Spaceflight Now: STS-106 Mission Report

STS-106 Mission Control Center status reports
Updated: September 12, 2000

Status Report No. 1 -- Sept. 8 at 9 a.m. EDT   Space Shuttle Atlantis rocketed into space at 8:45 a.m. EDT this morning and is on course to rendezvous and dock with the International Space Station shortly after 2 a.m. EDT Sunday. At the time of Atlantis' launch, the 67-ton station was flying above Hungary, southwest of Budapest.

Status Report No. 2 -- Sept. 8 at 8 p.m. EDT   After a flawless launch this morning, Atlantis began it's 6600 statute mile orbital chase to catch the International Space Station where the crew will undertake a full menu of outfitting tasks to prepare the station for its permanent crew. Following the climb to orbit and initial on-orbit activities, the Mission Control Center has settled into working normal operations without any significant issues.

Status Report No. 3 -- Sept. 9 at 9 a.m. EDT   Their first full day in space was a busy one for the astronauts and cosmonauts aboard Atlantis as they moved ever closer to an early Sunday morning linkup with the International Space Station. Docking is scheduled to occur at 1:52 a.m. EDT Sunday as the two spacecraft soar high above Kazakhstan.

Status Report No. 4 -- Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. EDT   The STS-106 crew members were awakened at 6:46 p.m. EDT today. The wake up song from Mission Control was "I Say a Little Prayer" which was played for commander Terry Wilcutt. All seven astronauts are now busy with final preparations for the docking with the International Space Station.

Status Report No. 5 -- Sept. 10 at 8 a.m. EDT    Commander Terry Wilcutt steered Space Shuttle Atlantis to a smooth link-up with the International Space Station at 1:51 a.m. EDT Sunday, setting the stage for six days of outfitting to make the orbiting outpost ready for its first residents in early November.

Status Report No. 6 -- Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. EDT   The seven member STS-106 crew was awakened just before 8 p.m. EDT to begin its fourth day of orbital activities and their first full day of docked operations with the International Space Station. The main focus of today's efforts will be a 6 1/2 hour spacewalk conducted by Mission Specialists Ed Lu and Yuri Malenchenko.

Status Report No. 7 -- Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. EDT   Astronaut Ed Lu and cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko took a 6 hour, 14 minute walk outside the shuttle this morning to complete final connections between the International Space Station's newest module, Zvezda and its first component, Zarya.

Status Report No. 8 -- Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. EDT   STS-106 Commander Terry Wilcutt along with Pilot Scott Altman and Mission Specialists Ed Lu, Rick Mastracchio, Dan Burbank, Yuri Malenchenko and Boris Morukov were awakened at 7:46 p.m. EDT this evening to begin their third day of docked operations.

Status Report No. 9 -- Sept. 12 at 8 a.m. EDT   The crew of Atlantis opened the doors to a spacious new home on orbit late Monday and began the work of outfitting the interior of the International Space Station.