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STS 119



STS 119 is an American (NASA) shuttle craft that was launched from Cape Canaveral at 23:43 UT on 15 March 2009. It carried seven astronauts (six American and one Japanese) to the International Space Station (ISS). The shuttle docked at the ISS at 21:20 UT on 17 March 2009. The crew transfer brought aboard the ISS the first Japanese long-duration astronaut. The primary goal of the mission was to bring the final set of solar arrays, also known as the starboard 6 or S6 truss segment, to the ISS and install them. The crew performed three spacewalks to install the truss segment and carry out other activities. The crew also delivered a new urine processor distillation assembly as part of the crew life support system. The shuttle undocked from the ISS at 19:53 UT on 25 March and landed at Cape Canaveral at 19:14 UT on 28 March. The shuttle returned with samples of water cleaned by the recycling system and also frozen biological samples collected over several months as part of a medical experiment on human response to microgravity.

Alternate Names

  • 34541
  • STS119

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2009-03-15
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

Funding Agency

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)


  • Resupply/Refurbishment/Repair
  • Human Crew

Additional Information

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

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