Infobox Space mission
mission_name = STS-128
insignia = Shuttle_Patch.svg
shuttle = Atlantis
launch_pad = 39A
launch = NET July 30, 2009Cite web|url=|title=NASA Sets Launch Dates for Remaining Space Shuttle Missions |accessyear=2008|accessmonthday=September 2|publisher=NASA|author=NASA|year=2008]
landing = TBD
duration = 11 Days
orbits = TBD
altitude = 122 nautical miles (225 km)
inclination = 51.6 degrees
distance = TBD
crew_photo =
crew_caption =
previous = STS-127
next = STS-129

STS-128 is a Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS), planned for no earlier than July 30, 2009. It is expected to use Space Shuttle Atlantis.Cite web|url=|title=Consolidated Launch Manifest|accessyear=2008|accessmonthday=April 7|publisher=NASA|year=2008|author=NASA|language=English] Its primary payload will be the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module "Leonardo". [cite web |url= |title=STS-128 - Atlantis' 2009 mission baselined by PRCB ||author=Chris Gebhardt|year=2008] "Leonardo" will deliver equipment allowing the station crew to be expanded from three to six astronauts. This will be ISS assembly mission "17A".


On July 15, 2008 NASA announced the official STS-128 crew.Cite web|url=|title=NASA Assigns Crew for Equipment Delivery Mission to Space Station |accessyear=2008|accessmonthday=September 2|publisher=NASA|year=2008|author=NASA]

*Frederick W. Sturckow (4) - Commander
*Kevin A. Ford (1) - Pilot
*Patrick G. Forrester (3) - Mission Specialist 1
*Jose M. Hernández (1) - Mission Specialist 2
*Christer Fuglesang (2) - Mission Specialist 3 - ESA SWE
*John D. Olivas (2) - Mission Specialist 4

Launching ISS Expedition 19 Crew:

*Nicole Stott (1) - Flight Engineer

Landing ISS Expedition 19 Crew:

*Timothy Kopra (1) - Flight Engineer

Number in parentheses indicates number of spaceflights by each individual prior to, and including this mission.

Crew notes

Stott is the last ISS crewmember who will be launched by a space shuttle. NASA plans for her to return aboard a Soyuz spacecraft.Cite web|url=|title=NASA Assigns Crews for STS-127 and Expedition 19 Missions |accessyear=2008|accessmonthday=September 2|publisher=NASA|year=2008|author=NASA]

Olivas have been on two previous spacewalks, with Fuglesang having performed three and Forrester with four completed.

Mission parameters

* Mass: TBD
* Perigee: TBD
* Apogee: TBD
* Inclination: 51.6 degrees
* Period: TBD

Mission payload

The payload of STS-128 "Atlantis" is the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module "Leonardo". It is also the first time "Atlantis" will carry an MPLM. Leonardo's purpose is to establish a six-man crew capacity.

Mission background

The mission will include three spacewalks to remove and replace a materials processing experiment outside ESA's Columbus module and return an empty ammonia tank assembly.Cite web|url=|title="NASA Assigns Crew for STS-128 Space Shuttle Equipment Delivery Mission to Space Station"|accessyear=2008|accessmonthday=July 18|publisher=NASA|year=2008|author=NASA|language=English]

Mission timeline

ee also

* 2009 in spaceflight
* List of ISS spacewalks
* List of space shuttle missions
* List of spacewalks and moonwalks
* List of human spaceflights


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