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STS 113



STS 113 was an American shuttle spacecraft. It was the 19th flight of the Endeavour orbiter and the 112th shuttle mission to be flown. It carried a crew of seven astronauts (six American and one Russian) and the main hardware, a 13.7 m truss of 12.5 tonne to the International Space Station (ISS). During several hours of EVA, the crew installed and secured the truss assembly which now has a total length of 40.8 m. The truss will provide structural support to the station's thermal control radiators, besides enabling a manually operated cart to move along it during EVAs. The total mass of the ISS is now about 200 tonnes.

Prior to leaving the ISS, the shuttle deployed a pair of tethered (15 m long) picosatellites, called MEPSI.

It left the ISS on 02 December 2002 and returned to Earth on 04 December 2002, leaving behind three of its astronauts for a long stay at the ISS and bringing back the rest of the crew and the three astronauts who had stayed in ISS for about six months.

Alternate Names

  • 27556
  • STS113

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2002-11-24
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

Funding Agency

  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (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


Related Information/Data at NSSDCA


Other Sources of STS 113 Information/Data

STS 113 information (NASA Shuttle Web)
STS 113 information (NASA KSC)

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