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Space Shuttle STS-112 Atlantis Space Station Assembly 2002 NASA

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Published on May 9, 2017

A look back to an important Shuttle mission space Shuttle STS-112 Atlantis Space Station Assembly

STS-112 (ISS assembly flight 9A) was an 11-day space shuttle mission to the International Space Station (ISS) flown by Space Shuttle Atlantis.[1] Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched on 7 October 2002 at 19:45 UTC from the Kennedy Space Center's launch pad 39B to deliver the 28,000 pound Starboard 1 (S1) truss segment to the Space Station.[2] Ending a 4.5-million-mile journey, Atlantis landed at 15:44 UTC on 18 October 2002 on runway 33 at the Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility.

During the launch, the ET bipod ramp shed a chunk of foam that caused a dent ~4" wide and 3" deep into the metal SRB-ET Attach Ring near the bottom of the left SRB.[3] Prior to the next mission (STS-113), an upper-level decision was made at NASA to continue with launches as scheduled. The launch subsequent to that was the ill-fated STS-107.[4]

Space shuttle Atlantis had been scheduled to visit the International Space Station (ISS) again on STS-114 mission in March 2003;[5] however, due to the loss of Columbia, all space shuttles, including Atlantis, were temporarily grounded. Due to the rescheduling of missions, Atlantis did not fly again until STS-115 on 9 September 2006.

Tony De La Rosa