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STS-128 will launch the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo packed with science and storage racks to the International Space Station. 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.
Rick Sturckow will command space shuttle Discovery on the STS-128 mission, currently targeted for launch August 6, 2009. Kevin Ford will serve as the pilot. Mission specialists are Danny Olivas, Patrick Forrester, Jose Hernandez and European Space Agency astronaut Christer Fuglesang.
The mission will deliver a new station crew member, Nicole Stott, to the outpost and return Tim Kopra to Earth.
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