STS-81 Day 4 Highlights
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- On Wednesday, January 15, 1997, 6:00 a.m. CST, STS-81 MCC Status Report # 7
- Astronaut Jerry Linenger became the fourth American to occupy a
position on the Russian Space Station Mir early this morning following
the docking of Atlantis to the Russian outpost late Tuesday. Linenger
officially traded places with Astronaut John Blaha at 3:45 this
morning when their form-fitted Soyuz seat liners were swapped in the
small spacecraft that is used for return to Earth.
- Commander Mike Baker and Pilot Brent Jett guided Atlantis to the fifth
linkup with Mir at 9:55 p.m. Tuesday at a point 210 nautical miles
above the Earth southeast of Moscow, culminating a three-day
rendezvous which began with the shuttle's launch early Sunday morning.
- Two hours after docking, the hatches between Atlantis and Mir were
opened at 11:57 p.m. CST, and Baker and Mir 22 Commander Valery Korzun
shared a hug to mark the start of five days of joint operations
between the two crews. During the docked phase of the mission, nearly
three tons of food, water and supplies will be transferred between the
- After an informal welcoming ceremony in the Mir's core module, the
crewmembers conducted a safety briefing and went right to work,
hauling top priority resupply items into the Russian station.
- The nine crewmembers were upbeat as they began their joint work, Blaha
saying."we're truly in the space station business." He completed 118
days as a Mir crewmember, which began with his arrival on the Russian
station on September 19th as part of Atlantis' STS-79 crew.
- The astronauts and cosmonauts will begin a nine hour sleep period
later this morning at 10:27 a.m. and will be awakened at 7:27
p.m. tonight to begin their first full day of joint docked operations
and transfer work.
- On Wednesday, January 15, 1997, 6:00 p.m. CST, STS-81 MCC Status Report # 8
- Astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis and Space
Station Mir enjoyed an extended sleep period today as the spacecraft
continued to orbit the Earth in tandem at an altitude of 240 miles.
- The Atlantis crew, which now consists of Commander Mike Baker, Pilot
Brent Jett and Mission Specialists Jeff Wisoff, John Grunsfeld, Marsha
Ivins and new addition John Blaha was allowed 9 hours to rest up after
Tuesday's busy rendezvous and docking activities. The Mir crew, which
now consists of Commander Valery Korzun, Alexander Kaleri and
astronaut Jerry Linenger, got 9 1\2 hours of sleep.
- Linenger is beginning a four-month stay on Mir, and Blaha is ending
his 118 day tour of duty, returning to Earth aboard Atlantis.
- The astronauts will be awakened at 7:27 p.m. tonight to begin their
first full day of joint docked operations and transfer work. More than
6,000 pounds of supplies, experiment equipment and samples will be
exchanged during five days of docked operations. The crews already
have made progress in the transfers, moving critical items immediately
after Tuesday's 9:55 p.m. CST docking.
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