STS-81 Day 5 Highlights
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- On Thursday, January 16, 1997, 7:00 a.m. CST, STS-81 MCC Status Report # 9
- The nine astronauts and cosmonauts of the Atlantis-Mir space complex
pressed ahead this morning with the transfer of food, water and
supplies to each other's spacecraft in the second day of joint
operations of the STS-81 mission.
- With both spacecraft in excellent shape, the nine crewmembers floated
back and forth between Atlantis and the Mir, hauling bags of water,
satchels of logistical supplies and experiment hardware. The supplies
and hardware will be used by cosmonauts and U.S. astronaut Jerry
Linenger during his four months of scientific research aboard the Mir.
- Linenger, who officially became a Mir crewmember early Wednesday,
spent more than two hours with his precedessor on the Russian space
station, John Blaha, who helped familiarize Linenger with his new home
during a handover period. A handover period will be conducted each
night during the docked phase of the mission.
- As their workday began late Wednesday, the crewmembers had already
exchanged almost half of all of the items earmarked for transfer
during this fifth Shuttle-Mir docking flight. In all, about three
tons of supplies will have been exchanged by the time Atlantis undocks
from the Mir Sunday night.
- Crew members are scheduled to go to sleep about 11:30 this morning and
wake up at 7:27 p.m. today.
- On Thursday, January 16, 1997, 6:00 p.m. CST, STS-81 MCC Status Report # 10
- As the nine astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the Atlantis-Mir complex
slept today, scientists on the ground took advantage of television
cameras in Atlantis' payload bay to perform a detailed inspection of
- The television survey is designed to provide designers of the
International Space Station and other spacecraft information on the
effects of years of exposure to the low-Earth orbit
environment. Scientists and engineers will use this data to better
understand the effects of orbital debris, micrometeoroid and atomic
oxygen on the various materials and coatings used on the 10-year-old
Russian station and to choose the best methods of protecting space
complexes and vehicles of the future.
- When astronauts awaken at 7:27 p.m. today, they will focus their
efforts on the continued exchange of items intended to supply the Mir
22 crew and its science investigations or to return to Earth aboard
Atlantis. Some 6,000 pounds of supplies will have been exchanged by
the time Atlantis undocks Sunday night from Mir. Inside the double
Spacehab module in Atlantis' payload bay, nine of 11 investigations
have begun and three Biorack experiments have been completed.
- Scheduled aboard Mir today are data collection with the Mir
Structural Dynamics Experiment (MiSDE) and Space Acceleration
Measurement System (SAMS) air quality sampling during docked
operations, a daily check of the Biotechnology System (BTS) and
replacement of the growth media in the Cartilage in Space (CART)
- The linked spacecraft continue to orbit the Earth at an altitude of
approximately 250 miles, with all systems in excellent working
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