4" Embroidered Space Patch for the STS-110 Mission
Space Shuttle Atlantis' flight to the International Space Station included several milestones. First, STS-110 delivered the S0 (S-Zero) Truss -- the first of nine pieces that will make up the station's external framework that will eventually consist of nine pieces and stretch 109 meters (356 feet). STS-110 Mission Specialist Jerry Ross became the first human to be launched into space seven times. With the two spacewalks that he performed, he tightened his grip on the most U.S. spacewalks (nine) and spacewalking time -- 58 hours, 18 minutes. Second on the list for both spacewalking milestones is Ross' crewmate Mission Specialist Steve Smith, who also conducted two spacewalks during STS-110 to give him a total of 49 hours, 48 minutes during seven spacewalks. The mission had other spacewalk milestones. This was the first time that the station's robotic arm was used to maneuver spacewalkers around the station, and it was the first time that all of a shuttle crew's spacewalks were based out the station's Quest Airlock. Atlantis also had a milestone. When STS-110 launched on April 8, 2002, it became the first shuttle to use three Block II Main Engines.
Launch Date: April 8, 200 23:44 p.m. CDT Launch Vehicle: Atlantis Crew: Bloomfield Frick Ochoa Ross Walheim Smith Morin
The STS-110 mission begins the third and final phase of construction for the International Space Station (ISS) by delivering and installing the SØ truss segment that will be carried into orbit in the payload bay of the Space Shuttle Atlantis. The Station’s robotic arm will remove the SØ segment from the Shuttle’s payload bay and place it on top of the United States Laboratory. During several space walks, SØ will be mechanically attached to ISS, and then multiple cables will be connected allowing electrical power and communications to flow between SØ and ISS. The STS-110 crew patch is patterned after the cross section of the SØ truss, and encases the launch of the Shuttle Atlantis and a silhouette of the ISS as it will look following mission completion. The successfully installed SØ segment is highlighted in gold. The SØ truss will serve as the cornerstone for the remaining ISS truss segments which together will span a distance greater than the length of a football field. This truss holds the Station’s massive solar arrays, providing electrical power for the modules of all the International Partners, and enables ISS to reach its full potential as a world-class research facility.