Mission: International Space Station Assembly Flight ULF1.1
Space Shuttle: Discovery
Launch Pad: 39B
Launched: July 4, 2006 at 2:37:55 p.m. EDT
Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Landing: July 17, 2006 at 9:15:49 a.m. EDT
Mission Duration: 12 days, 18 hours, 37 minutes and 54 seconds
Miles Traveled: 5.3 million
The crew of Space Shuttle Discovery tested new equipment and procedures that increase the safety of space shuttles during the STS-121 mission to the International Space Station. It also performed maintenance on the space station and delivered supplies, equipment and a new Expedition 13 crew member to the station.
This mission carried on analysis of safety improvements that debuted on the Return to Flight mission, STS-114, and built upon those tests.
Steven Lindsey, Commander
Mark Kelly, Pilot
Piers Sellers, Mission Specialist
Michael Fossum, Mission Specialist
Lisa Nowak, Mission Specialist
Stephanie Wilson, Mission Specialist
Thomas Reiter, Mission Specialist