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Mission Highlights STS-96

Mission Highlights STS-96

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A publication of theNational Aeronautics andSpace Administration
MissionHighlightsSTS-96
IS-1999-05-001.096JSC
May 1999
Johnson Space Center Office of Public Affairs Education and Community Support Branch / AP2
Discovery’s
CrewMakes FirstStation Visit
The Shuttle
Discovery
’sinternational crew of seven becamethe first visitors to a new star inorbit with mission STS-96. Thecrew prepared the InternationalSpace Station for the arrival of itsearly living quarters, the ZvezdaModule and laid out a welcome matfor the first station crew.
Discovery
spent six days linked tothe new outpost as the crewtransferred and installed gear thatcould not be launched aboard theZarya and Unity modules due toweight limitations. The shuttlecarried more than 3,600 pounds of supplies to store aboard the station,ranging from clothes for the firstcrew to spare parts, laptopcomputers, a printer and cameras.
Mission Events
The Shuttle
Discovery
rose fromlaunch pad 39B at Kennedy SpaceCenter at 5:50 a.m. CDT on May 27,the first shuttle mission of 1999.Commander Kent Rominger easedthe shuttle to a textbook linkup withthe new orbital facility during aflawless rendezvous. The
Discovery
successfully docked with theInternational Space Station at11:24 p.m. CDT on May 29 as thetwo craft flew over the Russian-Kazakh border.
NASA Photo STS096-715-042
Discovery 
’s international crew, the first to visit the new outpost, provided thisview of the International Space Station during a “flyaround.”
Space Shuttle
Discovery
May 27 – June 6, 1999
Commander
: Kent Rominger
Pilot
: Rick Husband
Mission Specialists
: Tamara JerniganEllen OchoaDaniel BarryJulie PayetteValery Tokarev
 
Astronauts Tamara Jernigan andDaniel Barry completed the secondlongest space walk in shuttlehistory, lasting seven hours andfifty-five minutes.Jernigan and Barry attached aUnited States-built space walkers’“crane” and parts of a Russian-builtcrane to the exterior of the stationfor use on future missions.They also installed two new portablefoot restraints that will fit bothAmerican and Russian space boots,and attached three bags filled withtools and handrails that will be usedduring future assembly operations.While docked, the crew alsoconducted maintenance on stationcomponents. Tasks completedincluded replacing battery rechargecontrollers, installing acousticinstallation around Zarya’s fans toreduce noise levels and installingshelving racks already present inUnity.With all of their transfer activitiescomplete, the
Discovery
crewclosed the final hatch to theInternational Space Station onJune 3, at 3:44 a.m. CDT afterspending 79 hours and 30 minutesinside the station.From the aft flight deck, Pilot Rick Husband manually controlled
Discovery
within atight corridor as heseparated from theISS, essentially thereverse of the task performed byCommander KentRominger when
Discovery
docked.
Discovery
movedaway to a distanceof about 450 feet,where Husbandbegan the closeflyaround of thestation, firstcrossing a pointdirectly behind,then directlyunderneath and thenagain above the station.
Discovery
circled the station two and half times as the crew recorded views of the exterior with still photographyand video. The crew of STS-96ended their docking mission with a1:03 a.m. CDT landing at KennedySpace Center on June 6.
PAYLOADS
SPACEHAB
The SPACEHAB double module(DM) is a pressurized, mixed-cargocarrier. It augmented the orbiter middeck by providing a total cargocapacity of up to 10,000 poundswith the ability to accommodatepowered payloads. Most of the gearfor the station was housed insidethe Spacehab module in
Discovery’s
payload bay.This double module also containedsystems necessary to support thehabitat for the astronauts, such asventilation, lighting and limitedpower.The flight crew performed anumber of duties in theSPACEHAB during the mission,such as activation/ deactivation,monitoring, and in-flightmaintenance of SPACEHABsubsystems.
Volatile Removal Assembly (VRA)
The Volatile Removal Assemblytested the operation of equipment
STS096-357-013
Mission Commander Kent Rominger participates in themove of supplies from
Discovery 
to the InternationalSpace Station.
STS096-707-039
The Student-Tracked Atmospheric Research Statllite for HeuristicInternational Networking Experiment (STARSHINE) Satellite leaves the cargobay of the Space Shuttle
Discovery 
.
 
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.
CREWBIOGRAPHIES
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
(ORFEUS)
satel
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
STS096-330-012
Astronaut Daniel Barry participated in the May 30thspace walk during which he and astronaut TamaraJernigan performed external tasks on the InternationalSpace Station.

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