Mission Information

    STS-116 crew members
    Image above: The STS-116 crew members gather for a group portrait in the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station. From the left (front row) are astronauts Bill Oefelein, pilot; Joan Higginbotham, Nicholas Patrick and European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Reiter, mission specialists. From the left (back row) are astronauts Mark Polansky, commander; Sunita Williams, Expedition 14 flight engineer; ESA astronaut Christer Fuglesang and Robert Curbeam, mission specialists. Photo credit: NASA

    During Space Shuttle Discovery’s mission to the International Space Station, the STS-116 crew continued construction of the outpost adding the P5 spacer truss segment during the first of four spacewalks. The next two spacewalks rewired the station’s power system, preparing it to support the station’s final configuration and the arrival of additional science modules. A fourth spacewalk was added to allow the crew to retract solar arrays that had folded improperly.

    Discovery also delivered a new crew member and more than two tons of equipment and supplies to the station, most of which were located in the SPACEHAB cargo module. Almost two tons of items no longer needed on the station returned to Earth with STS-116.

Mission Information

  • Astronauts Robert Curbeam and Christer Fuglesang participate in a spacewalk during the STS-116 mission.

    STS-116 Delivers Permanent Power

    Construction continues on the International Space Station as spacewalking astronauts expand the outpost's electrical system.

  • STS-116 crew

    The STS-116 Crew

    Meet the astronauts of the STS-116 mission aboard Space Shuttle Discovery.



     STS-116 insignia
    Dec. 9, 2006
    8:47 p.m. EDT
    Dec. 22, 2006
    5:32 p.m. EDT
    Mission Number:
    (117th shuttle flight)
    Launch Window:
    10 minutes
    Launch Pad:
    Mission Duration:
    12 days, 20 hours, 45 minutes
    Landing Site:
    51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
    Primary Payload:
    Twentieth station flight (12A.1), P5 Truss, SPACEHAB

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