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ICC (left) and the MPLM Leonardo (center) in Discovery's payload bay
NamesSpace Transportation System-102
Mission typeISS crew rotation
COSPAR ID2001-010A Edit this at Wikidata
SATCAT no.26718
Mission duration12 days, 19 hours, 51 minutes, 57 seconds
Distance travelled8.5 million kilometres (5.3 million miles)
Spacecraft properties
SpacecraftSpace Shuttle Discovery
Launch mass99,503 kilograms (219,367 lb)
Landing mass90,043 kilograms (198,511 lb)
Payload mass5,760 kilograms (12,700 lb)
Crew size7
EVA duration15 hours, 17 minutes
Start of mission
Launch date8 March 2001, 11:42 (2001-03-08UTC11:42Z) UTC
Launch siteKennedy LC-39B
End of mission
Landing date21 March 2001, 07:33:06 (2001-03-21UTC07:33:07Z) UTC
Landing siteKennedy SLF Runway 15
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude370 kilometres (230 mi)
Apogee altitude381 kilometres (237 mi)
Inclination51.5 degrees
Period92.1 minutes
Docking with ISS
Docking portPMA-2
(Destiny forward)
Docking date10 March 2001, 06:38 UTC
Undocking date19 March 2001, 04:32 UTC
Time docked8 days, 21 hours, 54 minutes

The STS-102 crew portrait.
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STS-100 (104) →

STS-102 was a Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS) flown by Space Shuttle Discovery and launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida. STS-102 flew in March 2001; its primary objectives were resupplying the ISS and rotating the Expedition 1 and Expedition 2 crews. At eight hours 56 minutes, the first EVA performed on the mission remains the longest spacewalk ever undertaken.


Position Launching Astronaut Landing Astronaut
Commander United States James D. Wetherbee
Fifth spaceflight
Pilot United States James M. Kelly
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 1 Australia/United States Andrew S. W. Thomas
Third spaceflight
Mission Specialist 2 United States Paul W. Richards
Only spaceflight
Mission Specialist 3 Russia Yury V. Usachev, RKA
Expedition 2
Fourth and last spaceflight
ISS Commander/ISS Soyuz Commander
United States William M. Shepherd
Expedition 1
Fourth and last spaceflight
ISS Commander
Mission Specialist 4 United States James S. Voss
Expedition 2
Fifth and last spaceflight
ISS Flight Engineer
Russia Yuri P. Gidzenko, RKA
Expedition 1
Second spaceflight
ISS Soyuz Commander
Mission Specialist 5 United States Susan J. Helms
Expedition 2
Fifth and last spaceflight
ISS Flight Engineer 2[2]
Russia Sergei K. Krikalev, RKA
Expedition 1
Fifth spaceflight
ISS Flight Engineer


  • Voss and Helms – EVA 1
  • EVA 1 Start: 11 March 2001 – 05:12 UTC
  • EVA 1 End: 11 March 2001 – 14:08 UTC
  • Duration: 8 hours, 56 minutes
  • Thomas and Richards – EVA 2
  • EVA 2 Start:13 March 2001 – 05:23 UTC
  • EVA 2 End: 13 March 2001 – 11:44 UTC
  • Duration: 6 hours, 21 minutes

Mission highlights[edit]

Space Station Assembly Flight ISS-5A.1 was the first use of the Multi Purpose Logistics Module (Leonardo) to bring supplies to the station. The steel modules were equipped with up to 16 International Standard Payload Racks for installation in the US Lab. Also carried an Integrated Cargo Carrier (ICC). The ICC had the External Stowage Platform-1 mounted on its underside. ESP-1 was placed on the port side of 'Destiny' as a storage location for ORUs. The mission also included two spacewalks to relocate the units carried up by the ICC to the Destiny module exterior.

Wake-up calls[edit]

NASA began a tradition of playing music to astronauts during the Gemini program, which was first used to wake up a flight crew during Apollo 15.[3] Each track is specially chosen, often by their families, and usually has a special meaning to an individual member of the crew, or is applicable to their daily activities.[3][4]

Flight Day Song Artist/Composer
Day 2 "Living the Life" Rockit Scientists
Day 4 "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" Starship
Day 6 "From A Distance" Nancy Griffith
Day 7 "Free Fallin'" Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
Day 8 "Should I Stay or Should I Go" The Clash
Day 12 "Moscow Windows" Unknown

See also[edit]


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

  1. ^ "Expedition 1 Press Kit" (PDF). NASA. p. 6. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 November 2001. Retrieved 28 January 2021. From left, they are Flight Engineer and Russian Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev; International Space Station Commander and U.S. Astronaut Bill Shepherd; and Soyuz Commander and Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Gidzenko.
  2. ^ "Expedition 2 Press Kit" (PDF). NASA. 6 March 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 November 2001. Retrieved 29 January 2021. During her four-month stay on the ISS, Helms will serve as Flight Engineer-2.
  3. ^ a b Fries, Colin (25 June 2007). "Chronology of Wakeup Calls" (PDF). NASA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 June 2010. Retrieved 13 August 2007.
  4. ^ NASA (11 May 2009). "STS-102 Wakeup Calls". NASA. Archived from the original on 13 April 2001. Retrieved 31 July 2009.

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