STS-127 -- Mission to the International Space Station
The crew of space shuttle mission STS-127 has completed its mission. The crew launched on the space shuttle Endeavour on July 15, 2009. This was the 29th shuttle mission to the International Space Station.
Mark Polansky was the commander of the STS-127 mission. Doug Hurley was the pilot. The mission specialists were David Wolf, Christopher Cassidy, Tom Marshburn, Tim Kopra and Julie Payette, a Canadian Space Agency astronaut.
Tim Kopra stayed on the station and became part of the Expedition 20 crew. He replaced Koichi Wakata. Wakata had been on the space station since March 17, 2009. He returned to Earth with the STS-127 crew.
Endeavour delivered the final piece of the Kibo Japanese Laboratory. The part the space shuttle delivered is like a front porch. It allows experiments to be exposed to the vacuum of space. The crew also delivered a robotic arm that attaches to Kibo. This arm will be used to position experiments outside of the space station.
Before going into space, the STS-127 crew members designed a patch to describe their mission. The STS-127 mission patch shows an outline of the space shuttle on a golden flight path. This path splits into three rays like the astronaut symbol. A star shape stands for the Japanese space agency and the Kibo laboratory. The crew members' last names appear at the top and bottom edges of the patch. A red maple leaf is next to Julie Payette's name to show that she is from Canada.
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