STS-95, Mission Control Center
Status Report # 10
Monday, November 2, 1998 - 7:00 p.m. CST
Discovery's crew took a few hours break from the continuous pace of
research activity on board today, a standard rest period for the crew
that is planned during longer shuttle flights.
Research continues, however, as the Spartan solar science satellite
released by Discovery yesterday now trails the Shuttle by about 30 miles,
performing observations of the sun and the solar wind. Discovery Commander
Curt Brown and Payload Specialist John Glenn also took time out to answer questions about the mission from reporters with major broadcast television
networks in the U.S. during the afternoon.
Later, Pilot Steve Lindsey and Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski
set up lap top computers in Discovery's cockpit in preparation for the
retrieval of the Spartan satellite on Tuesday. Spartan is planned to
be recaptured by the Shuttle at 2:45 p.m. tomorrow.
The crew is scheduled to go to sleep at 9:25 p.m. Central tonight and
awaken at 5:25 a.m. Tuesday. Prior to going to sleep, Brown will perform
a small firing of Discovery's steering jets to maintain the distance
from Spartan during the crew's night. Also, Glenn and fellow Payload
Specialist Chiaki Mukai will don special instrumentation they will wear
for a second night in a row that records a variety of information such
as brain waves and body motions as they sleep.
Discovery remains in excellent condition with no systems problems of
concern to Mission Control, orbiting Earth at an altitude of 348 by
338 statute miles. The next status report will be issued at 6 a.m. CST.