As they get ready to begin their third day of docked operations, the crews aboard the Atlantis-Mir complex are well into the transfer activities planned for the STS-84 mission.
The crew will receive its wake up call to begin Flight Day 5 at 8:08 p.m. CDT this evening and the Mir-23 crew will be awakened about an hour later to start its day. The main focus this evening and early tomorrow morning will be the continuing effort to transport science equipment, logistics and water between the two spacecraft. As of the start of tonight’s activities, approximately 58 % of the planned transfer work has already been accomplished.
Work planned for this evening includes Commander Charlie Precourt and Pilot Eileen Collins setting up equipment to take environmental air samples. They’ll also work with the Cosmic Radiation Effects and Activation Monitor (CREAM) which has made multiple Shuttle flights. Crew members will install a CREAM detector package at each of four stations as early in the flight as possible and then stow them as late as possible before the end of the flight. Mission Specialist Jean-Francois Clervoy will continue his work with the Biorack system and a plant experiment before helping with transfer activities. Carlos Noriega’s transfer efforts will include moving a Protein Crystal Growth dewar system from Mir to Atlantis for return to Earth. Ed Lu will conduct a photo survey of the Mir station while Elena Kondakova moves hot and cold water samples from Mir to Atlantis and continues her work with Biorack experiments.
Mike Foale and Jerry Linenger will continue their handover discussions as Foale prepares for his upcoming 4 ½ month stay on Mir. Foale will serve aboard the Russian facility until he is replaced by astronaut Wendy Lawrence when Atlantis again docks to Mir in September on Mission STS-86.
At 2:07 a.m. CDT Monday morning, Precourt will downlink a congratulatory message to the 4th Air Expeditionary Wing in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force. Later at 6:26 a.m. CDT, Precourt, along with Collins, Lu, Foale, Linenger and Mir 23 Commander Vasily Tsibliev will conduct an interview with C-SPAN anchor Brian Lamb and answer viewer call-in questions.
Everything continues to go well as the Atlantis-Mir complex circles the Earth every 92 minutes at an altitude of 248 x 234 statute miles.
The next MCC status report will be issued at 5:00 a.m. on Monday.
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