Noriega on the newly-installed P6 truss, during EVA 2
|Mission type||ISS assembly|
|Mission duration||10 days, 19 hours, 58 minutes, 20 seconds|
|Distance travelled||7,203,000 kilometres (4,476,000 mi)|
|Spacecraft||Space Shuttle Endeavour|
|Launch mass||120,742 kilograms (266,191 lb)|
|Landing mass||89,758 kilograms (197,883 lb)|
|Payload mass||7,906 kilograms (17,430 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||1 December 2000, 03:06UTC|
|Launch site||Kennedy LC-39B|
|End of mission|
|Landing date||11 December 2000, 23:04UTC|
|Landing site||Kennedy SLF Runway 15|
|Perigee altitude||352 kilometres (219 mi)|
|Apogee altitude||365 kilometres (227 mi)|
|Docking with ISS|
|Docking date||2 December 2000, 19:59 UTC|
|Undocking date||9 December 2000, 19:13 UTC|
|Time docked||6 days, 23 hours, 13 minutes|
Left to right - Front: Bloomfield, Garneau, Jett; Back: Noriega, Tanner
STS-97 was a Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS) flown by Space Shuttle Endeavour. The crew installed the first set of solar arrays to the ISS, prepared a docking port for arrival of the Destiny Laboratory Module, and delivered supplies for the station's crew. It was the last human spaceflight of the 20th century.
|Commander|| Brent W. Jett|
|Pilot|| Michael J. Bloomfield|
|Mission Specialist 1|| Joseph R. Tanner|
|Mission Specialist 2|| Marc Garneau, CSA|
Third and last spaceflight
|Mission Specialist 3|| Carlos I. Noriega|
Second and last spaceflight
During the 11-day mission, the primary objective was completed, which was to deliver and connect the first set of U.S.-provided solar arrays and the P6 Truss to the International Space Station. The astronauts completed three spacewalks, during which they prepared a docking port for arrival of the Destiny Laboratory Module, installed Floating Potential Probes to measure electrical potential surrounding the station, installed a camera cable outside the Unity Module, and transferred supplies, equipment and refuse between Endeavour and the station.
The successful checkout of the Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMUs), the Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue (SAFER) units, the Canadarm (RMS), the Orbiter Space Vision System (OSVS) and the Orbiter Docking System (ODS) were all completed nominally. Also, the ODS centerline camera was installed with no misalignment noted.
From inside Endeavour, Canadian Mission Specialist Marc Garneau used the Canadarm to remove the 8 ton stainless steel P6 truss from the payload bay, maneuvering it into an overnight park position to warm its components. Mission Specialists Joseph Tanner and Carlos Noriega moved through Endeavour's docking tunnel and opened the hatch to the ISS docking port to leave supplies and computer hardware on the doorstep of the Station. On flight day 4, the Expedition 1 Commander William Shepherd, Pilot Yuri Gidzenko and Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalev – entered the Unity Module for the first time and retrieved the items left for them.
At 09:36 EST on 8 December 2000 the crew paid the first visit to the Expedition 1 crew residing in the space station. Until then the shuttle and the station had kept one hatch closed to maintain respective atmospheric pressures, allowing the shuttle crew to conduct their spacewalks and mission goals. After a welcome ceremony and briefing, the eight spacefarers conducted structural tests of the station and its solar arrays, transferred equipment, supplies and refuse back and forth between the spacecraft, and checked out the television camera cable installed by Tanner and Noriega for the upcoming mission.
On 9 December 2000 the two crews completed final transfers of supplies to the station and other items being returned to Earth. The Endeavour crew bade farewell to the Expedition 1 crew at 10:51 EST and closed the hatches between the spacecraft. After being docked together for 6 days, 23 hours and 13 minutes, Endeavour undocked from the station at 14:13 EST. Piloted by Michael Bloomfield, it then made an hour-long, tail-first circle of the station. The undocking took place 235 statute miles above the border of Kazakhstan and China. The final separation burn took place near the northeast coast of South America.
STS-97 was the 15th flight of Endeavour and the 101st Space Shuttle mission.
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. 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.
|Day 2||"Stardust"||Willie Nelson||wav[dead link] mp3[dead link] |
|Day 3||"I Believe I Can Fly"||R. Kelly||wav[dead link] mp3[dead link] |
|Day 4||"Sunshine of Your Love"||Cream||wav[dead link] mp3[dead link] |
|Day 7||"O Mio Babbino Caro"||Puccini||wav[dead link] mp3[dead link] |
|Day 8||"Here Comes the Sun"||The Beatles||wav[dead link] mp3[dead link] |
|Day 9||"Rattled"||Traveling Wilburys||wav[dead link] mp3[dead link] |
|Day 10||"Back in the Saddle Again"||Gene Autry||wav[dead link] mp3[dead link] |
|Day 11||"Beyond the Sea"||Bobby Darin||wav[dead link] mp3[dead link] |
|Day 12||"I'll Be Home for Christmas"||Bing Crosby||wav[dead link] mp3[dead link] |
Illustration of the International Space Station after STS-97
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