Encyclopedia Astronautica
2008.03.26 - STS-123 MCC Status Report #33


After orbiting the Earth an extra revolution due to weather at the landing site, space shuttle Endeavour and its seven-member crew landed on Runway 15 at the Kennedy Space Center at 7:39 p.m. CDT today, completing a 16-day journey of more than 6.5 million miles.

Endeavour's main gear touched down at 7:39:08 p.m. CDT with nose gear touch down at 7:39:17 p.m. Wheels stop occurred at 7:40:41 p.m.

During 249 orbits of Earth, the crew of Endeavour, which includes Commander Dominic Gorie, Pilot Gregory H. Johnson and Mission Specialists Bob Behnken, Mike Foreman, Rick Linnehan, Takao Doi and Leo Eyharts, installed the first segment of the Japanese Kibo module and the Canadian Dextre robot.

The astronauts conducted a record five spacewalks during the mission, which was also the longest mission to date at the International Space Station. The crew also installed the MISSE-6 experiment to the outside of the Columbus laboratory and also tested out a new shuttle heat shield tile repair technique.

Endeavour delivered astronaut Garrett Reisman to the station, replacing Eyharts as a flight engineer aboard the complex. Eyharts spent 48 days in space, including 44 aboard the station after he arrived on shuttle Atlantis during the STS-122 mission in February.

Endeavour will be towed to its orbiter processing facility tonight, where it will begin preparations for its next mission. The crew of Endeavour is planned to return to the Johnson Space Center tomorrow at 4 p.m. CDT.

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