STS-128 Mission Information

    STS128-S-002: STS-128 crew portrait
    Image above: Seated are Commander Rick Sturckow (right) and Pilot Kevin Ford. From the left (standing) are mission specialists José Hernández, John "Danny" Olivas, Nicole Stott, European Space Agency's Christer Fuglesang and Patrick Forrester. Stott is scheduled to join Expedition 20 as flight engineer after launching to the International Space Station on STS-128.

    Commander Rick Sturckow will lead the STS-128 mission to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery with Kevin Ford serving as pilot. Also serving aboard Discovery are mission specialists Patrick Forrester, José Hernández, John "Danny" Olivas, Christer Fuglesang and Nicole Stott.

    Stott will remain on the station as an Expedition 20 flight engineer replacing Timothy Kopra. Kopra will return home aboard Discovery as a mission specialist.

    Discovery is carrying the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module containing life support racks and science racks. The Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier will also be launched in Discovery's payload bay.

    This is Discovery's 37th mission to space and the 30th mission of a space shuttle dedicated to the assembly and maintenance of the International Space Station.

    + Read the July 16, 2008, press release

Mission Information

  • sts128-s-001 -- The STS-128 crew insignia

    STS-128: More Science

    The International Space Station now has the people (six astronauts from four countries), the place (three laboratories, 220 miles up) and the time (24/7) for science. The STS-128 mission is going to provide it with more science to do.

Crew Profiles


     STS-128 patch
    11:59 p.m. EDT - Aug. 28, 2009
    Mission Number:
    (128th space shuttle flight)
    Launch Window:
    10 minutes
    Launch Pad:
    Landing Site:
    51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
    Primary Payload:
    30th station flight (17A), Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, Lightweight Multi-Purpose Experiment Support Structure Carrier

    + STS-128 Press Kit (PDF 3.7 Mb)
    + Mission Archives


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    The STS-128 crew members prepare for their mission to the International Space Station aboard space shuttle Discovery.