Expedition 16

Expedition 16 was the 16th expedition to the International Space Station (ISS).[2] The first two crew members, Yuri Malenchenko and Peggy Whitson, launched on 10 October 2007, aboard Soyuz TMA-11, and were joined by spaceflight participant Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, the first Malaysian in space.[3][4]

ISS Expedition 16
Mission typeISS Expedition
Mission duration192 days (launch to landing)
Space StationInternational Space Station
Began10 October 2007 (2007-10-10)
Ended19 April 2008, 10:30 (2008-04-19UTC10:31Z) UTC
Arrived aboardSoyuz TMA-11
Anderson: STS-117
Space Shuttle Atlantis
Tani: STS-120[1]
Space Shuttle Discovery
Eyharts: STS-122
Space Shuttle Atlantis
Reisman: STS-123
Space Shuttle Endeavour
Departed aboardSoyuz TMA-11
Anderson: STS-120[1]
Space Shuttle Discovery
Tani: STS-122
Space Shuttle Atlantis
Eyharts: STS-123
Space Shuttle Endeavour
Reisman: STS-124
Space Shuttle Discovery
Crew size3
MembersPeggy Whitson
Yuri Malenchenko
Clayton Anderson* (October)
Daniel Tani (October–February)
Léopold Eyharts (February–March)
Garrett Reisman† (March–April)
* - transferred from Expedition 15
† - transferred to Expedition 17
EVA duration35 hours, 21 minutes

The official Expedition 16 crew portrait. (left to right) Anderson, Malenchenko, Tani, Eyharts, Whitson, Reisman

Expedition 15 Flight Engineer Clayton Anderson did not land with the Soyuz TMA-10, so he was considered part of Expedition 16 for the few weeks prior to the arrival of STS-120.[5] STS-120 launched on 23 October, docked on 25 October, and replaced Anderson with new Flight Engineer Daniel Tani.[1][6][7] Following docking, the Soyuz seat liners for Anderson and Tani were swapped, and Anderson became part of the STS-120 crew. Léopold Eyharts, who came aboard during STS-122, joined the mission on 9 February 2008, replacing Tani.[3][8] The crew was then joined by Garrett Reisman, who was launched aboard Endeavour with STS-123, on 11 March 2008, replacing Eyharts. Reisman joined Expedition 16 in progress, and was a part of Expedition 17 as well. Upon reentry, the astronaut's Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft suffered a minor malfunction, causing the craft to follow a very steep ballistic descent. As a result, the crew experienced forces up to 10 G, ending up about 260 miles (418 km) west of the targeted landing site. Roscosmos reported all three crew members were doing just fine and in good health.[9]


Position[3] First Part
(October 2007)
Second Part
(October 2007 to February 2008)
Third Part
(February to March 2008)
Fourth Part
(March to April 2008)
Commander Peggy Whitson, NASA
Second spaceflight
Flight Engineer 1 Yuri Malenchenko, RSA
Fourth spaceflight
Flight Engineer 2 Clayton Anderson, NASA
First Spaceflight
Daniel Tani, NASA
Second and last spaceflight
Léopold Eyharts, ESA
Second and last spaceflight
Garrett Reisman, NASA
First spaceflight

Backup crew

Mission details

  • Docked: 12 October 2007 14:50 UTC
  • Undocked: 19 April 2008 6:06 UTC
  • Time docked: 192 days

Expedition 16 was the first ISS mission to include two crew members who had served on a previous expedition, and the first time a former commander (Malenchenko) returned as a flight engineer.[5] Whitson was the first female commander of an ISS expedition,[5][10] and with STS-120 commanded by female astronaut Pamela Melroy, it marked the first time that two female mission commanders were in orbit simultaneously.[11][12][13] On her first expedition, Whitson implemented a "Friday night movie night" to help the crew wind down at the end of the week, and plans to keep the custom of adding some levity to the station going for Expedition 16.[14] Anderson incorporated some entertainment into the daily planning conference with the ground, quizzing the ground team on a wide variety of subjects, and Michael Lopez-Alegria did a similar activity with movie and music trivia.[14]


The first major objective of the increment was accomplished successfully on 26 October, when the crew of STS-120 delivered the Harmony module, and attached it to a temporary location on the Unity module.[15][16] The new addition added over 2,500 cubic feet (71 m3) to the station's living volume.[17] The joint crews also moved the P6 truss, and relocated it from its position on top of the station, to its final port-side position, during the third of four spacewalks.

Configuration of Harmony

Following the departure of STS-120, a series of Extra-vehicular activity (EVA) and robotic activities were carried out to move the Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA-2) from the end of the Destiny laboratory, to the end of Harmony. Whitson and Malenchenko carried out the increment's first EVA on 9 November, that prepared the docking port for relocation.[18] On 12 November, Whitson and Tani used the station's Mobile Servicing System (robotic arm) to detach the docking port, and relocated it to the forward port of Harmony.[19] On 14 November, the Tani and Whitson again used the robotic arm and moved Harmony from its temporary location, to its permanent location on the forward port of Destiny.[20]

On 20 November, Whitson and Tani completed the second EVA for the increment, a 7-hour, 16-minute spacewalk to outfit the Harmony node in its new position. All tasks were accomplished, and three get-ahead tasks were performed.[21] On 24 November, Whitson and Tani completed the third EVA for the increment, a 7-hour, 4 minute spacewalk to complete the outfitting of Harmony. All task were accomplished, and photographic inspection of the starboard Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ) was performed, as well as some ISS maintenance get-ahead tasks.[22][23]

EVA milestone

On 18 December 2007, during the fourth spacewalk of Expedition 16 to inspect the S4 starboard Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ), the ground team in Mission Control informed Whitson that she had become the female astronaut with the most cumulative EVA time in NASA history, as well as the most EVAs, with her fifth EVA. Three hours and 37 minutes into the spacewalk, Whitson surpassed NASA astronaut Sunita Williams with a total time at that point of 29 hours and 18 minutes.[24][25] At the completion of Whitson's fifth EVA, the 100th in support of ISS assembly and maintenance, Whitson's cumulative EVA time became 32 hours, and 36 minutes, which placed her in 20th place for total EVA time.[25]


STS-122 delivered Columbus and replaced Dan Tani with Léopold Eyharts.


STS-123 delivered the first element of Kibō and replaced Léopold Eyharts with Garrett Reisman.

ATV Jules-Verne

Expedition 16 also saw the arrival of the first Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV) to the station, named Jules Verne after the science fiction author.

Soyuz TMA-12

Expedition 16 also saw the arrival of the first Korean astronaut, Yi So-yeon.

Extra-vehicular activity

Mission Spacewalkers Start (UTC) End (UTC) Duration
Peggy Whitson
Yuri Malenchenko
9 November 2007
9 November,
6 hours, 55 minutes
SSPTS cable disconnect and stowage, PMA-2 umbilical stowage, Node 2 avionics umbilical temp stowed.[18]
Daniel M. Tani
20 November 2007
20 November,
7 hours, 16 minutes
External configuration of PMA-2 and Harmony: Fluid, electrical, and data line hookups, avionics line hookup, heater cable hookups, Fluid tray relocation.[21][26]
24 November 2007
24 November,
7 hours, 04 minutes
Completion of fluid, electrical, and data line hookups for PMA-2 and Harmony. Loop B Fluid Tray connection to port side of Destiny. Photographic analysis of starboard Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ) to assist with troubleshooting on the ground, re-installation of CETA cart from a temporary stowage location.[22][23]
18 December 2007
18 December,
6 hours, 56 minutes
Inspection of the S4 starboard Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ), and a Beta Gimbal Assembly (BGA). The EVA is the 100th in support of building the International Space Station.[25][27]
30 January 2008
30 January,
7 hours, 10 minutes
Replacement of a Bearing Motor Roll Ring Module (BMRRM) in the S4 starboard Beta Gimbal Assembly (BGA), further inspection of the Solar Alpha Rotary Joint (SARJ).[28]


 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

  1. NASA (2007). "STS-120". National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved 9 October 2007.
  2. RIA Novosti (2007). "Space station Expedition 16 crew approved". RIA Novosti. Retrieved 9 October 2007.
  3. NASA (2007). "NASA Announces Three International Space Station Crews". NASA. Retrieved 9 October 2007.
  4. SpaceDaily (2007). "Expedition 16 Crew To Launch From Baikonur". Space Travel Exploration and Tourism - SpaceDaily. Retrieved 9 October 2007.
  5. Tariq Malik (2007). "Space Station Astronauts Prepare for Crew Swap". Space.com. Retrieved 9 October 2007.
  6. William Harwood (2007). "Discovery docks with space station". CBS News. Retrieved 25 October 2007.
  7. UPI (2007). "Discovery successfully docks at the ISS". United Press International. Retrieved 25 October 2007.
  8. Spacefacts (2007). "Expedition 16". Spacefacts. Retrieved 9 October 2007.
  9. "Soyuz crew endures severe G-forces on re-entry - CNN.com". CNN. 19 April 2008. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  10. Tariq Malik (4 October 2007). "Astronauts Ponder State of Space Exploration". Fox News. Retrieved 9 October 2007.
  11. NASA (2007). "Female Space Commanders Available for Interviews". NASA. Retrieved 9 October 2007.
  12. Tariq Malik (2007). "Female commanders set for landmark mission". NBC News. Retrieved 9 October 2007.
  13. Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc. (2007). "History In Space: 2 Women Commanders". Local6.com Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc. Archived from the original on 2 June 2008. Retrieved 9 October 2007.
  14. Gina Sunseri (2007). "Space Boredom Busters: Movies, Music, Jokes". ABC News - Associated Press. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  15. William Harwood for CBS News (2007). "Harmony module pulled from cargo bay". Spaceflight Now. Retrieved 19 November 2007.
  16. John Schwartz (26 October 2007). "New Room Added to Space Station". The New York Times. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  17. Liz Austin Peterson (2007). "Astronauts Attach Space Station Addition". ABC News / The Associated Press. Archived from the original on 16 June 2008. Retrieved 26 October 2007.
  18. NASA (2007). "Station Spacewalk Prepares for PMA, Harmony Moves". NASA. Retrieved 19 November 2007.
  19. Frank Morring Jr. (2007). "ISS Crew Moves Harmony Node". Aviation Week. Archived from the original on 21 May 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2007.
  20. NASA (2007). "Harmony Moved to Front of Space Station". NASA. Retrieved 19 November 2007.
  21. NASA (2007). "Spacewalkers Harmonize on Node Hookup Tasks". NASA. Retrieved 24 November 2007.
  22. NASA (2007). "Spacewalkers Complete More Harmony Hookup Work". NASA. Retrieved 24 November 2007.
  23. NASA (2007). "ISS On-Orbit Status report 11/24/07". NASA. Archived from the original on 30 November 2007. Retrieved 27 November 2007.
  24. Tariq Malik (2007). "Space Station Commander Breaks Spacewalking Record". Space.com. Archived from the original on 13 June 2007. Retrieved 18 December 2007.
  25. NASA (2007). "Spacewalkers Find No Solar Wing Smoking Gun". NASA. Retrieved 18 December 2007.
  26. NASA (2007). "International Space Station Daily Report: 11/20/07". NASA. Archived from the original on 25 December 2007. Retrieved 24 November 2007.
  27. Associated Press (18 December 2007). "Astronauts Take Spacewalk to Inspect Defective Solar Wing Mechanisms". Fox News. Retrieved 18 December 2007.
  28. NASA (2008). "Spacewalkers Replace Solar Wing Motor". NASA. Retrieved 31 January 2008.

This article is issued from Wikipedia. The text is licensed under Creative Commons - Attribution - Sharealike. Additional terms may apply for the media files.