NASA STS-118 (119) Official NASA Lapel Pin
Scott Kelly, commander (2nd shuttle flight)
Charlie Hobaugh, pilot (2nd)
Dave Williams, mission specialist (2nd)
Barbara R. Morgan, mission specialist (1st)
Rick Mastracchio, mission specialist (2nd)Tracy Caldwell, mission specialist (1st)
Alvin Drew, mission specialist (1st)
OPF – Dec. 7, 2002 (STS-113 landing)
VAB – Jan. 9, 2004 (for OPF maintenance)
OPF-2 – Jan. 21, 2004 (return)
VAB HB-4 – Dec. 16, 2004
OPF-2 – Jan 12, 2005
SLF Hangar – Feb. 22, 2005 (for OPF modifications)
OPF – March 18, 2005 (return)
VAB – July 2, 2007 (rollover)
Pad A – July 11, 2007
Aug. 8, 2007, at 6:36 p.m. EDT.
Launch was on time and Endeavour lifted off into an early evening sky before sunset. Endeavour carried a crew of seven, including teacher-turned-astronaut Barbara R. Morgan. The payload comprised the S5 truss, SPACEHAB module and external stowage platform 3 with a replacement control moment gyroscope, or CMG. This mission was the final one for the SPACEHAB module. Astronauts replaced the CMG for a faulty one on the International Space Station.
The launch returned Endeavour to active service after a three-year hiatus for major modifications. The work, conducted at KSC, included addition of a "glass cockpit," a global positioning system for landing and the Station-to-Shuttle Power Transfer System, known as the SSPTS. The system enables the orbiter to draw power from the space station, enabling an extended stay for the mission.
Aug. 21, 2007, at 12:32 p.m. EDT.
Endeavour landed on Runway 15 on the first opportunity after deorbit. Main gear touched down at 12:32:16 p.m. EDT. Nose gear touchdown was at 12:32:29 p.m. and wheel stop was at 12:33:20 p.m. Endeavour landed on orbit 201. STS-118 was the second of four shuttle missions planned for 2007.