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STS 126



STS 126 is an American Shuttle that was launched from Cape Canaveral at 00:55 UT on 15 November 2008. It carried seven American astronauts and 14.5 tonnes of construction materials and equipment to the International Space Station (ISS). It docked with the ISS at 22:01 UT on 16 November. The main objectives were to enhance the facility to accommodate six astronauts (instead of the current three), install an additional bathroom and a urine processor to produce drinking water. Also conducted were four spacewalks to repair the solar array orientation joints. It undocked from ISS at 14:47 UT on 28 November and landed at 21:25 UT on 30 November at Edwards Air Force Base.

Alternate Names

  • 33441
  • STS126

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2008-11-15
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

Funding Agency

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)


  • Resupply/Refurbishment/Repair

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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