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Mission "STS-81"


BRIEFLY ABOUT MISSION
Registration number 1997-001A / 24711
Time and date of launch (UTC) 09h.27m.23s.   January 12, 1997
Launch site Cape Canaveral, LC 39-B
Launch vehicle Shuttle
Payload mass (kg)
Orbital parameters:
   - inclination (degrees) 51.6
   - period (minutes) 89.0
   - perigee (km) 157
   - apogee (km) 296
Time and date of landing (wheel stop, UTC) 14h.23m.51s.   January 22, 1997
   - rollout time (sec.) 65
Place of landing Runway 33, Kennedy Space Center, FL
Duration 10d.04h.56m.28s.
Number of revolutions around Earth 160
Summary 18th fly of space shuttle "Atlantis". 29th expedition to the orbital station "Mir" . 5th fly of program "Mir-Shuttle". Jerry Linenger take the place of John Blaha at the station till next fly of "Atlantis" .



LAUNCHED CREW
Ord.
num.
Status Main Backup Reserved
1 Cdr
VE-18/MIR
Baker, Michael Allen

2 Plt
VE-18/MIR
Jett, Brent Ward

3 MS
VE-18/MIR
Wisoff, Peter Jeffrey Kelsay

4 MS/FE
VE-18/MIR
Grunsfeld, John Mace

5 MS
VE-18/MIR
(w) Ivins, Marsha Sue

6 MS
AI/PE-22,23/MIR
Linenger, Jerry Michael Foale, Michael Colin
Call sign Atlantis




LANDED CREW
Order
number
Status Crew
1 Cdr
VE-18/MIR
Baker, Michael Allen
2 Plt
VE-18/MIR
Jett, Brent Ward
3 MS
VE-18/MIR
Wisoff, Peter Jeffrey Kelsay
4 MS/FE
VE-18/MIR
Grunsfeld, John Mace
5 MS
VE-18/MIR
(w) Ivins, Marsha Sue
6 MS
AI/PE-22/MIR
Blaha, John Elmer


TIMELINE
Date Time (UTC) Spaceship's revo-
lution number
Station's revo-
lution number
Explanation
Jan 12, 1997 09:27:23 1 Mir:62271 Lift-off Shuttle, mission "STS-81"   (crew: Baker,   Jett,   Wisoff,   Grunsfeld,   Ivins,   Linenger ).
Jan 15, 1997 03:54:49 45 Mir:62314 Docking of "STS-81"   mission spacecraft (crew: Baker,   Jett,   Wisoff,   Grunsfeld,   Ivins,   Linenger ) to module "Kristall"   (oriented along axis -Z) of orbital complex "Mir"   - "Soyuz-TM24"   - "Progress M-33" .

Crew of station "Mir"   after docking: Korzun,   Kaleri,   Blaha,   Baker,   Jett,   Wisoff,   Grunsfeld,   Ivins,   Linenger.
Jan 20, 1997 02:15:44 122 Mir:62391 Undocking of "STS-81"   mission spacecraft (crew: Baker,   Jett,   Wisoff,   Grunsfeld,   Ivins,   Blaha ) from module "Kristall"   (oriented along axis -Z) of orbital complex "Mir"   - "Soyuz-TM24"   - "Progress M-33" .

Crew of station "Mir"   after undocking: Korzun,   Kaleri,   Linenger.
Jan 22, 1997 13:17:33 161 Mir:62429 Deorbit burn of Shuttle, mission "STS-81"   (crew: Baker,   Jett,   Wisoff,   Grunsfeld,   Ivins,   Blaha ).
Jan 22, 1997 14:23:51 161 Mir:62430 Landing of Shuttle, mission "STS-81"   (crew: Baker,   Jett,   Wisoff,   Grunsfeld,   Ivins,   Blaha ).

Sources:
  Mission Control Center (TsUP) from 2007
  CBS News
  Spaceflight now
  Alexander Zheleznyakov
  journal "Novosti Kosmonavtiki" ("News of Cosmonautics") from 1993 till our time
  journal "Kosmonavtika, astronomiya" ("Cosmonautics, astronomy") 1983-1991 years
  book "Evolution of vehicle-creating and cosmonautics in the USSR" by Valentin P. Glushko, Moscow, 1987
  Jonathan's Space Report
  and many other people and editions
  


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