National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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(23rd Space Station Flight)
120th shuttle mission34th ight o OV-10366th landing at Kennedy Space Center
Pam Melroy, commander (3rd shuttleight)George Zamka, pilot (1st)Scott Parazynski, mission specialist (5th)Doug Wheelock, mission specialist (1st)Stephanie Wilson, mission specialist(2nd)Paolo Nespoli, ESA, mission specialist(1st)Daniel Tani (2nd), up to ISSClay Anderson, down rom ISS
OPF – Dec. 22, 2006 (STS-116 landing)OPF Rollout – Sept. 23, 2007 VAB Rollout – Sept. 30, 2007
Oct. 23, 2007, at 11:38 a.m. EDT.
Launch was on time and Discovery litedo into a partly clouded sky, heading or theInternational Space Station on the 23rd as-sembly ight.
Nov. 7, 2007, at 1:01 p.m. EST.
Discovery landed on Runway 33 at Ken-nedy Space Center. Main gear touchdownwas 1:01:16 p.m. EST. Wheel stop was at1:02:07 p.m. Mission elapsed time was 15days, 2 hours, 24 minutes and 2 seconds,covering 6.25 million miles.
During the mission, the STS-120 crewcontinued the construction o the station withthe installation o the Harmony Node 2 mod-ule and the relocation o the P6 truss.Station managers added a 360-degreevisual inspection o the station’s starboardsolar alpha rotary joint, or SARJ, during thesecond spacewalk. The SARJ had shownincreased riction or more than 30 days. An extra day was added to the missionbetween the ourth and fth spacewalks toprovide the crew o-duty time and equip-ment preparation or the fth spacewalk.However, the objective o the ourthspacewalk changed in order to repair a tornsolar array, and the fth spacewalk wastranserred to the station crew to perormater the shuttle let.