Space Station Flight 2A.2b|
|Launch:|| Sept. 8, 2000|
7:46 a.m. CDT
|Window:||2 ½ minutes|
10, 2000 12:51 a.m. CDT|
|EVA:||1 space walk|
17, 2000 10:46 p.m. CDT|
|Landing:||Sept. 20, 2000
2:56 a.m. CDT|
|Duration:||11 days, 19 hours,
Altitude:||177 nautical miles|
Three STS-106 mission specialists float in Spacehab's
empty core after they have emptied its contents into the
International Space Station. The crewmembers are, clockwise
from upper left, Dan Burbank, Richard Mastracchio and
Russian Cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko.
Readies Station for Occupancy
Shuttle Atlantis spent nearly 12 days in orbit during September
2000, seven of which were spent docked with the International
crew of seven included Commander Terry Wilcutt, Pilot Scott
Altman and Mission Specialists Richard Mastracchio, Edward
Lu, Boris Morukov and Yuri Malenchenko. Cosmonauts Morukov
and Malenchenko represented the Russian Space Agency.
in orbit, the STS-106 crew successfully prepared the International
Space Station for the arrival of the first permanent crew.
Lu and Malenchenko performed a space walk to connect power,
data and communications cables to the newly arrived Zvezda
Service Module and the station.
undocking, the crew photo-documented the station's exterior
Works Five Days Inside Station
The STS-106 crew spent five days, 9 hours and 21 minutes inside
the International Space Station. The seven crewmembers completed
a long checklist aimed at making the station a home for its
first residents, who would arrive about five weeks later to
stay for more than four months.
crewmembers -- acting as plumbers, movers, installers and
electricians -- installed batteries, power converters, a toilet
and a treadmill on the outpost. They also delivered more than
2,993 kilograms (6,600 pounds) of supplies. Atlantis' thrusters
were fired four times to boost the station's altitude by 22.5
kilometers, or 14 miles.
undocking, Pilot Scott Altman moved Atlantis to a distance
of about 137 meters (450 feet) and flew it in a precise two-loop
circle around the station as the rest of the crew photo-documented