Launch Coverage

    Mission STS-124

    Orbiter: Discovery
    Mission: STS-124/1J
    Primary Payload: Kibo Pressurized Module, Japanese Remote Manipulator System
    Launch Date: May 31, 2008
    Launch Time: 5:02 p.m. EDT
    Launch Pad: 39A
    Mission Duration: 14 days
    Landing Date: June 14, 2008
    Landing Time: 11:15 a.m. EDT
    Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center
    Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

    Discovery and Crew Complete a Picture-Perfect Mission

    Liftoff of space shuttle Discovery on its STS-124 mission.

    Image above: Space shuttle Discovery hurtles toward space atop twin columns of fire on its STS-124 mission to the International Space Station. Photo courtesy of Scott Andrews
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    Space shuttle Discovery lands at Kennedy Space Center.

    Image above: In the 69th landing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, space shuttle Discovery approaches landing on Runway 15. Photo credit: NASA/Kim Shiflett
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    Space shuttle Discovery blazed a trail through the late afternoon sky May 31, 2008 as it lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The on-time launch was a spectacular start to Discovery's STS-124 mission to the International Space Station.

    In its payload bay Discovery carried a large science laboratory called the Japanese Pressurized Module and an accompanying robotic arm.

    Built by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), the payloads are part of the larger Japanese Experiment Module known as "Kibo," meaning hope.

    Led by Commander Mark Kelly, the seven-member astronaut crew included JAXA astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and ISS Flight Engineer and Science Officer Greg Chamitoff, who replaced astronaut Garrett Reisman aboard the station. Reisman returned to Earth with the STS-124 crew after 95 days aboard the outpost.

    After two weeks and 217 orbits, Discovery returned home to Kennedy Space Center on June 14 with a flawless touchdown on Runway 15.


Discovery Delivers a Module "Filled With Dreams"

The Kibo module in place on the station

After a wait of more than 20 years, "hope" arrived at the International Space Station during space shuttle Discovery's STS-124 mission.

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Buzz Lightyear to Soar with Discovery

Buzz Lightyear at NASA's Kennedy Space Center

NASA and Disney are joining forces for education, and that means a ride into orbit for space ranger Buzz Lightyear.

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Hope Takes Flight on Shuttle Discovery


The cargo aboard the space shuttle Discovery on mission STS-124 is now ready for the culmination of its 23-year journey to the International Space Station.

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STS-124 Mission Stats

     Mission Elapsed Time:
     13 days, 18 hours, 13 minutes, 7 secs

     Official Landing Times:
     Main gear touchdown: 11:15:19 a.m. EDT
     Nose gear touchdown: 11:15:30 a.m. EDT
     Wheels stop: 11:16:19 a.m. EDT
     Total miles: 5.7 million

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