that will be used to help recyclestation wastewater.
Integrated Cargo Carrier
TheIntegrated Cargo Carrier (ICC), apallet in the shuttle’s payload bay,carried a number of cargo itemstransferred to the station, includingSTRELA, an external Russian cargocrane, the Spacehab OceaneeringSpace System Box (SHOSS), alogistics items carrier, and the ORUTransfer Device (OTD), a U.S.-builtcrane that was stowed on Unity foruse during future ISS assemblymissions.
The Student Tracked AtmosphericResearch Satellite for HeuristicInternational NetworkingEquipment
(STARSHINE) was aRocky Mountain NASASpace GrantConsortium/Utah State Universitysponsored ejectable satellite. TheSTARSHINE satellite is a 19-inchhollow sphere covered by over 800polished aluminum mirrors.International student volunteerobservers will visually track thisoptically reflective spacecraft duringmorning and evening twilightintervals for several months,calculate its orbit from sharedobservations, and derive atmosphericdensity from drag-induced changesin its orbit over time.
Shuttle Vibration ForcesExperiment
The Shuttle VibrationForces (SVF) Experiment providedflight measurements of the vibratoryforces acting between an aerospacepayload and its mounting structure.This was accomplished usingcommercially available triaxial forcetransducers and three Wide-bandStandalone Acceleration Measure-ment Devices (WBSAAMD) thatwere built by Johnson Space Centerand funded by the Jet PropulsionLaboratory for this application.
Integrated Vehicle HealthMonitoring HEDS TechnologyDemonstration 2.
This was thesecond of two flights of the IVHMHTD, an experiment designed toevaluate the feasibility of usingmodern commercial sensors tomonitor the health of space shuttlesystems during flight in order toreduce ground processing of NASA’sfleet of orbiters. IVHM HTD-1 wasfirst flown on STS-95.On STS-96, the experiment wasactivated during prelaunch cryogenicpropellant servicing. The pilotdeactivated the HTD about one hourafter launch. The crew activated theexperiment for one hour each dayduring the mission.
Commander: Kent Rominger(Commander, USN).
Rominger, 42,was born in Del Norte, CO. Hereceived a bachelor of science degreein civil engineering from ColoradoState University and a master of science degree in aeronauticalengineering from the U.S. NavalPostgraduate School.Rominger became an astronaut in1993, and has logged more than1,325 hours in space. He servedas pilot on STS-73, STS-80 andSTS-85.STS-73 was the second United StatesMicrogravity Laboratory mission.The mission focusedon materials science,biotechnology,combustion science,the physics of fluids,and numerousscientificexperiments housedin the pressurizedSpacelab module.STS-80 was a 17-day mission duringwhich the crew
deployed andretrieved the WakeShield Facility(WSF) and theOrbitingRetrievable Far andExtreme UltravioletSpectrometer
lites.STS-85 was a 12-day mission duringwhich the crew deployed andretrieved the CRISTA-SPAS satellite,operated the Japanese ManipulatorFlight Demonstration robotic arm,studied changes in the Earth’s atmos-phere and tested technology destinedfor use on the future InternationalSpace Station.STS-96 was a 10-day mission con-sisting of 235 hours and 13 minutes.The crew was the first to dock withthe International Space Station. Theydelivered two tons of logistics andsupplies to the station in preparationfor the arrival of the first crew to liveon the station early next year. DuringSTS-96, Commander Rominger hadonboard responsibility for the vehi-cle, crew, mission success and safetyof flight.
Pilot: Rick Husband (Lt. Col.,USAF).
Husband, 41, was born inAmarillo, TX. He received abachelor of science degree inmechanical engineering from TexasTech University, and a master of science degree in mechanicalengineering from California StateUniversity, Fresno. Husband wasnamed the Astronaut Officerepresentative for Advanced Projectsat Johnson Space Center, working on
Astronaut Daniel Barry participated in the May 30thspace walk during which he and astronaut TamaraJernigan performed external tasks on the InternationalSpace Station.