The cosmic stage was set for a new era in Canadian space exploration and scientific research aboard the International Space Station (ISS) when Space Shuttle Endeavour launched on flight STS-127. Endeavour and her crew of seven, including veteran Canadian astronaut Julie Payette, launched on July 15, 2009 and were undertaking a 16-day mission that included days of demanding construction work on the largest and most complex space project in the history. Endeavour hauled a cargo bay full of vital ISS components, Japanese and Canadian scientific experiments and fresh supplies.
Date: July 15, 2009
Time: 6:03:10 p.m. EDT
Mission duration: 15 days 16 h 44 min 58 s