Public Invited to Relive Shuttle Discovery’s STS-121 Mission
Johnson Space Center, Houston
The astronauts of Space Shuttle Discovery’s STS-121 mission will share their 13-day, 5-million-mile space journey in a 6:30 p.m. CDT presentation at Space Center Houston Thursday, Aug. 17.
The event is free and will include slides, videos and a question-and-answer session in the Northrop Grumman Theater. The doors open at 6 p.m. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the 580-seat theater fills, guests will be seated in an adjacent area to watch the program on closed-circuit television.
Discovery's Commander Steve Lindsey, Pilot Mark Kelly and mission specialists Mike Fossum, Piers Sellers, Lisa Nowak and Stephanie Wilson landed July 17 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla. The crew tested shuttle safety improvements, repaired a railcar on the International Space Station and tested shuttle in-space repair techniques at the end of a 100-foot long robotic arm and boom.
STS-121, launched on July 4, is the most photographed shuttle mission ever, with more than 100 high-definition, digital, video and film cameras documenting the launch and climb to orbit. The images, along with radar, laser scans and other imagery in orbit, assess the health of the shuttle heat shield during flight.
Fossum and Sellers completed three spacewalks during the mission. Nowak and Wilson performed more robotics operations with the shuttle and station robotic arms than on any previous flight. The crew delivered more than 28,000 pounds of equipment and supplies to the orbiting complex, as well as a third crew member. European Space Agency astronaut Thomas Reiter joined Russian Pavel Vinogradov and American Jeff Williams on the station for Expedition 13. The expedition marks the first time since May 2003 that the station crew has had three members.
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