STS-89 Day 2 Highlights
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- On Friday, January 23, 1998, 6:00 a.m. CST, STS-89 MCC Status Report # 02
- The seven-member STS-89 crew of Endeavour -- Commander Terry
Wilcutt, Pilot Joe Edwards and Mission Specialists Jim Reilly, Mike
Anderson, Bonnie Dunbar, Salizhan Sharipov and Andy Thomas -- will
begin its first full day of on-orbit activities Friday morning with a
wake-up call from Mission Control at 9:48 a.m. CST.
- At 6 a.m. CST, Endeavour was approximately 2000 nautical miles from
Mir closing the distance between the two spacecraft by about 250
nautical miles each orbit.
- Most of Friday's activities will focus on preparations for Saturday
afternoon's planned docking between the two spacecraft. Wilcutt and
Edwards will conduct additional planned engine firings to refine
Endeavour's approach to the Mir Space Station. The crew will install
the centerline camera in the Orbiter Docking System which will provide
views of docking targets and the docking module during the final phase
of the rendezvous activities. They will also verify the health of
tools to be used during the rendezvous activities. Docking is still
targeted for 2:12 p.m. CST on Saturday.
- One of Endeavour's General Purpose Computers (GPCs) remains down
early this morning following an apparently unintended shutdown
following ascent. The crew reported a problem with the switch that
normally takes the computer down in stages, with the computer going
from run directly to halt, missing the normal."standby" stage. Flight
controllers plan to bring the computer back up, dump its data and put
it back in use. No flight impact is anticipated.
- Several crew members will take time this evening to discuss their
mission and Thomas' transfer to the Mir Space Station with radio
station KNX of Los Angeles and the."PowerPoint" program heard on
National Public Radio stations in a pair of interviews scheduled for
7:03 p.m. central time.
- Endeavour is currently in a 196 x 163 n.m. orbit, circling the Earth
once every 91 minutes.
- On Friday, January 23, 1998, 6 p.m. CST, STS-89 MCC Status Report # 03
- Endeavour's astronauts spent much of today preparing for Saturday's
docking with the Mir space station and their first face-to-face
meeting with astronaut Dave Wolf, who has called the Mir home for the
past four months.
- Endeavour is scheduled to dock with the Mir at 2:14 p.m. central
time tomorrow, marking the eighth meeting between the Shuttle and Mir,
and the first by Endeavour. All previous docking missions were
accomplished with the Shuttle Atlantis.
- In preparation for tomorrow's rendezvous and docking, the astronauts
began assembling the checklists, cameras and other tools they will use
throughout the docking and installed the centerline camera in the
Orbiter Docking System. The centerline camera will provide views of
docking targets and the docking module during the final phase of the
- Shortly before noon Saturday, from a position about eight miles
behind Mir, Commander Terry Wilcutt and Pilot Joe Edwards will fire
Endeavour's engines in a terminal initiation burn to put Endeavour in
position to intercept the orbiting station. The current schedule
shows Endeavour arriving 600 feet below the Mir Space Station about
1:20 p.m. central time. Over the course of the next two hours,
Wilcutt and Edwards will slowly maneuver Endeavour into position to
dock with Mir just after 2 p.m. central time. Hatch opening between
the two spacecraft is scheduled for about 3:50 p.m., but could take
place as much as a half-hour earlier.
- Endeavour's crew will begin an eight-hour sleep period just before
midnight, waking up at 8:48 a.m. central time tomorrow to begin in
earnest their rendezvous activities.
- Endeavour is currently in a 196 by 163 nm orbit, circling the Earth
once every 91 minutes.
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