STS-79 Day 6 Highlights
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- On Saturday, September 21, 1996, 6:00 a.m. CDT, STS-79 MCC Status Report # 11
- Activities aboard Atlantis/Mir continue smoothly as the nine
astronauts and cosmonauts work in their second full day of docked
- Flight Day 6 began shortly after 9 p.m. central time Friday when
Atlantis' crew was awakened by Mission Control. The continuing
transfer of logistical supplies and scientific hardware is proceeding
smoothly, with more than 85% of the total transfer items already moved
from Atlantis to the Mir.
- Early this morning, Mission Specialists Jay Apt and Carl Walz once
again worked with the Active Rack Isolation System experiment to
replace a broken pushrod. With that complete, Apt monitored the ARIS
experiment as STS-79 Commander Bill Readdy and Mir 22 Commander Valery
Korzun fired small maneuvering jets on their spacecraft to test the
ability of ARIS to damp out any disturbances created by the firings.
Walz also is continuing his work with the Mechanics of Granular
Materials experiment in Atlantis' double SPACEHAB module.
- This morning, the astronauts used the large format IMAX camera to
conduct a photographic survey of Mir from the Shuttle's flight deck
windows while Mission Specialist Tom Akers shot IMAX movie scenes of
Readdy, Pilot Terry Wilcutt and Korzun in the Spektr module. Later in
the day, Akers and Korzun will move the IMAX camera to the Priroda
- At 5:29 a.m., Readdy, Wilcutt, Akers, Lucid, Blaha, Korzun and Kaleri
participated in a Russian media interview from the Mir core module
with reporters in the Russian Mission Control Center. The interview
was not broadcast on NASA Television.
- On Saturday, September 21, 1996, 6:00 p.m. CDT, STS-79 MCC Status Report # 12
- Transfers of equipment and supplies from the Atlantis SPACEHAB module
to Mir will begin to ramp down today as the attention begins to shift
to the transfer of experiment samples and equipment from Mir to
Atlantis. Yesterday, the crew reported it had moved 89 percent of the
items marked for transfer to Mir.
- The astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the combined shuttle/Mir
spacecraft will awaken at 8:54 p.m. CDT to begin their third full day
of docked operations. Atlantis Commander Bill Readdy and Mir 22
Commander Valery Korzun will start the day with a planning session
involving all nine crew members.
- Mission Specialist Shannon Lucid and newly arrived Mir Flight Engineer
2 John Blaha will continue their hand-over, the first in a succession
that will mark America's continued presence on the Russian space
station. Mission Specialist Carl Walz will use the IMAX camera to
shoot scenes of Mission Specialists Jay Apt and Tom Akers working in
the Priroda module. After that is complete, Korzun will set up the
IMAX camera in the Mir core module.
- Both Lucid and Korzun will get some exercise, the former on Mir's
treadmill and the latter on Mir's stationary bicycle. Mission
Specialist Tom Akers, Pilot Terry Wilcutt and Walz will take turns on
the exercise equipment later in the day.
- Walz will help Blaha and Korzun transfer the MIDAS superconductor
materials experiment from the Spacelab to Priroda.
- At 5:59 a.m., CNN will interview Readdy, Wilcutt, Lucid and Blaha.
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