STS-70 Day 5 Highlights
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- On Monday, July 17, 1995, 7:30 a.m. CDT, STS-70 MCC Status Report # 08
- The Space Shuttle Discovery continues to travel smoothly around the
globe as the five men and women on board began a fourth full day of
work with biological and materials processing experiments.
- The four Ohio natives and one New Yorker were awakened shortly after
midnight CDT to the fight song for the Cleveland Indians, "Talkin'
Tribe." Mission Specialist Mary Ellen Weber responded with "Good
mornin' Houston, how `bout them Indians?"
- Mission Specialist Nancy Currie sent down video images of developing
Medaka fish eggs as part of the Space Tissue Loss experiment and
filled out responses to a human factors research project looking at
ways to optimize astronaut performance on orbit. Weber checked on the
progress of the Bioreactor Development System, which is growing human
tissue samples better than Earth-bound methods.
- Commander Tom Henricks and Pilot Kevin Kregel continued to work with
alignment of the HERCULES camera using star sightings. So far, they
have not succeeded in accomplishing alignment, which is required to
calibrate the HERCULES geolocation equipment.
- The crew also took time to answer questions from CNN reporter John
Holliman, and to voice down answers to queries posed by Internet
surfers visiting NASA's Shuttle Web.
- On Monday, July 17, 1995, 4 p.m. CDT, STS-70 MCC Status Report # 09
- Discovery's crew passed the halfway point of their mission today,
continuing to encounter minimal problems as they worked on a variety
- The crew again today worked with the HERCULES video camera and the
WINDEX observations of Shuttle glow. With HERCULES, the crew
continued to have difficulty performing star alignments but have
obtained very good Earth views, gathering 95 percent of the data
planned for the investigation thus far, according to the experiment's
sponsors. For WINDEX, Commander Tom Henricks fired Discovery's
thrusters to allow the instrument to record the effects of such
firings on the glow seen around Shuttle surfaces.
- The only problem reported by the crew today was a faulty vacuum
cleaner cord that caused a circuit breaker to trip aboard the
spacecraft. While performing some routine cleaning onboard, the
breaker tripped and the crew found several cuts in the cleaner's
electric cord. The crew plans to splice the cord together, removing
the nicked portions, and test it out after checking with flight
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