Cape Canaveral, Fla. -- NASA said it was conducting flight training and other practice sessions Monday for the astronauts of the STS-128 mission.
Space shuttle Discovery -- scheduled for an Aug. 25 launch at 1:36 a.m. EDT -- will carry some 15,000 pounds of supplies and equipment to the International Space
Station during a mission that will also include three spacewalks, NASA said. In addition, the shuttle will deliver astronaut Nicole Stott, a new ISS crew member who will take the place of Tim Kopra, who moved into the station during STS-127.
Commanded by veteran astronaut Rick Sturckow, the mission's cargo includes the Colbert treadmill, an exercise device named after comedian Stephen Colbert.