Encyclopedia Astronautica
2001.02.08 - STS-98 Mission Status Report #02


The five-member crew of Atlantis is in its first full day in space continuing its pursuit of the International Space Station. After a slightly abbreviated sleep period, Atlantis' astronauts were awakened at 6:13 a.m. Central time as the Shuttle trailed the Station by approximately 2,000 statute miles (3,200 kilometers). The first wakeup call of the flight was "Where You At", a jazz selection by Pilot Mark Polansky's late uncle, Zoot Sims.

The first full day in orbit for Astronauts Ken Cockrell, Polansky, Marsha Ivins, Tom Jones and Bob Curbeam will focus on preparations for the unberthing and installation of the Destiny laboratory to the International Space Station. Ivins and Cockrell will check out the 50-foot long robotic arm, and conduct a camera survey of the payload bay with the 16-ton Destiny laboratory housed inside. Curbeam and Jones, with assistance from Polansky, will test the space suits they will wear during three scheduled space walks, the first of which is planned for Saturday as Ivins uses the ship's robot arm to install Destiny onto the Unity module of the Station.

Cockrell and Polansky will command a series of engine firings to refine Atlantis' approach to the station, positioning themselves for a Friday morning docking, just before 11 a.m. Central time.

On board the station, the Expedition One crew - Commander Bill Shepherd, Pilot Yuri Gidzenko and Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalev - awoke just after 4 a.m. to mark its 100th day in orbit. From on board they kept tabs as an unmanned Progress resupply spacecraft, loaded with trash, undocked from the station at 5:26 a.m. Central time as the Station flew high over Asia. A series of engine firings on the Progress slowly increased the distance between the two vehicles. Just before 11 a.m., the Progress will be commanded to deorbit, causing it to burn up as it reenters the Earth's atmosphere.

Today the Expedition One crew will review its plans for joint operations with Atlantis' crew following docking Friday morning, perform some basic housekeeping tasks, and enjoy a regularly-scheduled exercise session.

Atlantis' crew will conduct a series of interviews with media representatives just after 4 p.m. this afternoon. The first Mission Status Briefing of the flight is planned for 5:30 p.m. on NASA Television.

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