STS-84 Day 2 Highlights
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- On Friday, May 16, 1997, 5:00 a.m. CDT, STS-84 MCC Status Report # 3
- Atlantis continues to close on the Mir Space Station in anticipation
of tonight's sixth linkup between the Shuttle and the Russian space
- Preparations for the docking are nearly complete as Atlantis' seven
astronauts worked throughout the overnight hours to check out the
rendezvous tools that will be used during the final phase of the
approach to Mir. This morning, Commander Charlie Precourt and Pilot
Eileen Collins fired Atlantis' jets in another in a series of burns to
refine the Shuttle's path to the Mir.
- Overnight, Collins and Mission Specialists Carlos Noriega and
Jean-Francois Clervoy successfully checked out the programs and laser
range hardware that will be used throughout the rendezvous. The crew
also extended the capture ring on the Orbiter Docking System to verify
it is healthy and ready to support mating operations following contact
between the two vehicles. And, Precourt and Ed Lu setup a camera in
the Orbiter Docking System which will be used tonight as an extra
visual aid to help Precourt precisely guide Atlantis to its meeting
with the Mir. Docking remains scheduled for 9:34 p.m. Central time
- Clervoy, Lu and Russian cosmonaut Elena Kondakova spent several hours
throughout the night in the SPACEHAB module at the rear of Atlantis'
cargo bay working with the Biorack, a facility housing almost a dozen
experiments. The crew also took time this morning to discuss astronaut
- Mike Foale's four-month mission on the Mir during an interview with
the British Broadcasting Corporation.
- The astronauts are scheduled to go to sleep at 8:08 a.m. Following
an abbreviated seven-hour sleep period, they will be awakened at 3:08
p.m. to begin the terminal phase of the two-day chase to catch the
Mir. They will move quickly into their rendezvous timeline late this
afternoon as Noriega sets up the rendezvous tools on the flight deck,
while Precourt and Collins power up backup systems on Atlantis to
support docking operations.
- On Friday, May 16, 1997, 5:00 p.m. CDT, STS-84 MCC Status Report # 4
- With the distance between Atlantis and Mir growing ever shorter,
crews aboard both vehicles are busy with preparations for this
evening's docking of the two vehicles.
- STS-84 Commander Charlie Precourt and the rest of his crew -
Pilot Eileen Collins, Mission Specialists Jean-Francois Clervoy,
- Carlos Noriega, Ed Lu, Elena Kondakova, and Mike Foale are busy
with final preparations for tonight's docking with the orbiting
- The crew was awakened at 3:03 p.m. CDT this afternoon with the
song."Hold On, I'm Coming," by Sam and Dave, done in honor of the
pending exchange of U.S. astronaut Jerry Linenger aboard the Mir with
STS-84 astronaut Mike Foale.
- Docking remains scheduled for 9:34 p.m. CDT tonight. The terminal
initiation burn that begins the final approach phase is scheduled for
6:53 p.m. CDT. Atlantis has been closing in on Mir at a rate of about
270 nautical miles every orbit and will be about 8 miles behind the
station at the time of the terminal initiation burn.
- Yesterday, the crew finished the checkout of navigation tools that
will be used during the rendezvous, set up a camera in the Orbiter
Docking System to provide television views of the Mir docking target
for Precourt, and extended the outer ring of the Orbiter Docking
- An on-time docking at 9:34 p.m. would place the two spacecraft at
42.5N, 15.3E traveling over the Adriatic Sea.. One orbit later, the
hatches between the two spacecraft will be opened and the planned five
days of docked operations will begin, including the crew exchange
of Foale and Linenger and the transfer of over 7,000 pounds of water,
experiments and logistical items between the two spacecraft.
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