Nation/World

Shuttle Docks With Mir For Fifth Time

The space shuttle Atlantis smoothly nuzzled up to the Russian space station Mir late Tuesday in a docking maneuver that has become routine.

For the fifth time since July 1995, the 116-ton Atlantis inched up to the 149-ton Mir, docking safely at 10:53 p.m. for an exchange of crew members, hugs and ceremonial food. Atlantis’ crew came bearing a special Texas barbecue dinner and gifts of can-openers and flashlights.

The tougher exchanges - hauling 3 tons of food, scientific equipment and water between the two ships - will come today.

“It’s a big packing job,” Atlantis astronaut Marsha Ivins, who will coordinate the exchanges, said in a preflight interview.

“I mean it’s just a huge logistics job, since we’re still new at this game.”



Click here to comment on this story »






Sections


Profile

Contact the Spokesman

Main switchboard:
(509) 459-5000
Customer service:
(800) 338-8801
Newsroom:
(509) 459-5400
(800) 789-0029
Back to Spokesman Mobile