STS-128 Mission to the Station

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    S128-E-006619 (30 Aug. 2009) --- Backdropped by the blackness of space, the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-128 crew member as Space Shuttle Discovery and the station approach each other during rendezvous and docking activities on flight day three. Docking occurred at 7:54 p.m. (CDT) on Aug. 30, 2009.

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    S128-E-006628 (30 Aug. 2009) --- Backdropped by the blackness of space, the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an STS-128 crew member as Space Shuttle Discovery and the station approach each other during rendezvous and docking activities on flight day three. Docking occurred at 7:54 p.m. (CDT) on Aug. 30, 2009.

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    S128-E-007117 (31 Aug. 2009) --- NASA astronaut Tim Kopra (left foreground) and European Space Agency astronaut Christer Fuglesang (left background), both STS-128 mission specialists; along with NASA astronauts Kevin Ford (right foreground), STS-128 pilot; and Michael Barratt, Expedition 20 flight engineer, are busy with various tasks in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station while Space Shuttle Discovery remains docked with the station.

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    ISS020-E-037312 (1 Sept. 2009) --- This scene, showing the cabin of Space Shuttle Discovery while docked with the International Space Station, was photographed by one of the space walking astronauts during the mission's first session of extravehicular activity (EVA). Astronaut Rick Sturckow, STS-128 commander, can be seen through a forward flight deck window.

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    ISS020-E-037720 (1 Sept. 2009) --- Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk (foreground), Expedition 20 flight engineer; and NASA astronaut Kevin Ford, STS-128 pilot, work controls of the station's robotic Canadarm2 in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station while Space Shuttle Discovery remains docked with the station.

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    S128-E-007035 (1 Sept. 2009) --- Astronaut Nicole Stott, Expedition 20 flight engineer, participates in the STS-128 mission's first session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the six-hour, 35-minute spacewalk, Stott and astronaut John "Danny" Olivas (out of frame), mission specialist, removed an empty ammonia tank from the station's truss and temporarily stowed it on the station's robotic arm. Olivas and Stott also retrieved the European Technology Exposure Facility (EuTEF) and Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) from the Columbus laboratory module and installed them on Discovery's payload bay for return.

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    S128-E-007429 (2 Sept. 2009) --- This scene, photographed from the International Space Station while docked with Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-128), shows the orbiter, the shuttle's robotic arm and a Soyuz vehicle docked with the orbital outpost. The blackness of space and Earth's horizon provide the backdrop for the scene.

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    ISS020-E-038016 (3 Sept. 2009) --- Anchored to a Canadarm2 mobile foot restraint, European Space Agency astronaut Christer Fuglesang, STS-128 mission specialist, participates in the mission's second session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the six-hour, 39-minute spacewalk, Fuglesang and NASA astronaut John "Danny" Olivas (out of frame), mission specialist, installed the new Ammonia Tank Assembly on the Port 1 Truss and stowed the empty tank assembly into the Space Shuttle Discovery's cargo bay.

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    ISS020-E-038217 (3 Sept. 2009) --- NASA astronauts Kevin Ford, STS-128 pilot; and Nicole Stott, Expedition 20 flight engineer, are pictured in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station while Space Shuttle Discovery remains docked with the station.

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    ISS020-E-038055 (3 Sept. 2009) --- A portion of the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by a space walking astronaut during the STS-128 mission's second session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the station. The blackness of space and Earth's horizon provide the backdrop for the scene.

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    ISS020-E-038322 (5 Sept. 2009) --- The STS-128 and Expedition 20 crewmembers found a few moments on a day between two spacewalk days to pose for some portraits on the International Space Station. The red-clad crewmembers are with STS-128. They include, front row, from the left, astronauts Rick Sturckow, Jose Hernandez and Patrick Forrester; behind them in red, are astronauts Kevin Ford, John "Danny" Olivas, with European Space Agency astronaut Christer Fuglesang. At bottom left is Tim Kopra, who joined the station crew in July but now is scheduled to return to Earth in less than a week with the Discovery astronauts. Surrounding the Discovery crew, in clockwise fashion, are the members of Expedition 20 crew, astronaut Nicole Stott, Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk, with cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, European Space Agency astronaut Frank De Winne, cosmonaut Gennady Padalka and astronaut Michael Barratt.

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    S128-E-007611 (5 Sept. 2009) --- NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, STS-128 mission specialist, trims Russian cosmonaut Roman Romanenko's hair in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station while Space Shuttle Discovery remains docked with the station. NASA astronaut Nicole Stott, Expedition 20 flight engineer, looks on. Kopra used hair clippers fashioned with a vacuum device to garner freshly cut hair.

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    ISS020-E-038470 (5 Sept. 2009) --- NASA astronaut John "Danny" Olivas, STS-128 mission specialist, participates in the mission's third and final session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the seven-hour, one-minute spacewalk, Olivas and European Space Agency astronaut Christer Fuglesang (out of frame), mission specialist, deployed the Payload Attachment System (PAS), replaced the Rate Gyro Assembly #2, installed two GPS antennae and did some work to prepare for the installation of Node 3 next year. During connection of one of two sets of avionics cables for Node 3, one of the connectors could not be mated. This cable and connector were wrapped in a protective sleeve and safed. All other cables were mated successfully.

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    ISS020-E-038488 (5 Sept. 2009) --- A portion of the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by a space walking astronaut during the STS-128 mission's third and final session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the station. The blackness of space and Earth's horizon provide the backdrop for the scene.

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    S128-E-007939 (7 Sept. 2009) --- NASA astronaut Rick Sturckow, STS-128 commander, adds his crew's patch to the growing collection, in the Unity node, of insignias representing crews who have worked on the International Space Station.

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    S128-E-007977 (7 Sept. 2009) --- Crew members onboard the International Space Station share a meal in the Unity node while Space Shuttle Discovery remains docked with the station. Pictured from the left (bottom) are NASA astronauts Rick Sturckow, STS-128 commander; Tim Kopra and Jose Hernandez, both STS-128 mission specialists; along with Kevin Ford, STS-128 pilot; and John "Danny" Olivas (mostly out of frame at right), STS-128 mission specialist. Pictured from the left (top, partially out of frame) are NASA astronaut Nicole Stott and Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk, both Expedition 20 flight engineers; along with NASA astronaut Patrick Forrester, STS-128 mission specialist.

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    S128-E-008493 (7 Sept. 2009) --- In the grasp of the International Space Station's Canadarm2 robotic arm, the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module is placed back in Discovery's payload bay. NASA astronauts Kevin Ford, STS-128 pilot; and Jose Hernandez, mission specialist, were at the controls of the robotic arm in the Destiny laboratory. They grappled Leonardo and removed it from the Harmony node and placed it inside the shuttle's payload bay for the return home.

  • Expedition 20 flight engineers Michael Barratt and Nicole Stott, STS-128 Mission Specialist Tim Kopra and Pilot Kevin Ford› View High-res
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    S128-E-008367 (7 Sept. 2009) --- NASA astronauts Michael Barratt (left front), Expedition 20 flight engineer; Tim Kopra (right front), STS-128 mission specialist; Nicole Stott, Expedition 20 flight engineer; and Kevin Ford, STS-128 pilot, pose for a photo with the 2000 astronaut candidate class insignia in the Kibo laboratory of the International Space Station while Space Shuttle Discovery remains docked with the station.

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    S128-E-009793 (8 Sept. 2009) --- Backdropped by Earth's horizon and the blackness of space, the International Space Station is seen from Space Shuttle Discovery as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation. Earlier the STS-128 and Expedition 20 crew concluded nine days of cooperative work onboard the shuttle and station. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 2:26 p.m. (CDT) on Sept. 8, 2009.

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    S128-E-009996 (8 Sept. 2009) --- Backdropped by Earth's horizon and the blackness of space, the International Space Station is seen from Space Shuttle Discovery as the two spacecraft begin their relative separation. Earlier the STS-128 and Expedition 20 crew concluded nine days of cooperative work onboard the shuttle and station. Undocking of the two spacecraft occurred at 2:26 p.m. (CDT) on Sept. 8, 2009.

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    S128-E-010021 (8 Sept. 2009) --- Using a still camera at a window on the aft flight deck of Space Shuttle Discovery, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, STS-128 mission specialist, photographs the International Space Station (visible through the window) after the undocking of the two spacecraft.