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    Mission: International Space Station Flight 12A.1
    Space Shuttle: Discovery
    Launch Pad: 39B
    Launched: Dec. 9, 2006 at 8:47 p.m. EST
    Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
    Landing: Dec. 22, 2006 at 5:32 p.m. EST
    Duration: 12 days, 20 hours, 45 minutes, 16 seconds
    Orbital Insertion Altitude: 122 nautical miles
    Orbit Inclination: 51.60°

    STS-116: Rewiring the International Space Station

    Space Shuttle Discovery launches on the STS-116 mission. Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off on the STS-116 mission on Dec. 9, 2006, lighting up the sky over NASA's Kennedy Space Center during the first nighttime launch in more than four years.

    During the 12-day mission, the astronaut crew rewired the International Space Station's power system, paving the way for further construction.

    Image above: Space Shuttle Discovery soars into the darkened sky on the STS-116 mission to rewire the International Space Station. Below: After 12 days in space, Discovery touches down at Kennedy Space Center. Image credit: NASA/KSC

    Discovery touches down at Kennedy Space Center.Seven astronauts made up the STS-116 crew, including Space Station Flight Engineer Sunita Williams, who replaced Thomas Reiter aboard the outpost.

    Discovery landed Dec. 22, 2006, with a smooth touchdown on Runway 15 at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility.

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