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November 16, 2001

Kirsten Larson
Headquarters, Washington, DC
(Phone: 202/358-0243)

George H. Diller
Nov. 15, 2001
Kennedy Space Center

James Hartsfield
Johnson Space Center

Release: H01-224

Endeavour Launch Set to Complete Record Year in Space

The Space Shuttle Endeavour is set to launch Nov. 29 at approximately 6:42 p.m. CST on a mission that will take a fourth crew to the International Space Station, finishing a record-breaking year of missions that completed the first phase of the station's orbital assembly.

"In the past 12 months, we've completed some of the most challenging space flights in history, setting records for the number of space walks that have been conducted and the amount of hardware we've assembled in orbit," Space Shuttle Program Manager Ron Dittemore said. "In the next year those challenges will continue with missions just as complex to service the Hubble Space Telescope and expand the station. The team continues to excel safely and successfully. Endeavour is ready to fly."

Endeavour will be commanded by Dom Gorie (Capt., USN). Mark Kelly (Lt. Cdr., USN) will serve as Pilot, and mission specialists will be Linda Godwin (Ph.D.) and Dan Tani. Traveling to the station aboard Endeavour to begin a five-month stay will be Expedition Four Commander Yury Onufrienko and Flight Engineers Carl Walz (Col., USAF) and Dan Bursch (Capt. USN). Coming home on Endeavour after almost four months on the station will be Expedition Three Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin.

Endeavour will carry an Italian-built logistics module named Raffaello to the station loaded with supplies and experiments. During the shuttle's stay at the orbiting complex, one space walk is planned by Godwin and Tani to add insulation to mechanisms that rotate the station's solar arrays.

Endeavour is planned to land Dec. 10 at 2:16 p.m. CST at the Kennedy Space Center.


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