Wednesday, December 5, 2007

STS-123 mission facts: launch window, time, ....

While I am at it, I noticed that I did not yet post any facts on the STS-123 misson. So here we are:

STS-123 is set to launch on February, 14th 2008. It is the 122nd space shuttle flight and the 25th heading to the international space station. It will be flown on Orbiter Endeavour and launched from pad 39A. The launch time is not yet set (rumors call for noon). The daily launch window is 10 minutes (as usual for ISS flights). It is not yet known how many days the launch window extends.

A veteran space flier, Navy Capt. Dominic L. Gorie, will command the STS-123 shuttle mission to deliver the Japanese Kibo Logistics Module and the Canadian Dextre robotics system to the International Space Station. Air Force Col. Gregory H. Johnson will serve as pilot. Mission specialists include Richard M. Linnehan, Air Force Maj. Robert L. Behnken, Navy Capt. Michael J. Foreman and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Takao Doi. Johnson, Behnken and Foreman will be making their first spaceflight.

The mission will deliver NASA Astronaut Garrett Reisman to the complex and return European Space Agency astronaut LĂ©opold Eyharts to Earth.

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2 comments:

Armando Perdomo said...

Interesting! I am planning go to this launch. Let's see if this time I can buy the NASA Causeway tickets.... Would be nice know soon the launch window.

Rainer said...

It's too early to say anything specific. We'll get more details, but I would wait for STS-122. If they really need to scrub until 2008, the launch schedule will be totally different...