|STS-118 Mission Patch. Courtesy: NASA|
Aug. 9, 2007
(119th space shuttle flight)
51.6 degrees/122 nautical miles
22nd station flight (13A.1), S5 Truss
U.S. Navy Commander Scott J. Kelly will command the seven-person crew of STS-118. U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col Charles O. Hobaugh will be Endeavour's pilot. Veteran astronauts Richard A. Mastracchio and Dr. Dafydd (Dave) Williams of the Canadian Space Agency will be returning to space for their second missions. Barbara R. Morgan, Tracy E. Caldwell, Ph. D., and Benjamin Alvin Drew round out the crew as mission specialists.
Of particular interest to me is that Barbara Morgan will finally get to fly on this mission. Barbara was Christa McAullifes backup on STS-51L, Challengers final mission. Barbara stuck with the program in various capacities, became a mission specialist (vs. educator astronaut) and is now, 21 years later, finally getting a chance to fly. She shows a certain tenacity that I have a lot of respect for...