Yuri V. Lonchakov, STS-100 mission specialist, grins and waves to a crewmate as he passes through the passageway between Space Shuttle Endeavour's mid deck and flight deck.
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Reaching Out from the ISS
News story originally written on April 26, 2001

The shuttle Endeavour lifted off into space on April 19, 2001. The 7 astronauts onboard are from all over the world! Commander Kent Rominger and Pilot Jeffrey Ashby are from the United States as are mission specialists Scott Parazynski and John Phillips. The other mission specialists are Yuri Lonchakov from Russia, Umberto Guidoni from Italy, and Chris Hadfield from Canada. The shuttle docked with the International Space Station (ISS) on April 21, 2001.

The shuttle also carried with it 2 other important things, the robotic arm for the space station and the Raffaello module full of experiments. The Candian-built robotic arm was attached to the station during 2 spacewalks outside the shuttle and ISS. This robotic arm will be able to reach out and help with future space station assembly and maintenance. Italian-built Raffaello carried 2 more experiment racks that have been installed in the Destiny laboratory. Now there are 3 full racks of experiments in the ISS lab. Unwanted items from the ISS are being loaded onto Raffaello and will be brought back to Earth when Endeavour returns on April 30, 2001.

STS-100 is Endeavour's 16th flight into orbit and is the 104th mission in the history of the Shuttle program.

Last modified April 26, 2001 by Jennifer Bergman.

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