STS-126 Mission Information

    STS126-S-002: STS-126 crew
    Image above: These seven astronauts take a break from training to pose for the STS-126 crew portrait. Astronaut Christopher J. Ferguson, commander, is at center; and astronaut Eric A. Boe, pilot, is third from the right. Remaining crew members, pictured from left to right, are astronauts Sandra H. Magnus, Stephen G. Bowen, Donald R. Pettit, Robert S. (Shane) Kimbrough and Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper, all mission specialists. Image credit: NASA

    Veteran space flier Navy Capt. Christopher J. Ferguson commanded the STS-126 mission aboard Endeavour that delivered equipment to the International Space Station that will enable larger crews to reside aboard the complex. Air Force Lt. Col. Eric A. Boe served as the pilot. The mission specialists were Navy Capt. Stephen G. Bowen, Army Lt. Col. Robert S. Kimbrough, Navy Capt. Heidemarie M. Stefanyshyn-Piper and NASA astronauts Donald R. Pettit and Sandra H. Magnus.

    Magnus remained on the station, replacing Expedition 17/18 Flight Engineer Gregory E. Chamitoff, who returned to Earth with the STS-126 crew. Magnus will serve as a flight engineer and NASA science officer for Expedition 18. Magnus will return to Earth on shuttle mission STS-119.

    Endeavour carried a reusable logistics module that held supplies and equipment, including additional crew quarters, additional exercise equipment, equipment for the regenerative life support system and spare hardware.

    STS-126 was the 27th shuttle mission to the International Space Station.

    + Read the Nov. 21, 2007, press release
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Mission Information

STS-126 Features

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MPLM Leonardo carries the STS-126 payload for the space station.

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    STS-126 mission patch
    Nov. 14, 2008
    7:55 p.m. EST
    Nov. 30, 2008
    4:25 p.m. EST
    Mission Number:
    (124th space shuttle flight)
    Launch Window:
    10 minutes
    Launch Pad:
    Mission Duration:
    15 days, 20 hours, 29 minutes, 37 secs
    Landing Site:
    Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.
    51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
    Primary Payload:
    27th station flight (ULF2), Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM)

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    The STS-126 crew members prepare for their mission to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Endeavour.