On July 15, 2009 at 22.03 UTC Endeavour American Space Shuttle was launched from NASA's KennedySpaceCenter in Florida for the STS-127 mission to the International Space Station.
Front row, Commander Mark Polansky (right) and Pilot Douglas Hurley.
Back row (left to right), astronauts David Wolf, Christopher Cassidy, Julie Payette (Canadian Space Agency), Thomas Marshburn, Timothy Kopra.
The mission will deliver Timothy Kopra to the station as a flight engineer and science officer and return Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata to Earth.
Hurley, Cassidy, Marshburn and Kopra are making their first trips to space. Endeavour is performing its 23rd space mission with the Kibo Japanese Experiment Module Exposed Facility and Experiment Logistics Module Exposed Section.
The mission will include five spacewalks. STS-127 is the 29th shuttle mission to the International Space Station.