July 6, 2011
A perfect liftoff of the Space Shuttle Endeavour occurred at 2:40:42 p.m. (EDT), April 19, 2001. Onboard were astronauts Kent V. Rominger, Jeffrey S. Ashby, Scott E. Parazynski, Chris A. Hadfield, John L. Phillips and Umberto Guidoni along with cosmonaut Yuri V. Lonchakov. Hadfield is with the Canadian Space Agency; Guidoni represents the European Space Agency and Lonchakov is affiliated with Rosaviakosmos. The scheduled 11-day mission is to deliver and integrate the Spacelab Logistics Pallet/Launch Development Facility, which includes the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and the UHF antenna. The flight is to include at least two space walks for installation of the SSRMS or Canadarm2 on the orbiting outpost. Also onboard is the Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Raffaello, carrying resupply stowage racks and resupply/return stowage platforms.
Topics: Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Space exploration, Umberto Guidoni, Chris Hadfield, Kent Rominger, Canadarm2, Scott E. Parazynski, Spacelab, Space Shuttle Endeavour, Space Shuttle, Manned spacecraft