STS -108 (English Space Transportation System) is the designation for a flight mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle Endeavour ( OV- 105), NASA. The launch took place on 5 December 2001. It was the 107th Space Shuttle mission, the 17th flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the 12th flight of a shuttle to the International Space Station (ISS).


Shuttle crew

  • Dominic Gorie ( third space flight), Commander
  • Mark Kelly ( first space flight), Pilot
  • Linda Godwin (4th space flight ), Mission Specialist
  • Daniel Tani ( first space flight), Mission Specialist

ISS crew Departure

ISS Expedition 4:

  • Yuri Onufrienko ( second space flight ), Commander
  • Daniel Bursch ( 4 space flight), flight engineer
  • Carl Walz ( fourth space flight), flight engineer


  • Gennady Padalka for Onufrienko
  • Stephen Robinson and Edward Fincke for Bursch and Walz

ISS Crew Return

ISS Expedition 3:

  • Frank Culbertson ( third space flight), Commander
  • Mikhail Tyurin ( first space flight), flight engineer
  • Vladimir Dezhurov ( second space flight), flight engineer

(after a flight time of 128 days, 20 hours and 45 minutes returned to Earth; way with STS -105 )

Mission overview

A wide variety of scientific experiments was delivered on this flight with the Italian Raffaello multi-purpose module. In addition, the long- time crew of the International Space Station has been replaced by a new team. Overall, the Endeavour remained eight days connected with the station, during which was performed a spacewalk.


Exposing the Starshine -2 satellite