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STS 110



STS 110 is an American shuttle spacecraft that was launched from Cape Canaveral at 20:44 UT on 8 April 2002. It carried a crew of seven American astronauts to the International Space Station where it docked at 16:06 UT on 9 April. The crew installed on the ISS a 13 meter, 13.5 tonne, initial segment of a long truss, and overlaid a railroad track. But the test drive of a 885 kg car on the track was not successful. It stopped after moving 5 meters, and commands to move further proved unsuccessful; speculation has been that weightlessness of the train engendered poor electrical contact with the track. Eventually the truss and the railing will be extended to 110 meters. In addition to that primary mission, the shuttle had transported to the station 290 biological samples prepared by high school students, as part of NASA's education outreach program. The 11-day mission ended when it returned to Earth on 19 April.

Alternate Names

  • 27413
  • STS110

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2002-04-08
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

Funding Agency

  • Unknown (United States)


  • Resupply/Refurbishment/Repair
  • Human Crew

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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