STS-95, Mission Control Center
Status Report # 04
Friday, October 30, 1998 - 6 p.m. CST
Discovery's crew moved through a steady pace of experiments during
the Shuttle's first full day in orbit, releasing a miniature telecommunications
satellite and conducting a variety of medical and material research.
Commander Curt Brown, Pilot Steve Lindsey and Payload Specialist John Glenn took a few minutes break from the research work to provide a status
on the mission thus far, with Glenn describing his adaptation to weightlessness
and the views of Earth from Discovery. Early this afternoon, the crew
released the Petite Amateur Naval Satellite, or PANSAT, which is now
trailing Discovery by about 27 miles, increasing that distance by about
9 miles with each orbit. PANSAT, developed by the Naval Postgraduate
School in Monterey, California, will remain in orbit and test innovative
technologies to capture and transmit radio signals that normally would
be lost because the original signals were too weak or contained too
Mission Specialists Steve Robinson and Scott Parazynski unstowed and
checked out Discovery's 50-foot long robot arm, finding everything in
good condition and ready for Sunday's scheduled deployment of the SPARTAN
solar science spacecraft. Robinson and Parazynski also surveyed the
exterior of Discovery, observing a small piece of loose insulation on
the left rear of the spacecraft. The loose insulation poses no problems
for the Shuttle. The crew also used the arm to test a new wireless camera
technology that can be used with reflectors in the cargo bay to develop
a system that may lead to a new alignment aid for arm operators.
The crew will begin an eight-hour sleep period at about 11:10 p.m.
and awaken at 7:10 a.m. Central time on Saturday to begin day three
of the mission. Discovery is orbiting at an altitude of 349 statute
miles by 340 statute miles, circling the Earth once every one hour,
35 minutes and 54 seconds.
The next status report STS-95 status report will be issued at approximately
6 a.m. Central time Saturday.