Manned Flight nº: 248

Earth orbit Flight nº: 245

USA manned Flight nº: 146

30th manned flight to ISS. - Flight: ISS-18-ULF-1.

Launch, orbit & landing data:

Designation 29251 / 06028A
Launch date - time 04 July 2006 - 18:37:55 UT
Launch site KSC, LC39B
Launch vehicle  Space Shuttle (#115)
Orbiter Discovery (OV-103) #32
Primary payload 
Mass (kg) 
Docking date - time 06 July 2006 - 14:52 UT
Target spacecraft/port ISS/PMA-2 adapter
Earth orbit on :
   - Perigee - Apogee 334 x 348 km
   - Inclination 51,63°
   - Period 91.4 min
Undocking date - time 15 July 2006 - 10:08 UT
Landing date - time 17 Jul 2006 - 13:14:43 UT
Landing location KSC runway 15 (62nd landing)
Flight Duration (d:hr:min) 12d. 18h. 37m. 54s.
Nbr orbits 202
Distance traveled 8.5 million km
Landing crew 
 (crew S-)

Launch Crew

Nr. Surname Given name Job Duration
1  Lindsey  Steven Wayne  CDR  12d 18h 36m
2  Kelly  Mark Edward  PLT  12d 18h 36m
3  Fossum  Michael Edward  Mission Specialist 1  12d 18h 36m
4  Nowak  Lisa Marie Caputo  MSP  12d 18h 36m
5  Sellers  Piers John  MSP  12d 18h 36m
6  Wilson  Stephanie Diana  MSP  12d 18h 36m
7  Reiter  Thomas Arthur  ISS 13 Flight Engineer - Germany  171d 03h 54m

Note: backup for Reiter is Eyharts, LĂ©opold.
Reiter landed on 22 Dec 2006 at 22:32 UT with STS-116.


Space Shuttle Discovery rolling out of the VAB to the launch pad for mission STS-121.
Discovery assembly

Mission details:

STS-121 crew, lead by commander Steve Lindsey and Pilot Mark Kelly.
Credit: G.Hartenstein.

Into the AstroVan for the 20 minute ride to Pad 39B.
Credit: G.Hartenstein.

KSC Swat Team follows Astronauts out to Pad 39B.
Credit: G.Hartenstein.

landing STS-121

STS-121 mission, touching down on time at 9:14am EDT July 17, 2006

Astrophilately covers:


Launch cancel KSC. Credit: J. Vd Dr.


Landing cancel KSC. Credit: J. Vd Dr.

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