October 11 - 24, 2000

Crew & Mission
The crew members for Space Shuttle mision STS-92 were; Commander: Brian Duffy, Pilot: Pam Melroy and Mission Specialists: Leroy Chiao, Bill McArthur, Koichi Wakata, Jeff Wisoff and Mike Lopez-Alegria. Wakata represented NASDA of Japan, he became the first NASDA astronaut to fly as a mission specialist aboard the space shuttle.

Space Shuttle Discovery launched from the Kennedy Space Center, Fla., to begin the 100th flight of the space shuttle program. During STS-92, the crew delivered and installed the Z1 Truss and Pressurized Mating Adapter 3 to the International Space Station.

STS-92 crewmembers conducted four space walks on the outside of the docked complex required for installation of the Z1 Truss and Pressurized Mating Adapter 3 onto the station's Unity module. Mission Specialists Leroy Chiao and Bill McArthur performed the first and third excursions. Mission Specialists Jeff Wisoff and Michael Lopez-Alegria performed the second and fourth. Total space walk time for the mission was 27 hours, 19 minutes.

Discovery glided to a textbook landing under sunny skies at Edwards Air Force Base in California on Tuesday, completing a successful mission to the International Space Station. The crew spent more than two extra days in space because of unfavorable weather at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and at Edwards. Discovery touched down at 4 p.m. CDT and rolled to a stop on Edward's concrete runway at 4:0l, for a mission elapsed time of 12 days, 21 hours and 43 minutes.

A Personal Story

(STS092-372-035, October 2000) - Astronaut Brian Duffy, mission commander, adds the STS-92 patch to the growing collection of those representing Shuttle crews who have worked on the International Space Station (ISS). A location in the functional cargo block (FGB) or Zarya serves as the traditional posting site for the patches.

"There's a story behind that photo; I saw all these patches on the wall from previous Shuttle visits to the Station. Nobody told me we were supposed to bring a patch! Koichi Wakata said, 'Go get the one off your [launch and entry] suit.' So that's the patch off my suit. So when I came back from the flight I didn't have a patch on my suit. I left it on the Station."

Astronaut Brian Duffy, Spaceflight Magazine, February 2003.

The Artwork

STS092-S-001 (November 1999) --- Designed by the crew members, the STS-92 patch symbolizes the second mission to carry U.S.-built elements to the International Space Station (ISS) for assembly. The black silhouette of the Space Shuttle Discovery stands out against the deep blue background of space in low Earth orbit. In the foreground in gray is a profile view of the ISS as it appears when the shuttle and crew arrive, with the station consisting of the Unity node, its two pressurized mating adapters (PMA), the Zarya functional cargo block, the Zvezda service module, and the Progress cargo vehicle. Following the shuttle's rendezvous and docking, the ISS configuration will be augmented by the two elements delivered by Discovery--the Z1 truss and PMA-3. These two elements, depicted in red, will be installed using the shuttle's robot arm and be connected to ISS during four spacewalks. The multi-national nature of both the STS-92 crew and the ISS are reflected in the multi-colored Astronaut Office symbol.

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