STS-84 Day 3 Highlights
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- On Saturday, May 17, 1997, 5:00 a.m. CDT, STS-84 MCC Status Report # 5
- Space Shuttle Atlantis and Space Station Mir joined together for the
sixth time last night with a flawless docking which occurred at 9:33
p.m. Central time over the Adriatic Sea. Ten astronauts and
cosmonauts greeted one another and then began the business of
transferring about 7,000 pounds of food, water, experiments and other
supplies to each other's spacecraft..
- Commander Charlie Precourt guided Atlantis to its docking with the
Mir to cap off a 42-hour chase which began with the Shuttle's launch,
and less than two hours later, at 11:25 p.m., the hatches between the
two space vehicles swung open. Precourt greeted Mir 23 Commander
Vasily Tsibliev and, after embraces and handshakes, the crew members
made their way into the Mir Core Module for a brief welcoming
ceremony. During the ceremony, the Shuttle crew gave Tsibliev and
Flight Engineer Alexander Lazutkin baseball caps emblazoned with the
STS-84 crew insignia as well as the traditional Russian offering of
bread, tea and salt. Then, the ten astronauts and cosmonauts got down
to business, first conducting a joint safety briefing to familiarize
themselves with each other's craft.
- Among the first 'items' to be transferred to the station was
U.S. astronaut Mike Foale, who swapped places with Jerry Linenger to
maintain a permanent American presence in space which now has
stretched to 14 months. The transfer of Foale's custom-made Soyuz
capsule seatliner marked the official start of Foale's tour of
duty. At the same time, Linenger became a Shuttle crew member once
again, having spent 123 days as a Mir crew member following his
arrival on the Russian outpost in January. Linenger will have spent
just over 132 days in space if Atlantis lands next Saturday as is
- Foale will be a member of both the Mir-23 and Mir-24 crews until he
is relieved by astronaut Wendy Lawrence on Atlantis' next visit to the
Mir in late September.
- Running ahead of schedule, the astronauts also reported the
successful transfer of a new."Elektron" oxygen-generating unit from
Atlantis' SPACEHAB module to the Kvant-1 module on the Mir. That unit
is being installed as a backup to the operational Elektron in the
Kvant-2 module to augment the Mir's oxygen generation capability.
- Atlantis' astronauts will begin an extended 10-hour sleep period at
10:08 a.m. Central time this morning. They will be awakened at 8:08
p.m. to continue their joint work with their Russian counterparts and
Foale, highlighted by the transfer of a new Elektron oxygen generating
unit from Atlantis' SPACEHAB module to the Mir, where it will be
installed by Tsibliev and Flight Engineer Alexander Lazutkin early
Sunday morning. The new unit, which will reside in the Kvant-1 module
to be used as a backup to the Elektron unit operating in the Kvant-2
module, will be activated for a few minutes Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, Foale and Linenger will continue a series of handover
briefings to acquaint Foale with his home for the next four months.
- On Saturday, May 17, 1997, 7:00 a.m. CDT, STS-84 MCC Status Report # 6
- The crews aboard the joint Shuttle-Mir complex are scheduled to be
awakened this evening at 8:08 p.m. CDT to begin their second day of
- Earlier today at 9:15 a.m. CDT, the exchange of NASA astronauts
serving aboard Mir took place as STS-84 crew member Mike Foale
officially became a member of the Mir 23 crew. NASA astronaut Jerry
Linenger, who served aboard Mir for 123 days, is now a member of
STS-84 Commander Charlie Precourt's crew, serving as Mission
- After they get through post-sleep activities, the STS-84 and Mir 23
crews will continue the transfer of items between the two spacecraft.
Precourt and Pilot Eileen Collins will conduct a photo survey of the
Mir station. Mission Specialist Jean-Francois Clervoy will continue
work with Biorack - the primary science payload being carried in the
Spacehab module. Elena Kondakova also will work with some Biorack
experiments and will take environmental samples before helping with
Mir transfer activities. Carlos Noriega will perform a check of some
experiments being carried in the middeck and Ed Lu will activate a
radiation monitor experiment. Foale and Linenger will continue their
handover discussions to help Foale prepare for his 4 ½ month stay
- Early tomorrow morning, Precourt and Mir 23 Commander Vasily
Tsibliev will answer qustions from CBS Correspondent Bill Harwood.
That interview is scheduled to take place at 5:48 a.m. CDT.
- Systems onboard the Atlantis-Mir complex continue to work normally
as it circles the Earth every 92 minutes at an altitude of 248 x 234
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