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STS-128 Mission Underway

By Keith Cowing
NASA Watch
August 29, 2009

NASA STS-128 MCC Status Report #0111:30 p.m. CDT Friday, Aug. 28, 2009
“Space shuttle Discovery turned midnight into noon along the central Florida coast with launch at 10:59 p.m. CDT (11:59 p.m. EDT) beginning its 37th mission – a flight to deliver supplies and research facilities to the International Space Station and its six-person crew. Commander Rick Sturckow, Pilot Kevin Ford and Mission Specialists Pat Forrester, Jose Hernandez, Danny Olivas, Nicole Stott and Christer Fuglesang representing the European Space Agency reached orbit eight and a half minutes later as the space station flew 225 miles up, southwest of Tasmania.”
Space Shuttle Discovery is in Orbit and is Chasing the Space Station
“After flying up on Discovery, Nicole Stott will trade places with station resident Tim Kopra, who went into space last month aboard Endeavour. Equipment and science racks for the orbiting laboratory are riding inside the Leonardo cargo module, which is secured tightly inside Discovery’s payload bay.”
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