Space Station Flight UF-1|
Launch:|| Dec. 5, 2001|
4:19 p.m. CST
than 5 minutes|
2:03 p.m. CST
Dec. 10, 2001
15, 2001 |
11:28 a.m. CST
17, 2001 |
11:55 a.m. CST
Expedition Three Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov, now an STS-108
crewmember, bids farewell to the International Space Station
from Endeavour's aft flight deck.
Swaps International Space Station Crews
The final shuttle flight of 2001 came to an end when Space Shuttle
Endeavour landed at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., at 11:55 a.m.
CST (1755 GMT) Dec. 17, 2001.
was the 12th shuttle flight to visit the International Space
Station andthe first since the installation of the Russian
airlock called Pirs on the station. Endeavour delivered the
Expedition Four crew -- Commander Yury Onufrienko and Flight
Engineers Carl Walz and Dan Bursch -- to the orbital outpost.
The Expedition Three crew -- Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot
Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin -- returned
to Earth on Endeavour.
at the station, the crew conducted one spacewalk and attached
the Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module to the station
so that about 2.7 metric tons (3 tons) of equipment and supplies
could be unloaded. The crew later returned Raffaello to Endeavour's
payload bay for the trip home.
New York Police Department cap rests on the PAO console
in Mission Control.
for Heroes and Families
STS-108, NASA honored the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist
attacks by sending nearly 6,000 small U.S. flags into orbit
on Space Shuttle Endeavour as part of the "Flags
for Heroes and Families" campaign. The flags were to be
given to survivors and the families of the victims of the
attacks in New York City, the Pentagon and United Airlines
Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania.
consoles and other areas in the Mission Control Center in
Houston, Texas, displayed flags and other artifacts that paid
tribute to the heroes of September 11 and subsequent actions
by military personnel as well as recognizing the memories
2 rises from its canister in Endeavour's payload
bay Dec. 16, 2001, to begin its eight-month orbital
Deploys STARSHINE Satellite
Atmospheric Research Satellite for Heuristic International
Networking Experiment, also called STARSHINE 2, was deployed
from Endeavour's payload bay one day before landing.
STARSHINE is an ongoing program to release beachball-sized,
mirror-covered satellites into orbit, where they last for
about eight months. During the satellite's mission, sunlight
reflecting from the mirrors is visible to the unaided eye
during morning and evening twilight hours.
of elementary, middle and high school students visually track
the satellite and note the times that it passes between selected
pairs of targeted stars. Calculations based on the tracking
data will be used to determine atmosphere density at various