STS-111 delivered Expedition Five Flight Engineer
Peggy Whitson and her crewmates to the International
the Gallery to see STS-111
Endeavour Delivers Expedition Five Crew
The International Space Station received a new crew and a
new platform for its robotic arm when STS-111 visited in June
2002. STS-111, which was the 14th shuttle mission to visit
the orbital outpost, launched June 5 and landed June 19.
delivered the Expedition Five crew to the station and returned
the Expedition Four crew to Earth. Space Shuttle Endeavour
also delivered and the Mobile Base System, or MBS. The STS-111
astronauts also performed three spacewalks. Among the objectives
completed during the spacewalks was permanent installation
of the MBS onto the station and replacement of a wrist roll
joint on the station's robotic arm. The STS-111 crew also
unloaded supplies and science experiments from the Leonardo
Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, which made its third trip
to the orbital outpost.
Endeavour landed, it marked the end of a record-setting flight
by the Expedition Four crew. Expedition Four crew spent 196
days in space, which gives Flight Engineers Carl Walz and
Dan Bursch the U.S. space flight endurance record. The previous
record was 188 days. Walz also holds the U.S. record for cumulative
time in space with 231 days, and Bursch is second with 227
days. STS-111 Mission Specialist Franklin Chang-Díaz become
only the second human to launch into space seven times during
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STS-111 spacewalker Franklin Chang-Díaz.
Crew Completes 3 EVAs
Three spacewalks were performed during STS-111’s stay at the
International Space Station to continue on-orbit construction
and to do some maintenance work. The spacewalkers were Mission
Specialists Franklin Chang-Díaz and Philippe Perrin. During
the first spacewalk, which occurred on Flight Day 5, they
prepared the Mobile Remote Servicer Base System, or MBS, for
installation onto the station's Mobile Transporter on Flight
Day 6. They also set the stage for the P6 Truss' relocation
during a future flight.
of STS-111's second extravehicular activity, or EVA, was the
outfitting and permanent attachment of the MBS onto the station.
This spacewalk occurred on Flight Day 7. The primary task
during the final spacewalk, which occurred on Flight Day 9,
was the replacement of a wrist roll joint on the station's
spacewalks were based from the station's Quest Airlock. STS-111
Pilot Paul Lockhart served as the spacewalk coordinator and
Commander Ken Cockrell operated Endeavour's robot arm. Expedition
Four Flight Engineer Carl Walz and Expedition Five Commander
Valery Korzun and Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson operated the
station's robot arm.