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1.1.2.2 STS-128


SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY (STS-128)



Discovery's flight delivered supplies and equipment to the International Space Station. Inside the shuttle’s cargo bay is the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM), a pressurized "moving van" that will be temporarily installed to the station. The module will deliver science and storage racks, a freezer to store research samples, a new sleeping compartment and the COLBERT treadmill. The 13-day mission will include three spacewalks to replace experiments outside the European Space Agency’s Columbus laboratory, and install a new ammonia storage tank and return the used one. Ammonia is used to move excess heat from inside the station to the radiators located outside. Discovery also will deliver a new crew member and bring back another after almost two months aboard the space station.



The patch represents the hardware, people and partner nations that contribute to the flight. Discovery is shown in the orbit configuration with the MPLM Leonardo in the payload bay. Earth and the space station wrap around the Astronaut Office symbol reminding us of the continuous human presence in space. The names of the crew border in an unfurled manner.



The banner also contains the U.S. and Swedish flags representing the countries of the STS-128 crew.




STS-128 MISSION SUMMARY August 2009



CREW

Rick Sturckow (STUR-coe)

Commander (Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps)

- Veteran of three spaceflights

- Age: 48 (Aug. 11), Hometown: Lakeside, Calif.

- Married with two children

- Enjoys flying and physical training

- Nickname: C.J.

Kevin Ford

Pilot (Colonel, U.S. Air Force, Ret.)

- First spaceflight

- Age: 49, Hometown: Montpelier, Ind.

- Married with two children

- Ph.D. in astronautical engineering, 1997

- Served as a CAPCOM from 2005-2008

John "Danny" Olivas (oh-LEE-vuhs)

Mission Specialist-3 (Ph.D)

- Veteran of one spaceflight

- Age: 43, Hometown: El Paso

- Married with five children

- Ph.D. in mechanical engineering & materials science, 1996

Patrick Forrester

Mission Specialist-1 (Colonel, U.S. Army, Ret.)

- Veteran of two spaceflights

- Age: 52, Hometown: Springfield, Va.

- Married with two children

- Logged 4,400+ hours in 50+ different aircraft

- Enjoys baseball and running

José Hernández

Mission Specialist-2

- First spaceflight

- Age: 47, Hometown: Stockton, Calif.

- Married with five children

- NASA’s first bilingual Twitter, @Astro_Jose

- From Mexican migrant farming family

Nicole Stott

Mission Specialist-5/Expedition 20 Flight Engineer

- First spaceflight

- Age: 46, Hometown: Clearwater, Fla.

- Married with one child

- Returns on STS-129, targeted November 2009

- Last station astronaut to be rotated on shuttle

Tim Kopra (CO-prah)

Mission Specialist-5/Expedition 20 Flight Engineer

- Colonel, U.S. Army

- Launched to the station on STS-127, July 15

- Age: 45, Hometown: Austin, Texas

- Married with two children

- Returns to Earth on STS-128

Christer Fuglesang (FYU-gel-sang)

Mission Specialist-4 (European Space Agency)

- Veteran of one spaceflight

- Age: 52, Born: Stockholm, Sweden

- Married with three children

- Ph.D. in particle physics, 1991

- Enjoys sailing, frisbee and reading



Source: NASA STS-128 Press kit

1.1.2.2 STS-128
The STS-128 patch symbolizes the 17A mission and represents the hardware, people and partner nations that contribute to the flight. The space shuttle Discovery is shown in the orbit configuration with the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM) Leonardo in the payload bay.