STS -102 (English Space Transportation System) is the designation for a flight mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle Discovery ( OV -103 ) from NASA. The launch took place on 8 March 2001. It was the 103rd Space Shuttle mission, the 29th flight of the Space Shuttle Discovery and the eighth flight of a shuttle to the International Space Station (ISS).


Shuttle crew

  • James Wetherbee ( fifth space flight), Commander
  • James Kelly ( first space flight), Pilot
  • Paul Richards (1st space flight), Mission Specialist
  • Andrew Thomas ( third space flight), Mission Specialist

ISS crew Departure

ISS Expedition 2:

  • Yuri Usachyov (4th space flight), Commander
  • Susan Helms ( fifth space flight ), aircraft engineer
  • James Voss ( fifth space flight), flight engineer


  • Yuri Onufrienko for Usachyov
  • Daniel Bursch and Carl Walz for Helms and Voss

ISS Crew Return

ISS Expedition 1:

  • William Shepherd ( 4 Space ), Commander
  • Yuri Gidzenko ( second space flight), flight engineer
  • Sergei Krikaljow ( fifth space flight), flight engineer

(after a flight time of 140 days, returned to Earth 23 hours and 39 minutes; way with Soyuz TM -31)


The team delivered alongside other scientific equipment with Leonardo for the first time one of the three Multi-Purpose Logistics Modules Italian with experiments for the laboratory module Destiny to the International Space Station is currently under construction. Overall, the Discovery was docked almost nine days at the station while the crew with two exits ( EVAs ) preparatory work, inter alia, for the next mission (STS -100) arriving robotic arm Canadarm2 made ​​. Furthermore, in this flight, the first permanent ISS crew was replaced by new staff.

  • Longest EVA all time 8 hours and 56 minutes