STS-88 began the assembly of the International Space Station (ISS), by successfully mating the Unity connecting module with the Zarya control module. Astronauts Ross and Newman conducted three space walks to attach cables, connectors, and hand rails. The two modules were powered up after the astronauts’ entry.
Launch Vehicle: Endeavour
Launch Date: December 4, 1998
Landed at Kennedy Space Center, FL on December 15, 1998
Mission Duration: 11 days, 19 hours, 18 minutes
Crew: Commander: Robert D. Cabana, Pilot: Frederick W. Sturckow, Mission Specialists: Nancy J. Currie, Jerry L. Ross, James H. Newman, Sergei K. Krikalev
Embroidered patch is 4” diameter.