STS-119 Mission Information

    STS119-S-002: STS-119 crew
    Image above: Attired in training versions of their shuttle launch and entry suits, these seven astronauts take a break from training to pose for the STS-119 crew portrait. From the right (front row) are NASA astronauts Lee Archambault, commander, and Tony Antonelli, pilot. From the left (back row) are NASA astronauts Joseph Acaba, John Phillips, Steve Swanson, Richard Arnold and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata, all mission specialists. Image credit: NASA

    Air Force Col. Lee Archambault led the crew of STS-119, and Navy Cmdr. Tony Antonelli served as the pilot. The mission specialists for the flight were NASA astronauts Joseph Acaba, John Phillips, Steve Swanson, Richard Arnold and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata.

    Wakata remained on the station, replacing Expedition 18 Flight Engineer Sandra Magnus, who returned to Earth with the STS-119 crew. He is serving as a flight engineer for Expeditions 18 and 19, and he will return to Earth on shuttle mission STS-127.

    STS-119 is the 28th shuttle mission to the International Space Station. Discovery also carried the S6 truss segment to the orbital outpost.

    + Read the Oct. 19, 2007, press release

Mission Information

  • STS-119 crew

    STS-119: A Final Station Power Up

    If the International Space Station crew wants to invite three more people to join them in living full time in space, the space shuttle Discovery crew says more power to 'em – literally.

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    The STS-119 Crew

    Meet the astronauts of the STS-119 mission aboard space shuttle Discovery

STS-119 Features

Bat Hung on to Shuttle During Liftoff

A bat on the external tnak

Analysis shows a bat clinging to Discovery's external tank held on even after launch.

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Dallas Family's Tradition Boosts NASA for 100 Flights

Shelton family visits Mission Control in 1990

For 21 years and 100 shuttle missions, Mission Control has been graced with a bouquet of roses, displayed proudly amid trademark data screens and tracking maps.

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Orbital Souvenirs Reflect Diversity

The STS-119 crew patch

The astronauts are carrying mementoes to space that reflect their unique backgrounds.

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More Power to Them

S6 solar array mast canister.

The final truss segment and solar arrays soon head for the International Space Station.

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Acaba Has Close Ties to Space Coast

Astronaut Joseph Acaba

Local Teachers Cheer an Astronaut of Their Own

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Astronaut Shines as JAXA’s First to Live in Space

Astronaut Koichi Wakata

Koichi Wakata will become the first Japanese to live on the International Space Station.

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     STS-119 crew patch
    March 15, 2009
    7:43 p.m. EDT
    March 28, 2009
    3:14 p.m. EDT
    Mission Number:
    (125th space shuttle flight)
    Launch Window:
    10 minutes
    Launch Pad:
    Mission Duration:
    12 days, 19 hours, 29 minutes, 33 secs
    Landing Site:
    51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
    Primary Payload:
    28th station flight (15A), S6 truss segment

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