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STS-116

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Overview

Destination: Low Earth Orbit
Mission: Human Exploration

Low Earth Orbit Launch Complex 39B Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

STS-116 was a Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS) flown by Space Shuttle Discovery. Discovery lifted off on 9 December 2006 at 20:47:35 EST. A previous launch attempt on 7 December had been canceled due to cloud cover. It was the first night launch of a space shuttle since STS-113 in November 2002. The mission is also referred to as ISS-12A.1 by the ISS program. The main goals of the mission were delivery and attachment of the International Space Station's P5 truss segment, a major rewiring of the station's power system, and exchange of ISS Expedition 14 personnel.

Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103

Family: Space Shuttle
Configuration: OV-103

Space Shuttle Discovery is one of the orbiters from NASA's Space Shuttle program and the third of five fully operational orbiters to be built. Its first mission, STS-41-D, flew from August 30 to September 5, 1984. Over 27 years of service it launched and landed 39 times, gathering more spaceflights than any other spacecraft to date.

Specifications
  • Minimum Stage
    1
  • Max Stage
    3
  • Length
    38.1 m
  • Diameter
    8.4 m
  • Fairing Diameter
  • Launch Mass
    2040 T
  • Thrust
    28200 kN
Family
  • Name
    Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103
  • Family
    Space Shuttle
  • Variant
    OV-103
  • Alias
    Discovery
  • Full Name
    Space Shuttle Discovery OV-103
Payload Capacity
  • Launch Cost
    $450000000
  • Low Earth Orbit
    24400 kg
  • Geostationary Transfer Orbit
  • Direct Geostationary
  • Sun-Synchronous Capacity

Space Shuttle Discovery


In-active Human Rated Crew On-board: 7 Crew Capacity: 7 Payload Capacity: 27500 kg
Destination: International Space Station
Serial Number: OV-103

Space Shuttle Discovery (Orbiter Vehicle Designation: OV-103) is one of the orbiters from NASA's Space Shuttle program and the third of five fully operational orbiters to be built. Its first mission, STS-41-D, flew from August 30 to September 5, 1984. Over 27 years of service it launched and landed 39 times, gathering more spaceflights than any other spacecraft to date. Discovery became the third operational orbiter to enter service, preceded by Columbia and Challenger. It embarked on its last mission, STS-133, on February 24, 2011 and touched down for the final time at Kennedy Space Center on March 9, having spent a cumulative total of almost a full year in space. Discovery performed both research and International Space Station (ISS) assembly missions. It also carried the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit. Discovery was the first operational shuttle to be retired, followed by Endeavour and then Atlantis.

Space Shuttle Details

Crew


Robert Curbeam

Mission Specialist - American - ( NASA )

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: March 5, 1962
Age: 60

Mark L. Polansky

Commander - American - ( NASA )

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: June 2, 1956
Age: 65

William Oefelein

Pilot - American - ( NASA )

Status: Dismissed

Date of Birth: March 29, 1965
Age: 57

Nicholas Patrick

Mission Specialist - American - ( NASA )

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: Nov. 19, 1964
Age: 57

Christer Fuglesang

Mission Specialist - Swedish - ( ESA )

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: March 18, 1957
Age: 65

Joan Higginbotham

Mission Specialist - American - ( NASA )

Status: Retired

Date of Birth: Aug. 3, 1964
Age: 57

Sunita Williams

Mission Specialist - American - ( NASA )

Status: Active

Date of Birth: Sept. 19, 1965
Age: 56

United Space Alliance

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Founded: 1995 Successes: 99 Failures: 1 Pending: 0

Agency Type: Commercial

United Space Alliance (USA) is a spaceflight operations company. USA is a joint venture which was established in August 1995 as a Limited Liability Company (LLC), equally owned by Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

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Kennedy Space Center, FL, USA

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