STS-86 Day 2 Highlights
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- On Friday, September 26, 1997 8:00 a.m. CDT, STS-86 MCC Status Report # 2
- The seven-member crew of Atlantis begins its first full day on orbit
this morning, with Atlantis continuing its pursuit of the Mir Space
Station. The two vehicles currently are separated by a distance of
about 2,700 nautical miles, with Atlantis trailing the Russian
- Most of today's activities will focus on preparations for Saturday
afternoon's planned docking between the two spacecraft and a
subsequent spacewalk to be performed by Mission Specialists Scott
Parazynski and Vladimir Titov. Mission Commander Jim Wetherbee and
Pilot Mike Bloomfield will conduct another in a series of planned
engine firings to refine Atlantis' approach to the Mir Space
Station. Wetherbee and Mission Specialist Wendy Lawrence will then
install the centerline camera in the Orbiter Docking System. The
camera will provide views of docking targets and the docking module
during the final phase of the rendezvous activities.
- While Bloomfield verifies the health of tools to be used during the
rendezvous, Parazynski and French Mission Specialist Jean-Loup
Chretien will extend the orbiter docking ring to verify its
performance. The ring, which mates with a similar device on the Mir,
will remain extended after this initial verification check. Parazynski
and Titov also will check out the spacesuits they will wear during
their spacewalk. In addition, they will begin preparing Atlantis'
airlock to support their spacewalk activities.
- Titov and Chretien will complete activation of the SPACEHAB module
housed in Atlantis' payload bay and Chretien and Mission Specialist
Dave Wolf will begin staging some of the logistical materials which
will be transferred to Mir.
- Wetherbee, Wolf and Lawrence will take time this afternoon to
discuss their mission, and Wolf's transfer to the Mir Space Station,
with National Public Radio in an interview scheduled for 2:06
p.m. central time.
- The crew will awaken today at 11:34 a.m. central time, one hour
later than originally scheduled, to ensure adequate rest for the
astronauts. At least some of the crew members were awake up to two
hours past their planned sleep period as they worked to configure
Atlantis for 10 days of orbital operations.
- Atlantis and the Mir Space Station are both in excellent condition
with all systems functioning normally.
- On Friday, September 26, 1997, 8:00 p.m. CDT, STS-86 MCC Status Report # 3
- Atlantis' astronauts spent their first full day in space preparing
for tomorrow's rendezvous and docking with the Russian space station
Mir as they tested equipment which will be used for the seventh linkup
between the two vehicles and the spacesuits which will be worn next
week by two astronauts during a spacewalk outside the Atlantis-Mir
- The astronauts were awakened at 11:34 a.m. Central time this morning
and moved right into their tasks, completing the activation of systems
in the SPACEHAB double module at the rear of Atlantis' cargo bay and
checking out rendezvous tools which will be used by Pilot Mike
Bloomfield and Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski tomorrow to measure
distance and closing rate to the Mir. Commander Jim Wetherbee will
manually fly Atlantis to its linkup with the Mir over the final 600
feet of the approach to the station after Atlantis arrives at a
prescribed point below Mir.
- Bloomfield and crewmate Wendy Lawrence installed a centerline camera
in the Orbiter Docking System aboard Atlantis which will offer
Wetherbee televised views of the alignment of Atlantis' docking
mechanism with the Mir's Docking Module docking mechanism tomorrow as
Wetherbee flies Atlantis from the aft flight deck control
panel. Lawrence and French Mission Specialist Jean-Loup Chretien also
set up radio gear which Chretien will use to communicate to Mir
Comander Anatoly Solovyev, Flight Engineer Pavel Vinogradov and
U.S. astronaut Mike Foale during the final phase of the
rendezvous. Chretien, who speaks fluent Russian, previously flew on
the Mir in 1988 and its predecessor, the Russian Salyut 7 space
station in 1982.
- On the eve of his arrival on the Mir to begin a four-month research
mission, David Wolf helped his crewmates with hardware setup and
exercised during his final hours as a Shuttle crewmember. Wolf will
formally become a member of the Mir crew early Sunday at which time
Foale will return as a member of Atlantis' crew once Wolf has
transferred his custom made Soyuz seatliner from the SPACEHAB module
to the Mir.
- Chretien and Lawrence began to fill contingency waste containment
bags with water for transfer to the Mir as part of the logistics which
will be moved to the Russian outpost over the course of the six days
of joint docked operations. In all, some 1400 pounds of water are
expected to be transferred from Atlantis to the Mir in about 15 bags.
- Parazynski completed a successful checkout of the spacesuits he and
Russian Mission Specialist Vladimir Titov will wear during a scheduled
five-hour spacewalk outside the Mir next week to retrieve experiment
packages and to deploy a solar array cap which may be used to seal off
a potential leak site on the damaged Spektr module during a future
Russian spacewalk. Titov is making his second trip as a Shuttle
- Atlantis is scheduled to dock to the Mir at 2:56 p.m. Central time
tomorrow with the hatch opening between the two vehicles expected
about an hour and a half later. Atlantis and the Mir are both flying
in excellent condition with all systems reported to be in good shape.
- The astronauts plan to begin an abbreviated seven-hour sleep period
at 12:34 a.m. Central time Saturday and will be awakened at 7:34
a.m. to begin rendezvous activities.
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