STS-71 Day 1 Highlights
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- On Tuesday, June 27, 1995, 7 p.m. CDT, STS-71 MCC Status Report # 01 reports:
- Atlantis first achieved an orbit with a high point of 158 nautical
miles by 85 nautical miles, the lowest orbital altitude ever flown by
a Space Shuttle, allowing the spacecraft to close the more than 7,000
nautical miles to Mir rapidly at first, at a rate of about 880
nautical miles per orbit. Three hours and thirty-nine minutes after
launch, Atlantis fired both Orbital Maneuvering System engines for a
little over two minutes to raise its orbit to an altitude of 210
nautical miles by 158 nautical miles, an engine firing called the NC-1
burn that has now slowed Atlantis' closing rate on the Mir.
- The shuttle is now about 5,400 nautical miles from Mir, closing on the
station by about 280 nautical miles with each one and a half-hour
orbit of Earth. The next engine firing by Atlantis was not scheduled
until early Wednesday morning, and all activities remain on target for
a docking with Mir at about 8 a.m. Thursday.
- Atlantis' crew -- Commander Hoot Gibson, Pilot Charlie Precourt,
Mission Specialists Ellen Baker, Greg Harbaugh and Bonnie Dunbar, and
Cosmonauts Anatoly Solovyev and Nikolai Budarin -- winded
down their first day in orbit.
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