STS-70 Day 2 Highlights
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- On Friday, July 14, 1995, 6 a.m. CDT, STS-70 MCC Status Report # 02
- For the first time since June 1965, a human spaceflight mission is
being controlled from a different flight control room in the Mission
Control Center. Before going to sleep late yesterday, Discovery's
crew was notified that operations had been transferred down the hall
to the new control room known as the "White FCR" (pronounced ficker),
or Flight Control Room.
- The remainder of the on-orbit phase of the flight will be controlled
from the new room, except the entry and landing which will be
controlled from the old Mission Control.
- The crew of STS-70 was awakened shortly after three this morning
Central time to the theme from "Woody Woodpecker," a cartoon character
adopted as the mascot for the mission when real woodpeckers plucked
holes in protective insulation on Discovery's external fuel tank last
month causing a delay in the mission.
- Overnight, controllers in Sunnyvale, California, monitored the
progress of the deployment of the communications tracking satellite
called TDRS (Tracking and Data Relay Satellite), which was the prime
objective of Discovery's mission. Riding atop a solid rocket motor
called an Inertial Upper Stage, the satellite was placed in an orbit
high above the equator over the Pacific. All of its appendages have
been deployed and command and checkout of the spacecraft has begun.
The satellite deployment followed launch of Discovery from the Kennedy
Space Center at 8:42 a.m. CDT 7/13/95.
- Commander Tom Henricks, Pilot Kevin Kregel and Mission Specialists Don
Thomas, Nancy Currie, and Mary Ellen Weber came on duty about 6
a.m. for their work day in space.
- On Friday, July 14, 1995, 5 p.m. CDT, STS-70 MCC Status Report # 03
- Discovery's crew began a steady pace of working with a variety of
secondary experiments aboard the shuttle today, their first full day
- The primary objective for Discovery -- releasing a Tracking and Data
Relay Satellite -- was accomplished on Thursday. On Friday, July 14,
the crew worked with experiments ranging from the HERCULES camera, a
camera that can imprint the latitude and longitude of areas
photographed on Earth, to the Windex, a study of the glow created as
the shuttle surfaces interact with atomic oxygen in low Earth orbit.
- Commander Tom Henricks also fired Discovery's engines to lower the
shuttle's orbit, a firing that enhanced the landing opportunities that
will be available at the end of the flight and provided a viewing
opportunity for the Windex experiment. Mission Specialist Nancy Currie
set up Windex to observe the effect of the engine firing on the
glowing phenomenon. Investigators with the experiment hope to better
characterize the glow, which occurs on all spacecraft in low orbit,
and thus better design future Earth orbiting, sensitive astronomy
satellites with which such a glow could interfere.
- Also, Henricks, Pilot Kevin Kregel and Mission Specialist Mary Ellen
Weber answered questions from the general public via the New York
Times On-Line Services. The crew will begin an eight-hour sleep period
at 6:12 p.m. They will awaken at 2:12 a.m. Saturday.
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