Launch and Landing

    Mission: STS-127
    Orbiter: Endeavour
    Primary Payload: Kibo Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility, Kibo Japanese Experiment Logistics Module-Exposed Section
    Launch Date: July 15
    Launch Time: 6:03 p.m. EDT
    Launch Pad: 39A
    Landing Date: July 31
    Landing Time: 10:48 a.m.
    Mission Duration: 16 days
    Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

    Endeavour, STS-127 Crew Complete 16-Day Mission

    Launch of space shuttle Endeavour on the STS-127 mission

    Image above: The fiery blaze below space shuttle Endeavour as it launches from NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A bathes the smoke and steam with an orange glow. Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray, Tom Farrar
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    Space shuttle Endeavour lands.

    Image above:The unfurled drogue chute slows space shuttle Endeavour as it lands on Runway 15 at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to complete the 16-day, 6.5-million mile journey on the STS-127 mission to the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA/Tony Gray, Tom Farrar
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    Space shuttle Endeavour and a crew of seven astronauts lifted off from NASA Kennedy Space Center's Launch Pad 39A at 6:03 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, July 15, 2009.

    The on-time liftoff followed several prior launch attempts. The first two tries in June were foiled by a gaseous hydrogen leak from the Ground Umbilical Carrier Plate, which attaches a gaseous hydrogen vent line to the shuttle's external fuel tank. Crews worked tirelessly to investigate and repair the problem, and a successful July 1 tank test cleared the vehicle for flight. But Florida's notoriously dynamic weather prevented the next few launch attempts.

    Finally, after a smooth countdown that saw steadily improving weather, Endeavour and its crew launched on a complex mission to complete assembly of the Japanese Kibo laboratory complex on the International Space Station.

    Nearly sixteen days and more than 6.5 million miles later, Endeavour touched down on Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility at 10:48 a.m. EDT on the mission's first landing opportunity.

STS-127 Shuttle Features

Completing Kibo: STS-127 Marks New Era for Science

The newly completed Kibo laboratory complex

The crews of space shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station installed the final pieces of Japan's Kibo laboratory.

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Personal Items Show Crew's Varied Paths

The STS-127 mission patch

The crew members of STS-127 are carrying tokens reflecting their past accomplishments.

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STS-127: A Porch In Space

STS-127 mission overview

Although they will be installing a one-of-a- kind porch in space, the astronauts of space shuttle Endeavour's mission STS-127 won’t have time to sit back and relax. Any way you look at it, STS-127 is ...

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STS-127 Mission Stats

    Mission Elapsed Time
    15 days, 16 hours, 44 minutes, 58 seconds

    Total Miles Traveled
    More than 6.5 million

    Official Landing Times
    Main gear: 10:48:08 a.m. EDT
    Nose gear: 10:48:21 a.m. EDT
    Wheelstop: 10:49:13 a.m. EDT

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