About 45 minutes after launch, Discovery's orbital maneuvering
engines fired to round out the orbit at about 350 miles. The
spacecraft is orbiting Earth every 90 minutes. All of Discovery's
systems are performing normally.
The next STS-95 status report will be issued at approximately 9 p.m.
with the astronauts involved in presleep preparations.
On Thursday, October 29, 1998, 9:45 p.m. CST, STS-95 MCC Status Report # 2
The crew of Discovery sailed through an opening day in orbit this
afternoon, staying ahead of schedule for the most part as they
prepared the spacecraft and a slate of more than 80 experiments for
nine days in orbit.
Three hours and ten minutes into the flight, astronaut John Glenn,
Discovery's Payload Specialist 2, relayed his first communication to
Mission Control as the Shuttle flew 342 miles above Hawaii.
"Hello, Houston. This is PS 2 and they got me sprung out of the
middeck for a little while. We are just going by Hawaii and that is
absolutely gorgeous," Glenn said.
"Roger that. Glad you are enjoying the show," responded Mission
Control Capcom Bob Curbeam.
"Enjoying the show is right. This is beautiful. The best part is
... a trite old statement: zero-g and I feel fine," Glenn said.
Less than two hours later, Discovery's Commander Curt Brown noted
that the mission had surpassed the four-hour, fifty-five minutes, 23
seconds duration of Glenn's 1962 flight on Friendship 7. Discovery is
scheduled to remain in orbit for a total of eight days, twenty-one
hours and fifty minutes. As the astronauts' day wound down, Brown
narrated a videotape of Glenn, Chiaki Mukai and Steve Robinson
recorded on the Shuttle's lower deck during the climb to orbit. The
video showed Glenn, Mukai and Robinson from liftoff through shut off
of the Shuttle's main engines.
The crew quickly entered and began research work with experiments in
the SPACEHAB module during the evening, as well as powering up a
variety of studies mounted in the Shuttle's payload bay. The
experiments range from technology tests of Hubble Space Telescope
equipment to studies of the sense of balance using fish as subjects to
investigations of the ultraviolet radiation environment.
As the crew sleeps, the research will continue as Glenn takes a
special thermistor capsule before bed that will record his body's core
temperature during the night as part of mission's sleep research.
Discovery is in excellent condition with few problems reported by the
crew or noted by flight controllers, and no issues that are of concern
as a significant impact to the flight.
At launch, an 18 x 22 inch door to a compartment that holds the
Shuttle's drag chute apparently came loose a few seconds before
liftoff. The loss of the 11-pound door is not expected to have any
impact on the flight and does not affect the safety of the crew. While
setting up equipment in orbit, the crew noted a slight water leak from
a hose associated with a new system, being flown as a test on
Discvoery, that removes iodine from the Shuttle's drinking
water. Flight controllers requested the crew simply not use the new
system and instead use a proven older system that accomplishes the
Discovery is in an orbit with a high point of 349 statute miles and
a low point of 340 statute miles, circling Earth once every one hour,
35 minutes and 54 seconds. The next status report will be issued at 6
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