Manned Flight nº: 218

Earth orbit Flight nº: 215

USA manned Flight nº: 130

4th manned flight to ISS.

Launch, orbit & landing data:

Designation 26489 / 00053A
Launch date - time 08 Sep 2000 - 12:45:47 UT
Launch site KSC, LC39B
Launch vehicle  Space Shuttle (#99)
Orbiter Atlantis #23 (OV-104)
Primary payload 
Mass (kg) 
Flight Crew Wilcutt, Altman, Lu, Mastracchio
Burbank, Malenchenko, Morukov
Docking date - time 10 Sep 2000 - 05:51 UT
Target spacecraft/port ISS/PMA-2 adapter
Earth orbit on :
   - Perigee / Apogee 374 x 386 km
   - Inclination 51.6°
   - Period  min
Undocking date - time 18 Sep 2000 - 03:44 UT
Landing date - time 20 Sep 2000 - 07:56:48 UT
(19 Sep 2000 - 03:56 EDT)
Landing location KSC, Runway 15
Flight Duration 11d 19h 12m
Nbr orbits 185

Flight crew

Nr. Surname Given name Job Duration
1  Wilcutt  Terrence Wade  CDR 11d 19h 12m 
2  Altman  Scott Douglas  PLT 11d 19h 12m 
3  Burbank  Daniel Christopher  MSP 11d 19h 12m 
4  Lu  Edward Tsang  MSP 11d 19h 12m 
5  Mastracchio  Richard Alan "Rick"  MSP 11d 19h 12m 
6  Malenchenko  Yuri Ivanovich  MSP 11d 19h 12m 
7  Morukov  Boris Vladimirovich  MSP 11d 19h 12m 


fourth Space Station Assembly Mission ISS-03-2A.2B; docking on ISS; EVA by Lu and Malenchenko on 11.09.2000 (6h 15m) to complete final connections (electrical- , data- and television cables) between Zvezda module and component Zarya; a magnometer was boomed to a port of Svezda module; several equipment (includin toilet) was transferred into the ISS.

Mission details:

Atlantis was launched from Kennedy Space Center′s Launch Complex 39B. Solid rocket boosters RSRM-75 and external tank ET-103 were used to loft the orbiter into space. The inital orbit of 72 x 328 km x 51.6 deg was circularised by the Shuttle's OMS engines at apogee.

Atlantis docked with the PMA-2 adapter on the International Space Station at 05:51 GMT on September 10. The orbiter's small RCS engines were used to gently reboost the station's orbit several times.

Astronauts Lu and Malenchenko made a spacewalk on September 11 beginning at 04:47 GMT. They rode the RMS arm up to Zvezda and began installing cables, reaching a distance of 30 meters from the airlock when installing Zvezda's magnetometer. Total EVA duration was 6 hours 21 minutes.

During their 12-day flight, the astronauts spent a week docked to the International Space Station during which they worked as movers, cleaners, plumbers, electricians and cable installers. In all, they spent 7 days, 21 hours and 54 minutes docked to the International Space Station, outfitting the new Zvezda module for the arrival of the Expedition One crew later this fall.

The Shuttle undocked from ISS at 03:44 GMT on September 18 and made two circuits of the station each lasting half an orbit, before separating finally at 05:34 GMT. The payload bay doors were closed at 04:14 GMT on September 20 and at 06:50 GMT the OMS engines ignited for a three minute burn lowering the orbit from 374 x 386 km x 51.6 deg to 22 x 380 km x 51.6 deg. After entry interface at 07:25 GMT, the orbiter glided to a landing on runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center with main gear touchdown at 07:56:48 GMT for a mission duration of 283 hr 11min.

Milestones: OPF -- 5/29/00 VAB -- 8/07/00 PAD -- 8/13/00

Mission Objectives: Space Station assembly flight ISS-2A.2b utilized the SPACEHAB Double Module and the Integrated Cargo Carrier (ICC) to bring supplies to the station. The mission also included 2 spacewalks.

Hardware: SRB: BI-102PF SRM: RSRM-75 ET : ET-103A MLP : SSME-1: SN-2052 SSME-2: SN-2044 SSME-3: SN-2047

Main Gear Touchdown 3:56:48 a.m EDT (MET 11 days 19 hours 11 min 2 sec) Nose Gear Touchdown 3:56:57 a.m.EDT (MET 11 days 19 hours 11 min 11 sec) Wheel Stop 3:58:01 a.m.EDT (MET 11 days 19 hours 12 min 15 sec)

Mission details:

Astrophilately covers:


Launch cancel KSC. Credit: J. Vd Dr.


Manuel cancel KSC, without barres. signed by Altman. Credit: #402


EVA cancel Houston. Second joint US-Russian space walk. Credit: #402


Landing cancel KSC. Credit: J. Vd Dr.


Manuel landing cancel KSC, without barres. signed by Altman. Credit: #402

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