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Endeavour December 5, 2011 – December 17, 2011 Mission Duration: 11 days, 19 hours, 36 minutes, 45 seconds ITA Experiment: Joint NASA-ITA Hardware Development Program; MEPS -II (Microencapsulation Electrostatic Processing System) Hardware Flown:   MEPS-II delivered to ISS.  Primary Mission Objective:  ISS resupply mission, crew rotation.  The crew attached the Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module to the station so that about 2.7 metric tons (3 tons) of equipment and supplies could be unloaded. The crew later returned Raffaello to Endeavour's payload bay for the trip home. The crew conducted one spacewalk during the mission to install insulation on mechanisms that rotate the ISS main solar arrays.  Endeavour also delivered the Expedition 4 crew to the ISS and returned the Expedition 3 crew back to Earth.  Before de-orbiting Endeavour's crew also deployed a small satellite called STARSHINE 2 from a canister located in the payload bay. More than 30,000 students from 660 schools in 26 countries tracked STARSHINE 2 as it orbited the Earth for eight months. The students, who helped polish STARSHINE's 845 mirrors, used the information they collected to calculate the density of the Earth's upper atmosphere. MEPS-II was a complete rebuild from MEPS-1 (STS-95) to meet stringent ISS Payload requirements.  It included a new internal Microprocessor Controller and video recording system.  It was not operated because of a mis-conception by MSFC that there could have been a potential malfunction, so it was brought back to Earth without being activated. Also of note, to honor the victims of the 9/11 attacks, recovered American flags from the WTC, the Pentagon, and the Harrisburg State Capital were also flown on this mission.
ISS Gets Supplies MEPS Hardware Gets a Ride
STS-108 Launch
Dr. Dennis Morrison with ISS MEPS Hardware Before Launch
STS-108 Views ISS
STS-108 Departing view of ISS
STS-108 Mission Specialist Daniel Tani during space walk
STS-108 Approaches ISS
STS-108 Linda Godwin and Dan Tani - 4 hour space walk
STS-108 During ISS approach
STS-108 Lands at KSC
STS-108 Astronaut Linda Godwin during space walk
STS-108 Views glacier-fed lake in Argentina
STS-108  STARSHINE deployment
STS-108 views the Galapagos Islands
STS-108 view out the window during ISS approach