Moments after undocking, Expedition Five NASA
ISS Science Officer Peggy Whitson watches through
a shuttle window as the International Space Station
-- her home for six months -- grows more distant.
the Gallery to see STS-113
STS-113 Delivers New Crew, Truss Segment to Station
During a 14-day mission in November and December 2002, Space
Shuttle Endeavour and its crew extended the International
Space Station's backbone and exchanged the Expedition Five
and Six crews. With Commander Jim Wetherbee and Pilot Paul
Lockhart at the controls, Endeavour docked with the station
Nov. 25 to begin seven days of station assembly, spacewalks
and crew and equipment transfers.
was the 16th shuttle mission to the station. It continued
the station's outward expansion with the delivery of the P1
(P-One) Truss. Mission Specialists John Herrington and
Michael Lopez-Alegria performed three spacewalks to activate
and outfit the P1. Also, the STS-113 and both Expedition crews
transferred about 1,969 kilograms (4,340 pounds) of cargo
between the shuttle and station.
delivered the Expedition Six crew -- Commander Ken Bowersox,
NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit and Flight Engineer Nikolai
Budarin -- to the station for a four-month increment. The
Expedition Five crew -- Commander Valery Korzun, Flight Engineer
Sergei Treschev and NASA ISS Science Officer Peggy Whitson
-- returned to Earth aboard STS-113, ending an 185-day stay
came to a close when Space Shuttle Endeavour glided in to
a landing at Kennedy Space Center, Fla., Dec. 7. It
was the 19th flight of Endeavour and the 112th shuttle mission.
The landing was the first time a mission ended on the fourth
day of landing attempts.
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