15 March 2009

sts-119 space shuttle discovery lift off

space shuttle discovery lifted off at 6:43 pm cdt
watch sts-119 on nasa tv


Air Force Col. Lee Archambault will lead the crew of STS-119, and Navy Cmdr. Tony Antonelli will serve as the pilot. The mission specialists for the flight will be NASA astronauts Joseph Acaba, John Phillips, Steve Swanson, Richard Arnold and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata.

Wakata will remain on the station, replacing Expedition 18 Flight Engineer Sandra Magnus, who returns to Earth with the STS-119 crew. He will serve as a flight engineer for Expeditions 18 and 19, and he will return to Earth on shuttle mission STS-127.

STS-119 is the 28th shuttle mission to the International Space Station. Discovery also will carry the S6 truss segment to the orbital outpost. ~ read more
STS-119 Launch Blog
NASA's space shuttle Discovery is set to lift off March 15, 2009 at 7:43 p.m. EDT, [6:43 p.m. CDT] carrying a crew of seven and the final set of power-generating solar arrays to the International Space Station. ~ read more