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NASA Facts STS-119

NASA Facts STS-119

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National Aeronautics and Space Administration
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STS-119
(28th Space Station Flight)
Discovery
Pad A:
125th shuttle mission36th ight OV-10370th landing at KSC
Crew:
Lee Archambault, commander (2nd shuttle ight)Tony Antonelli, pilot (1st)Richard Arnold, mission specialist (1st)Joseph Acaba, mission specialist (1st)John Phillips, mission specialist (3rd)Steve Swanson, mission specialist (2nd)Up to ISS: Koichi Wakata, with JAXA (3rd)Down rom ISS: Sandra Magnus
Orbiter Preps:
Into OPF 06/14/08Rollover to VAB – 01/07/09Rollout to Pad 39A – 01/14/09
Launch:
March 15, 2009, at 7:43 p.m. EDT.
Theoriginal Feb. 12 launch date was postponed ater anissue suraced with the gaseous hydrogen ow controlvalves. Part o the main propulsion system, the valveschannel gaseous hydrogen rom the main engines tothe external tank.
 
The valves were replaced on spaceshuttle Discovery.On the next scheduled launch date, March 11,the STS-119 launch was scrubbed at 2:37 p.m. or atleast 24 hours because o a hydrogen leak in a liquidhydrogen vent line between the shuttle and the exter-nal tank. Managers and engineers looked at potentialrepair options and Discovery’s launch attempt wasplanned no earlier than March 15, at 7:43 p.m.Discovery launched on time.
Landing:
March 28, 2009, at 3:14:45 p.m. EDT.
Main gear touchdown was 3:13:17, nose gear touch-down at 3:13:40 and wheelstop at 3:14:45 on Runway15 at Kennedy. Mission elapsed time was 12 days, 19hours, 31 minutes and one second.
 
The landing com-pleted a 13-day journey o more than 5.3 million miles.Mission managers waved o the frst landingopportunity because o gusty winds and clouds at theShuttle Landing Facility. Improved conditions aordeda successul landing on orbit 202.
Mission Highlights:
The STS-119 ight delivered the space station’sourth and fnal set o solar array wings and the S6truss, completing the station’s backbone. The addi-tional electricity provided by the arrays will ully powerscience experiments and help support a six-personcrew and station operations.Crew members also replaced a ailed unit on asystem that converts urine to potable water. Samplesrom the station’s Water Recovery System were col-lected or analysis to determine i the water is suitableor drinking.On March 16, ocus was on a close inspection

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