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Overview

    Mission: International Space Station Flight 13A.1
    Primary Payload: S5 Truss
    Space Shuttle: Endeavour
    Launch Pad: 39A
    Launched: Aug. 8, 2007 - 6:36 p.m. EDT
    Landed: Aug. 21, 2007 - 12:32 p.m. EDT
    Mission Duration: 12 days, 17 hours, 55 minutes and 34 seconds
    Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

    STS-118: Investing in the Future

    Launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour on the STS-118 mission.Space Shuttle Endeavour lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Aug. 8, 2007 following a smooth countdown. The STS-118 mission was the 22nd flight to the International Space Station and Endeavour's first flight since 2002.

    During the mission, the combined crews of Endeavour and the International Space Station worked together to add the third starboard truss segment, the S5 truss, to the station's backbone.

    Image above: Space Shuttle Endeavour roars toward orbit on the STS-118 mission. Image credit: NASA/John Kechele, Scott Haun, Tom Farrar. + View Larger Version

    Image below: Endeavour touches down on Runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility after nearly 13 days in space. Image credit: NASA. + View Larger Version

    Endeavour lands at Kennedy Space Center.Commanded by Scott Kelly, the STS-118 crew comprised seven astronauts, including Mission Specialist Barbara Morgan, the teacher- turned- astronaut whose association with NASA began more than 20 years ago.

    After 201 orbits in more than 12 days, Endeavour glided to a picture-perfect landing Aug. 21 on Runway 15 at Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility.

Space Shuttle Features

  • Teacher in Space project logo

    Completing the Mission After 21 Years

    NASA's Ed Campion, public affairs officer for NASA's Teacher-in-Space program in 1986 and a witness to Challenger's launch that January day, offers his thoughts before the launch of STS-118.

  • Technicians load the SPACEHAB module to be taken to the launch pad.

    SPACEHAB Ready for Last Mission

    The last SPACEHAB mission is scheduled to carry more than 5,000 pounds of spare parts and cargo into space.

  • STS-118: Build the Station. Build the Future

    STS-118: Build the Station. Build the Future.

    Like all shuttle missions, STS-118 is about the future: putting the International Space Station a step closer to completion and gathering experience that will help people return to the moon and go on to Mars.

  • JSC2007-E-03712 --- Educator astronaut Barbara Morgan speaks with students

    Students Meet STS-118 Crew Members

    Educator Astronaut and Mission Specialist Barbara Morgan and Mission Specialist Dave Williams met with more than 100 Texas elementary and middle schools students during Space Center Houston’s “Meet an Astronaut Day” on Jan. 19.

  • A Gulfstream business jet was modified to mimic a landing orbiter.

    Modified Jet Stands in for Landing Orbiter

    When it's time to teach an astronaut how to land an orbiter, a modified business jet fits the bill.

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