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STS-108 Mission Status Report #25



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC
    (The landing was picture perfect)

STS-108     Report # 25 
 Monday, Dec. 17, 2001 – 1 p.m. CST 
 
 Endeavour touched down at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida today at
11:55 a.m. central time, returning the third resident space station crew
to Earth after 129 days in space.

Concluding a successful mission to the International Space Station,
delivering more than three tons of supplies and a new resident crew,
today’s landing brings to an end a voyage of more than 4.8 million miles
for Endeavour and marks the 57th shuttle landing at the Florida
spaceport.

On Endeavour’s flight deck are Commander Dom Gorie, Pilot Mark Kelly and
Mission Specialists Linda Godwin and Dan Tani. On the middeck, strapped
into recumbent chairs to reduce the effects of reentry, is the Expedition
Three crew, Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and
Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin. 

Following routine medical examinations, the STS-108 and Expedition Three
crewmembers will enjoy a reunion with their families.  All seven
crewmembers are expecteě
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 e than three tons of material, hardware and supplies from Endeavour to
the station.   Godwin and Tani also conducted a spacewalk to install
thermal protection on motor assemblies that control the motion of the
station’s large solar arrays.

On board the International Space Station, the Expedition Four crew –
Commander Yury Onufrienko and Flight Engineers Dan Bursch and Carl Walz –
are settling in for a planned five-month stay on orbit, unloading the
recently arrived Progress resupply vehicle.

With the conclusion of the STS-108 mission, the final International Space
Station Status Report of the year will be issued Friday, December 21.
                                 END



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