STS-88 Day 2 Highlights
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- On Friday, December 4, 1998, 7:00 p.m. CST, STS-88 MCC Status Report # 4
- STS-88 Commander Bob Cabana and his crew received their first wake
up call from Mission Control this afternoon at 3:36 p.m. CST to begin
their first full day of on orbit activities. The crew were awakened
with the song "Get Ready" by the Temptations, an appropriate
description of the full slate of activities the crew will be involved
with as they get ready for the important events of the flight by
checking out the equipment and tools that will be utilized during
rendezvous, docking and space walking activities.
- A series of precise maneuvering burns in the early portion of the
flight will help Endeavour continue its pursuit of the Zarya control
module. The orbital chase between the two spacecraft is scheduled to
conclude on Sunday afternoon when Cabana maneuvers the Shuttle into
close proximity with the first piece of the International Space
Station and Currie uses the Shuttle's mechanical arm to grapple Zarya
and dock it to the Unity connection module which will already be mated
to the orbiter's docking mechanism.
- Events onboard Endeavour during the first half of today's activities
have included the two EVA crewmembers - Mission Specialists Jerry Ross
and Jim Newman - performing a checkout of the SAFER or Simplified Aid
for EVA Rescue unit. SAFER is a mini maneuvering system that can
provide self-rescue capability for a spacewalker if they inadvertently
become separated from the spacecraft during a spacewalk. Also this
afternoon, the crew downlinked video taken inside the crew cabin
during their ascent to orbit.
- Later today Ross and Newman will setup the Orbiter Space Vision
System equipment which provides the mechanical arm operator precise
data on the position and alignment of hardware located in the area of
the payload bay.
- Also in preparation for the three planned spacewalks, the cabin
pressure inside Endeavour will be lowered from its normal 14.7 psi
setting down to 10.2. The lower cabin pressure will shorten the amount
of time Newman and Ross have to breath pure oxygen to prevent nitrogen
bubbles from forming in their blood stream, a condition commonly
referred to as "the bends" while they operate in the 4 psi environment
of their spacesuits.
- Other activities later today will have Newman and Ross doing
verification checks of the EVA suits they will use during their space
walks as well as preparing the airlock area that they will use to
transition into Endeavour's payload bay. Currie will power up the
Remote Manipulator System (RMS) mechanical arm to make sure it is
ready to support Unity module unstow and installation activities on
Saturday afternoon. She will also use the RMS arm to perform a photo
survey of the payload bay.
- There are no issues being worked by either the crew or the flight
control team allowing all attention to remain focused on the mission
objectives of this first ISS assembly flight.
- The STS-88 crew will finish their first full day of work early
tomorrow morning and will begin a sleep rest period at 5:36
a.m. Saturday morning with their next wake up call coming eight hours
later at 1:36 p.m. tomorrow.
- On Saturday, December 5, 1998, 6:00 a.m. CST, STS-88 MCC Status Report # 5
- Endeavour's astronauts began an eight-hour sleep period at 5:36
a.m. Central time following a full night of activity in which they
checked out equipment that will be used in the assembly of the first
two components of the International Space Station.
- With the Russian-built Zarya Control Module orbiting about 16,000
nautical miles in front of Endeavour, Mission Specialist Nancy Currie
successfully checked out the 50-foot-long robot arm she will use to
grapple the Unity connecting module late this afternoon. Currie will
lift Unity out of the shuttle's cargo bay and carefully position it
perpendicular to the shuttle, ready for latching to the Orbiter
Docking System in the front portion of the bay. Currie moved the robot
arm around the cargo bay last night, offering an extensive television
survey of Unity and its pressurized mating adapters.
- Astronauts Jerry Ross and Jim Newman successfully tested all three
of the space suits carried on Endeavour. They will use two of the
suits during three space walks to hook up electrical cables and other
connectors between Unity and Zarya. With the help of Pilot Rick
Sturckow, the space walk choreographer on the flight, Ross and Newman
also checked out a pair of jet-powered backpacks they will wear during
the space walks as a precaution in the event they become untethered
during their work in the void of space.
- Endeavour's cabin pressure also was lowered to 10.2 pounds per
square inch to set the stage for the space walks, which begin late
- Commander Bob Cabana monitored the work as the astronauts extended
the outer ring of the docking system on which Unity will be mounted
later today, and Russian Cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev checked out other
gear that will be used during Sunday's rendezvous to catch Zarya for
its mating to Unity.
- Endeavour is orbiting the Earth at an altitude of 202 statute miles,
preparing to climb to about 240 statute miles for the rendezvous
Sunday with Zarya. All of Endeavour's systems are functioning
- The astronauts are scheduled to be awakened at 1:36 p.m. Central
time to begin their third day of work on orbit.
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