Space Station Flight 2A.1|
27, 1999 |
5:50 a.m. CDT
11:24 p.m. CDT
5:39 p.m. CDT
1:03 a.m. CDT
Space Station, composed of the U.S. Unity Module
(top) and the Russian Zarya Module, was photographed
by a crew member after the shuttle undocked.
Crew Supplies and Outfits New Space Station
Space Shuttle Discovery and the STS-96 crew visited the new
International Space Station for six days of docked activities.
This flight represented the first shuttle docking to the fledgling
major task for the shuttle astronauts was preparing for, then
performing, a spacewalk to outfit the Zarya and Unity Modules
and the mating adapter to which they are attached. Afterwards,
the crew focused on transferring nearly 1,360 kilograms (3,000
pounds) of equipment from the shuttle to the ISS for use by
future station crews.
also replaced battery recharge controller modules in the six
batteries stored inside the Zarya Module. A power distribution
unit and transceiver in the Unity Module was replaced, enabling
controllers from Mission Control in Houston, Texas to send
comands to the station via an Early Communications System.
up the mission, Commander Kent Rominger and Pilot Rick Husband,
landed the shuttle at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. on Sunday,
June 6 at 1:03 a.m. CDT (0603 GMT). This was the 11th night
landing in shuttle program history as the shuttle Discovery
completed a 6.4-million kilometer (4-million mile) trek to
resupply the station.
Barry Conduct Spacewalk
STS-96 Astronauts Tamara Jernigan and Daniel Barry conducted
a 7-hour and 55-minute spacewalk in support of International
Space Station assembly. Their tasks included installing foot
restraints, handrails and tool bags for use by future spacewalkers
on the station. They also installed two cranes and an insulating
cover, and then inspected an early communications system on
the Unity Module.
29, 1999, at 9:56 p.m. CDT (0256 GMT), Jernigan and Barry
began their spacewalk, which was the 45th spacewalk in shuttle
They finished their EVA the following day at 5:51 a.m. CDT
(1051 GMT), completing the fourth spacewalk dedicated to the
assembly of the space station.