STS -113 (English Space Transportation System) is the designation for a flight mission of the U.S. Space Shuttle Endeavour ( OV -105 ) from NASA. The launch took place on 24 November 2002. It was the 112th Space Shuttle mission, the 19th flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour and the 16th flight of a shuttle to the International Space Station (ISS).


Shuttle crew

  • James Wetherbee ( 6 spaceflight ), Commander
  • Paul Lockhart ( second space flight), Pilot
  • Michael López- Alegría ( third space flight), Mission Specialist
  • John Herrington ( 1 space flight), Mission Specialist

Christopher Loria was originally intended as a pilot. However, he was injured in an accident at home, so that he could not carry out the training.

ISS crew Departure

ISS Expedition 6:

  • Kenneth Bowersox ( 5 spacecraft ), Commander
  • Nikolai Budarin ( third space flight), flight engineer
  • Donald Pettit ( first space flight), flight engineer


Originally Donald Thomas was provided as an American flight engineer for the mission. For medical reasons, but he was replaced by the reservists Pettit.

ISS Crew Return

ISS Expedition 5:

  • Valeri Korzun ( second space flight), Commander
  • Peggy Whitson ( first space flight ), aircraft engineer
  • Sergei Treschtschow ( first space flight), flight engineer

(after a flight time of 184 days, returned to Earth 22 hours and 14 minutes; way with STS -111 )

Mission overview

The Endeavour delivered, in addition to new experiments, the third grid element to the International Space Station (ISS). Equipped with radiators P1- aluminum structure is 13.7 meters long, 4.0 meters high and 4.6 meters wide. Its mass is 12.5 tons. P1 has been supplied is mounted on the central segment of the STS- 110 S0 and S1 is almost identical with the structure member which has been associated with the STS -112 to the station.

Three outboard operations have been performed while the Endeavor was connected to the ISS.