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Helms
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Helms, Susan Jane (1958-) American test engineer mission specialist astronaut. Flew on STS-54, STS-64, STS-78, STS-101, ISS EO-2.

Grew up in Portland, Oregon, daughter of an Air Force officer.. Educated USAFA; Edwards. US Air Force flight test engineer. Total EVA Time: 0.37 days. Number of EVAs: 1.


NASA Official Biography

NAME: Susan J. Helms (Lieutenant Colonel, USAF)
NASA Astronaut

PERSONAL DATA:
Born February 26, 1958, in Charlotte, North Carolina, but considers Portland, Oregon, to be her hometown. She enjoys jazz piano and other musical activities, jogging, traveling, reading, flying, and cooking. Plays keyboard for MAX-Q, a rock-n-roll band. Her parents, Lt. Col. (Ret., USAF) Pat and Dori Helms, reside in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

EDUCATION:
Graduated from Parkrose Senior High School, Portland, Oregon, in 1976; received a bachelor of science degree in aeronautical engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1980, and a master of science degree in aeronautics/astronautics from Stanford University in 1985.

ORGANIZATIONS:
Women Military Aviators; U.S. Air Force Academy Association of Graduates; Stanford Alumni Association; American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

SPECIAL HONORS:
Recipient of the Distinguished Superior Service Medal, the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the NASA Space Flight Medal. Named a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School, and recipient of the R.L. Jones Award for Outstanding Flight Test Engineer, Class 88A. In 1990, she received the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment Commanding Officer's Commendation, a special award unique to the Canadian Forces. Named the Air Force Armament Laboratory Junior Engineer of the Year in 1983.

EXPERIENCE:
Helms graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1980. She received her commission and was assigned to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, as an F-16 weapons separation engineer with the Air Force Armament Laboratory. In 1982, she became the lead engineer for F-15 weapons separation. In 1984, she was selected to attend graduate school. She received her degree from Stanford University in 1985 and was assigned as an assistant professor of aeronautics at the U.S. Air Force Academy. In 1987, she attended the Air Force Test Pilot School at Edwards Air Force Base, California. After completing one year of training as a flight test engineer, Helms was assigned as a USAF Exchange Officer to the Aerospace Engineering Test Establishment, Canadian Forces Base, Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada, where she worked as a flight test engineer and project officer on the CF-18 aircraft. She was managing the development of a CF-18 Flight Control System Simulation for the Canadian Forces when selected for the astronaut program.

As a flight test engineer, Helms has flown in 30 different types of U.S. and Canadian military aircraft.

Selected by NASA in January 1990, Helms became an astronaut in July 1991. She is qualified for assignment as a mission specialist on future Space Shuttle flight crews. Her technical assignments to date include working RMS/robotics issues in the Mission Development Branch of the Astronaut Office, and as a CAPCOM (spacecraft communicator) for STS-57, STS-51, STS-58, STS-60 & STS-61. She is currently the Branch Chief for Payloads/Habitability for the Astronaut Office. A veteran of three space flights, Helms has orbited the Earth 544 times, traveled over 14 million miles, and has logged a total of 33 days, 20 hours, 17 minutes, and 17 seconds in space.

On her first mission, Helms flew on the crew of STS-54, January 13-19, 1993. The primary objective was the deploy of a $200-million NASA Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS-F). A Diffuse X-Ray Spectrometer (DXS) carried in the payload bay, collected over 80,000 seconds of quality X-ray data that will enable investigators to answer questions about the origin of the Milky Way galaxy. The crew demonstrated the physics principles of everyday toys to an interactive audience of elementary school students across the United States. A highly successful Extravehicular Activity (EVA) resulted in many lessons learned that will benefit Space Station Freedom assembly. Mission duration was 5 days, 23 hours, 38 minutes, 17 seconds.

On STS-64, September 9-20, 1994, Helms was the flight engineer for orbiter operations and the primary RMS operator aboard Space Shuttle Discovery. The major objective of this flight was to validate the design and operating characteristics of Lidar in Space Technology Experiment (LITE) by gathering data about the Earth's troposphere and stratosphere. Additional objectives included the deploy and retrieval of SPARTAN-201, a free-flying satellite that investigated the physics of the solar corona, and the testing of a new EVA maneuvering device. The Shuttle Plume Impingement Flight Experiment (SPIFEX) was used to collect extensive data on the effects of jet thruster impingement, in preparation for proximity tasks such as space station docking. Mission duration was 10 days, 22 hours, 51 minutes.

On STS-78, June 20 to July 7, 1996, Helms was the payload commander and flight engineer aboard Columbia, on the longest Space Shuttle mission to date. The mission included studies sponsored by ten nations and five space agencies, and was the first mission to combine both a full microgravity studies agenda and a comprehensive life science investigation. The Life and Microgravity Spacelab mission served as a model for future studies on board the International Space Station. Mission duration was 16 days, 21 hours, 48 minutes.

In completing three missions, Helms has orbited the Earth 544 times, traveled over 14 million miles, and has logged a total of 912 hours, 17 minutes, and 17 seconds in space.

MARCH 1997

Birth Place: Charlotte, North Carolina.
Status: Inactive.


Born: 1958.02.26.
Spaceflights: 5 .
Total time in space: 210.96 days.

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Associated Countries
See also
  • NASA Group 13 - 1990 Requirement: pilot, engineer, and scientist astronauts for space shuttle flights. Nickname: The Hairballs. As the 13th astronaut group, the 'unlucky' theme was discussed in designing an emblem for the group. A black cat was used on an early patch design rejected by NASA. This reminded some of hairballs and the group members adopted this as a nickname. More...

Associated Flights
  • STS-54 Crew: Casper, Harbaugh, Helms, McMonagle, Runco. Manned five crew. Deployed TDRSS 6. More...
  • STS-64 Crew: Hammond, Helms, Lee, Linenger, Meade, Richards. Flew Lidar In-Space Technology Experiment (LITE), Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for Astronomy (SPARTAN) 201-II experiments. More...
  • STS-78 Crew: Brady, Favier, Helms, Henricks, Kregel, Linnehan, Thirsk. Carried Life and Microgravity Spacelab; human biological and microgravity experiments. More...
  • STS-101 Crew: Halsell, Helms, Horowitz, Usachyov, Voss, Weber, Williams Jeffrey. First flight with new 'glass cockpit'. ISS Logistics flight. Repair, resupply and construction tasks aboard the international space station. More...
  • ISS EO-2 Crew: Helms, Usachyov, Voss. Three-person crew to operate the station and provide support during station replenishment and assembly missions Progress M-44, Progress M1-6, Soyuz TM-31, Soyuz TM-32 vehicles and Space Shuttles flights 5A.1, 6A, 7A, 7A.1. Backup crew: Bursch, Onufrienko, Walz. More...
  • ISS EO-3 Crew: Culbertson, Dezhurov, Tyurin. Three-person crew to operate the station and provide support during station replenishment and assembly missions Progress M-45, Progress M-DC1, Progress M1-7, Soyuz TM-33, Soyuz TM-32 vehicles and Space Shuttles during flights 7A.1, UF1. Backup crew: Korzun, Treshchev, Whitson. More...
  • STS-105 Crew: Barry, Forrester, Horowitz, Sturckow. ISS Assembly flight. Delivered five tonnes of supplies, hardware, and a bedroom suite to accommodate a third astronaut in the Destiny module. Installed two science experiment racks delivered in the Leonardo module. More...

Associated Manufacturers and Agencies
  • USAF American agency overseeing development of rockets and spacecraft. United States Air Force, USA. More...

Associated Programs
  • ISS Finally completed in 2010 after a torturous 25-year development and production process, the International Space Station was originally conceived as the staging post for manned exploration of the solar systrem. Instead, it was seemed to be the death knell of manned spaceflight. More...
  • STS The Space Transportation System (Space Shuttle) was conceived originally as a completely reusable system that would provide cheap, routine access to space and replace all American and civilian military launch vehicles. Crippled by technological overreach, political compromise, and budget limitations, it instead ended up costing more than the expendable rockets it was to have replaced. STS sucked the money out of all other NASA projects for half a century. The military abandoned its use after the Challenger shuttle explosion in the 1980's. More...

Bibliography
  • NASA Astronaut Biographies, Johnson Space Center, NASA, 1995-present. Web Address when accessed: here.

Helms Chronology


1990 January 17 - .
  • NASA Astronaut Training Group 13 selected. - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Bursch; Chiao; Clifford; Cockrell; Collins, Eileen; Currie; Gregory, William; Halsell; Harris; Helms; Jones; McArthur; Newman; Ochoa; Precourt; Searfoss; Sega; Thomas; Voss, Janice; Walz; Wilcutt; Wisoff; Wolf. The group was selected to provide pilot, engineer, and scientist astronauts for space shuttle flights.. Qualifications: Pilots: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics. Advanced degree desirable. At least 1,000 flight-hours of pilot-in-command time. Flight test experience desirable. Excellent health. Vision minimum 20/50 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20 vision; maximum sitting blood pressure 140/90. Height between 163 and 193 cm.

    Mission Specialists: Bachelor's degree in engineering, biological science, physical science or mathematics and minimum three years of related experience or an advanced degree. Vision minimum 20/150 uncorrected, correctable to 20/20. Maximum sitting blood pressure of 140/90. Height between 150 and 193 cm.. Reported to the Johnson Space Center in late July 1990 to begin their year long training. Chosen from 1945 qualified applicants, then 106 finalists screened between September and November 1989.


1993 January 13 - . 13:59 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39B. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-54.
  • STS-54 - . Call Sign: Endeavour. Crew: Casper; Harbaugh; Helms; McMonagle; Runco. Payload: Endeavour F03 / TDRS 6 [IUS]. Mass: 21,156 kg (46,640 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Casper; Harbaugh; Helms; McMonagle; Runco. Agency: NASA Houston. Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-54. Spacecraft: Endeavour. Duration: 5.98 days. Decay Date: 1993-01-19 . USAF Sat Cat: 22313 . COSPAR: 1993-003A. Apogee: 309 km (192 mi). Perigee: 302 km (187 mi). Inclination: 28.5000 deg. Period: 90.60 min. Manned five crew. Deployed TDRSS 6. Payloads: Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS)-F/Inertial Upper Stage (IUS); Diffuse X-ray Spectrometer (DXS); Chromosome and Plant Cell Division in Space (CHROMEX); Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus (CGBA) A; Physiological and Anatomical Rodent Experiment (PARE) 02; Solid Surface Combustion Experiment (SSCE).

1993 January 19 - .
1994 September 9 - . 22:22 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39B. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-64.
  • STS-64 - . Call Sign: Discovery. Crew: Hammond; Helms; Lee; Linenger; Meade; Richards. Payload: Discovery F19 / Spartan / LITE. Mass: 9,260 kg (20,410 lb). Nation: USA. Related Persons: Hammond; Helms; Lee; Linenger; Meade; Richards. Agency: NASA Houston. Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-64. Spacecraft: Discovery. Duration: 10.95 days. Decay Date: 1994-09-20 . USAF Sat Cat: 23251 . COSPAR: 1994-059A. Apogee: 247 km (153 mi). Perigee: 233 km (144 mi). Inclination: 57.0000 deg. Period: 89.30 min. Payloads: Lidar In-Space Technology Experiment (LITE), Shuttle Pointed Autonomous Research Tool for Astronomy (SPARTAN) 201-II, Robot-Operated Materials Processing System (ROMPS), Shuttle Plume Impingement Flight Experiment (SPIFEX), getaway special (GAS) bridge assembly with ten GAS experiments, Trajectory Control Sensor (TCS), Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER), Solid Surface Combustion Experiment (SSCE), Biological Research in Canisters (BRIC) III, Radiation Monitoring Experiment (RME) III, Military Applications of Ship Tracks (MAST), Shuttle Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX) II, Air Force Maui Optical Site (AMOS) Calibration Test.

1994 September 20 - .
1996 June 20 - . 14:49 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39B. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-78.
  • STS-78 - . Call Sign: Columbia. Crew: Brady; Favier; Helms; Henricks; Kregel; Linnehan; Thirsk. Payload: Columbia F20 / EDO. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Brady; Favier; Helms; Henricks; Kregel; Linnehan; Thirsk. Agency: NASA Houston. Program: STS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-78. Spacecraft: Columbia. Duration: 16.91 days. Decay Date: 1996-07-07 . USAF Sat Cat: 23931 . COSPAR: 1996-036A. Apogee: 261 km (162 mi). Perigee: 246 km (152 mi). Inclination: 39.0000 deg. Period: 89.60 min. Columbia carried Terence T Henricks, Kevin R Kregel, Susan J Helms, Richard M Linnehan, Charles E Brady, Jr, Jean-Jacques Favier, and Robert Brent Thirsk to orbit. Main payload was the Life and Microgravity Spacelab for conducting human biological and microgravity experiments. Columbia landed safely at Kennedy Space Center on July 7.

1996 July 7 - .
2000 February 24 - .
2000 March 30 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 00-13 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Helms; Voss; Williams, Jeffrey. Program: ISS. A launch on April 24 will see Atlantis - fresh off a year-and-a-half of refurbishment and maintenance - dock two days later to an orbiting space station for the first time since it arrived at the Russian Mir space station on STS-86 in September 1997. The orbiter and its external fuel tank/solid rocket booster stack was moved to the launch pad last Saturday and the Spacehab double module was installed into the payload bay earlier this week. A countdown test that includes the seven astronauts will be conducted next Thursday and Friday at the Kennedy Space Center to mirror the events that will take place on launch day. Additional Details: here....

2000 April 6 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 00-14 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Halsell; Helms; Horowitz; Voss; Weber; Williams, Jeffrey. Program: ISS. Shuttle and Station managers yesterday selected April 24 as the launch target date at the conclusion of the Flight Readiness Review, while engineers evaluate an issue with the power drive unit (PDU) for Atlantis' rudder speed brake. Following a hydraulic system test, a higher than normal pressure reading in the suspect PDU was identified. Ongoing analysis will confirm if the PDU needs to be replaced. Managers are evaluating plans to perform the work at the launch pad and currently expect no impact to the launch date. Additional Details: here....

2000 April 13 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 00-15 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Halsell; Helms; Horowitz; Voss; Weber; Williams, Jeffrey. Program: ISS. Atlantis' STS-101 mission remains scheduled for launch at about 4:15 p.m. Eastern time on April 24 with the mission's major goals to accomplish the complete restoration of the electrical power system on the Zarya module and raising the Station's altitude in preparation for Zvezda's arrival in late July. Additional Details: here....

2000 April 20 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 00-16 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Halsell; Helms; Horowitz; Voss; Weber; Williams, Jeffrey. Program: ISS. If all goes as planned, this time next week the International Space Station will house visitors for the first time since the visit by the crew of STS-96 last year. All continues to go smoothly with preparations for the launch of Atlantis to start the STS-101 mission on Monday. Additional Details: here....

2000 May 19 - .
  • STS-101 Mission Status Report #02 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Halsell; Helms; Horowitz; Voss; Weber; Williams, Jeffrey. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-101. The crew of STS-101 was awakened just after 6 p.m. to Tom Petty's song "Free Fallin'," played for Mission Specialist Susan Helms. Once awake, Atlantis' seven-member crew began preparing for its first full day on orbit to ready the vehicle for tomorrow night's docking with the International Space Station and a space walk Sunday night. Additional Details: here....

2000 May 19 - .
  • STS-101 Mission Status Report #01 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Halsell; Helms; Horowitz; Voss; Weber; Williams, Jeffrey; Lu. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-101. Summary: With dawn's first light glimmering above, six American astronauts and one Russian cosmonaut blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center to pay a "home improvement" house call on the fledgling International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2000 May 19 - . 10:11 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39A. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-101.
  • STS-101 - . Call Sign: Atlantis. Crew: Halsell; Horowitz; Weber; Williams, Jeffrey; Voss; Helms; Usachyov. Payload: Atlantis F21. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Halsell; Horowitz; Weber; Williams, Jeffrey; Voss; Helms; Usachyov. Agency: NASA Houston. Manufacturer: Boeing. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-101. Spacecraft: Atlantis. Duration: 9.84 days. Decay Date: 2000-05-29 . USAF Sat Cat: 26368 . COSPAR: 2000-027A. Apogee: 381 km (236 mi). Perigee: 352 km (218 mi). Inclination: 51.6000 deg. Period: 91.90 min. ISS Logistics flight. Launch delayed three times by weather. Objective of mission STS-101 was repair, resupply and construction tasks aboard the international space station. This was the first launch with new electronic cockpit displays and other upgrades. The solid boosters separated at 10:13 GMT and the main engines cutoff at 10:19 GMT. The external tank, ET-102 then separated, with both orbiter and ET-102 in a 52 x 320 km initial orbit. At 10:54 GMT the OMS engines fired to raise perigee to 159 x 329 km x at 51.6 deg. Atlantis docked with the International Space Station's PMA-2 docking adapter on the Unity node at 04:31 GMT on May 21. At that time the ISS was in a 332 x 341 km orbit.

    On May 22 mission specialists Jeff Williams and James carried out external maintenance work on the ISS.

    On May 23 at 00:03 GMT the Atlantis crew opened the first hatch to PMA-2 and entered the Station. The crew replaced a set of batteries in Zarya, installed fans and ducting to improve airflow, and delivered supplies and equipment. Three hour-long orbit raising burns on May 24 and 25 by the RCS engines on Atlantis raised the station to a 372 x 380 km x 51.6 deg orbit.

    The STS-101 crew left the station on May 26, closing the PMA-2 hatch at 08:08 GMT and undocking at 23:03 GMT. Atlantis performed a 180 degree flyaround of the station and departed the vicinity around 23:44 GMT.

    Atlantis closed its payload bay doors around 02:30 GMT on May 29 and fired the OMS engines for deorbit at 05:12 GMT. The vehicle landed on RW15 at Kennedy Space Center at 06:20 GMT. Atlantis was to be turned around for the next ISS shuttle flight, STS-106.

    Left in orbit was the renovated International Space Station, equipped with an upgraded electrical system, new fans, filters, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors and communications gear.


2000 May 20 - .
  • STS-101 Mission Status Report #04 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Halsell; Helms; Horowitz; Voss; Weber; Williams, Jeffrey. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-101. Atlantis' astronauts were awakened at 4:11 p.m. Central today to the song "Still Shining" by Bob Seger in honor of tonight's rendezvous with the International Space Station. STS-101 Mission Commander Jim Halsell will guide Atlantis to the second Shuttle docking with the International Space Station late this evening. Atlantis is planned to dock with the station at 11:31 p.m. Central. Additional Details: here....

2000 May 22 - .
  • STS-101 Mission Status Report #08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Halsell; Helms; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-101. Atlantis' seven member crew was awakened just before 4 p.m. CDT to begin its fifth day in space and is now preparing to enter the International Space Station to perform maintenance work and transfer supplies for future station crews. Today's wakeup call was "Haunted House" by Ray Buchanan since the opening lyrics say "I just moved into a new house today...." in honor of the STS-101 crew entering what will be a new home for astronauts and cosmonauts later this year. Additional Details: here....

2000 May 22 - .
  • STS-101 Mission Status Report #07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Helms; Horowitz; Voss; Weber; Williams, Jeffrey. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-101. Summary: Astronauts Jim Voss and Jeff Williams spent over six hours outside the Space Shuttle Atlantis this morning, completing a variety of planned assembly and maintenance tasks on the International Space Station with ease.. Additional Details: here....

2000 May 23 - .
  • STS-101 Mission Status Report #09 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Halsell; Helms; Horowitz; Voss; Weber. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-101. Summary: Atlantis' crew ventured into the International Space Station for the first time last night, finding the 35-ton outpost comfortable, clean and in overall good condition as they completed a series of maintenance tasks well ahead of schedule.. Additional Details: here....

2000 May 23 - .
  • STS-101 Mission Status Report #10 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Halsell; Helms; Horowitz; Husband; Voss; Weber; Williams, Jeffrey. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-101. The STS-101 astronauts aboard Atlantis were awakened at 3:41 p.m. CDT to begin their sixth day in space and third day of docked operations with the International Space Station. Today's wake up song from Mission Control was a long distance dedication from Kathy Halsell to her husband, Mission Commander Jim Halsell, the Flamingoes tune "I Only Have Eyes for You." Additional Details: here....

2000 May 24 - .
  • STS-101 Mission Status Report #12 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Halsell; Helms; Horowitz; Voss; Weber; Williams, Jeffrey. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-101. STS-101 Commander Jim Halsell and his crew are continuing their efforts aboard the International Space Station as they begin their fourth day of docked operations. The seven astronauts were awakened at 3:28 p.m. CDT with the music, "I'm Gonna Fly" by Amy Grant which was requested by Pilot Scott Horowitz's wife. Additional Details: here....

2000 May 24 - .
  • STS-101 Mission Status Report #11 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Halsell; Helms; Horowitz. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-101. Atlantis' astronauts continued a smooth pace of work aboard the International Space Station today, breezing through tasks ranging from standard home maintenance such as replacing smoke detectors to successfully conducting the first in a series of orbital boosts for the outpost. Additional Details: here....

2000 May 25 - .
  • STS-101 Mission Status Report #13 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Halsell; Helms; Horowitz; Voss; Weber; Williams, Jeffrey. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-101. As their seventh day in space draws to a close this morning, the astronauts aboard Atlantis have virtually completed their maintenance work on the International Space Station, installing equipment that is planned to leave the space outpost in flawless condition. Additional Details: here....

2000 May 25 - .
  • STS-101 Mission Status Report #14 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Halsell; Helms; Horowitz; Voss; Weber; Williams, Jeffrey. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-101. The seven STS-101 astronauts are spending their final full day docked to the International Space Station as they prepare for undocking Friday evening. When Atlantis undocks tomorrow evening, it will leave behind a refurbished orbiting facility, operating at a higher altitude and featuring new electrical and communications components. The station is now primed and ready to receive the next major piece of the station, the Zvezda Service Module, when it is launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan between July 8-14. Commander Jim Halsell, Pilot Scott Horowitz and Mission Specialists Mary Ellen Weber, Jeff Williams, Susan Helms, Jim Voss and Yury Usachev were awakened at 3:11 p.m. CDT. Today's wakeup song -- "Don't It Make You Wanna Dance" by Jerry Jeff Walker -- was played at the request of Williams' son and family. Additional Details: here....

2000 May 26 - .
  • STS-101 Mission Status Report #16 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Halsell; Helms; Horowitz; Voss; Weber; Williams, Jeffrey. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-101. Summary: With a gentle push, Atlantis and the International Space Station parted company this evening as the two spacecraft flew 237 miles over Kazakhstan concluding five days of work to prepare the outpost for its first resident crew.. Additional Details: here....

2000 May 26 - .
  • STS-101 Mission Status Report #15 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Halsell; Helms; Horowitz; Voss; Weber; Williams, Jeffrey. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-101. Summary: With all of their mission's objectives met or exceeded, Atlantis' crew shut the doors to the International Space Station early this morning in preparation for bidding the rejuvenated outpost farewell this evening.. Additional Details: here....

2000 May 27 - .
  • STS-101 Mission Status Report #18 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Halsell; Helms; Horowitz; Ross; Voss; Weber; Williams, Jeffrey. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-101. Summary: With all major mission objectives successfully completed, Atlantis' crew turned its attention to a planned return trip home, with a landing scheduled for 1:20 a.m. Central time on Monday at the Kennedy Space Center.. Additional Details: here....

2000 May 29 - .
  • STS-101 Mission Status Report #21 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Halsell; Helms; Horowitz; Ross; Voss; Weber; Wilcutt; Williams, Jeffrey. Program: ISS. Flight: STS-101. Summary: Atlantis' astronauts glided to a ghostly pre-dawn landing this morning at the Kennedy Space Center to wrap up a successful refurbishment and resupply mission to the International Space Station.. Additional Details: here....

2000 May 29 - .
2001 February 28 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gidzenko; Helms; Shepherd; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-1. An unmanned Russian Progress resupply ship successfully docked to the International Space Station (ISS) early today, bringing a ton of fuel, food and personal effects for the crew which has been living on board the outpost since November and the crew which is set to replace them in less than two weeks. Additional Details: here....

2001 March 8 - .
2001 March 8 - .
2001 March 8 - . 11:42 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC39B. LV Family: Shuttle. Launch Vehicle: Shuttle. LV Configuration: Space Shuttle STS-102.
  • STS-102 - . Call Sign: Discovery. Crew: Wetherbee; Kelly; Voss; Helms; Thomas, Andrew; Richards, Paul; Usachyov. Payload: Discovery F29. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Wetherbee; Kelly; Voss; Helms; Thomas, Andrew; Richards, Paul; Usachyov. Agency: NASA Houston. Manufacturer: Boeing. Program: ISS. Class: Manned. Type: Manned spaceplane. Flight: STS-102; ISS EO-2. Spacecraft: Discovery. Duration: 12.83 days. Decay Date: 2001-03-21 . USAF Sat Cat: 26718 . COSPAR: 2001-010A. Apogee: 381 km (236 mi). Perigee: 370 km (220 mi). Inclination: 51.5000 deg. Period: 92.06 min. STS 102 was an American shuttle spacecraft that carried a crew of seven astronauts (six American and one Russian). The primary mission was to deliver a multi-rack Italian container (Leonardo MultiPurpose Logistics Module, LMPLM) to the Destiny Module of the International Space Station, ISS. It docked with the ISS at 05:34 UT on 9 March. The 6.4 m x 4.6 m cylindrical LMPLM delivered new equipment to Destiny, and retrieved used/unwanted equipment, and trash back to the shuttle. The crew did a few spacewalks to install a platform on the ISS to support a Canadian robot arm when it arrives next month. The STS 102 left behind three of the astronauts (two American and one Russian) and brought back the three astronauts (one American and two Russian) who had been inhabiting the ISS for about four and a half months. It landed at Cape Canaveral at 07:31 UT on 21 March.

    Discovery was launched on mission STS-102 (Space Station flight 5A.1) into an initial 60 x 222 km x 51.6 deg orbit. The mission was delivery of supplies and equipment, and changeout of the Expedition One and Expedition Two station crews. STS-102 carried the Leonardo Multi Purpose Logistics Module (MPLM), built by Alenia Spazio (Torino), to the International Space Station. The 6.4 m x 4.6 m cylindrical MPLM was a descendant of the Spacelab long modules. Also carried was a Spacehab/Energia unpressurized Integrated Cargo Carrier with LCA/MTSAS-A, RU, and PFCS. A sidewall adapter beam with two GAS canisters (G-783 and WSVFM) was also on board. WSVFM measured vibration during launch. Another adapter beam, probably at the rear of the payload bay, carried SEM-9. SEM-9 and G-783 contained high school microgravity experiments.

    Leonardo carried 16 'racks' of equipment, including the Human Research Facility Rack (Rack 13) which allowed the astronauts to do extensive medical experiments, the CHeCS Rack (28), the DDCU-1 and DDCU-2 racks (7 and 9), the Avionics-3 (Rack 6), and the MSS Avionics/Lab (Rack 11) and Avionics/Cupola (Rack 12) racks for a total of 7 equipment racks to be installed on Destiny. Three Resupply Stowage Racks (50, 51, 52) and four Resupply Stowage Platforms (180, 181, 182 and 188) remained installed on Leonardo, with their equipment bags being individually transferred to the Station. System Racks 2, 3, 4, 5 and 8 were already on Destiny together with stowage racks 110 through 117. Each rack had a mass of 150-300 kg.

    The orbiter fired its OMS engines at 1221 GMT to raise the orbit to 185 x 219 km. Discovery docked with the PMA-2 port on the Station at 0639 GMT on March 10. The LCA (Lab Cradle Assembly) was attached to Destiny's +Z side during an EVA. It was to be used on the next mission to temporarily place a Spacelab pallet on Destiny during installation of the Station's robot arm. Later, it would be the site for the main Station truss, beginning with segment S0.

    The PMA-3, on Unity at the -Z nadir position, had to be moved to the port position to make room for Leonardo. An external stowage platform was attached to Destiny and the External Stowage Platform and the PFCS Pump Flow Control System were added to the port aft trunnion on Destiny. A rigid umbilical (RU) was connected to the PDGF grapple fixture on Destiny to support the Station's future robot arm. Leonardo was docked to Unity at -Z for a while so that its cargo could be transferred to the station easily; it was then be returned to the payload bay and brought back to earth.

    At 0232 GMT on March 19 command of ISS was transferred to Expedition 2 and the hatches were closed. Discovery undocked at 0432 GMT and flew once around the station before departing at 0548 GMT. ISS mass after undocking was 115527 kg. The OMS engines fired for the deorbit burn at 0625 GMT on March 21, and Discovery touched down on runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center at 0731 GMT.


2001 March 9 - .
  • STS-102 Mission Status Report #03 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gidzenko; Helms; Kelly; Richards, Paul; Shepherd; Thomas, Andrew; Voss; Wetherbee. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-1; ISS EO-2; STS-102. Discovery continues its pursuit of the International Space Station, currently trailing the outpost by 3,520 miles and closing that distance at the rate of about 660 miles with every orbit of the Earth. All systems aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery are ready for tonight's docking, scheduled for 11:34 p.m. as the two spacecraft fly just off the east coast of Brazil. Additional Details: here....

2001 March 9 - .
2001 March 10 - .
  • STS-102 Mission Status Report #06 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gidzenko; Helms; Richards, Paul; Shepherd; Thomas, Andrew; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-1; ISS EO-2; STS-102. With an exchange of space station crew members already under way, Discovery's crew turns its attention to continuing assembly of the orbital outpost, conducting a space walk set to begin just before 11 p.m., or earlier, to reposition a docking port and installing gear in preparation for the arrival of the station's Canadian-built robotic arm next month. Additional Details: here....

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2001 March 11 - .
  • STS-102 Mission Status Report #08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Helms; Richards, Paul; Shepherd; Thomas, Andrew; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-1; ISS EO-2; STS-102. Summary: The crews of Discovery and the International Space Station will join forces again today as hatches between the spacecraft are reopened, a change of shift aboard the science outpost continues, and a cargo carrier is attached to the complex.. Additional Details: here....

2001 March 11 - . 05:12 GMT - .
  • EVA ISS EO-2-1 - . Crew: Voss; Helms. EVA Type: Extra-Vehicular Activity. EVA Duration: 0.37 days. Nation: USA. Related Persons: Voss; Helms. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2. Spacecraft: International Space Station. On March 11 Jim Voss and Susan Helms made a spacewalk from Discovery's airlock. A PAD device used to attach equipment to the RMS arm floated free and Voss retrieved a spare one from Unity, putting the walk behind schedule. The astronauts installed the Lab Cradle Assembly and the Rigid Umbilical on Destiny and disconnected the umbilicals connecting the PMA-3 docking port to Unity. The astronauts then spent two-and-a-half hours back in the depressurized airlock in case their help was needed during the move of PMA-3. Thomas used the RMS arm to unberth PMA-3 from the nadir port on Unity and relocated it to the port port location, freeing up the nadir for the MPLM. The airlock was depressurized at 0508 GMT and repressurized at 1408 GMT.

2001 March 12 - .
  • STS-102 Mission Status Report #09 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Helms; Richards, Paul; Shepherd; Thomas, Andrew; Voss; Wetherbee. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-1; ISS EO-2; STS-102. Summary: Leonardo, the first of three logistics modules developed and built by the Italian Space Agency, was affixed to a berthing port on Unity overnight as mission specialist Andy Thomas carefully maneuvered it into place at 12:02 CST a.m. today.. Additional Details: here....

2001 March 12 - .
2001 March 13 - .
  • STS-102 Mission Status Report #12 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gidzenko; Helms; Shepherd; Voss; Wetherbee. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-1; ISS EO-2; STS-102. Ahead of schedule in their work and with a growing record of success, the astronauts and cosmonauts of Discovery and the International Space Station will spend today finalizing the swap of crew members aboard the orbiting science complex and continuing to unload supplies. Additional Details: here....

2001 March 13 - .
2001 March 14 - .
  • STS-102 Mission Status Report #13 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gidzenko; Helms; Shepherd; Voss; Wetherbee. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-1; ISS EO-2; STS-102. Summary: The first crew exchange aboard the International Space Station is complete now that Susan Helms has moved her custom-fitted Soyuz seat liner into the Russian return vehicle about midnight CST today.. Additional Details: here....

2001 March 14 - .
  • STS-102 Mission Status Report #14 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Helms; Kelly; Shepherd; Thomas, Andrew; Voss; Wetherbee. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-1; ISS EO-2; STS-102. Summary: The crew of Discovery and the International Space Station will begin packing for the trip home today, having virtually completed unloading almost five tons of equipment and experiments brought by the shuttle.. Additional Details: here....

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2001 March 18 - .
  • STS-102 Mission Status Report #22 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gidzenko; Helms; Kelly; Shepherd; Voss; Wetherbee. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-1; ISS EO-2; STS-102. Discovery's crew - including the first crew of the International Space Station now returning home after four and a half months in orbit - bids farewell to the second station crew tonight, undocking the shuttle from the outpost and preparing for a return to Earth Tuesday. Additional Details: here....

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2001 March 28 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Ashby; Guidoni; Hadfield; Helms; Lonchakov; Parazynski; Phillips; Rominger; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2. The International Space Station has become home to its new residents - the Expedition Two crew of Commander Yury Usachev and Flight Engineers Jim Voss and Susan Helms - who are settling in for a four-month stay after assuming command of the complex 10 days ago. Additional Details: here....

2001 April 4 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-09 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Helms; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2. Summary: The resident crew of the International Space Station - Commander Yury Usachev and Flight Engineers Jim Voss and Susan Helms - spent the last week conducting experiments and performing routine housekeeping chores and some maintenance work.. Additional Details: here....

2001 April 11 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-10 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Helms; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2. The International Space Station's Expedition Two Crew spent this week loading the Progress supply craft with trash and unneeded items in preparation for its undocking next week to clear the aft port on the Zvezda module for the relocation of the Soyuz capsule. This air traffic control activity clears the way for the arrival next week of Space Shuttle Endeavour and the STS-100 crew delivering the Canadian built station robot arm and another high tech moving van full of supplies. Additional Details: here....

2001 April 19 - .
2001 April 20 - .
  • STS-100 Mission Status Report #03 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Ashby; Guidoni; Hadfield; Helms; Lonchakov; Parazynski; Phillips; Rominger; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-100. Summary: The day on orbit was one of preparations as Endeavour's seven astronauts got ready for tomorrow morning's scheduled arrival at the International Space Station, and Sunday's planned space walk by Mission Specialists Chris Hadfield and Scott Parazynski.. Additional Details: here....

2001 April 20 - .
  • STS-100 Mission Status Report #02 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Ashby; Guidoni; Hadfield; Helms; Lonchakov; Parazynski; Phillips; Rominger; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-100. The crew of the shuttle Endeavour worked this morning to prepare for its Saturday docking with the International Space Station and for the two planned spacewalks while there. The chase to catch up with the waiting station and its Expedition Two crew continues with another in the series of rendezvous maneuvers scheduled for about 5:30 this morning. Additional Details: here....

2001 April 21 - .
  • STS-100 Mission Status Report #05 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Ashby; Guidoni; Hadfield; Helms; Lonchakov; Parazynski; Phillips; Rominger; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-100. With Commander Kent Rominger at the controls, Endeavour gently docked with the International Space Station this morning as the two spacecraft flew 243 miles over the southern Pacific Ocean, just southeast of New Zealand. Docking occurred at 8:59 a.m. central time. Additional Details: here....

2001 April 21 - .
  • STS-100 Mission Status Report #04 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Ashby; Guidoni; Hadfield; Helms; Lonchakov; Parazynski; Phillips; Rominger; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-100. Space Shuttle Endeavour and its seven crewmembers began rendezvous preparations shortly after 3 a.m. today, which should culminate in an 8:32 a.m. docking to the International Space Station, which will be northeast of Hong Kong at an altitude of 240 miles. The shuttle is bringing an advanced robotic arm, experiments and supplies to the ever-growing science outpost. Additional Details: here....

2001 April 22 - .
2001 April 22 - .
  • STS-100 Mission Status Report #06 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Ashby; Guidoni; Hadfield; Helms; Parazynski; Phillips; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-100. Now docked to the International Space Station, Endeavour and its seven-member crew are preparing for the first of two planned space walks set to begin about 6:20 this morning to install the orbiting outpost's Canadian built robotic arm. Called Canadarm2, the high-tech robotic arm is the most versatile ever flown in space. Additional Details: here....

2001 April 23 - .
  • STS-100 Mission Status Report #08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Ashby; Hadfield; Helms; Parazynski; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-100. The 10 astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station and the docked shuttle Endeavour are beginning a day that will see the first opening of hatches linking the two spacecraft. Highlights will include an impressive first step by the station's new Canadarm2 and the berthing to the station of Raffaello, the Italian-built logistics module. Additional Details: here....

2001 April 23 - .
  • STS-100 Mission Status Report #09 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Ashby; Guidoni; Hadfield; Helms; Lonchakov; Parazynski; Phillips; Rominger; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-100. Summary: Two elements built by two countries adorn the International Space Station (ISS) tonight after Endeavour's astronauts and the Station's Expedition Two crew worked throughout the day to bring the complex one step closer to an independent robotic capability.. Additional Details: here....

2001 April 24 - .
  • STS-100 Mission Status Report #11 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Hadfield; Helms; Parazynski; Rominger; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-100. Endeavour's two space walkers -- Canadian Chris Hadfield and American Scott Parazynski-- worked as space-age electricians today, completing connections that allowed the new International Space Station robotic arm to operate from a new base on the outside of the Destiny science lab. Additional Details: here....

2001 April 24 - .
  • STS-100 Mission Status Report #10 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Guidoni; Hadfield; Helms; Parazynski; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-100. Summary: Unpacking a space-based moving van and taking a second walk in space is the order of business today for astronauts and cosmonauts orbiting in the International Space Station and aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour.. Additional Details: here....

2001 April 25 - .
  • STS-100 Mission Status Report #13 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Hadfield; Helms; Parazynski; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-100. Troubleshooting efforts designed to restore full capability to the International Space Station's three redundant command and control computers continue in Mission Control, even as the 10 astronauts and cosmonauts on board the outpost worked together today to install new experiments in the Destiny laboratory. Additional Details: here....

2001 April 25 - .
  • STS-100 Mission Status Report #12 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Ashby; Guidoni; Hadfield; Helms; Parazynski; Rominger; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-100. Summary: The Station's new robotic arm truly will extend the reach of humans in space today when it hands the 3,000-pound pallet delivering it to space to the shuttle's robotic arm for transport back to Earth. The three-hour task is set to begin about 6 a.m.. Additional Details: here....

2001 April 26 - .
  • STS-100 Mission Status Report #15 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Helms. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-100. Summary: Good news greeted space station flight controllers this morning when, shortly after awakening, Expedition Two flight engineer Susan Helms reported that the International Space Station computer systems may be returning to normal.. Additional Details: here....

2001 April 26 - .
  • STS-100 Mission Status Report #14 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Helms; Lonchakov. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-100. Good news greeted space station flight controllers this morning when, shortly after awakening, Expedition Two flight engineer Susan Helms reported that the International Space Station computer systems may be returning to normal. Working at a laptop computer aboard the station that serves as the crew's primary interface with the station's United States command and control computer system, Helms reported the good news at about 3:45 a.m. Shortly afterward, Helms performed a series of troubleshooting steps that restored the ground's ability to monitor and send commands to the station's U.S. systems. Additional Details: here....

2001 April 27 - .
  • STS-100 Mission Status Report #18 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Guidoni; Hadfield; Helms; Parazynski; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-100. The Italian Space Agency-provided Raffaello logistics module, loaded with 1,600 pounds of material to be returned to Earth, was tucked securely in Endeavour's payload bay at 3:58 p.m. Central time today as the International Space Station and shuttle flew high over the Pacific Ocean, north of Indonesia. Additional Details: here....

2001 April 28 - .
  • STS-100 Mission Status Report #20 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Ashby; Hadfield; Helms; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; ISS EP-1; STS-100. A Canadian "handshake in space" occurred at 4:02 p.m Central time today, as the Canadian-built space station robotic arm - operated by Expedition Two crew member Susan Helms - transferred its launch cradle over to Endeavour's robotic arm, with Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield at the controls. The exchange of the pallet from station arm to shuttle arm marked the first ever robotic-to-robotic transfer in space. Additional Details: here....

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2001 May 2 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-11 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Helms; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; ISS EP-1; STS-100. With the landing of Endeavour following the STS-100 mission and the arrival at the International Space Station of the Soyuz Taxi Crew with a new vehicle, the Expedition Two crew now is settling in to begin the process of unpacking and stowing nearly two tons of new supplies and hardware. Additional Details: here....

2001 May 9 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-13 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Helms; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2. Summary: The International Space Station's Expedition Two crew has turned its attention to the initial checkout of the new robotic arm now that the outpost's command and control computers are working properly.. Additional Details: here....

2001 May 16 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-14 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Helms; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2. Summary: Expedition Two crew activities aboard the International Space Station this week are focusing on the arrival of two spacecraft - the next Russian Progress supply vehicle early next week and Space Shuttle Atlantis in a month.. Additional Details: here....

2001 May 22 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-15 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Helms; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2. Following two days of free flight since its launch Sunday, an unmanned Russian Progress spacecraft automatically docked to the back end of the International Space Station's Zvezda module at 7:24 p.m. Central time today. It is the fourth Progress dedicated to the resupply of the orbiting outpost. The Progress is carrying 3,100 pounds of supplies, including food, spare computer parts, and other logistical items which Expedition Two Commander Yury Usachev and Flight Engineers Jim Voss and Susan Helms will begin to unload on Wednesday. Additional Details: here....

2001 May 30 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-16 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Barry; Forrester; Helms; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2. International Space Station engineers are continuing to troubleshoot problems with the Canadarm2 robotic arm on the complex after an unsuccessful attempt earlier today to solve a communications glitch with one of the crane's joints through a software modification. Additional Details: here....

2001 June 6 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-17 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson; Dezhurov; Helms; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2. Summary: The Expedition Two crew this week busily prepared for the first station-based spacewalk planned for Friday and continues to assist the ground with troubleshooting of the complex's robotic arm in the backup mode.. Additional Details: here....

2001 June 8 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-18 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Helms; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2. Summary: Expedition Two Commander Yury Usachev and astronaut Jim Voss performed their first spacewalk on the International Space Station (ISS) on Friday, completing all of their scheduled tasks smoothly and ahead of schedule.. Additional Details: here....

2001 June 13 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-19 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Helms; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2. Summary: As the Expedition Two crew approaches 100 days in space, work to gain confidence in the operation of the station's robotic arm to support the installation of the Joint Airlock continues.. Additional Details: here....

2001 June 20 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-20 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Helms; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2. Summary: After an extensive engineering analysis, International Space Station Program managers Tuesday gave the green light to proceed with the launch of Atlantis no earlier than July 12 to deliver the 6.5-ton Joint Airlock to the orbiting complex.. Additional Details: here....

2001 June 27 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-21 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Helms; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2. As Shuttle and International Space Station Program managers prepare to meet to select an official target launch date for Atlantis' STS-104 mission to the complex, the Expedition Two crew continues to test the station's robotic arm in preparation for its first official task of permanently installing the Airlock onto the Unity module. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 5 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-22 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson; Dezhurov; Helms; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2. Summary: Another week of testing the International Space Station's robotic arm and cataloging onboard inventory has been the focus for the Expedition Two crew as the launch of Atlantis delivering the Airlock approaches.. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 12 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #02 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Lindsey; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. The five-member crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis awoke to its first full day in space at 5:38 p.m. The crew was awakened by the song "Wallace Courts Murron" from the movie "Braveheart." The song, by James Horner, was played for Atlantis Pilot Charlie Hobaugh. The shuttle is en route to the International Space Station to deliver the station's new airlock, Quest, and is scheduled to dock with the station at 9:53 p.m. CDT Friday. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 12 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #01 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Lindsey; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. Summary: The Space Shuttle Atlantis lifted off on time this morning at 4:04 a.m. Central from the Kennedy Space Center, FL, and, after a smooth climb to orbit, is now en route to deliver a new doorway to space to the International Space Station later this week.. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 13 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #04 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Lindsey; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. The crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis was awakened at 3:04 p.m. CDT to the song "God of Wonders" by the group Caedmon's Call. On this, its third day in space, the five-member crew of Atlantis is focusing on a rendezvous and docking with the International Space Station around 9:53 p.m. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 13 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #03 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Lindsey; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. Summary: The crew of the Space Shuttle Atlantis spent its first full day in space closing in on the International Space Station and testing the space suits and other equipment that will be used later in the mission to install a new station airlock.. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 14 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #05 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Lindsey; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. Atlantis Commander Steve Lindsey smoothly docked the space shuttle with the International Space Station late Friday about 240 statute miles above the northeastern coast of South America. With both spacecraft moving at about 17,500 mph, Lindsey moved Atlantis to the station at a relative speed of about a tenth of a foot per second. Docking occurred at 10:08 p.m. CDT. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 14 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #06 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. The five-member crew of Atlantis will spend today working in concert with the Expedition Two crew aboard the International Space Station to install the station's new airlock - Quest. The installation of that airlock will take place as part of a seven-hour space walk by Mission Specialists Mike Gernhardt and Jim Reilly, scheduled to begin at 9:09 p.m. Central. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 15 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #08 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Lindsey; Ross; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. Summary: The five-member crew of Atlantis will spend its fifth day in space working with the Expedition Two crew aboard the International Space Station to continue the activation of the station's new airlock, named Quest.. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 15 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. The International Space Station received a new airlock early Sunday, an addition that will permit spacewalks without a space shuttle docked to the station. The airlock, named Quest, can accommodate either Russian or U.S. spacesuits and brings the mass of the space station to about 130 tons. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 16 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #10 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Lindsey; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. The shuttle and station crews will spend today continuing to set up and test the newly attached Quest station airlock, troubleshooting a suspected leaky ventilation valve, and preparing for the mission's second and third space walks, planned for Tuesday and Thursday evening. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 16 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #09 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Lindsey; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. Summary: Utilities for the International Space Station's newest addition were hooked up today as the Expedition Two and Atlantis crews prepared the station's new airlock, named Quest, for its first use later in the week.. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 17 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #12 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. The combined crews of the Space Shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station will focus their efforts tonight on the mission's second spacewalk. During the 5½-hour spacewalk, scheduled to begin around 9:30 p.m., Atlantis Mission Specialists Mike Gernhardt and Jim Reilly will work with the Expedition Two crew in the installation of two high-pressure gas tanks on the station's new Quest airlock. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 18 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #14 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Lindsey; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. Atlantis and International Space Station crews will continue the activation of the station's new Quest airlock this evening. They also will replace a leaky valve in an Intermodule Ventilation (IMV) Assembly in the station's Unity node. That valve, which is now capped, will be replaced by another valve from the U.S. laboratory Destiny. The Destiny valve will not be needed until the station's second node arrives no earlier than November 2003. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 18 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #13 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Lindsey; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. Summary: Six arms worked together outside the International Space Station again today to install supply tanks for the new joint airlock, accomplishing a bonus oxygen tank installation during a 6 hour, 29 minute space walk.. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 19 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #15 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Lindsey; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. Summary: Astronauts aboard the International Space Station complex successfully replaced a leaky air circulation valve and moved a hatch into position for the first space walk out of the new Quest airlock.. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 19 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #16 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Lindsey; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. The eight Atlantis and International Space Station crewmembers will start their day with a dry run of a spacewalk from the station's new Quest airlock, completing their testing and activation of the airlock. Atlantis spacewalkers Mike Gernhardt and Jim Reilly, assisted by Pilot Charlie Hobaugh and Expedition Two Flight Engineer Jim Voss, will simulate spacewalk preparations beginning around 7 p.m. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 20 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #17 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Lindsey; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. Summary: The two crews on board the International Space Station today completed checkout and activation of the new Quest airlock and conducted a dry run of the steps they will take before christening the newest station component.. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 20 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #18 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Lindsey; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. Atlantis and International Space Station crewmembers will mark the 32nd anniversary of the first human steps on the moon tonight by completing another phase of station construction. Atlantis spacewalkers Mike Gernhardt and Jim Reilly will float out of the station's new Quest airlock around 11 p.m., completing airlock activation and marking the beginning of independent operations aboard the space station. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 21 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #20 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson; Dezhurov; Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Lindsey; Reilly; Tyurin; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. The crews of Atlantis and the International Space Station will bid one another farewell and close the hatches between the vehicles at about 9 p.m. on Saturday. Undocking is scheduled for 11:54 p.m., to be followed by an hour-long fly around of the station by Pilot Charlie Hobaugh. The final separation burn that will move Atlantis away from the station to begin its journey home is scheduled for 1:14 a.m. Sunday. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 21 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #19 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Lindsey; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. Summary: The first space walk to originate from the International Space Station's new airlock, Quest, lasted 4 hours, 2 minutes, and established a higher degree of station independence in its own construction and maintenance.. Additional Details: here....

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  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #23 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Lindsey; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. Summary: With the equipment used during the 10th International Space Station assembly mission securely stowed and all systems needed for landing checked out and ready to go, Atlantis' crew went to bed at 7:04 a.m. CDT today.. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 23 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #24 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Lindsey; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. Atlantis Commander Steve Lindsey, Pilot Charlie Hobaugh and Mission Specialists Janet Kavandi, Mike Gernhardt and Jim Reilly were awakened at 3:04 p.m. CDT to begin preparations for a return trip to Earth with a planned landing tonight at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The wakeup song was "Honey, I'm Home" by Shania Twain, played for Kavandi. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 24 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #27 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Lindsey; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. Summary: Atlantis and its crew of five glided to a landing at Kennedy Space Center late Tuesday, ending a 5.3-million-mile mission that saw successful installation of the International Space Station's new airlock Quest.. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 24 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #25 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Lindsey; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. Summary: Atlantis and its crew of five will spend at least one more day in orbit, after the weather in Florida refused to permit landing Monday night on either of two opportunities to Kennedy Space Center.. Additional Details: here....

2001 July 24 - .
  • STS-104 Mission Status Report #26 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Gernhardt; Helms; Hobaugh; Kavandi; Lindsey; Reilly; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; STS-104. "Hold Back the Rain" by Duran Duran was the wakeup song for Atlantis crewmembers about 2:30 p.m. CDT Tuesday. Houston's Mission Control Center told the astronauts that the weather appears to be excellent for a landing late tonight to wrap up their 13-day mission. Additional Details: here....

2001 August 1 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-23 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Barry; Culbertson; Dezhurov; Forrester; Helms; Horowitz; Sturckow; Tyurin; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2. A week and a half removed from the most recent shuttle visit to the International Space Station, the Expedition Two crew continues preparations for ending its mission aboard the complex as Discovery is readied for the STS-105 launch a week from tomorrow at 4:38 p.m. Central time to deliver supplies, logistics and the next crew to live aboard the orbiting outpost. Additional Details: here....

2001 August 8 - .
  • ISS Status Report: ISS 01-24 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Barry; Culbertson; Dezhurov; Forrester; Helms; Horowitz; Jett; Sturckow; Tyurin; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2. With Discovery poised on Launch Pad 39-A at the Kennedy Space Center for liftoff tomorrow to the International Space Station, Expedition Two Commander Yury Usachev and Flight Engineers Jim Voss and Susan Helms completed the packing of personal items and hardware for their return to Earth after more than five months in orbit and awaited the arrival of their replacements. Additional Details: here....

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2001 August 12 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #04 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Barry; Culbertson; Dezhurov; Forrester; Helms; Horowitz; Sturckow; Tyurin; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; ISS EO-3; STS-105. The crew of Discovery, trailing the International Space Station by less than 2,000 statute miles, was awakened at 5:10 a.m. Central time to the sounds of "The White Eagle," a traditional Russian folk song played for Expedition Three Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov. Dezhurov and his crewmates, Expedition Three Commander Frank Culbertson and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin are just hours from reaching their new home aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Additional Details: here....

2001 August 12 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #05 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Barry; Culbertson; Dezhurov; Forrester; Helms; Horowitz; Sturckow; Tyurin; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; ISS EO-3; STS-105. Discovery Commander Scott Horowitz, with the assistance of Pilot Rick Sturckow and Mission Specialists Pat Forrester and Dan Barry, carefully guided the Shuttle to a linkup with the ISS at 1:42 p.m. Central time as the two craft sailed 240 miles above northwestern Australia. On board Discovery were the new Station Commander Frank Culbertson, and his Expedition Three crewmates, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin. Additional Details: here....

2001 August 13 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #07 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson; Dezhurov; Helms; Tyurin; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; ISS EO-3; STS-105. The International Space Station's third resident crew officially took control of the complex at 2:15 p.m. CDT today, when confirmation was given by the new station commander that all transfer activities associated with the custom-made Soyuz capsule seat liners had been completed and leak checks on their Russian Sokol space suits was verified. Additional Details: here....

2001 August 13 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #06 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson; Dezhurov; Forrester; Helms; Ross; Tyurin; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; ISS EO-3; STS-105. The crewmembers aboard the Discovery / International Space Station complex were awakened shortly before 4:30 a.m. Central time today to the sounds of the overture from "The Barber of Seville" by Rossini, a tribute to Expedition Three Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin, who along with Commander Frank Culbertson and Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov, will move over to the ISS today to take up residency. Additional Details: here....

2001 August 17 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #15 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Barry; Culbertson; Dezhurov; Forrester; Helms; Horowitz; Sturckow; Tyurin; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; ISS EO-3; STS-105. While Discovery's astronauts looked on, the Expedition Two crew ceremoniously handed command of the International Space Station to its Expedition Three replacements. The ceremony occurred just prior to closing the hatches between the two spacecraft in preparation for the final planned space walk of the STS-105 mission. Additional Details: here....

2001 August 17 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #14 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Barry; Culbertson; Dezhurov; Forrester; Helms; Horowitz; Sturckow; Tyurin; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; ISS EO-3; STS-105. The ten astronauts and cosmonauts aboard Discovery and the International Space Station will focus on transfer activities today, continuing to place equipment, discarded items and belongings of the Expedition Two crew aboard the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo for return to Earth. Additional Details: here....

2001 August 19 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #19 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Barry; Culbertson; Dezhurov; Forrester; Helms; Horowitz; Sturckow; Tyurin; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; ISS EO-3; STS-105. With its job completed for the mission, the Leonardo cargo module packed with more than 3,000 pounds of return hardware was safely tucked back aboard Discovery this afternoon. The operation sets the stage for the shuttle's departure from the International Space Station scheduled for 9:52 a.m. CDT Monday. Additional Details: here....

2001 August 19 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #18 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Barry; Culbertson; Dezhurov; Forrester; Helms; Horowitz; Tyurin; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; ISS EO-3; STS-105. The ten astronauts and cosmonauts aboard Discovery and the International Space Station have started a day that will see the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo removed from the Unity node of the station and reberthed in the shuttle's cargo bay for the trip home. Additional Details: here....

2001 August 20 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #20 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Barry; Culbertson; Dezhurov; Forrester; Helms; Horowitz; Sturckow; Tyurin; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; ISS EO-3; STS-105. Crewmembers aboard Discovery and the International Space Station are spending their final hours together on a day that will see them bid farewell to one another, close hatches between the spacecraft, undock and separate to enable the new resident Expedition Three crew to begin a stay of about four months aboard the station. Additional Details: here....

2001 August 20 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #21 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson; Dezhurov; Helms; Sturckow; Tyurin; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; ISS EO-3; STS-105. Discovery's astronauts, now consisting of the Expedition Two crew, bid farewell to the International Space Station and the Expedition Three crew and undocked from the complex at 9:52 a.m. CDT Monday after more than a week of joint operations. Frank Culbertson, Vladimir Dezhurov and Mikhail Tyurin now will settle in to oversee activities on the station for the next four months. Additional Details: here....

2001 August 21 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #22 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Barry; Culbertson; Dezhurov; Forrester; Helms; Horowitz; Sturckow; Tyurin; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; ISS EO-3; STS-105. With Discovery 500 miles ahead of the International Space Station, and increasing that distance by more than 50 miles with each orbit of the Earth, the STS-105 and returning Expedition Two crewmembers are preparing for a Wednesday landing at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Additional Details: here....

2001 August 21 - .
  • STS-105 Mission Status Report #23 - . Nation: USA. Related Persons: Culbertson; Dezhurov; Helms; Horowitz; Sturckow; Tyurin; Voss. Program: ISS. Flight: ISS EO-2; ISS EO-3; STS-105. With its systems checked out in excellent shape, Space Shuttle Discovery with its seven-person crew that includes the Expedition Two crew, is set to return home at 11:46 a.m. Central time to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, wrapping up a five and a half month stay on the International Space Station. A second landing opportunity is available an hour and a half later at 1:23 p.m. CDT. Additional Details: here....

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