Mission Information


    STS-124 crew Image above: STS-124 crew members pose for a portrait in the Kibo Japanese Pressurized Module of the International Space Station. From the left (front row) are NASA astronauts Karen Nyberg, Garrett Reisman, both mission specialists; Mark Kelly, commander; Greg Chamitoff, Expedition 17 flight engineer; and Ken Ham, pilot. From the left (back row) are Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, NASA astronauts Ron Garan and Mike Fossum, all mission specialists. Credit: NASA

    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.

    + Read the Jan. 11, 2008, press release
    + Read the April 16, 2007, press release
    + Read the March 22, 2007, press release

STS-124 Mission Information

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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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    The STS-124 Crew

    Meet the astronauts of the STS-124 mission aboard space shuttle Discovery.

STS-124 Features

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     STS-124 crew patch
    May 31, 2008
    5:02 p.m. EDT
    June 14, 2008
    11:15 a.m. EDT
    Mission Number:
    (123rd space shuttle flight)
    Launch Window:
    10 minutes
    Launch Pad:
    Mission Duration:
    13 days, 18 hours, 13 minutes, 7 secs
    Landing Site:
    51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
    Primary Payload:
    26th station flight (1J), Kibo Pressurized Module, Japanese Remote Manipulator System

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