeavour landed on Runway 15 on the frstopportunity ater deorbit. Main gear toucheddown at 12:32:16 p.m. EDT. Nose gear touch-down was at 12:32:29 p.m. and wheel stop wasat 12:33:20 p.m. Endeavour landed on orbit 201.STS-118 was the second o our shuttle missionsplanned or 2007.

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