Topics: Space Exploration - STS-129 STS-129


STS-129 (ISS assembly flight ULF3)[2] was the most recent Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Atlantis was launched on 16 November 2009, at 14:28 EST (UTC -5)[3][4] and landed at 9:44 a.m. EST on 27 November 2009 on runway 33 at the Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility.

STS-129 focused on staging spare components outside the station. The 11-day flight included three spacewalks. The payload bay carried two large ExPRESS Logistics Carriers holding two spare gyroscopes, two nitrogen tank assemblies, two pump modules, an ammonia tank assembly, a spare latching end effector for the station's robotic arm, a spare trailing umbilical system for the Mobile Transporter, and a high-pressure gas tank. STS-129 was the first flight of an ExPRESS Logistics Carrier. The completion of this mission leaves five space shuttle flights remaining until the end of the program.

STS-129 MISSION SUMMARY November 2009


Commander Charles O. Hobaugh, Third spaceflight

Pilot Barry E. Wilmore, First spaceflight

Mission Specialist 1 Leland D. Melvin, Second spaceflight

Mission Specialist 2 Randolph Bresnik, First spaceflight, Flight Engineer/EV3

Mission Specialist 3 Michael Foreman, Second spaceflight, EV1

Mission Specialist 4 Robert Satcher, First spaceflight, EV2

Mission Specialist 5 Nicole Stott, Expedition 21, First spaceflight

Source: NASA STS-129 Press kit STS-129
For the mission patch of STS-129, the sun shines brightly on the International Space Station above and the United States below representing the bright future of U.S. human spaceflight. Image: NASA