||Successful launch of NASA's Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic
Imager into a 587 x 600 km orbit for basic physics research of elementary
||Successful Ariane 5 launch of ESA's highly advanced environmental
satellite, with ten instruments, gathering information to survey and protect
||4th "service call" to the Hubble Space Telescope, with five
spacewalks to upgrade the observatory with new systems and the Advanced
Camera for Surveys (ACS)..
|Grace 1 & 2
||United States/ Europe/Russia
||Launch of the twin satellites "Tom" & "Jerry" for highly accurate
mapping of the Earth's gravity field. Successful launch on a Russian Rockot
||P.R. of China
||3rd uncrewed test flight (& recovery after several orbits)
of an experimental manned capsule for future use by human "taikonaut" crews
on a Long March 2F rocket.
||ISS mission 8A, with the S-Zero (S0) truss segment, the Canadian-built
Mobile Transporter (MT), and a crew of seven. Four spacewalks to install
S0 and MT.
||Launch of 3rd "taxi flight" to ISS, bringing a fresh Soyuz
crew return vehicle (CRV) and carrying the 2nd "space tourist", South Africa's
Mark Shuttleworth. Return on TM-33.
||NASA's EOS-PM satellite, launched on a Delta-2, to observe
Earth's water cycle, i.e., evaporation, water vapor, clouds, precipitation,
soil moisture, ice, and snow.
||ISS mission UF-2, carrying Multi-Purpose Logistics Module
Leonardo (3rd flight), Canada's SSRMS Mobile Base System, meteoroid protection
shields, and resupply.
||Launch of polar operational weather satellite POES-M for NOAA,
to provide, with GOES-M, global data for weather forecasting and meteorological
||ISS mission 9A, carrying the 2nd truss element, the 14.5-ton
S1, which was attached to S0. Mission featured 3 spacewalks, bringing total
EVAs for ISS to 46.
||Launch of 4th taxi flight to ISS, delivering a fresh Soyuz
CRV. Three-person crew included ESA/Belgium guest cosmonaut Frank De Winne.
Crew returned on Soyuz TM-34.
||ISS mission 11A, with 5th ISS replacement crew, the 4th truss
element P1 (of 11 total), and other equipment and resupply. Expedition 4
crew return on Shuttle.
||P.R. of China
||4th uncrewed test flight (& recovery after several orbits)
of another experimental "Divine Vessel" for future use by human "taikonaut"
crews on a Long March 2F rocket.