STS-86 Day 4 Highlights
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- On Sunday, September 28, 1997, 8:00 a.m. CDT, STS-86 MCC Status Report # 6
- The 10 astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the Atlantis-Mir space complex
are spending their first full day of joint operations exchanging
American crew members on the Russian complex and beginning the
transfer of more than four tons of logistical supplies.
- Shortly before 11 a.m. central time today, Dave Wolf's custom made
Soyuz seatliner should be transferred from Atlantis to Mir marking the
official start of his stay on Mir. With that transfer, Mike Foale will
conclude 134 days as a Mir crew member and board Atlantis as a member
of the STS-86 crew. Over the course of the next few days, Foale will
spend considerable time with Wolf, acquainting him with his new home
and showing him the location of experiments and hardware.
- Much of the joint crews' day will be spent transferring logistical
supplies between the two spacecraft. In addition to transferring more
than four tons of material from Atlantis to Mir, the crew members will
move science return items, experiment hardware and other supplies from
Mir to Atlantis for a return trip to Earth. Five bags of water
totalling more than 500 pounds should be transferred to the Mir by the
end of the day. In all, a total of 17 bags of water totalling 1400
pounds will have been transferred by the time Atlantis undocks from
the Mir on Friday.
- Also on tap today is the Mir Structural Dynamics Experiment which will
measure the effects of jet firings and crew exercise on the
Shuttle-Mir complex. Data gathered through this experiment will be
used in performing structural dynamics evaluations for the
International Space Station.
- Late this afternoon, Foale, Wolf and Mir Commander Anatoly Solovyev
will take time out from their activities to discuss their joint flight
in interviews with both ABC News and CBS News.
- The Atlantis-Mir space complex is orbiting the Earth at an altitude of
about 215 nautical miles with both spacecraft's systems operating in
- On Sunday, September 28, 1997, 6:00 p.m. CDT, STS-86 MCC Status Report # 7
- Atlantis' astronauts and the Mir Space Station cosmonauts traded
crew members today as David Wolf formally began a four-month research
mission as a member of the Mir 24 crew and astronaut Mike Foale ended
his 134-day stint by returning as a Shuttle crew member in the first
full day of docked operations between the two spacecraft.
- One day after Atlantis docked to the Mir, Wolf transferred his
custom-made Soyuz capsule seatliner and associated gear to the Russian
complex, officially joining Mir 24 Commander Anatoly Solovyev and
Flight Engineer Pavel Vinogradov at approximately 11 a.m. Central
time. Wolf quickly set up shop in the Kvant-2 module, which he will
use as his sleeping quarters and a place from which to coordinate
scientific experiments during his stay on orbit.
- Foale, who began his role as a Mir crew member back on May 17th,
moved his personal belongings back into Atlantis, just one week before
he is scheduled to complete his long duration flight with a landing
back in Florida.
- Among the items transferred from Atlantis to Mir today included
seven bags of water totaling about 500 pounds, more than one-third of
the water to be hauled into the Russian station for use over the next
several months. Several large air pressurization units and a variety
of experiment hardware to collect data for the International Space
Station program office also were carried over to the Mir.
- This afternoon, Commander Jim Wetherbee and Pilot Mike Bloomfield
fired small jet thrusters on Atlantis to provide data for the Mir
Structual Dynamics Experiment (MISDE), which measures disturbances to
space station components and its solar arrays. The data will also be
used by International Space Station engineers in their fine-tuning of
hardware for the new outpost.
- The Mir cosmonauts and Wolf will begin their 9-hour sleep period at
about 8:30 p.m. CDT this evening and the Shuttle crew goes to sleep
about 10:30 p.m. The Mir crew will wake up at about 5:30 a.m. CDT
Monday followed an hour later by the Shuttle crew. Monday is another
full day of transfer operations along with data gather on some of the
secondary shuttle payloads and photography of the Mir complex from
Atlantis' SPACEHAB windows. The next major mission event comes on
Wednesday with the spacewalk by Scott Parazynski and Vladimir Titov.
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