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Table 1. Some significant Space Events in 2002
Designation Date Country Event
RHESSI February 5 United States Successful launch of NASA's Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager into a 587 x 600 km orbit for basic physics research of elementary particles.
ENVISAT March 1 Europe Successful Ariane 5 launch of ESA's highly advanced environmental satellite, with ten instruments, gathering information to survey and protect the planet.
STS-109 (Columbia) March 1 United States 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 March 17 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 rocket.
Shenzhou 3 March 25 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.
STS-110 (Atlantis) April 8 United States 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.
Soyuz TM-34/ISS-4S April 25 Russia 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.
Aqua May 4 United States 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.
STS-111 (Endeavour) June 5 United States ISS mission UF-2, carrying Multi-Purpose Logistics Module Leonardo (3rd flight), Canada's SSRMS Mobile Base System, meteoroid protection shields, and resupply.
POES-M (NOAA-M) June 24 United States Launch of polar operational weather satellite POES-M for NOAA, to provide, with GOES-M, global data for weather forecasting and meteorological research.
STS-112 (Atlantis) October 7 United States 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.
Soyuz TMA-1/ISS-5S October 30 Russia 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.
STS-113 (Endeavour) November 23 United States 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.
Shenzhou 4 December 29 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.