Yuri V. Lonchakov, STS-100 mission specialist, grins and waves to a crewmate as he passes through the passageway between Space Shuttle Endeavour's mid deck and flight deck.
Click on image for full size
Courtesy of NASA
Reaching Out from the ISS
News story originally written on April 26, 2001
The shuttle Endeavour lifted off into space on April 19, 2001. The 7 astronauts onboard are from all over the world! Commander Kent Rominger
and Pilot Jeffrey Ashby are from the United States as are mission specialists Scott Parazynski and John Phillips. The other mission specialists are Yuri Lonchakov from Russia, Umberto Guidoni from Italy, and Chris Hadfield from Canada. The shuttle docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on April 21, 2001.
The shuttle also carried with it 2 other important things, the robotic arm for the space station and the Raffaello module full of experiments. The Candian-built robotic arm was attached to the station during 2 spacewalks outside the shuttle and ISS. This robotic arm will be able to reach out and help with future space station assembly and maintenance.
Italian-built Raffaello carried 2 more experiment racks that have been installed in the Destiny laboratory. Now there are 3 full racks of experiments in the ISS lab. Unwanted items from the ISS are being loaded onto Raffaello and will be brought back to Earth when Endeavour returns on April 30, 2001.
STS-100 is Endeavour's 16th flight into orbit and is the 104th mission in the
history of the
Shop Windows to the Universe Science Store!
Our online store
includes fun classroom activities
for you and your students. Issues of NESTA's quarterly journal, The Earth Scientist
are also full of classroom activities on different topics in Earth and space science!
You might also be interested in:
Dennis Tito, the world's first paying space tourist has returned safely back to Earth. Tito summed up his whole trip with these words, "It was perfect. It was paradise." Dennis Tito is a 60-year-old American...more
The third crew's stay onboard the International Space Station (ISS) is coming to a close. Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin have been onboard the space...more
It was another exciting and frustrating year for the space science program. It seemed that every step forward led to one backwards. Either way, NASA led the way to a great century of discovery. Unfortunately,...more
The Space Shuttle Discovery lifted off from Kennedy Space Center on October 29th at 2:19 p.m. EST. The weather was great as Discovery took 8 1/2 minutes to reach orbit. This was the United States' 123rd...more
A moon was discovered orbiting the asteroid, Eugenia. This is only the second time in history that a satellite has been seen circling an asteroid. A special mirror allowed scientists to find the moon...more
Will Russia ever put the service module for the International Space Station in space? NASA officials want an answer from the Russian government. The necessary service module is currently waiting to be...more
A coronal mass ejection (CME) happened on the Sun early last month. The material that was thrown out from this explosion passed the ACE spacecraft. The SWICS instrument on ACE has produced a new and very...more