STS-84 Day 6 Highlights
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- On Tuesday, May 20, 1997, 6:30 a.m. CDT, STS-84 MCC Status Report # 11
- The fourth day of docked operations between Space Shuttle Atlantis
and the Mir Space Station was highlighted by the continuing transfer
of water, experiments and logistical supplies between the two
- The ten crewmembers worked in relative silence throughout the night
and the overnight hours to remain ahead of the timeline for the
exchange of about 3 tons of items earmarked for use by U.S. astronaut
Mike Foale during his four month stay on the Mir and those designated
for return to Earth for researchers and officials of the Russian Space
- Atlantis' seven crew members were awakened last night by flight
controllers to the sound of the Peruvian national anthem in honor of
Mission Specialist Carlos Noriega to begin another day of transfer
- About 190 of 249 items have already been hauled between the two
vehicles by the astronauts and cosmonauts. More than 87 percent of
the resupply items for the Mir Space Station are already onboard.
Fifty nine percent of the U.S. items and 71 percent of the Russian
items have been stowed in the SPACEHAB module in the rear of Atlantis'
cargo bay for their return to Earth. Nearly 700 pounds of water have
been collected and delivered to the Russian outpost in 7 bags with 2
additional 100-pound bags scheduled for delivery today. A total of 10
bags of water totaling 1,000 pounds are expected to be delivered to
Mir before the hatches are closed between the two craft tomorrow
- U.S. and Russian flight control teams continue to refine procedures
which may be used for the dumping of about 600 pounds of condensate
water from the Mir through Atlantis' waste water dump nozzles
tomorrow. The condensate has been collected in special containers on
the Mir and Russian officials expressed interest in removing the
condensate from the station to free up room on the Mir. A final
decision on implementing the procedure is expected to be made this
morning by NASA's Mission Management Team.
- Foale, the newest member of the Mir 23 crew, continues to be briefed
by departing U.S. astronaut Jerry Linenger on life and work on the
Russian station as they continue their handover activities to prepare
Foale for his long duration mission. on Mir. Foale will serve aboard
the complex until he is replaced by astronaut Wendy Lawrence during
Atlantis' next visit to Mir in September.
- In addition to continuing their transfer efforts, Commander Charlie
Precourt and Pilot Eileen Collins fired Atlantis' jet thrusters
several times to collect data for the Mir Structural Dynamics
Experiment, which is designed to characterize the effect of such
firings on a space station's solar arrays and mechanical integrity.
- With their joint docked operations heading into the homestretch, the
ten crew members are scheduled to go to sleep at 12:08 p.m. Central
time this afternoon. Atlantis' astronauts will be awakened at 8:08
p.m. to begin the seventh day of their mission. The Mir 23 cosmonauts
will be awakened one hour later.
- The Atlantis-Mir space complex continues to orbit the Earth every 90
minutes at an altitude of 213 nautical miles with all systems
- On Tuesday, May 20, 1997, 7:00 p.m. CDT, STS-84 MCC Status Report # 12
- The crews aboard the Atlantis-Mir complex will begin their final full
day of joint docked operations this evening as they finish up transfer
operations and prepare for tomorrow night's undocking.
- Mission Control will wake the seven person crew aboard Atlantis at
8:08 p.m. CDT this evening to begin Flight Day 7 activities. The
three members of the Mir-23 crew will start their day about one hour
- At the Mission Management Team meeting earlier today, NASA officials
decided to not proceed with a request made by Russian space officials
to dump about 600 pounds of Mir condensate water through Atlantis'
waste water dump nozzles. Since the procedures to perform this work
were not completely defined and not wanting to over subscribe the
Shuttle crew on their last day of docked operations, NASA managers
decided to decline the request.
- As they wrap up their transfer activities early tomorrow morning,
STS-84 Commander Charlie Precourt, and Mir-23 Commandeer Vasily
Tsibliev along with some of their crewmembers will conduct a tour of
the Mir station about at 12:30 a.m.
- When they complete the movement of equipment between the two
vehicles, the two crews will review inventory lists to insure that all
items have been transferred. Former Mir resident Jerry Linenger and
the newest member of the Mir-23 crew, Mike Foale, also will complete
their handover discussions.
- With their transfer work behind him, the Atlantis and Mir crews will
hold a joint news conference, answering questions from news media in
the United States, Europe and Russia. The crew news conference is
planned for 5:28 a.m. CDT on Wednesday.
- During the conference, STS-84 Commander Precourt, Mir 23 Commander
Tsibliev along with former Mir resident Jerry Linenger and the new
member of the Mir 23 crew, Mike Foale, will hold an informal farewell
ceremony. Precourt and Tsibliev will then shake hands one last time
and the hatches between the two vehicles will be closed.
- The Atlantis crew will then install the centerline camera in the
Orbiter Docking System for use during tomorrow night's undocking.
Precourt and his crew will also review the undocking procedures before
turning in for a slightly abbreviated 7 hour sleep period.
- When they wake up Wednesday evening, the STS-84 crew will
immediately begin final undocking activities. About two hours after
wake up, Atlantis will separate from the Mir ending more than 120
hours of docked operations.
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