Lighting Up the Night - STS-128
Description: Viewed from the Banana River Viewing Site at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Space Shuttle Discovery arcs through a cloud-brushed sky, lighted by the trail of fire after launch on the STS-128 mission. Liftoff from Launch Pad 39A was on time at 11:59 p.m. EDT. The first launch attempt on August 24 was postponed due to unfavorable weather conditions. The second attempt on August 25 also was postponed due to an issue with a valve in space shuttle Discovery's main propulsion system. The STS-128 mission was the 30th International Space Station assembly flight and the 128th space shuttle flight. The 13-day mission delivered more than 7 tons of supplies, science racks and equipment, as well as additional environmental hardware to sustain six crew members on the International Space Station. The equipment included a freezer to store research samples, a new sleeping compartment and the COLBERT treadmill.
Image Credit: NASA/Ben Cooper
Date: August 28, 2009