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ISS EO-6



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ISS EO-6
Crew: Bowersox, Budarin, Pettit. First ISS crew to have to return in a lifeboat spacecraft. ISS assembly missions cancelled after Columbia disaster. Crew relieved by two-man crew to keep ISS functioning while shuttle grounded. On return Soyuz guidance failed; 8G ballistic reentry. Backup crew: Sharipov, Fincke.

The three-man Russian/American crew arrived aboard shuttle mission STS-113 and was to have supported a sequence of major shuttle station assembly missions over a six-month period. Instead, the grounding of the shuttle fleet after the STS-107 disaster meant that they provided the vital link to keep the station operational until relieved by a two-man crew that would provide minimal manning of the space station while shuttle was grounded.

With the grounding of the shuttle fleet, Soyuz TMA-1 became the lifeboat for return of the EO-6 crew of Bowersox, Budarin, and Pettit. Following the arrival of the EO-7 skeleton crew to keep the station in operation, the EO-6 crew readied the TMA-1 for landing. They undocked from the ISS at 22:40 GMT on 2 May. This marked the first return of American astronauts in a Soyuz capsule (though several had ridden Soyuz capsules to the Mir station). During the re-entry, the first for the Soyuz TMA-1 model, the guidance failed and the capsule reverted to a rolling ballistic re-entry. This subjected the crew to over 8 G's during re-entry, as opposed to the 3 G's of a normal Soyuz lifting re-entry. It also resulted in a landing 460 km short of the target, and a delay of over two hours before recovery forces arrived at the capsule.

The flight program consisted of the following main activities:

  • Launch of the ISS EO-6 crew on Space Shuttle in Flight 11A;
  • Operational support for undocking of vehicle Progress M1-9;
  • Operational support for docking of vehicle Progress M-47;
  • Unloading of Progress M-47 and the Space Shuttle;
  • ISS maintenance and repairs;
  • Performance of the science and application research program and experiments (Relaksatsia, Uragan, Molniya-SM, Parodont, Farma, Cardio-ODNT, Profilaktika, Pulse, Biorisk, Rastenia-2, Prognos, Brados, Diatomeya, Meteoroid, Tenzor, Vektor-T, Izgib, Privyazka, Iskazheniye, Identifikatsia, Plasma crystal-3, Skorpion, Kromka, Platan), as well as contracted commercial activities (GTS, MPAC&SEED);
  • Crew handover to Expedition ISS EO-7 and return of the ISS EO-6 crew to Earth on Soyuz TMA-1.

AKA: Endeavour; STS-113 (Bowersox, Budarin, Pettit).
First Launch: 2002.11.24.
Last Launch: 2003.05.04.
Duration: 161.05 days.

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Associated People
  • Wetherbee Wetherbee, James Donald 'Wexbee' (1952-) American test pilot astronaut. Flew on STS-32, STS-52, STS-63, STS-86, STS-102, STS-113. Flew in space six times. More...
  • Korzun Korzun, Valeri Grigoryevich (1953-) Russian pilot cosmonaut. Flew on Mir EO-22, ISS EO-5. 381 cumulative days in space. Call sign: Fregat (Frigate). More...
  • Budarin Budarin, Nikolai Mikhailovich (1953-) Russian engineer cosmonaut. Flew on Mir EO-19, Mir EO-25, ISS EO-6. Made nine spacewalks totalling 1.93 days. 444 cumulative days in space. Civilian Engineer, Energia NPO More...
  • Pettit Pettit, Donald Roy (1955-) American chemical engineer mission specialist astronaut. Flew on ISS EO-6, STS-126. First NASA astronaut to return to earth in a Russian spacecraft. More...
  • Lockhart Lockhart, Paul Scott 'Paco' (1956-) American test pilot astronaut. Flew on STS-111, STS-113. More...
  • Bowersox Bowersox, Kenneth Duane 'Ken' (1956-) American test pilot astronaut. Flew on STS-50, STS-61, STS-73, STS-82, ISS EO-6. More...
  • Lopez-Alegria Lopez-Alegria, Michael Eladio 'LA' (1958-) Spanish-American test pilot mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-73, STS-92, STS-113, ISS EO-14. More...
  • Treshchev Treshchev, Sergey Yevgenyevich (1958-) Russian engineer cosmonaut. Flew on ISS EO-5. Civilian Engineer, Energiya NPO More...
  • Herrington Herrington, John Bennett (1958-) American test pilot mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-113. More...
  • Whitson Whitson, Peggy Annette (1960-) American biochemist mission specialist astronaut. Flew on ISS EO-5, ISS EO-16. Biochemist, first female space station commander, American and female record for cumulative days in space, female record for number of spacewalks. 376 cumulative days in space. More...
  • Sharipov Sharipov, Saliszan Shakirovich (1964-) Tatar-Russian pilot cosmonaut. Flew on STS-89, ISS EO-10. First Uzbek astronaut. SU Air Force. More...
  • Fincke Fincke, Edward Michael 'Mike' (1967-) American test pilot mission specialist astronaut. Flew on ISS EO-9, ISS EO-18, STS-134. 381 cumulative days in space. More...

See also
Associated Flights
  • STS-113 Crew: Herrington, Lockhart, Lopez-Alegria, Wetherbee. ISS assembly mission. Delivered 13.7-m, 12.5 ton truss to ISS. Four attempts to land on consecutive days, called because of bad weather. More...

Associated Programs
  • ISS Finally completed in 2010 after a torturous 25-year development and production process, the International Space Station was originally conceived as the staging post for manned exploration of the solar systrem. Instead, it was seemed to be the death knell of manned spaceflight. More...

ISS EO-6 Chronology


2002 November 24 - .
2002 November 24 - .
2002 November 24 - . 00:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-113.
  • STS-113 - . Call Sign: Endeavour. Crew: Wetherbee; Lockhart; Lopez-Alegria; Herrington; Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit. Payload: Endeavour F19 / P1. Mass: 115,000 kg (253,000 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Wetherbee; Lockhart; Lopez-Alegria; Herrington; Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit. Agency: NASA. Manufacturer: Boeing. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-113; ISS EO-6. Spacecraft: Endeavour. Duration: 13.78 days. Decay Date: 2002-12-07 . USAF Sat Cat: 27556 . COSPAR: 2002-052A. Apogee: 397 km (246 mi). Perigee: 379 km (235 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 92.30 min. ISS assembly mission ISS-11A delayed from August 22, September 6, 19, October 6, November 2, 10, 11, 19 and 23 due to SSME problems and then damage to the Shuttle's manipulator arm. Shuttle mission STS-113 carried a crew of seven astronauts (six American and one Russian) and a 13.7-m truss of 12.5 tons to the International Space Station (ISS). During several hours of EVA, the crew installed and secured the truss assembly. The truss was to provide structural support for the station's thermal control radiators, and brought the total mass of the ISS to over 200 tons. Prior to leaving the ISS, the shuttle released a pair of tethered (15-m long) picosatellites. It was to leave the ISS on December 2.

2002 November 25 - .
  • STS-113 MCC Status Report #04 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Herrington; Korzun; Lockhart; Lopez-Alegria; Pettit; Wetherbee; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-5; ISS EO-6; STS-113. The crew of Endeavour awakened at 7:29 a.m. to begin final preparations for this afternoon's docking with the International Space Station. Endeavour is now 350 miles behind the space station closing the distance between them at the rate of about 130 miles every orbit. Docking is slated to occur at 3:26 p.m. central time today with the two spacecraft high over the Kazakh/Uzbekistan border. Additional Details: here....

2002 November 25 - .
2002 November 26 - .
2002 November 26 - .
  • STS-113 MCC Status Report #06 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Herrington; Korzun; Lockhart; Lopez-Alegria; Pettit; Wetherbee; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-5; ISS EO-6; STS-113. The crew of Endeavour was awakened at 7:26 a.m. to begin a day that will see the installation of the Port One (P1) truss onto the International Space Station. The P1 is the third such truss to be installed on the station this year and is one of 11 truss segments that will make up the station's final Integrated Truss Structure. Additional Details: here....

2002 November 27 - .
  • STS-113 MCC Status Report #08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Herrington; Korzun; Lockhart; Lopez-Alegria; Pettit; Wetherbee; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-5; ISS EO-6; STS-113. Endeavour's crew today will focus its efforts on transferring supplies and equipment to the International Space Station that will be used by the station's Expedition Six crew during their four-month stay aboard the complex. The station and shuttle crew members also will move supplies, equipment and completed experiments that were used by the Expedition Five crew to the shuttle for return to Earth. Additional Details: here....

2002 November 27 - .
  • STS-113 MCC Status Report #09 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Herrington; Korzun; Lockhart; Lopez-Alegria; Pettit; Wetherbee; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-5; ISS EO-6; STS-113. Endeavour and International Space Station crewmembers worked today to transfer equipment and supplies between their docked spacecraft. Expedition 5 crewmembers exchanged notes with their Expedition 6 successors and mission specialists Michael Lopez-Alegria and John Herrington prepared for a Thanksgiving Day spacewalk. Additional Details: here....

2002 November 28 - .
2002 November 28 - .
2002 November 29 - .
  • STS-113 MCC Status Report #13 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Herrington; Korzun; Lockhart; Lopez-Alegria; Pettit; Wetherbee; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-5; ISS EO-6; STS-113. Transfer of equipment and supplies from Endeavour's middeck to the International Space Station passed the 1,700-pound mark today, with about 75 percent of the total material from the shuttle now aboard the orbiting laboratory. More than 750 pounds of material has been moved from the station to Endeavour's crew compartment. Additional Details: here....

2002 November 29 - .
  • STS-113 MCC Status Report #12 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Herrington; Lockhart; Lopez-Alegria; Pettit; Wetherbee; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-5; ISS EO-6; STS-113. With the Expedition Six crewmembers settling into their new on-orbit home, today's activities largely will focus on continuing transfer of equipment, experiments and hardware, and a formal Change of Command ceremony between resident crews on board the International Space Station. Additional Details: here....

2002 November 30 - .
2002 November 30 - .
  • STS-113 MCC Status Report #15 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Herrington; Korzun; Lockhart; Lopez-Alegria. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-5; ISS EO-6; STS-113. The third and final spacewalk of STS-113 ended at 8:25 p.m. central time today, as Mission Specialists Mike Lopez-Alegria and John Herrington climbed back inside the Quest Airlock. The two spacewalkers spent seven hours outside the International Space Station today, continuing the outfitting of the newly-installed P1 truss segment. Additional Details: here....

2002 December 1 - .
2002 December 1 - .
  • STS-113 MCC Status Report #17 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Herrington; Korzun; Lockhart; Lopez-Alegria; Pettit; Wetherbee; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-5; ISS EO-6; STS-113. The crews of Endeavour and the International Space Station today got ready to say goodbye to one another, checking out tools that will be used during undocking of the two spacecraft on Monday. They also configured and stowed spacesuits used in the mission's three spacewalks. Crewmembers got some afternoon time off to relax and talk via radio with family members. Additional Details: here....

2002 December 2 - .
2002 December 2 - .
2002 December 3 - .
2002 December 3 - .
2002 December 4 - .
2002 December 4 - .
2002 December 5 - .
  • STS-113 MCC Status Report #24 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Herrington; Korzun; Lockhart; Lopez-Alegria; Wetherbee; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-5; ISS EO-6; STS-113. Summary: The Space Shuttle Endeavour will spend at least one more day in space after rain, clouds and windy conditions at the Kennedy Space Center prompted flight controllers to wave off today's opportunities to bring Endeavour and its crew of seven home.. Additional Details: here....

2002 December 6 - .
2002 December 6 - .
  • STS-113 MCC Status Report #26 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Herrington; Korzun; Lockhart; Lopez-Alegria; Wetherbee; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-5; ISS EO-6; STS-113. A stalled cold front at the Kennedy Space Center, resulting in low clouds and overcast weather, will keep Endeavour aloft for another 24 hours. For the third consecutive day, flight controllers were forced to wave off opportunities to bring Endeavour home to Florida. Additional Details: here....

2002 December 7 - .
2002 December 7 - .
  • STS-113 MCC Status Report #27 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Herrington; Korzun; Lockhart; Lopez-Alegria; Wetherbee; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-5; ISS EO-6; STS-113. With the most favorable weather forecast so far this week, Endeavour and crew are focusing on a landing today preferably at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., although a landing at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., where the weather is clear and calm, is possible. Additional Details: here....

2002 December 13 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #02-53 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Korzun; Pettit; Whitson. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. Summary: Nearing the end of their third week on orbit, the crewmembers of the sixth expedition to the International Space Station have dug in to the agenda of scientific research laid out for their four-month tour of duty.. Additional Details: here....

2002 December 20 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #02-54 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. After almost a month on the International Space Station, crewmembers were literally bouncing off the walls of the orbiting laboratory on Monday. They wound up the week with extensive and successful robotic arm operations on Thursday and on Friday worked with setup of the High Rate Communications Outage Recorder (HCOR). Additional Details: here....

2002 December 27 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #02-55 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. International Space Station Expedition 6 crewmembers, Commander Ken Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin, and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit, began their second month aboard the orbiting laboratory on Christmas Day. While they had some duties to attend to - checking the environmental control system and the status of payloads aboard the U.S. laboratory Destiny - it was basically a day off. Additional Details: here....

2003 January 3 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-1 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit; Ross. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. The Year 2003 began quietly for the International Space Station Expedition 6 crew. Commander Ken Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin, and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit crossed the international date line 15 times during the last day of 2002, officially greeting the new year at midnight Greenwich Mean Time during their sleep shift. The first day of the new year involved only a few routine maintenance tasks, exercise and time off for the crew. Additional Details: here....

2003 January 10 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-2 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. Summary: Preparations continue in orbit for the 50th spacewalk dedicated to assembly and maintenance of the International Space Station. Commander Ken Bowersox and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit are scheduled to step outside Wednesday about 6:30 a.m. CST.. Additional Details: here....

2003 January 15 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-3 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. Expedition 6 Commander Ken Bowersox and NASA Science Officer Don Pettit continued the assembly of the International Space Station today and set the stage for a series of complex shuttle construction flights to the complex later this year during a 6-hour, 51-minute spacewalk staged out of the Quest Airlock. Additional Details: here....

2003 January 15 - . 12:50 GMT - .
  • EVA ISS EO-6-1 - . Crew: Pettit; Bowersox. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.29 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Pettit; Bowersox. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. The spacewalk was originally planned for December 12 and a crew of Budarin and Bowersox. But Budarin was prohibited by NASA from further EVA's (at least using US spacesuits) for undisclosed medical reasons. It took over a month for the plans for the spacewalk to be revised (since Budarin was not qualified to operate the space arm, Petit and Bowersox would have to move around the outside of the gigantic station without its assistance). They deployed the 23 m high central radiator panel on the P1 struss, cleaned up a docking port, installed external lighting on the S1 truss, and retrieved tools left on the Z1 truss.

2003 January 16 - .
2003 January 16 - .
2003 January 17 - .
2003 January 18 - .
  • STS-107 MCC Status Report #04 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson; Bowersox; Brown, David; Budarin; Chawla; Clark; Husband; McCool; Pettit; Ramon. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6; STS-107. Space shuttle Columbia's astronauts pointed two Israeli cameras over the Atlantic and the Mediterranean today in search of small dust particles that might impact the weather and began experiments in human life sciences in the third day of the STS-107 scientific research flight. Additional Details: here....

2003 January 19 - .
2003 January 20 - .
  • STS-107 MCC Status Report #06 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson; Bowersox; Brown, David; Budarin; Chawla; Clark; Husband; McCool; Pettit; Ramon; Ross. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6; STS-107. Columbia's astronauts conducted scientific studies ranging from the behavior of granular materials in weightlessness to the effects of microgravity on fungi, and filmed the sprites associated with thunderstorms across the globe as their scientific research flight continued in its fifth day. Additional Details: here....

2003 January 21 - .
  • STS-107 MCC Status Report #07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson; Brown, David; Chawla; Clark; Husband; McCool; Ramon. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6; STS-107. Summary: The seven astronauts aboard Columbia continued to conduct scientific studies 24-7 today, concentrating their efforts on combustion in weightlessness, the growth of cell cultures, and measurements of the ozone layer.. Additional Details: here....

2003 January 22 - .
  • STS-107 MCC Status Report #08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson; Brown, David; Chawla; Clark; Husband; McCool; Ramon. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6; STS-107. The seven astronauts aboard Columbia beamed down television views of their smallest companions in orbit today, including insects, spiders, fish, bees and silk worms that are part of the Space Technology and Research Students package of experiments designed and developed by students in six countries. Additional Details: here....

2003 January 23 - .
2003 January 24 - .
2003 January 25 - .
  • STS-107 MCC Status Report #11 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson; Bowersox; Brown, David; Budarin; Chawla; Clark; Husband; McCool; Pettit; Ramon; Tani. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6; STS-107. Space shuttle Columbia's astronauts completed an experiment studying the activity of bone cells in microgravity and began final tests with a technology demonstration designed to investigate the behavior of capillary-pumped loops in space as the 16-day international science mission completed Flight Day 10. Additional Details: here....

2003 January 26 - .
2003 January 27 - .
2003 January 28 - .
  • STS-107 MCC Status Report #14 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson; Brown, David; Chawla; Clark; Husband; McCool; Ramon. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6; STS-107. The Red team of astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia accomplished repairs on the third and final combustion experiment of STS-107 this afternoon, and support scientists on the ground were looking forward to working with the Blue team on the first scientific runs. Additional Details: here....

2003 January 29 - .
2003 January 30 - .
  • STS-107 MCC Status Report #16 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Chawla; Husband; McCool; Ramon. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6; STS-107. Summary: Astronauts aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia are completing their final runs on experiments in the Spacehab Research Double Module and beginning preparations for Saturday's landing.. Additional Details: here....

2003 January 31 - .
2003 February 1 - .
2003 February 2 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-4 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6; STS-107. Summary: A Russian Progress 10 resupply craft lifted off today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, carrying supplies and new scientific systems hardware to the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2003 February 2 - .
  • STS-107 MCC Status Report #20 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson; Bowersox; Brown, David; Budarin; Cabana; Chawla; Clark; Husband; McCool; Pettit; Ramon. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6; STS-107. Aided by federal and local agencies, NASA stepped up its inquiry into the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia and its seven astronauts. Multiple investigative teams continue to pore over engineering data in an effort to uncover the cause of the breakup of the orbiter over Texas on Saturday 16 minutes from landing. Additional Details: here....

2003 February 2 - . 12:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Baikonur. Launch Complex: Baikonur LC1. LV Family: R-7. Launch Vehicle: Soyuz 11A511U. LV Configuration: Soyuz-U E15000-680.
  • Progress M-47 - . Payload: Progress M s/n 247. Mass: 7,290 kg (16,070 lb). Nation: Russia. Agency: RAKA. Manufacturer: Korolev. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned logistics spacecraft. Flight: ISS EO-6. Spacecraft: Progress M. Duration: 206.00 days. Decay Date: 2003-08-28 . USAF Sat Cat: 27681 . COSPAR: 2003-006A. Apogee: 247 km (154 mi). Perigee: 195 km (121 mi). Inclination: 51.6476 deg. Period: 88.77 min. Launch delayed from original schedule of January 30, and was made just one day after the Columbia disaster resulted in a suspension of shuttle flights. Docked successfully with the ISS on 14:49 GMT on 4 February 2003. Undocked from Zvezda on August 27 and deorbited later the same day.

2003 February 3 - .
2003 February 4 - .
  • STS-107 MCC Status Report #22 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Anderson; Bowersox; Brown, David; Budarin; Chawla; Clark; Husband; McCool; Pettit; Ramon. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. As NASA paused to pay tribute to Columbia's astronauts, the agency reported making "considerable progress" in recovering debris from the Space Shuttle and analyzing data in the search for clues to what caused the orbiter to breakup 16 minutes before its landing last Saturday. Additional Details: here....

2003 February 4 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-5 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. Summary: A Russian Progress 10 resupply craft successfully docked to the International Space Station today, two days after it was launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.. Additional Details: here....

2003 February 5 - .
  • STS-107 MCC Status Report #23 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. Summary: The search for clues about what caused Columbia's breakup during reentry Saturday, and the hunt for key debris from the orbiter, expanded today with recovery teams deployed in California and Arizona.. Additional Details: here....

2003 February 6 - .
  • STS-107 MCC Status Report #24 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. The independent board charged with determining what caused the destruction of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the loss of its seven astronauts began its work today at the Johnson Space Center, Houston. Recovery teams continued to search for debris from California to Louisiana. Additional Details: here....

2003 February 7 - .
  • STS-107 MCC Status Report #25 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. The independent board charged with determining what caused the destruction of Columbia met with NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe at the Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston. Space Shuttle Program Manager Ron Dittemore flew to the External Tank manufacturer in Michoud, La. to discuss processing of the tank with engineers. Recovery teams continued to search for debris. Additional Details: here....

2003 February 7 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-6 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. Summary: As they complete their eleventh week on orbit, the International Space Station's Expedition 6 crewmembers are unpacking a new shipment of supplies while helping mission managers plan for the remainder of their time in space.. Additional Details: here....

2003 February 10 - .
  • STS-107 MCC Status Report #26 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe reported today approximately 12,000 pieces of debris from the Space Shuttle Columbia have been collected along a 500-mile swath between Ft. Worth, Texas, and the Louisiana-Texas border. The debris is being tagged for identification and transported to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla., for use in the on-going investigation. Additional Details: here....

2003 February 11 - .
  • STS-107 MCC Status Report #27 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. Columbia debris recovery efforts continued today centered in areas of eastern Texas and western Louisiana. More than 1,600 recovered items are at Barksdale Air Force Base, Shreveport, La. Barksdale is the central field collection point for debris being shipped to the Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla., to begin Shuttle Columbia reconstruction. Additional Details: here....

2003 February 12 - .
  • STS-107 MCC Status Report #18 - . Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. A Space Shuttle contingency has been declared in Mission Control, Houston, as a result of the loss of communication with the Space Shuttle Columbia at approximately 9 a.m. EST Saturday as it descended toward a landing at the Kennedy Space Center, Fla. It was scheduled to touchdown at 9:16 a.m. EST. Communication and tracking of the shuttle was lost at 9 a.m. EST at an altitude of about 203,000 feet in the area above north central Texas. Additional Details: here....

2003 February 14 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-7 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit; Ross. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. Approaching three months into their stay in space aboard the International Space Station, the Expedition 6 crewmembers continued unpacking newly arrived supplies this week, watched their home's altitude rise, held a news conference and operated the station's robotic arm. Additional Details: here....

2003 February 21 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-8 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. Summary: The Expedition 6 crew marked its 90th day in orbit today. Commander Ken Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit have been in orbit since their launch from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Nov. 23.. Additional Details: here....

2003 February 28 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-9 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Foale; Kaleri; Malenchenko; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. Approaching their 100th day in orbit, the International Space Station's Expedition 6 crewmembers completed an important test of on-orbit spacewalk preparation this week, while program managers cleared the way for a crew rotation scenario that will bring the three-man crew back to Earth in Kazakhstan in May. Additional Details: here....

2003 March 7 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-10 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. Summary: The crew of the International Space Station's sixth expedition passed the benchmark of 100 days in space this week while focusing on routine maintenance of station systems and a survey of the station using the Canadarm2 robotic arm.. Additional Details: here....

2003 March 14 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-11 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. The Expedition 6 crew aboard the International Space Station, Commander Ken Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit, spent their week doing routine maintenance, completing the troubleshooting of the Microgravity Science Glovebox and continuing a survey of the outside of the station using the Canadarm2 robotic arm. Additional Details: here....

2003 March 21 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-12 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. Summary: Expedition 6 crewmembers on the International Space Station this week continued science investigations and made repairs and upgrades to their orbital home. They also studied plans for the second spacewalk of their mission.. Additional Details: here....

2003 March 28 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-13 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. Expedition 6 crewmembers are finishing their 18th week on the International Space Station, preparing for a second spacewalk and for their return to Earth in a Russian spacecraft in May. Commander Ken Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit spent the week advancing their science agenda and getting a major experiment apparatus, the Microgravity Sciences Glovebox (MSG), working again after weeks of troubleshooting an electrical problem. Additional Details: here....

2003 April 4 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-14 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Lu; Malenchenko; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. International Space Station crewmembers, Commander Ken Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit, spent much of this week preparing for their spacewalk next Tuesday. The 61/2-hour spacewalk is scheduled to begin about 7:30 a.m. CDT, with NASA Television coverage slated to start at 6 a.m. Additional Details: here....

2003 April 8 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-15 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Lu; Malenchenko; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. Expedition 6 Commander Ken Bowersox and NASA Science Officer Don Pettit reconfigured critical power cables and continued the external outfitting of the International Space Station today during a 6 hour, 26 minute spacewalk designed to complete a number of get-ahead tasks for future ISS assembly. Additional Details: here....

2003 April 8 - . 12:40 GMT - .
  • EVA ISS EO-6-2 - . Crew: Bowersox; Pettit. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.27 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. The Quest airlock was depressurized at 1236 GMT. Cosmonaut Budarin supported the operations from inside the station. One of the more important tasks was to reroute power cables for two of the station's critical control moment gyros, so that the pair could not be disabled by any single power disruption. This was important to provide extra redundancy, since one of the four total gyros has already failed and could not be replaced due to the grounding of the shuttle fleet after the STS-107 disaster.

2003 April 11 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-16 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Lu; Malenchenko; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. Summary: A remarkable week of spacewalk and science activities is winding down for the International Space Station's Expedition 6 crew, Commander Ken Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin and NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit.. Additional Details: here....

2003 April 18 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-17 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Lu; Malenchenko; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. The Expedition 6 crewmembers on board the International Space Station stepped up their preparations for returning to Earth this week, while the next permanent crew for the station received its final certification for a launch scheduled for the end of next week. Additional Details: here....

2003 April 25 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-18 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Lu; Malenchenko; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. Summary: A major step in assuring the continued permanent human presence in space aboard the International Space Station was realized tonight with the flawless launch of a cosmonaut and astronaut aboard a Russian rocket.. Additional Details: here....

2003 April 28 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-19 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Lu; Malenchenko; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6; ISS EO-7. Summary: New residents arrived aboard the International Space Station today to take over occupancy of the orbital outpost from the crew that has been aloft for more than five months.. Additional Details: here....

2003 May 2 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-20 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Lu; Malenchenko; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6; ISS EO-7. International Space Station crewmembers are wrapping up a week largely devoted to handover briefings and activities for the Expedition 7 crew and their Expedition 6 predecessors. The week will culminate with the undocking of the Soyuz TMA-1 from the station at 5:40 p.m. CDT on Saturday. Additional Details: here....

2003 May 4 - .
  • Landing of Soyuz TMA-1 - . Return Crew: Budarin; Bowersox; Pettit. Nation: Russia. Related Persons: Budarin; Bowersox; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6. The loss of the shuttle Columbia on the STS-107 mission grounded the shuttle fleet and meant that the Soyuz TMA-1 attached to the ISS would be used in its lifeboat role for the first time. Soyuz TMA-2 carried the EO-7 skeleton crew to the ISS with the mission of keeping the station in operation until shuttle flights could resume. This allowed the EO-6 crew, after their extended stay aboard the ISS, to finally return home. They readied the TMA-1 for landing and then undocked from the ISS at 22:40 GMT on 2 May. This marked the first return of American astronauts in a Soyuz capsule (though several had ridden Soyuz capsules to the Mir station). During the re-entry, the first for the Soyuz TMA-1 model, the guidance failed and the capsule reverted to a rolling ballistic re-entry. This subjected the crew to over 8 G's, as opposed to under 3 G's for a normal Soyuz lifting re-entry. It also resulted in a landing 460 km short of the target. Soyuz TMA-1 landed at 2:07 GMT, but htere was a delay of over two hours before recovery forces arrived at the capsule.

2003 May 4 - .
  • International Space Station Status Report #03-21 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bowersox; Budarin; Lu; Malenchenko; Pettit. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-6; ISS EO-7. The Expedition 6 crew touched down in northern Kazakhstan in its Soyuz spacecraft at 9:07 p.m. CDT Saturday, after an undocking from the International Space Station. The Soyuz landed well short of the predicted site and it took almost three hours for a search plane to find the capsule and report that all appeared well. Additional Details: here....

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