Press Release

  This press release is issued by NASDA.


Launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour(mission STS -108 : ISS Flight UF-1)

November 16, 2001 (JST)

National Space Development Agency of Japan

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will launch the Space Shuttle Endeavour (mission STS-108 : ISS Flight UF-1) from NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida on November 29, 2001 at around 7:44 p.m. US Eastern Standard Time (November 30 at 9:44 am Japanese Standard Time).

The mission of the flight is to send the Expedition Four Crew of three members to replace the Expedition Three Crew of three members who have been staying at the International Space Station (ISS), as well as to deliver experiment racks and supplementary components using the Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Modules.
The Endeavour will be plan to dock with ISS on the third day after the launch.

The Expedition Four Crew members are as follows:
(1) Yuri Onufrienko ISS Commander Russia
(2) Carl E. Walz USA
(3) Daniel Bursch USA

* They will return by STS-111/ UF2, which will be launched in May 2002.