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Mission or Study ID:   STS-124
Program:
Shuttle Program
Spacecraft/Location:
Discovery
Launch/Start Date:
05/25/2008
Landing/End Date:
06/04/2008
Duration:
10 days
STS-124 Crew Patch

Description
STS-124, International Space Station (ISS) Assembly Flight 1J, is the 26th flight to the station. The crew consists of Commander Mark E. Kelly, Pilot Kenneth T. Ham, and Mission Specialists Karen L. Nyberg, Ronald J. Garan, Michael E. Fossum and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide.

Astronaut Gregory E. Chamitoff is scheduled to fly to the station as a mission specialist on STS-124. He will take Astronaut Garrett E. Reisman's place as an Expedition Seventeen flight engineer and return to Earth on shuttle mission STS-126.

The STS-124 mission is the second of three flights that will launch components to complete the Kibo laboratory. The mission will include two spacewalks to install the new lab and its remote manipulator system. The lab's logistics module, which will have been installed in a temporary location during STS-123, will be attached to the new lab.

Several Detailed Supplementary Objectives (DSOs) and Supplemental Medical Objectives (SMOs) will also be flown during the STS-124 mission. DSOs and SMOs are space and life sciences investigations. Their purpose is to determine the extent of physiological deconditioning resulting from space flight, test countermeasures to those changes, and characterize the environment of the Space Shuttle and/or space station relative to crew health. Experiments being performed during this mission are:

  • Sleep-Wake Actigraphy and Light Exposure During Spaceflight (DSO 634)
  • Space Flight Induced Reactivation of Epstein-Barr Virus (98-E129)
  • Validation of Procedures for Monitoring Crewmember Immune Function (SMO 015)

This flight will be the orbiter's 35th mission and the 123rd in the Shuttle program's history.

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