STS-113

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STS-113
Shuttle delivers ISS P1 truss.jpg
Endeavour carrying the P1 Truss
Mission type ISS assembly
Crew rotation
Operator NASA
COSPAR ID 2002-052A
SATCAT № 27556
Mission duration 13 days, 18 hours, 48 minutes, 38 seconds
Distance travelled 9,000,000 kilometres (5,600,000 mi)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft Space Shuttle Endeavour
Launch mass 116,460 kilograms (256,750 lb)
Landing mass 91,498 kilograms (201,719 lb)
Payload mass 12,477 kilograms (27,507 lb)
Crew
Crew size 7
Members James D. Wetherbee
Paul S. Lockhart
Michael López-Alegría
John B. Herrington
Launching Kenneth D. Bowersox
Nikolai M. Budarin
Donald R. Pettit
Landing Valery G. Korzun
Peggy A. Whitson
Sergei Y. Treshchov
Start of mission
Launch date 23 November 2002, 00:49:47 (2002-11-23UTC00:49:47Z) UTC
Launch site Kennedy LC-39A
End of mission
Landing date 7 December 2002, 19:38:25 (2002-12-07UTC19:38:26Z) UTC
Landing site Kennedy SLF Runway 33
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 379 kilometres (235 mi)
Apogee 397 kilometres (247 mi)
Inclination 51.6 degrees
Period 92.3 min
Docking with ISS
Docking port PMA-2 (Harmony forward)
Docking date 25 November 2002, 21:59 UTC
Undocking date 2 December 2002, 20:50 UTC
Time docked 6 days, 22 hours, 51 minutes

Sts-113-patch.png STS-113 crew.jpg
(L-R): Paul S. Lockhart, Michael E. López-Alegría, John B. Herrington, and James D. Wetherbee


Space Shuttle program
← STS-112 STS-107
View of Earth's horizon at sunrise as seen from Endeavour on STS-113.
Illustration of the International Space Station after STS-113

STS-113 was a Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS) flown by Space Shuttle Endeavour. During the 14-day mission in late 2002, Endeavour and its crew extended the ISS backbone with the P1 truss and exchanged the Expedition 5 and Expedition 6 crews aboard the station. With Commander Jim Wetherbee and Pilot Paul Lockhart at the controls, Endeavour docked with the station on 25 November 2002 to begin seven days of station assembly, spacewalks and crew and equipment transfers. This was Endeavour’s last flight before entering its Orbiter Major Modification period until 2007, and also the last shuttle mission before the Columbia disaster.

Crew[edit]

Position Launching Astronaut Landing Astronaut
Commander James D. Wetherbee
Sixth spaceflight
Pilot Paul S. Lockhart
Second spaceflight
Mission Specialist 1 Michael López-Alegría
Third spaceflight
Mission Specialist 2 John B. Herrington
First spaceflight
Flight Engineer
Mission Specialist 3 Kenneth D. Bowersox
Expedition 6
Fifth spaceflight
ISS Commander
Valery G. Korzun, RKA
Expedition 5
Second spaceflight
ISS Commander/Soyuz Commander
Mission Specialist 4 Nikolai M. Budarin, RKA
Expedition 6
Third spaceflight
ISS Flight Engineer/Soyuz Commander
Peggy A. Whitson
Expedition 5
First spaceflight
ISS Flight Engineer
Mission Specialist 5 Donald R. Pettit
Expedition 6
First spaceflight
ISS Flight Engineer
Sergei Y. Treshchov, RKA
Expedition 5
First spaceflight
ISS Flight Engineer

Mission highlights[edit]

STS-113 was an Assembly Mission (11A) to the International Space Station, delivering the P1 Truss segment, which provides structural support for the Space Station radiators. Mission Specialists John Herrington and Michael López-Alegría performed three spacewalks to activate and outfit the P1. The STS-113 crew and both Expedition crews transferred about 1,969 kilograms (4,340 pounds) of cargo between the shuttle and station.

STS-113 delivered the Expedition 6 crew to the station for a four-month increment. The Expedition 5 crew returned to Earth aboard STS-113, ending an 185-day stay in space.

STS-113 came to a close when Endeavour glided in to a landing at Kennedy Space Center on 7 December. It was the 19th flight of Endeavour, the 112th shuttle mission, and the 16th shuttle mission to the station. The landing was the first time a mission ended on the fourth day of landing attempts.

Also carried aboard STS-113 was the Micro-Electromechanical System (MEMS) based Pico Satellite Inspector. This payload deployed two small satellites which are connected via a 15 metres (49 ft) tether.

STS-113 was the last successful mission before STS-107. Gus Loria was originally scheduled to fly as the pilot for this mission, but was replaced due to an injury. His replacement was Paul S. Lockhart

STS-113 was the final mission during which Russian cosmonauts flew on the Space Shuttle.

Because Endeavour entered its Orbiter Major Modification period after the Columbia disaster, this was the last shuttle mission to fly with a traditional analog-style cockpit.

Attempt Planned Result Turnaround Reason Decision point Weather go (%) Notes
1 11 Nov 2002, 12:58:40 am scrubbed --- technical 10 Nov 2002, 9:00 pm 90%[1] problems with an oxygen system in the orbiter's midbody[2]
2 22 Nov 2002, 8:15:30 pm scrubbed 11 days, 19 hours, 17 minutes weather 22 Nov 2002, 8:05 pm 90% weather at TAL sites Zaragoza and Moron, Spain[3]
3 23 Nov 2002, 7:49:47 pm success 0 days, 23 hours, 34 minutes 95%[3] initial weather reports for TAL sites was not favorable but cleared in time for launch.

Mission parameters[edit]

Docking with ISS[edit]

  • Docked: 25 November 2002, 21:59:00 UTC
  • Undocked: 2 December 2002, 20:50:00 UTC
  • Time Docked: 6 days, 22 h, 51 min, 00 s

Spacewalks[edit]

Mission Spacewalkers Start – UTC End – UTC Duration Mission
47. STS-113
EVA 1
Michael López-Alegría
John Herrington
26 November 2002
19:49
27 November 2002
02:34
6 h, 45 min Install P1 truss
48. STS-113
EVA 2
Michael López-Alegría
John Herrington
28 November 2002
18:36
29 November 2002
00:46
6 h, 10 min Install TV cameras, move CETA
49. STS-113
EVA 3
Michael López-Alegría
John Herrington
30 November 2002
19:25
1 December 2002
02:25
7 h, 00 min Inspect Mobile Transporter

See also[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  1. ^ "Shuttle fueling begins". CBS News. 10 November 2002. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 
  2. ^ "Launch scrubbed by oxygen problem". CBS News. 10 November 2002. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "Shuttle grounded by rain in Spain". CBS News. Retrieved 30 August 2009. 

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