Posted by Lydia on August 29th, 2009
Celebrating its 25th birthday and with no further technical issues or weather constraints, Space Shuttle Discovery launched successfully this evening from Florida at 1059 CDT. Discovery transports the Leonardo logistics module to the International Space Station along with the COLBERT treadmill (“Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill” named after Comedian Steven Colbert who also included a video message for the device.) and multiple racks of necessary equipment and supplies.
Commander of STS-128 is veteran Rick “C.J.” Sturckow. Accompanying him is Pilot Kevin Ford, Mission Specialists Patrick Forrester, Jose Hernandez, John” Danny” Olivas and ESA Astronaut Christer Fuglesang from Sweden, on his second spaceflight. Specialist Nicole Stott will replace Tim Kopra, spending the next three months on the ISS.