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STS-108
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STS-108
STS-108
Credit: NASA
ISS Logistics flight. Brought supplies to the Station aboard the Raffaello module,

AKA: Endeavour;ISS UF-1. Launched: 2001-12-05. Returned: 2001-12-17. Number crew: 4 . Duration: 11.82 days.

ISS Logistics flight, launch delayed from November 30 and December 4. Gorie, Kelley, Godwin, Tani, Onufrienko, Bursch, Walz STS-108 flew the UF-1 Utilization Flight mission to the International Space Station. The UF designation distinguished this from earlier Station flights which were considered assembly flights. The shuttle would deliver the Expedition-4 crew of Onufrienko, Bursch, and Walz to the station and return the Expedition-3 crew to earth. In addition to the crew swap, UF-1 brought supplies to the Station aboard the Raffaello module, and Godwin and Tani conducted a spacewalk to add thermal blankets to the gimbals on the Station's solar arrays. Endeavour reached an orbit of approximately 58 x 230 km (according to the NASA PAO) at 2228 GMT. At 2259 GMT it fired its OMS engines to raise perigee to 225 km. Mass after OMS-2 was 114,692 kg. Endeavour soft docked with the International Space Station at 2003 GMT on December 7. Problems with aligning the vehicles delayed hard dock until 20:51 GMT, and the hatch was opened at 22:43 GMT. The Raffaello module was unberthed from Endeavour at 1701 GMT on December 8 and berthed to the Unity module of the station at 1755 UTC.

STS-108 cargo bay payload was dominated by the Raffaello (MPLM-2) logistics module with 4 RSP and 8 RSR resupply racks. Also in the cargo bay were the MACH-1 and LMC experiment trusses flown under the Goddard small payloads program. MACH-1 was an MPESS-type Hitchhiker bridge carrying the CAPL-3 capillary thermal control experiment on top. On its forward side was the Starshine-2 launch canister, the CAPL-3 avionics plate, the Hitchhiker avionics plate, and the SEM-15 canister. On the aft side was the G-761 canister containing experiments from Argentina, the PSRD synchrotron detector (a prototype for the AMS antimatter experiment which will fly on Station later), and the COLLIDE-2 and SEM-11 canisters. The SEM (Space Experiment Modules) are collections of high school experiments. LMC, the Lightweight MPESS Carrier carried four canisters with materials science and technology experiments: SEM-12, G-785, G-064 and G-730. In addition, an adapter beam on the starboard sidewall carried G-221 and G-775, with materials science and biology experiments.

Raffaello was transferred back to the Shuttle payload bay on December 14. Endeavour undocked from the Station at 17:28 UTC on December 15 and made a half loop around the station before making a small separation burn at 1822 UTC. The Starshine-2 reflector satellite was ejected from the MACH-1 bridge in Endeavour's payload bay at 1502 UTC on December 16. Endeavour landed on runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center at 1755 UTC on December 17. The Expedition 3 crew of Culbertson, Dezhurov and Tyurin returned to Earth aboard Endeavour, leaving the Expedition 4 crew of Onufrienko, Bursch and Walz in charge of the Station.


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Family: Manned spaceflight. People: Godwin, Gorie, Kelly, Mark, Tani. Country: USA. Spacecraft: Endeavour. Launch Sites: Cape Canaveral. Agency: NASA.

2001 December 5 - .
2001 December 5 - . 22:19 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39B. Launch Platform: MLP1. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Space Shuttle.
  • STS-108 - . Call Sign: Endeavour. Crew: Bursch, Godwin, Gorie, Kelly, Mark, Onufrienko, Tani, Walz. Payload: Endeavour F17 / Raffaello. Mass: 105,000 kg (231,000 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bursch, Godwin, Gorie, Kelly, Mark, Onufrienko, Tani, Walz. Agency: NASA. Manufacturer: Boeing. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-108, STS-108 ISS EO-4. Spacecraft Bus: Shuttle. Spacecraft: Endeavour. Duration: 11.82 days. Decay Date: 2001-12-17 . USAF Sat Cat: 26995 . COSPAR: 2001-054A. Apogee: 377 km (234 mi). Perigee: 353 km (219 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.80 min.

    ISS Logistics flight, launch delayed from November 30 and December 4. Gorie, Kelley, Godwin, Tani, Onufrikeno, Bursch, Walz STS-108 flew the UF-1 Utilization Flight mission to the International Space Station. The UF designation distinguished this from earlier Station flights which were considered assembly flights. The shuttle would deliver the Expedition-4 crew of Onufrikeno, Bursch, and Walz to the station and return the Expedition-3 crew to earth. In addition to the crew swap, UF-1 brought supplies to the Station aboard the Raffaello module, and Godwin and Tani conducted a spacewalk to add thermal blankets to the gimbals on the Station's solar arrays. Endeavour reached an orbit of approximately 58 x 230 km (according to the NASA PAO) at 2228 GMT. At 2259 GMT it fired its OMS engines to raise perigee to 225 km. Mass after OMS-2 was 114,692 kg. Endeavour soft docked with the International Space Station at 2003 GMT on December 7. Problems with aligning the vehicles delayed hard dock until 20:51 GMT, and the hatch was opened at 22:43 GMT. The Raffaello module was unberthed from Endeavour at 1701 GMT on December 8 and berthed to the Unity module of the station at 1755 UTC.

    STS-108 cargo bay payload was dominated by the Raffaello (MPLM-2) logistics module with 4 RSP and 8 RSR resupply racks. Also in the cargo bay were the MACH-1 and LMC experiment trusses flown under the Goddard small payloads program. MACH-1 was an MPESS-type Hitchhiker bridge carrying the CAPL-3 capillary thermal control experiment on top. On its forward side was the Starshine-2 launch canister, the CAPL-3 avionics plate, the Hitchhiker avionics plate, and the SEM-15 canister. On the aft side was the G-761 canister containing experiments from Argentina, the PSRD synchrotron detector (a prototype for the AMS antimatter experiment which will fly on Station later), and the COLLIDE-2 and SEM-11 canisters. The SEM (Space Experiment Modules) are collections of high school experiments. LMC, the Lightweight MPESS Carrier carried four canisters with materials science and technology experiments: SEM-12, G-785, G-064 and G-730. In addition, an adapter beam on the starboard sidewall carried G-221 and G-775, with materials science and biology experiments.

    Raffaello was transferred back to the Shuttle payload bay on December 14. Endeavour undocked from the Station at 17:28 UTC on December 15 and made a half loop around the station before making a small separation burn at 1822 UTC. The Starshine-2 reflector satellite was ejected from the MACH-1 bridge in Endeavour's payload bay at 1502 UTC on December 16. Endeavour landed on runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center at 1755 UTC on December 17. The Expedition 3 crew of Culbertson, Dezhurov and Tyurin returned to Earth aboard Endeavour, leaving the Expedition 4 crew of Onufrienko, Bursch and Walz in charge of the Station.


2001 December 6 - .
  • STS-108 - Wakeup Song: Soul Spirit - . Flight: STS-108. "Soul Spirit" and"Put a Little Love in Your Life" sung by Bursch's daughter and her second-grade classmates..

2001 December 6 - .
2001 December 6 - .
2001 December 7 - .
  • STS-108 - Wakeup Song: God of Wonders - . Flight: STS-108. "God of Wonders" performed by 95:1, a worship band from St. Thomas Episcopal Church. Commander Dom Gorie's daughter Kim sings..

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 7 - .
2001 December 8 - .
  • STS-108 - Wakeup Song: Wade Into the Water - . Flight: STS-108. "Wade Into the Water" performed by Clear Creek Mighty Wildcat Marching Band. Mission Specialist Carl Walz's son Aaron plays percussion..

2001 December 8 - .
2001 December 8 - .
2001 December 9 - .
  • STS-108 - Wakeup Song: It's A Grand Ol' Flag - . Flight: STS-108.

    "It's A Grand Ol' Flag" performed by the Fire Department of New York Emerald Society Pipes & Drums. A New York firefighter presented Pilot Mark Kelly with today's wakeup music when Kelly visited the World Trade Center site with former NASA Administrator Dan Goldin shortly after the September 11 attacks.


2001 December 9 - .
2001 December 9 - .
2001 December 10 - .
  • STS-108 - Wakeup Song: Jumpin' at the Woodside - . Flight: STS-108. "Jumpin' at the Woodside" performed by Mission Specialist Linda Godwin's own band, Brass, Rhythm and Reeds composed mostly of NASA and NASA contractor personnel. Godwin plays tenor sax in this 18-piece big band recording..

2001 December 10 - .
2001 December 10 - .
2001 December 10 - . 17:49 GMT - .
  • EVA STS-108-1 - . Crew: Godwin, Tani. EVA Duration: 0.17 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Godwin, Tani. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-108.

    The astronauts exited from the Shuttle's airlock and installed thermal blankets on the International Space Stations's P6 solar array gimbal motor bearings, which were distorting due to temperature changes. The blankets were installed by 2010 GMT; after failing to engage a solar array latch, the crew moved on to retrieve tools for the next mission and returned to the airlock.


2001 December 11 - .
  • STS-108 - Wakeup Song: Let There Be Peace on Earth - . Flight: STS-108.

    "Let There Be Peace on Earth" performed by Vince and Jenny Gill from the Vince Gill album"Let There be Peace on Earth" awakened Endeavour's crew this morning at 6:19 a.m. CST. The song was played for Expedition Three Commander Frank Culbertson from his wife for his years of dedicated pursuit of peace on Earth through service to his country, and in tribute to a special anniversary today.


2001 December 11 - .
  • STS-108 Mission Status Report #13 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Ross. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3, STS-108, STS-108 ISS EO-4.

    The United States astronauts and Russian cosmonauts aboard the shuttle Endeavour and the International Space Station paused this morning to remember and honor the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks, as did many Americans across the country and citizens of nations around the world. Additional Details: here....


2001 December 11 - .
2001 December 12 - .
  • STS-108 - Wakeup Song: Fly Me to the Moon - . Flight: STS-108. "Fly Me to the Moon" , sung by Oliver"Ollie" O'Regin for Dan Tani..

2001 December 12 - .
2001 December 12 - .
2001 December 13 - .
  • STS-108 - Wakeup Song: Here Comes the Sun - . Flight: STS-108.

    "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.


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 - .
  • STS-108 - Wakeup Song: My Sweetheart - . Flight: STS-108. "My Sweetheart" Traditional Russian song, played for Onufrienko, Dezhurov and Tyurin. The Expedition Four crew was awakened about a half-hour later with a wakeup tone on board the station..

2001 December 14 - .
2001 December 14 - .
2001 December 15 - .
  • STS-108 - Wakeup Song: Where I Come From - . Flight: STS-108. "Where I Come From" by Alan Jackson, for Pilot Mark Kelly from his family..

2001 December 15 - .
2001 December 15 - .
2001 December 16 - .
  • STS-108 - Wakeup Song: I'll Be Home For Christmas - . Flight: STS-108. "I'll Be Home For Christmas" sung by Bing Crosby..

2001 December 16 - .
  • STS-108 Mission Status Report #23 - . Nation: USA. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-105 ISS EO-3, STS-108, STS-108 ISS EO-4. On board Endeavour today, the crew focused its efforts on checking out the systems and equipment that will be used during Endeavour's planned reentry and landing Monday.. Additional Details: here....

2001 December 16 - .
2001 December 17 - .
  • STS-108 - Wakeup Song: Please Come Home For Christmas - . Flight: STS-108. "Please Come Home For Christmas" sung by Jon Bon Jovi..

2001 December 17 - .
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 - .

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