Mission name


Space shuttle


Launch pad

Kennedy Space Center
Florida, USA

Launch date

April 14, 2033
13:00:00 EST

Mission duration

42 days

Lunar module

callsign Eagle

Crew size


Lunar landing

April 26, 2033
10:00:00 EST
Fra Maura Highlands


May 25, 2033

Mission duration


STS-1013 (Lunar Landing Flight LLF-C1) is the current Space Shuttle/Altair mission to the U.S. Space Station (Luna) and the International Lunar Outpost (ILO). Spectrum launched successfully on April 14, 2033, at 13:00 Eastern.

STS-1013 will focus on landing on the moon, staying in the outpost, collecting items and experimenting with them on the moon, and returning those items to the Space Shuttle Spectrum's onboard spacelab. This 42-day flight is scheduled to include 22 spacewalks. The payload bay will carry the Spacelab 2 module which will be used to examine specimens when Altair returns to Luna. During the mission, the lunar crew will spend 11 nights sleeping in the ILO. This flight will also be used for exploring the moons surface.

Crew Edit

Prime crew Edit

Position Astronaut


Maj. Daniel Kelly

Thirteenth spaceflight


Capt. Sandra Paxton

Eleventh spaceflight

Lunar Specialist 1

Austin Barber

Ninth spaceflight

Lunar Specialist 2

Ethan Glance

Seventh spaceflight

Station Specialist 1

Liamond Smith

Fifth spaceflight

Station Specialist 2

Roger Hines

Third spaceflight

Back-up crew Edit

Position Astronaut


Sarah Jenkins


Larry Sanders

Lunar Specialist 1

Jared Washington

Lunar Specialist 2

Samantha Brown

Station Specialist 1

Michael Fischer

Station Specialist 2

Nicole Scott

Mission payload Edit

Spacelab 2 Edit

The primary payload of STS-1013 is the SPACELAB2 research module. This module will be used to review the materials brought back from the moon. The new spacelab has the general design of the first but including several new modifications such as the new accompanying storage module for the lunar specimens after the research. Also, this spacelab is made out of metal, which is different than the first.

Mission backround Edit

The mission marks:

  • 193rd American manned spaceflight
  • 147th shuttle mission since STS-1
  • 13th fligh of Spectrum
  • 3rd mission to Luna
  • 22nd lunar landing
  • 1st shuttle flight in 2033

Shuttle processing Edit

Spectrum was towed from its hangar in Orbiter Processing Facility-1 to the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) on March 14, 2033 at about 7 a.m. EDT. The move, known as rollover, was completed at 8:30 a.m. when Spectrum arrived in the VAB transfer aisle.

Spectrum rolled out from the VAB to the Launch Complex 39A on March 16, 2033, at 6:30 a.m. EDT in a slow drive on the top of the Crawler-transporter. The 3.4-mile rollout was completed with the launch platform secued in place at about 1:30 p.m. EDT.

The final readiness review (FRR) meeting for the STS-1013 mission took place at Kennedy Space Center during the last week of March. The FRR had approved the installation of a special minicam pointing out of window 4 on Spectrum's flight deck. The camera will film the forward portion of the External Tank during the shutte's ascent to orbit, in order to capture the behavior of the LO2 Ice Frost Ramps (IFRs) located on the upper part of the tank during potentia liberation events.

NASA managers held a post news conference to brief about the outcomes of the FRR on 30 March 2033. The briefing was broadcasted on NASA TV and was attended by William Gerstenmaier, NASA's Assosciate Administrator for Space Operations, Michael Moses, Launch Integration Manger, Space Shuttle Program, the STS-1013 crew and Michael Leinbach, space shuttle launch director.

The payload for the mission was moved to Launch Pad 39A on the 29th of March and was installed into the shuttle's payload bay on 4 April 2009.

During the post-flight interview on 14 April, shuttle launch director Mike Leinbach told his feelings about STS-1013: "Mission 1013 is going to be a spectacular and revolutionizing event. This mission will mark the first time men has stayed for an extended time on the surface of the moon. I believe that this will be our finest moment as the best crew embarks on the best ship on the 193rd American manned spaceflight."

Launch preparations Edit

Final launch preparations commenced at Pad 39A with techinicans closing Spectrum's payload bay doors during the morning hours on 11 April. On the same day, NASA's official launch countdown clock began at 1 p.m. and the crew flew to the Kennedy's Landing Facility in a Shuttle Training Aircraft Gulfstream III jet at 12:35 p.m. EST to prepare for the launch.

On 12 April, after the L-2 Mission Management Team (MMT) meeting, space shuttle launch integration manager Michael Moses announced that the MMT gave the official "go" for Spectrum's launch, and Kelly and Paxton practiced landings in the Shuttle Training Aircraft. On the evening at about 5:30 p.m. the Rotating Service Structure that protects the shutte from adverse weather conditions was rolled back anticipation next day's launch.

The MMT again met at 4:30 a.m. EST on 14 April and gave a "go" to begin loading shuttle Spectrum's external tank. The tanking began at 5:00 a.m. and was completed at 8 a.m. The final unanimous "go" for launch directive from the mission management team, mission control and the launch team came during the countdown clock holding at T-9 minutes.

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