STS-119 Flight Day 1 Gallery

  • Astronaut Richard Arnold› View High-res
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    S119-E-005004 (15 March 2009) --- Astronaut Richard Arnold, STS-119 mission specialist, attired in his shuttle launch and entry suit, gives a "thumbs-up" signal on the middeck of Space Shuttle Discovery during postlaunch activities.

  • Astronaut Joseph Acaba› View High-res
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    S119-E-005007 (15 March 2009) --- Astronaut Joseph Acaba, STS-119 mission specialist, attired in his shuttle launch and entry suit, works on the flight deck of Space Shuttle Discovery during postlaunch activities.

  • Astronaut Tony Antonelli› View High-res
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    S119-E-005008 (15 March 2009) --- Astronaut Tony Antonelli, STS-119 pilot, attired in his shuttle launch and entry suit, takes a moment for a photo while occupying the pilot's station on the flight deck of Space Shuttle Discovery during postlaunch activities.

  • Lee Archambault (left) and Tony Antonelli› View High-res
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    S119-E-005018 (15 March 2009) --- Attired in their shuttle launch and entry suits, astronauts Lee Archambault (left), STS-119 commander; and Tony Antonelli, pilot, shake hands on the middeck of Space Shuttle Discovery during postlaunch activities.

  • Astronaut Joseph Acaba› View High-res
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    S119-E-005027 (15 March 2009) --- Astronaut Joseph Acaba, STS-119 mission specialist, works the controls of Space Shuttle Discovery's remote manipulator system (RMS) robotic arm on the aft flight deck during flight day one activities.

  • STS-119 crew members exit the Operations and Checkout Building› View High-res
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    STS119-S-006 (15 March 2009) --- After suiting up, the STS-119 crewmembers exit the Operations and Checkout Building to board the Astrovan, which will take them to launch pad 39A for the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-119 mission. On the right (front to back) are astronauts Lee Archambault, commander; Joseph Acaba, Richard Arnold and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Koichi Wakata, all mission specialists. On the left (front to back) are astronauts Tony Antonelli, pilot; Steve Swanson and John Phillips, both mission specialists. Wakata will join Expedition 18 in progress to serve as a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station. Discovery will deliver the final pair of power-generating solar array wings and the S6 truss segment. Installation of S6 will signal the station's readiness to house a six-member crew for conducting increased science.

  • STS-119 crew members exit the Operations and Checkout Building› View High-res
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    STS119-S-007 (15 March 2009) --- After suiting up, the STS-119 crewmembers exit the Operations and Checkout Building to board the Astrovan, which will take them to launch pad 39A for the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-119 mission. From the left are astronauts John Phillips, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Koichi Wakata, Steve Swanson, Richard Arnold, all mission specialists; Tony Antonelli, pilot; Joseph Acaba (behind Antonelli), mission specialist; and Lee Archambault, commander. Wakata will join Expedition 18 in progress to serve as a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station. Discovery will deliver the final pair of power-generating solar array wings and the S6 truss segment. Installation of S6 will signal the station's readiness to house a six-member crew for conducting increased science.

  • STS-119 crew members pause alongside the Astrovan› View High-res
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    STS119-S-008 (15 March 2009) --- After suiting up, the STS-119 crewmembers pause alongside the Astrovan to wave farewell to onlookers before heading for launch pad 39A for the launch of Space Shuttle Discovery on the STS-119 mission. From the right are astronauts Lee Archambault, commander; Tony Antonelli, pilot; Joseph Acaba, Steve Swanson, Richard Arnold, John Phillips and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Koichi Wakata, all mission specialists. Wakata will join Expedition 18 in progress to serve as a flight engineer aboard the International Space Station. Discovery will deliver the final pair of power-generating solar array wings and the S6 truss segment. Installation of S6 will signal the station's readiness to house a six-member crew for conducting increased science.

  • Liftoff of Space Shuttle Discovery› View High-res
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    STS119-S-009 (15 March 2009) --- The Space Shuttle Discovery and its seven-member STS-119 crew head toward Earth orbit and a scheduled link-up with the International Space Station. Liftoff was on time at 7:43 p.m. (EDT) on March 15, 2009 from launch pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Onboard are astronauts Lee Archambault, commander; Tony Antonelli, pilot; Joseph Acaba, Steve Swanson, Richard Arnold, John Phillips and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Koichi Wakata, all mission specialists. Wakata will join Expedition 18 in progress to serve as a flight engineer aboard the space station. Discovery will deliver the final pair of power-generating solar array wings and the S6 truss segment. Installation of S6 will signal the station's readiness to house a six-member crew for conducting increased science.

  • Astronaut Lee Archambault› View High-res
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    STS119-S-010 (15 March 2009) --- In the White Room on launch pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, astronaut Lee Archambault, STS-119 commander, attired in his shuttle launch and entry suit, talks with the closeout crew who will put on his harness, which includes a parachute pack, before crawling through the open hatch into Space Shuttle Discovery. The White Room is at the end of the orbiter access arm on the fixed service structure and provides access into the shuttle. Liftoff is scheduled for 7:43 p.m. (EDT) on March 15, 2009.