STS-128 Mission Information

    STS128-S-002: STS-128 crew portrait
    Image above: Seated are Commander Rick Sturckow (right) and Pilot Kevin Ford. From the left (standing) are mission specialists José Hernández, John "Danny" Olivas, Nicole Stott, European Space Agency's Christer Fuglesang and Patrick Forrester. Stott is scheduled to join Expedition 20 as flight engineer after launching to the International Space Station on STS-128.

    Commander Rick Sturckow led the STS-128 mission to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery with Kevin Ford serving as pilot. Also serving aboard Discovery were mission specialists Patrick Forrester, José Hernández, John "Danny" Olivas, Christer Fuglesang, Nicole Stott and Timothy Kopra.

    Stott remained on the station as an Expedition 20 flight engineer replacing Timothy Kopra. Kopra returned home aboard Discovery as a mission specialist.

    Discovery carried the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module containing life support racks and science racks. The Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier was also launched in Discovery's payload bay.

    This was Discovery's 37th mission to space and the 30th mission of a space shuttle dedicated to the assembly and maintenance of the International Space Station.

    + Read the July 16, 2008, press release

Mission Information

  • sts128-s-001 -- The STS-128 crew insignia

    STS-128: More Science

    The International Space Station now has the people (six astronauts from four countries), the place (three laboratories, 220 miles up) and the time (24/7) for science. The STS-128 mission is going to provide it with more science to do.

  • The STS-128 Crew

    The STS-128 Crew

    Meet the astronauts of the STS-128 mission aboard space shuttle Discovery.

STS-128 Features

Model Car, Airplane Highlight Discovery Crew

The STS-128 patch

Models join flags and medallions as commemorations of Discovery's flight to the International Space Station.

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Do Tread on Me

KSC-2009-3796 -- Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill

On Earth, we all know that exercise is good for us. But do we know exactly how good?

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COLBERT Ready for Serious Exercise

The COLBERT treadmill

Engineers spent two years designing and building what is suddenly the most famous treadmill in the world - or above it.

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     STS-128 patch
    11:59 p.m. EDT - Aug. 28, 2009
    8:53 p.m. EDT - Sept. 11, 2009
    Mission Number:
    (128th space shuttle flight)
    Launch Window:
    10 minutes
    Launch Pad:
    Mission Duration:
    13 days, 20 hours, 54 minutes
    Landing Site:
    51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
    Primary Payload:
    30th station flight (17A), Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier

    + STS-128 Press Kit (PDF 3.7 Mb)
    + Mission Archives


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    View images from the STS-128 space shuttle mission to the International Space Station.