STS-89 Fact Sheet
By Cliff Lethbridge
STS-89 — Endeavour
89th Space Shuttle Mission
12th Flight of Endeavour
Terrence W. Wilcutt, Commander
Joe Frank Edwards, Jr., Pilot
Michael P. Anderson, Mission Specialist
Bonnie J. Dunbar, Mission Specialist
James F. Reilly II, Mission Specialist
Salizhan S. Sharipov, Mission Specialist
Embarking to Mir:
Andrew S.W. Thomas, Mission Specialist
Returning from Mir:
David A. Wolf, Mission Specialist
Tow to Orbiter Processing Facility – March 28, 1997
Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building (For Storage) – April 8, 1997
Rollover to Orbiter Processing Facility – April 21, 1997
Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building (For Storage) – May 23, 1997
Rollover to Orbiter Processing Facility – June 4, 1997
Rollover to Vehicle Assembly Building – December 12, 1997
Rollout to Launch Pad 39A – December 19, 1997
January 22, 1998 – 9:48:15 p.m. EST. Launch was originally scheduled for January 15, 1998 but was postponed to January 20, 1998 and finally January 22, 1998 as per requests from Russian Space Agency officials to complete necessary repairs to the Mir Space Station. Launch occurred as scheduled with no delays.
January 31, 1998 – 5:35:09 p.m. EST at Runway 15, Kennedy Space Center. Rollout distance was 9,790 feet. Rollout time was 70 seconds. Mission duration was 8 days, 19 hours, 46 minutes, 54 seconds. Landing occurred during the 139th orbit.
The prime objective of the mission was the eighth docking of a Space Shuttle to the Russian Mir Space Station, and the sixth consecutive transfer of astronauts aboard Mir.
Astronaut Thomas replaced astronaut Wolf aboard Mir. Wolf spent 119 days aboard Mir, and a total of 128 days in space before being returned to Earth.
Endeavour docked with Mir at 3:14 p.m. EST on January 24, 1998. Hatches between the two spacecraft were opened at 5:25 p.m. EST the same day. Astronaut Thomas officially replaced astronaut Wolf aboard Mir at 6:35 p.m. EST on January 25, 1998.
About 8,000 pounds of scientific equipment, logistics hardware and water were transferred from Endeavour to Mir during five days of joint docking operations. Undocking occurred at 11:57 a.m. EST on January 29, 1998.
On January 30, 1998 astronaut Anderson read a dedication to the workers who made the launch of Explorer I, the first U.S. satellite, possible. The 40th anniversary of the launch of Explorer I was celebrated on January 31, 1998.
SELECTED NASA PHOTOS FROM STS-89