STS-127 Mission Information

    STS127-S-002: STS-127 crew portrait
    Image above: Front row, Commander Mark Polansky (right) and Pilot Doug Hurley. Back row (left to right), astronauts Dave Wolf, Christopher Cassidy, Canadian Space Agency's Julie Payette, Tom Marshburn and Tim Kopra, all mission specialists. Kopra joined Expedition 20 as flight engineer after launching to the International Space Station with the STS-127 crew. Image credit: NASA

    Mark L. Polansky commanded the shuttle Endeavour for STS-127. Douglas G. Hurley served as the pilot. Mission specialists were Christopher J. Cassidy, Thomas H. Marshburn, David A. Wolf and Julie Payette, a Canadian Space Agency astronaut.

    The mission delivered Timothy L. Kopra to the station as a flight engineer and science officer and returned Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata to Earth. Hurley, Cassidy, Marshburn and Kopra made their first trips to space.

    Endeavour set sail on its 23rd mission with the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility and Experiment Logistics Module Exposed Section. The facility provides a type of "front porch" for experiments in the exposed environment, and a robotic arm that is attached to the Kibo Pressurized Module and is used to position experiments outside the station. The mission included five spacewalks.

    STS-127 was the 29th shuttle mission to the International Space Station.

    + Read the Feb 11, 2008, press release

Mission Information

  • STS-127 mission overview

    STS-127: A Porch In Space

    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 a full mission.

  • STS-127 crew

    The STS-127 Crew

    Meet the astronauts of the STS-127 mission aboard space shuttle Endeavour.

STS-127 Features

Processing "Firsts" Set Stage for STS-127 Launch

Launch of Endeavour on the STS-127 mission

Kennedy's launch processing team moved into high gear to prepare for liftoff.

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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 patch
    6:03 p.m. EDT - July 15, 2009
    10:48 a.m. EDT - July 31, 2009
    Mission Number:
    (127th space shuttle flight)
    Launch Window:
    10 minutes
    Launch Pad:
    Mission Duration:
    15 days, 16 hours, 45 minutes
    Landing Site:
    51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
    Primary Payload:
    29th station flight (2J/A), Kibo Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility (JEM EF), Kibo Japanese Experiment Logistics Module - Exposed Section (ELM-ES)

    + STS-127 Press Kit (PDF 6.8 Mb)
    + Mission Archives


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    STS-127 Multimedia

    View images and videos from the STS-127 shuttle mission to the International Space Station.