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Culbertson, Frank Lee Jr
Culbertson
Culbertson
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American test pilot astronaut 1984-2002.

Status: Inactive; Active 1984-2002. Born: 1949-05-15. Spaceflights: 3 . Total time in space: 143.62 days. Birth Place: Charleston, South Carolina.

Grew up in Holly Hill, South Carolina, son of a physician. US Navy test pilot.

Official NASA Biography as of June 2016:FRANK L. CULBERTSON, JR. (CAPTAIN, USN, RET.)
NASA ASTRONAUT (FORMER)

PERSONAL DATA: Born May 15, 1949, in Charleston, South Carolina, but considers Holly Hill to be his hometown. Married, June 1987, to the former Rebecca Ellen Dora of Vincennes, Indiana. Five children. His parents, Dr. and Mrs. Frank Culbertson, Sr., reside in Laurens, South Carolina. Rebeccas mother, Mrs. Avanelle Vincent Dora, resides in Vincennes, Indiana. Her father, Mr. Robert E. Dora, is deceased.

EDUCATION: Graduated from Holly Hill High School, Holly Hill, South Carolina, in 1967; received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1971.

ORGANIZATIONS: Senior Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, member of the Association of Naval Aviators, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, the Aviation Boatswains Mate's Association, and the Association of Space Explorers.

SPECIAL HONORS: Awarded the Legion of Merit, the Navy Flying Cross, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Space Flight Medals, Navy Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Humanitarian Services Medal, and various other unit and service awards. Distinguished graduate, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. Awarded Honorary Doctor of Science Degrees, College of Charleston, 1994, and Lander University, 1999. Also awarded the Komarov Certificate for Space Flight Achievment, 1994, the AAS Flight Achievement Award for STS-51, 1994, Aviation Week and Space Technology 1997 Laurel for Achievement in Space, IEEE/ASME Award for Manager of the Year, 1997, and the Space Center Rotary Club Stellar Award for 1998.

EXPERIENCE: Culbertson graduated from Annapolis in 1971 and served aboard the USS Fox (CG-33) in the Gulf of Tonkin prior to reporting to flight training in Pensacola, Florida. After designation as a Naval Aviator at Beeville, Texas, in May 1973, he flew F-4 Phantom aircraft in VF-121, NAS Miramar, California, in VF-151 aboard the USS Midway (CV-41), permanently homeported in Yokosuka, Japan, and with the USAF in the 426th TFTS at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, where he served as Weapons and Tactics Instructor. Culbertson then served as the Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer for the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) until May 1981 when he was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Patuxent River, Maryland. Following graduation with distinction in June 1982, he was assigned to the Carrier Systems Branch of the Strike Aircraft Test Directorate where he served as Program Manager for all F-4 testing and as a test pilot for automatic carrier landing system tests and carrier suitability. He was engaged in fleet replacement training in the F-14A Tomcat at VF-101, NAS Oceana, Virginia, from January 1984 until his selection for the astronaut candidate program.

He has logged over 6,000 hours flying time in 40 different types of aircraft, and 350 carrier landings.

NASA EXPERIENCE: Selected as a NASA astronaut candidate in May 1984, Culbertson completed basic astronaut training in June 1985. Technical assignments since then included: member of the team that redesigned and tested the Shuttle nosewheel steering, tires, and brakes; member of the launch support team at Kennedy Space Center for Shuttle flights 61-A, 61-B, 61-C, and 51-L; in 1986, worked at the NASA Headquarters Action Center in Washington, D.C., assisting with the Challenger accident investigations conducted by NASA, the Presidential Commission, and Congress; lead astronaut at the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL); lead of the First Emergency Egress Team; and lead spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) in the Mission Control Center for seven missions (STS-27, 29,30, 28, 34, 33, and 32). Following his first flight, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Flight Crew Operations Space Station Support Office as well as the lead astronaut for Space Station Safety. He was also a member of the team evaluating the hardware and procedures for the proposed mission to dock with the Russian Space Station Mir. Following STS-51, Culbertson was Chief of the Astronaut Office Mission Support Branch; then Chief of the Johnson Space Center Russian Projects Office. In 1994, Culbertson was named Deputy Program Manager, Phase 1 Shuttle-Mir, and in 1995 became Manager of the Shuttle-Mir Program. He was responsible for a multi-national team which executed nine Shuttle docking missions to the Russian Space Station Mir, with seven astronauts spending 30 months cumulatively on-board the Mir Station, plus all the associated science and docking hardware to ensure the success of the joint program, a precursor to the building of the joint International Space Station. Just prior to his current flight assignment, Culbertson spent one year as Deputy Program Manager for Operations of the International Space Station Program.

A veteran of three space flights, Culbertson has logged over 146 days in space.

SPACE FLIGHT EXPERIENCE: STS-38 Atlantis (November 15-20, 1990) was a five-day mission during which the crew conducted Department of Defense operations. The mission concluded after 80 orbits of the Earth in 117 hours, 54 minutes, 28 seconds, the first Shuttle to land in Florida since 1985.

STS-51 Discovery (September 12-22, 1993) was a ten-day mission during which the crew deployed the U.S. Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS/TOS), and the Shuttle Pallet Satellite (ORFEUS/SPAS) carrying U.S. and German scientific experiments, including an ultraviolet spectrometer. A seven-hour EVA was also conducted to evaluate Hubble Space Telescope repair tools and methods. After the SPAS spacecraft had completed six days of free flight some 40 miles from Discovery, the crew completed a successful rendezvous and recovered the SPAS with the Shuttle's robot arm. The mission concluded with the first night landing of the Shuttle at the Kennedy Space Center. Mission duration was 158 Earth orbits in 236 hours and 11 minutes.

The Expedition-3 crew launched on August 10, 2001 aboard STS-105 Discovery and docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on August 12, 2001. Culbertson lived and worked aboard the station for a total of 129 days, and was in command of the station for 117 days. The Expedition-3 crew left the station on December 15 aboard STS-108 Endeavour, landing at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on December 17, 2001.

JANUARY 2003


NASA Official Biography

NAME: Frank L. Culbertson, Jr. (Captain, USN, ret.)
NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA:
Born May 15, 1949, in Charleston, South Carolina, but considers Holly Hill to be his hometown. Married, June 1987, to the former Rebecca Ellen Dora of Vincennes, Indiana. Five children. He enjoys flying, bicycling, squash, running, golf, camping, photography, music, and water sports. Member of varsity rowing and wrestling teams at USNA. His parents, Dr. and Mrs. Frank Culbertson, Sr., reside in Holly Hill, South Carolina. Her mother, Mrs. Avanelle Vincent Dora, resides in Vincennes, Indiana. Her father, Mr. Robert E. Dora, is deceased.

EDUCATION:
Graduated from Holly Hill High School, Holly Hill, South Carolina, in 1967; received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1971.

ORGANIZATIONS:
Member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the Association of Naval Aviators, Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association, the U.S. Naval Institute, the Aviation Boatswains Mate's Association, and the Association of Space Explorers.

SPECIAL HONORS:
Awarded the Navy Flying Cross, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, NASA Space Flight Medals, Navy Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation, 3 Meritorious Unit Commendations, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Humanitarian Services Medal, and various other unit and service awards. Distinguished graduate, U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. Awarded Honorary Doctor of Science Degree, College of Charleston, 1994.

EXPERIENCE:
Culbertson graduated from Annapolis in 1971 and served aboard the USS Fox (CG-33) in the Gulf of Tonkin for six months prior to reporting to flight training in Pensacola, Florida. After designation as a Naval Aviator at Beeville, Texas, in May 1973, he received training as an F-4 Phantom pilot at VF-121, NAS Miramar, California. From March 1974 to May 1976, he was assigned to VF-151 aboard the USS Midway (CV-41), permanently homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. He subsequently was assigned as an exchange pilot with the USAF at Luke Air Force Base, Arizona, where he served as Weapons and Tactics Instructor flying F-4C's with the 426th TFTS until September 1978. Culbertson then served as the Catapult and Arresting Gear Officer for the USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67) until May 1981 when he was selected to attend the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School, Patuxent River, Maryland. Following graduation with distinction in June 1982, he was assigned to the Carrier Systems Branch of the Strike Aircraft Test Directorate where he served as Program Manager for all F-4 testing and as a test pilot for automatic carrier landing system tests in the F-4S, and carrier suitability in the F-4S and the OV-10A. He was engaged in fleet replacement training in the F-14A Tomcat at VF-101, NAS Oceana, Virginia, from January 1984 until his selection for the astronaut candidate program..

He has logged over 5,000 hours flying time in 40 different types of aircraft, and 350 carrier landings.

NASA EXPERIENCE:
Selected as a NASA astronaut candidate in May 1984, Culbertson completed basic astronaut training in June 1985 when he qualified for assignment as a pilot on future Space Shuttle flight crews. His first technical assignment was as a member of the team that redesigned and tested the Shuttle nosewheel steering, tires, and brakes, to provide more safety margin during landing rollout. Culbertson was a member of the launch support team at Kennedy Space Center for Shuttle flights 61-A, 61-B, 61-C, and 51-L, and participated in the preparations for the proposed launch at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, in 1986. Following the Challenger accident, he worked at the NASA Headquarters Action Center in Washington, D.C., assisting with the investigations conducted by NASA, the Presidential Commission, and Congress. He was then assigned as lead astronaut at the Shuttle Avionics Integration Laboratory (SAIL) and was involved in the checkout and verification of the computer software and hardware interfaces for STS-26 and subsequent flights. He was lead of the First Emergency Egress Team, which conducts periodic tests of improvements to the Shuttle ground egress systems, and also served as a member of the Astronaut Office Safety Branch. Culbertson's assignment, when named to the STS-38 crew, was as the lead spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) in the Mission Control Center. His duties included communications with the Shuttle crew during ascent and entry and during simulations, and he was on the panel which dealt with procedural problems and flight technique issues between missions. Culbertson was a spacecraft communicator (CAPCOM) for seven missions, STS-27, 29,30, 28, 34, 33, and 32. Following his first flight, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Flight Crew Operations Space Station Support Office as well as the lead astronaut for Space Station Safety. In that role he supervised the engineers and astronauts evaluating the design, safety, and operational capabilities of Space Station Freedom. When assigned to STS-51, Culbertson was a member of the team evaluating the proposed mission to dock with the Russian Space Station Mir. He also served as Chief of the Astronaut Office Mission Support Branch and Chief of the Johnson Space Center Russian Projects Office. A veteran of two space flights, Culbertson has logged over 344 hours in space.

On his first mission, Culbertson served as pilot on STS-38. The five-man crew launched at night from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, on November 15, 1990. During the five-day mission crew members conducted Department of Defense operations. After 80 orbits of the earth, in the first Shuttle recovery in Florida since 1985, Space Shuttle Atlantis and her crew landed back at the Kennedy Space Center on November 20, 1990. Mission duration was 117 hours, 54 minutes, 28 seconds. in space.

More recently, Culbertson commanded the STS-51 mission aboard the Shuttle Discovery, which launched on September 12, 1993. During the ten day mission the crew of five deployed the U.S. Advanced Communications Technology Satellite (ACTS/TOS), and the Shuttle Pallet Satellite (ORFEUS/SPAS) with U.S. and German scientific experiments aboard, including an ultraviolet spectrometer. On flight day five, a seven-hour EVA was conducted to evaluate Hubble Space Telescope repair tools and methods. After the SPAS spacecraft had completed six days of free flight at up to 40 miles from Discovery, the crew completed a successful rendezvous and recovered the SPAS with the Shuttle's robot arm. The mission concluded on September 22, 1993, with the first ever night landing at the Kennedy Space Center. Mission duration was 236 hours, 11 minutes.

Culbertson currently serves as Program Manager, Phase 1 Shuttle/Mir. Phase 1 is a multi-year program, consisting of at least seven Shuttle docking missions to the Russian Space Station Mir, five astronauts spending at least 22 months cumulatively on-board the Mir, and all the associated science and docking hardware to ensure the success of the joint program. Phase 1 will serve as a precursor to the building of the joint International Space Station.

MARCH 1997


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Family: Astronaut, NASA Group 10 - 1984. Country: USA. Spacecraft: ISS. Flights: STS-38, STS-51, STS-105 ISS EO-3, STS-108, STS-108 ISS EO-4. Projects: STS. Agency: USN. Bibliography: 12, 5297.

1949 May 15 - .
  • Birth of Frank Lee Jr Culbertson - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson. American test pilot astronaut. Flew on STS-38, STS-51, ISS EO-3..

1984 May 23 - .
  • NASA Astronaut Training Group 10 selected. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Adamson, Baker, Brown, Mark, Cameron, Carter, Casper, Culbertson, Gutierrez, Hammond, Ivins, Lee, Low, McCulley, Shepherd, Thornton, Veach, Wetherbee.

    The group was selected to provide pilot, engineer, and scientist astronauts for space shuttle flights.. Qualifications: Pilots: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. Advanced degree desirable. At least 1,000 flight-hours of pilot-in-command time. Flight test experience desirable. Excellent health. Vision minimum 20/50 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 vision; maximum sitting blood pressure 140/90. Height between 163 and 193 cm.

    Mission Specialists: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics and minimum three years of related experience or an advanced degree. Vision minimum 20/150 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20. Maximum sitting blood pressure of 140/90. Height between 150 and 193 cm..


1990 November 15 - . 23:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. Launch Platform: MLP1. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-38 - . Call Sign: Atlantis. Crew: Covey, Culbertson, Gemar, Meade, Springer. Payload: Atlantis F07 / DoD. Mass: 115,900 kg (255,500 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Covey, Culbertson, Gemar, Meade, Springer. Agency: NASA Houston. Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-38. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Atlantis. Duration: 4.91 days. Decay Date: 1990-11-20 . USAF Sat Cat: 20935 . COSPAR: 1990-097A. Apogee: 226 km (140 mi). Perigee: 78 km (48 mi). Inclination: 28.5000 deg. Period: 87.50 min. Manned five crew. Deployed a classified payload. Orbits of Earth: 79. Payloads: DoD Mission..

1990 November 20 - .
1993 September 12 - . 11:45 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39B. Launch Platform: MLP3. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-51 - . Call Sign: Discovery. Crew: Bursch, Culbertson, Newman, Readdy, Walz. Payload: Discovery F17 / ACTS [TOS-21H] / Orfeus-SPAS 01. Mass: 19,360 kg (42,680 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bursch, Culbertson, Newman, Readdy, Walz. Agency: NASA Houston. Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-51. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Discovery. Duration: 9.84 days. Decay Date: 1993-09-22 . USAF Sat Cat: 22795 . COSPAR: 1993-058A. Apogee: 308 km (191 mi). Perigee: 300 km (180 mi). Inclination: 28.5000 deg. Period: 90.60 min.

    Deployed and retrieved Orfeus-SPAS. During the EVA conducted tests in support of the Hubble Space Telescope first servicing mission and future EVAs, including Space Station assembly and maintenance. First night landing at KSC. Payloads: Advanced Communication Technology Sat-ellite (ACTS)/Transfer Orbit Stage (TOS), Orbiting Retrievable Far and Extreme Ultraviolet Spectrometer—Shuttle Pallet Satellite (ORFEUS-SPAS) with Remote IMAX Camera System (RICS), Limited Duration Space Environ-ment Candidate Materials Exposure (LDCE) (Beam Configuration C), Commercial Protein Crystal Growth (CPCG Block II), Chromosome and Plant Cell Division in Space (CHROMEX), High Resolution Shuttle Glow Spectroscopy-A (HRSGS-A), Auroral Photography Experiment-B (APE-B), Investigation into Polymer Membrane Processing (IPMP), Radiation Monitoring Equip-ment (RME-III), Air Force Maui Optical Site Cal-ibration Test (AMOS), IMAX In-Cabin Camera.


1993 September 22 - .
2001 June 6 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-17 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson, Dezhurov, Helms, Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-102 ISS EO-2. The Expedition Two crew this week busily prepared for the first station-based spacewalk planned for Friday and continues to assist the ground with troubleshooting of the complex's robotic arm in the backup mode.. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 5 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-22 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson, Dezhurov, Helms, Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-102 ISS EO-2. Another week of testing the International Space Station's robotic arm and cataloging onboard inventory has been the focus for the Expedition Two crew as the launch of Atlantis delivering the Airlock approaches.. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 21 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #20 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson, Dezhurov, Gernhardt, Helms, Hobaugh, Kavandi, Lindsey, Reilly, Tyurin, Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-102 ISS EO-2, STS-104.

    The crews of Atlantis and the International Space Station will bid one another farewell and close the hatches between the vehicles at about 9 p.m. on Saturday. Undocking is scheduled for 11:54 p.m., to be followed by an hour-long fly around of the station by Pilot Charlie Hobaugh. The final separation burn that will move Atlantis away from the station to begin its journey home is scheduled for 1:14 a.m. Sunday. Additional Details: here....


2001 July 22 - .
2001 August 1 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-23 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Barry, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Forrester, Helms, Horowitz, Sturckow, Tyurin, Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-102 ISS EO-2.

    A week and a half removed from the most recent shuttle visit to the International Space Station, the Expedition Two crew continues preparations for ending its mission aboard the complex as Discovery is readied for the STS-105 launch a week from tomorrow at 4:38 p.m. Central time to deliver supplies, logistics and the next crew to live aboard the orbiting outpost. Additional Details: here....


2001 August 8 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-24 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Barry, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Forrester, Helms, Horowitz, Jett, Sturckow, Tyurin, Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-102 ISS EO-2.

    With Discovery poised on Launch Pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center for liftoff tomorrow to the International Space Station, Expedition Two Commander Yury Usachev and Flight Engineers Jim Voss and Susan Helms completed the packing of personal items and hardware for their return to Earth after more than five months in orbit and awaited the arrival of their replacements. Additional Details: here....


2001 August 10 - .
2001 August 10 - . 21:10 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-105 - . Call Sign: Discovery. Crew: Barry, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Forrester, Horowitz, Sturckow, Tyurin. Payload: Discovery F30 / Leonardo. Mass: 116,914 kg (257,751 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Barry, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Forrester, Horowitz, Sturckow, Tyurin. Agency: NASA Houston. Manufacturer: Boeing. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-105, STS-105 ISS EO-3. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Discovery. Duration: 11.88 days. Decay Date: 2001-08-22 . USAF Sat Cat: 26888 . COSPAR: 2001-035A. Apogee: 402 km (249 mi). Perigee: 373 km (231 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 92.30 min.

    STS 105 was an American shuttle that carried a crew of ten (including three crew for the ISS - one American and two Russian), five tonnes of supplies, hardware, and a bedroom suite to accommodate a third astronaut in the Destiny module. The crew installed in the station two new science experiment racks that were carried in the Leonardo container which was first lifted out of the shuttle and bolted to the Unity module. Leonardo then carried back all the trash from the ISS back to the shuttle. They crew installed the MISSE (Materials International Space Station Experiment) container outside the ISS to test the effect of radiation on materials and some low-cost science experiments such as microgravity cell growth studies inside the station.

    The 15,107 kg payload consisted of:

    • Bay 1-2: Orbiter Docking System/External Airlock and 3 EMU spacesuits - 2160 kg
    • Bay 4P: Adapter beam with G-780 (Mayo High School, Rochester, Minnesota experiment to study germination of faba beans) and PSP-1 (NASA-GSFC canister with passive experiments and ballast) - 200 kg
    • Bay 5: Integrated Cargo Carrier/KYD - 1280 kg, with the Early Ammonia Servicer for the station's P6 truss- 640 kg and two small exposure experiments PEC-1 and PEC-2, to be installed on the be installed on the ISS Quest module as part of the MISSE materials exposure program
    • Bay 7-12: MPLM FM1 (Leonardo) module - 9800 kg total including 3300 kg of payload to be transferred to the Station
    • Bay 13P: Adapter beam with G-774 (Microgravity Smoldering Combustion (MSC) experiment) and SEM-10 (canister with 11 school experiments) - 410 kg
    • Bay 13S: Adapter beam with Simplesat and ACE avionics - 355 kg
    • Sill: RMS arm - 410 kg
    STS-105 main engine cutoff was at 2118 GMT placed Discovery and external tank ET-110 into a 58 x 234 km x 51.6 deg orbit. At 2148 GMT Discovery reached apogee and fired its OMS engines to enter a 155 x 233 km x 51.6 deg orbit; another burn at 0100 GMT raised the orbit to 198 x 277 km. Discovery docked at the Station's PMA-2 port at 1842 GMT on August 12. After some problems aligning the docking system, the docking ring was retracted and latched at 1905 GMT and the hatch was opened to ISS at 2042 GMT. Expedition 3 began on August 13 at 1915 GMT when the new crew's seat liners were installed on the Soyuz transport ship. The formal EX-2/EX-3 change-of-command ceremony was held on August 17 in Destiny.

    The Leonardo MPLM module was lifted out of Discovery's payload bay at 1326 GMT on August 13 and docked to Unity's nadir at 1554 GMT. 3300 kg of cargo from Leonardo was transferred to the Station. Then 1700 kg of station garbage and materials were loaded into Leonardo. It was unberthed from Unity at 1816 GMT on August 19 and returned to the payload bay for the return to Earth at 1917 GMT.

    Discovery undocked at 1452 GMT on August 20 with the Expedition 2 crew aboard, leaving Expedition 3 at the Station.

    At 1830 GMT on August 20 the Simplesat test satellite was ejected from a GAS canister in the cargo bay. Discovery landed at Kennedy Space Center at 1822:58 GMT on August 22 on runway 15, after a deorbit burn at 1715 GMT. The Expedition Two crew of Usachyov, Voss and Helms had been in space for 167 days. Discovery was taken out of service after the flight for structural inspections. Its last maintenance down period was in 1995-1996.


2001 August 11 - .
2001 August 11 - .
2001 August 12 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #05 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Barry, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Forrester, Helms, Horowitz, Sturckow, Tyurin, Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-102 ISS EO-2, STS-105, STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    Discovery Commander Scott Horowitz, with the assistance of Pilot Rick Sturckow and Mission Specialists Pat Forrester and Dan Barry, carefully guided the Shuttle to a linkup with the ISS at 1:42 p.m. Central time as the two craft sailed 240 miles above northwestern Australia. On board Discovery were the new Station Commander Frank Culbertson, and his Expedition Three crewmates, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin. Additional Details: here....


2001 August 12 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #04 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Barry, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Forrester, Helms, Horowitz, Sturckow, Tyurin, Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-102 ISS EO-2, STS-105, STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    The crew of Discovery, trailing the International Space Station by less than 2,000 statute miles, was awakened at 5:10 a.m. Central time to the sounds of "The White Eagle," a traditional Russian folk song played for Expedition Three Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov. Dezhurov and his crewmates, Expedition Three Commander Frank Culbertson and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin are just hours from reaching their new home aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Additional Details: here....


2001 August 13 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson, Dezhurov, Helms, Tyurin, Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-102 ISS EO-2, STS-105, STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    The International Space Station's third resident crew officially took control of the complex at 2:15 p.m. CDT today, when confirmation was given by the new station commander that all transfer activities associated with the custom-made Soyuz capsule seat liners had been completed and leak checks on their Russian Sokol space suits was verified. Additional Details: here....


2001 August 13 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #06 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson, Dezhurov, Forrester, Helms, Ross, Tyurin, Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-102 ISS EO-2, STS-105, STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    The crewmembers aboard the Discovery / International Space Station complex were awakened shortly before 4:30 a.m. Central time today to the sounds of the overture from "The Barber of Seville" by Rossini, a tribute to Expedition Three Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin, who along with Commander Frank Culbertson and Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov, will move over to the ISS today to take up residency. Additional Details: here....


2001 August 14 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #09 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson, Dezhurov, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-102 ISS EO-2, STS-105, STS-105 ISS EO-3. By mid afternoon, the entire contents of the Leonardo logistics module had been temporarily stowed aboard the International Space Station as the Expedition Three crew continued to learn about life on the orbiting complex.. Additional Details: here....

2001 August 14 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson, Dezhurov, Horowitz, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-102 ISS EO-2, STS-105, STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    Discovery's crewmembers, including their new Expedition Two crewmates from the International Space Station, were awakened at 4:10 a.m. Central time to the theme from the movie, "Arthur", to begin a day highlighted by the transfer of equipment and supplies to the station from Discovery and from the pressurized cargo carrier the shuttle brought into space. Additional Details: here....


2001 August 15 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #11 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Barry, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Forrester, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-102 ISS EO-2, STS-105, STS-105 ISS EO-3. The hatches swung closed between Discovery and the International Space Station at 4:52 this afternoon Central time so that the shuttle's cabin pressure could be lowered in preparation for a space walk Thursday by Dan Barry and Pat Forrester.. Additional Details: here....

2001 August 16 - .
2001 August 16 - .
2001 August 17 - .
2001 August 17 - .
2001 August 18 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #17 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Barry, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Forrester, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-102 ISS EO-2, STS-105, STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    Astronauts Dan Barry and Pat Forrester successfully strung two 45-foot heater cables and installed handrails down both sides of the Destiny laboratory of the International Space Station today during a 5 hour, 29 minute spacewalk, setting the stage for the delivery of a large truss structure to the complex next year. Additional Details: here....


2001 August 18 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #16 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Barry, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Forrester, Horowitz, Sturckow, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-102 ISS EO-2, STS-105, STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    Discovery astronauts Dan Barry and Pat Forrester will perform the second space walk of the STS-105 mission today, hooking up heating cables and installing handrails on the International Space Station's Destiny Laboratory in advance of the arrival of a large truss structure at the complex next year. Meanwhile, the new Expedition Three crew aboard the station will continue packing the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo for its return to Earth Additional Details: here....


2001 August 19 - .
2001 August 19 - .
2001 August 20 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #21 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson, Dezhurov, Helms, Sturckow, Tyurin, Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-102 ISS EO-2, STS-105, STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    Discovery's astronauts, now consisting of the Expedition Two crew, bid farewell to the International Space Station and the Expedition Three crew and undocked from the complex at 9:52 a.m. CDT Monday after more than a week of joint operations. Frank Culbertson, Vladimir Dezhurov and Mikhail Tyurin now will settle in to oversee activities on the station for the next four months. Additional Details: here....


2001 August 20 - .
2001 August 21 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #23 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson, Dezhurov, Helms, Horowitz, Sturckow, Tyurin, Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-102 ISS EO-2, STS-105, STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    With its systems checked out in excellent shape, Space Shuttle Discovery with its seven-person crew that includes the Expedition Two crew, is set to return home at 11:46 a.m. Central time to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, wrapping up a five and a half month stay on the International Space Station. A second landing opportunity is available an hour and a half later at 1:23 p.m. CDT. Additional Details: here....


2001 August 21 - .
2001 August 22 - .
2001 August 22 - .
2001 August 23 - .
2001 August 29 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-26 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson, Dezhurov, Jett, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    Well into their four-month stay on board the International Space Station (ISS), the Expedition Three crew continues to unpack and stow equipment from the Russian Progress cargo ship that arrived at the outpost nearly a week ago. Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin have almost completely emptied the Progress 5 craft, stowing new supplies inside the ISS. Additional Details: here....


2001 September 5 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-27 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson, Dezhurov, Jett, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    After completing a three-day holiday weekend of light activities that provided time to settle into their new home, members of the International Space Station crew this week began a busy slate of scientific work, performed some minor repairs and maintenance, and prepared for the continued expansion of the orbiting complex with the upcoming launch of a new Russian module. Additional Details: here....


2001 September 13 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-28 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson, Dezhurov, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3. On board the International Space Station, the Expedition Three crew, Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin continue their work aboard the orbiting laboratory.. Additional Details: here....

2001 September 14 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-29 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson, Dezhurov, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    On its way to provide additional capabilities to the International Space Station, the Russian Docking Compartment lifted off from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan today. Pirs, the Russian word for pier, was successfully launched atop a Russian Soyuz rocket at 6:35 p.m. CDT. Additional Details: here....


2001 September 16 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-30 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson, Dezhurov, Jett, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3. The International Space Station gained another entryway tonight when Pirs, the new Russian docking compartment, docked automatically to a port on the Zvezda service module at 8:05 p.m. CDT as the station orbited 250 miles above Mongolia.. Additional Details: here....

2001 September 20 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-31 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Afanasyev, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Jett, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    The International Space Station's Expedition Three crew - Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin - spent this week outfitting and activating the station's latest addition, a four-ton Russian airlock and docking port named Pirs that arrived at the orbiting complex Sunday. Additional Details: here....


2001 September 26 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-32 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Afanasyev, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Jett, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    The International Space Station's Expedition Three crew - Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin - is poised for the first of three planned space walks following today's successful jettison of a segment of a new docking port and airlock now attached to the orbiting complex. Additional Details: here....


2001 October 3 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-33 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Afanasyev, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    The International Space Station's Expedition Three crew - Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin - is spending the week preparing for the first of three spacewalks next Monday to outfit the new Pirs Docking Compartment and to attach scientific experiments to the outside of the Zvezda Service Module. Additional Details: here....


2001 October 8 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-34 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Afanasyev, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3. The assembly of the International Space Station (ISS) passed another major milestone today as two Russian cosmonauts executed a 4 hour, 58 minute spacewalk outside the complex to begin to outfit the Station's newest module.. Additional Details: here....

2001 October 10 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-35 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Afanasyev, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    After completing one successful spacewalk, the Expedition Three crew of the International Space Station (ISS) is preparing for another, to be conducted on Monday, Oct. 15. Russian cosmonauts Vladimir Dezhurov and Mikhail Tyurin will perform this one, like the one conducted last Monday, while Commander Frank Culbertson remains inside to coordinate activities. It will be the 28th spacewalk in support of the assembly of the ISS. Additional Details: here....


2001 October 15 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-36 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Afanasyev, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3. Scientific research moved outside the International Space Station today as two Russian cosmonauts mounted a variety of instruments outside the Zvezda service module in a 5 hour, 52 minute space walk.. Additional Details: here....

2001 October 17 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-37 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Afanasyev, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    Expedition Three crewmembers are preparing to board their Soyuz return vehicle at the International Space Station (ISS) early Friday to move it from the Earth-facing port of the Zarya module for the first-ever linkup to the new Pirs Docking Compartment. The short procedure will begin with undocking of the Soyuz at 5:48 a.m. CDT, and will conclude with the redocking at 6:06 a.m. CDT. Additional Details: here....


2001 October 21 - .
2001 October 23 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-40 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Afanasyev, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TM-33 ISS EP-2, STS-105 ISS EO-3. Two Russian cosmonauts and a French researcher arrived at the International Space Station (ISS) this morning, delivering a fresh Soyuz return vehicle for the residents on board to begin eight days of joint operations and research.. Additional Details: here....

2001 October 30 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-41 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Afanasyev, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: Soyuz TM-33 ISS EP-2, STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    Two Russian cosmonauts and a French researcher left the International Space Station (ISS) this evening, wrapping up almost eight days of experiments and joint activities with the Station's residents while delivering a fresh Soyuz return vehicle for the orbital outpost. Additional Details: here....


2001 November 12 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-43 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson, Dezhurov, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    Expedition Three Commander Frank Culbertson and Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov completed the external outfitting of the Pirs Docking Compartment on the International Space Station (ISS) this evening, conducting a 5 hour, 4 minute spacewalk outside the orbital outpost. Additional Details: here....


2001 November 13 - . 21:41 GMT - .
  • EVA ISS EO-3-3 - . Crew: Culbertson, Dezhurov. EVA Duration: 0.22 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson, Dezhurov. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3. The spacewalk was made from the Pirs module. The astronauts completed external connections for the module and finished setting up the Kurs rendezvous system. .

2001 November 15 - .
2001 November 21 - .
2001 November 26 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-46 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bursch, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Godwin, Onufrienko, Tani, Tyurin, Walz. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    During their 107th day aboard the International Space Station, Expedition Three Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin continued their preparations for the arrival of the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the Expedition Four crew. Endeavour is targeted for launch from Kennedy Space Center on Thursday at 6:41 p.m. CST on the STS-108 mission. Additional Details: here....


2001 November 28 - .
2001 December 3 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-49 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson, Dezhurov, Jett, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3.

    Expedition Three Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin cleared the way for the launch of the shuttle Endeavour tomorrow afternoon by removing debris in the form of a rubberized seal from the docking interface between a Russian Progress resupply craft and the Zvezda Service Module at the International Space Station. Additional Details: here....


2001 December 5 - .
2001 December 6 - .
2001 December 6 - .
2001 December 7 - .
2001 December 7 - .
  • STS-108 Mission Status Report #04 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bursch, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Godwin, Gorie, Kelly, Mark, Onufrienko, Tani, Tyurin, Walz. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3, STS-108, STS-108 ISS EO-4.

    As Endeavour continues its pursuit of the International Space Station, the seven astronauts and cosmonauts on board were awakened at 6:21 a.m. today to prepare for a busy day as they close the final 765 miles between the two vehicles in anticipation of a docking just before 2 p.m. CST today. Endeavour and the ISS are to link up off the British coast, southwest of Cardiff, Wales. Additional Details: here....


2001 December 8 - .
2001 December 8 - .
2001 December 9 - .
2001 December 9 - .
2001 December 11 - .
2001 December 12 - .
2001 December 12 - .
2001 December 13 - .
  • STS-108 Mission Status Report #16 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bursch, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Godwin, Gorie, Kelly, Mark, Onufrienko, Shepherd, Tani, Tyurin, Walz. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3, STS-108, STS-108 ISS EO-4.

    The crew onboard Endeavour was awakened at 7:17 a.m. CST this morning by the song "Here Comes the Sun", in memory of former Beatle George Harrison, who recently died of cancer. The instrumental was from the IMAX movie, "Everest". The song was played for the Expedition Three Crewmembers, Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin. The crew was allowed to sleep in for an extra hour with a relatively light day of activities in store. Additional Details: here....


2001 December 13 - .
2001 December 14 - .
2001 December 14 - .
2001 December 15 - .
2001 December 15 - .
2001 December 16 - .
2001 December 17 - .
  • STS-108 Mission Status Report #24 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson, Dezhurov, Godwin, Gorie, Kelly, Mark, Tani, Tyurin. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3, STS-108, STS-108 ISS EO-4.

    Endeavour's crew began a journey home today, waking up at 3:19 a.m. CST to "Please Come Home For Christmas" sung by Jon Bon Jovi. Weather permitting, Endeavour is scheduled to return to Earth just before noon today. On board Endeavour, Commander Dom Gorie, Pilot Mark Kelly and Mission Specialists Linda Godwin and Dan Tani, along with the returning Expedition Three crew of Frank Culbertson, Vladimir Dezhurov and Mikhail Tyurin, are preparing for a scheduled landing at the Kennedy Space Center. Preliminary weather forecasts predict generally acceptable conditions at the landing site, with a possibility of rain showers in the vicinity. The Entry flight team, led by Flight Director LeRoy Cain, will receive its first weather briefing of the day at 6:30 a.m. Additional Details: here....


2001 December 17 - .
2001 December 17 - .
2001 December 21 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-50 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bursch, Culbertson, Dezhurov, Onufrienko, Tyurin, Walz. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-108 ISS EO-4. Expedition Four Commander Yury Onufrienko and Flight Engineers Carl Walz and Dan Bursch have completed their first week of independent operations aboard the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....


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