Mission: Deliver pressurized module and robotic arm to the International Space Station
Launch: May 31, 2008, 5:02 p.m. EDT
Landing: June 14, 2008, 11:15 a.m. EDT
Mission Number: STS-124 (123rd space shuttle flight)
Launch Window: 10 minutes
Launch Pad: 39A
Mission Duration: 13 days, 18 hours, 13 minutes, 7 secs
Landing Site: KSC
Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
Primary Payload: 26th station flight (1J), Kibo Pressurized Module, Japanese Remote Manipulator System
Mark Kelly, Commander
Ken Ham, Pilot
Karen Nyberg, Mission Specialist
Ron Garan, Mission Specialist
Mike Fossum, Mission Specialist
Akihiko Hoshide, Mission Specialist
Gregory Chamitoff, Expedition 17 Flight Engineer, Embarking to International Space Station
Garrett Reisman, Mission Specialist, Returning from International Space Station
Navy Cmdr. Mark E. Kelly commanded the STS-124 shuttle mission to deliver the Pressurized Module and robotic arm of the Japanese Experiment Module, known as “Kibo” (hope), to the International Space Station. Navy Cmdr. Kenneth T. Ham served as the pilot. Mission specialists included NASA astronauts Karen L. Nyberg; Air Force Col. Ronald J. Garan Jr.; and Air Force Reserve Col. Michael E. Fossum. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide also served as a mission specialist.
Astronaut Gregory E. Chamitoff flew to the station as a mission specialist on STS-124. He took Astronaut Garrett E. Reisman’s place as an Expedition 17 flight engineer and will return to Earth on shuttle mission STS-126.
The STS-124 mission was the second of three flights that will launch components to complete the Kibo laboratory. The mission included three spacewalks. The lab’s logistics module, which was installed in a temporary location during STS-123, was attached to the new lab.
STS-124 was the 26th shuttle mission to the International Space Station.
Navy Cmdr. Stephen G. Bowen was previously named to the STS-124 crew but was reassigned to STS-126. The change allowed room for the STS-124 mission to rotate a space station resident.