STS-123 Mission Accomplished!

    Orbiter: Endeavour
    Mission: STS-123/1J/A
    Primary Payload: Kibo Logistics Module, Dextre Robotics System
    Launch Date: March 11, 2008
    Launch Time: 2:28 a.m. EDT
    Launch Pad: 39A
    Mission Duration: 16 days
    Landing Date: March 26
    Landing Time: 8:39 p.m. EDT
    Landing Site:Runway 15, Kennedy Space Center
    Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

    Space shuttle Endeavour vaulted off the launch pad lighting up the night sky with a crew of seven to deliver the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory and a Canadian robotics system to the International Space Station. Space shuttle Endeavour launches on mission STS-123 Image above: Clouds of smoke and steam envelop space shuttle Endeavour as it roars into the night sky from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Photo credit: NASA/ Jim Grossman
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    Space shuttle Endeavour lands concluding mission STS-123 Image above: Through the darkness of evening space shuttle Endeavour approaches Runway 15 to wrap up the STS-123 mission. Photo credit: NASA/Tom Joseph
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    NASA astronaut Dominic Gorie commanded the STS-123 mission, which included Pilot Gregory H. Johnson, and Mission Specialists Rick Linnehan, Robert L. Behnken, Mike Foreman, Garrett Reisman and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's astronaut, Takao Doi.

    After the flawless launch, Endeavour's record-breaking 12-day stay at the station and five ambitious and successful spacewalks, the astronauts accomplished all of their assignments, including some get-ahead tasks for the upcoming STS-124 mission.

    The shuttle crew, working with the Expedition 16 members, attached the first section of the Kibo component to the station -- Kibo means 'hope' in Japanese. Three spacewalks later the two-armed robotics system known as Dextre was up and running.

    Completing 6.6 million miles and nearly 16 days in space, the shuttle crew was ready for the journey home. Low clouds over and around the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center thwarted the first landing attempt.

    The second opportunity brought shuttle Endeavour and its crew safely back to Earth at 8:39 p.m. EDT, March 26. The European Space Agency's astronaut, Leopold Eyharts, returned with the STS-123 crew after living on the outpost since early February. Reisman, a first-time space flyer, replaced Eyharts as Expedition 16-17 Flight Engineer.

    Twin sonic booms were heard over Florida's Space Coast a few minutes before the orbiter glided down out of the night sky onto the runway for a perfect touchdown.

    Endeavour's night landing was the 22nd in space shuttle history and the 16th night landing at Kennedy.


Mission STS-123 Makes Space More International

Dextre gets a pair of arms

'Hope' has a home in space plus Dextre's two arms are better than one.

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What's Going Up?

A look at what shuttle astronauts are taking with them into space.

Space shuttle Endeavour is carrying scores of items to commemorate the achievements of the mission and to mark the astronauts' individual accomplishments.

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Cross-culture Effort Gives Rise to 'Hope'

The JAXA Kibo module.

A 20-year-old dream of a Japanese presence in space nears reality.

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Building the Dream

Space Station partners

As a payload mission manager for the space station, Scott Higginbotham's job satisfaction is out of this world.

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'Hope' Grows

Second Hope module arrives at Kennedy

Japanese space station lab one step closer to reality.

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STS-123 Mission Stats

     Mission Elapsed Time:
     15 days, 18 hours, 11 minutes, 3 secs

     Official Landing Times:
     Main gear touchdown: 8:39:08 p.m. EDT
     Nose gear touchdown: 8:39:17 p.m. EDT
     Wheels stop: 8:40:41 p.m. EDT
     Total miles: 6.6 million

Launch and Landing Coverage