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    NASA Images

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    Space Shuttle Discovery touches down on runway 15 of the Shuttle Landing Facility at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, concluding the 14-day STS-124 mission to the International Space Station. Onboard are NASA astronauts Mark Kelly, commander; Ken Ham, pilot; Mike Fossum, Ron Garan, Karen Nyberg, Garrett Reisman and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, all mission specialists.


     


    The main landing gear touched down at 11:15:19 a.m. (EDT) on June 14, 2008. The nose landing gear touched down at 11:15:30 a.m. and wheel stop was at 11:16:19 a.m. During the mission, Discovery's crew installed the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's large Kibo laboratory and its remote manipulator system leaving a larger space station and one with increased science capabilities.



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    Making the Grade

    Astronaut Ron Garan participates in the mission's second spacewalk. During the seven-hour, 11-minute spacewalk, Garan and fellow STS-124 astronaut Mike Fossum installed television cameras on the front and rear of the Kibo Japanese Pressurized Module to assist Kibo robotic arm operations, removed thermal covers from the Kibo robotic arm, prepared an upper JPM docking port for flight day seven's attachment of the Kibo logistics module, readied a spare nitrogen tank assembly for its installation during the third spacewalk, retrieved a failed television camera from the Port 1 truss and inspected the port Solar Alpha Rotary Joint.

    The STS-124 crew aboard space shuttle Discovery completed the mission and are slated to arrive home on Saturday, June 14, 2008.


    Astronauts at Work

    Astronauts Ron Garan and Mike Fossum perform tasks during the STS-124's mission's third scheduled spacewalk as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the six-hour, 33-minute spacewalk, Fossum and Garan exchanged a depleted Nitrogen Tank Assembly for a new one, removed thermal covers and launch locks from the Kibo laboratory, reinstalled a repaired television camera onto the space station's left P1 truss and retrieved samples of a dust-like substance from the left Solar Alpha Rotary Joint for analysis by experts on the ground.


    Crew Mobility Chassis Prototype

    The Crew Mobility Chassis Prototype is NASA's new concept for a lunar truck. Researchers are trying it out at Moses Lake, Wash., this week as part of a series of tests of lunar surface concepts. One feature is its high mobility. Each set of wheels can pivot individually in any direction, giving the vehicle the ability to drive sideways, forward, backward and any direction in between -- important if the truck becomes mired in lunar dust, needs to zigzag down a steep crater wall or parallel park at its docking station. NASA currently is building the spacecraft and systems to return to the moon by 2020.


    Working

    Astronaut Ron Garan works on assigned tasks during the last scheduled spacewalk of the STS-124 mission specialist. During the six-hour, 33-minute spacewalk, Garan and fellow astronaut Mike Fossum exchanged a depleted Nitrogen Tank Assembly for a new one, removed thermal covers and launch locks from the Kibo laboratory, reinstalled a repaired television camera onto the space station's left P1 truss,and retrieved samples of a dust-like substance from the left Solar Alpha Rotary Joint for analysis by experts on the ground.


    Kibo Means Hope

    One of a series of digital still images documenting the Japanese Experiment Module, or JEM, also called Kibo, in its new home on the International Space Station, this view depicts Kibo's exterior, backdropped by solar array panels for the orbital outpost and one of its trusses.

    The main Kibo lab was installed during the first spacewalk of this, the STS-124, mission.


    Preparing for the Future

    Astronaut Mike Fossum continues his duties during this the second of the STS-124mission's three scheduled spacewalk. During the seven-hour, 11-minute spacewalk, Fossum and fellow astronaut Ron Garan installed television cameras on the front and rear of the Kibo Japanese Pressurized Module (JPM) to assist Kibo robotic arm operations, removed thermal covers from the Kibo robotic arm, prepared an upper JPM docking port for flight day seven's attachment of the Kibo logistics module.

    They also readied a spare nitrogen tank assembly for its installation during the third spacewalk, retrieved a failed television camera from the Port 1 truss and inspected the port Solar Alpha Rotary Joint.


    In a Day's Work

    Astronaut Ron Garan participated in the first of STS-124's three planned spacewalks as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station. During the six-hour, 48-minute spacewalk, Garan and fellow astronaut Mike Fossum loosened restraints holding the Orbiter Boom Sensor System in its temporary stowage location on the space station's starboard truss, prepared the Kibo Japanese Pressurized Module for its installation to the space station, demonstrated cleaning techniques for the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint's (SARJ) race ring and installed a replacement SARJ Trundle Bearing Assembly. Kibo was officially opened during a ceremony performed by astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and the Expedition 17 and STS-124 crews the next day.


    Preparing Kibo's New Home

    Astronaut Mike Fossum used a digital camera to create this self-portrait during the STS-124 mission's first scheduled spacewalk. During the six-hour, 48-minute spacewalk, Fossum and fellow astronaut Ron Garan prepared the Kibo Japanese Pressurized Module for its installation to the space station. Kibo was officially opened during a ceremony performed by astronaut Akihiko Hoshide and the Expedition 17 and STS-124 crew the following day, Wednesday, June 4, 2008.

    During the spacewalk, Fossum and Garan also loosened restraints holding the Orbiter Boom Sensor System in its temporary stowage location on the space station's starboard truss, demonstrated cleaning techniques for the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint's (SARJ) race ring and installed a replacement SARJ Trundle Bearing Assembly.


    Flight Day 3

    This view of space shuttle Discovery's tail section was taken on flight day 3 by the Expedition 17 crew aboard the International Space Station. The image provides partial views of the shuttle's main engines, orbital maneuvering system pods, vertical stabilizer, the payload bay door panels and the second component of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's Kibo laboratory, which was installed on flight day 4. Before docking, STS-124 commander Mark Kelly flew the shuttle through a roll pitch maneuver to allow the space station crew a good view of Discovery's heat shield. Using digital still cameras equipped with both 400 and 800 millimeter lenses, the station crew took a number of photos of the shuttle's thermal protection system and sent them to teams on the ground for analysis. A 400 millimeter lens was used for this image.

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