Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Bon Voyage, Endeavor!

The crew members of STS-118 pose for their official portrait. Pictured from the left are mission specialists Richard A. (Rick) Mastracchio, Barbara R. Morgan (teacher turned astronaut, she was Christa McAuliffe's backup for the ill-fated Challenger mission), Pilot Charles O. Hobaugh, Commander Scott J. Kelly and mission specialists Tracy E. Caldwell, Canadian Space Agency's Dafydd R. (Dave) Williams, and Alvin Drew Jr. Credit: NASA.

Mission: STS-118The 22nd shuttle flight to the International Space Station, STS-118 continues station construction by delivering a third starboard truss segment.

Orbiter: Endeavour
Primary Payload: S5 Truss
Launch Date: August 8
Launch Time: 6:36:39 p.m. EDT
Launch Window: 10 minutes
Launch Pad: 39A
Landing Site: Kennedy Space Center
Inclination/Altitude: 51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles

note: all info totally ganked from


  1. I tell you, the story of Barbara Morgan STILL brings a tear to my eye. The joy that she must be feeling right now, the sheer magnitude of it... Wow. Takes my breath away, it does.