September 17, 1996 |
Relief is on the way for NASA astronaut Shannon Lucid. Space shuttle Atlantis blasted off Monday on a mission to bring Lucid home from the Russian space station Mir, where she has spent a record-breaking six months in orbit. Atlantis, more than six weeks late because of mechanical trouble and two hurricanes, is supposed to dock late Wednesday with Mir, despite the failure of a critical power unit that could force NASA to cut the flight short.
March 21, 1996 |
American astronaut Shannon Lucid, who has been around the world a few times, is ready to set off Friday to spend nearly five months in a cluttered orbiting apartment with a couple of guys named Yuri, eat lots of canned fish and almost incidentally set an American record for endurance in space. "I'm looking forward to it. It'll be really different," said Lucid, 53, who will leave Kennedy Space Center aboard the shuttle Atlantis for a rendezvous with the Russian space station Mir.
March 29, 1996 |
With bear hugs and teary eyes, space shuttle Atlantis' astronauts said goodbye to the crew of Russia's space station Mir and then flew away, leaving Shannon Lucid behind for a five-month stay in orbit. Atlantis' crew unlatched the shuttle from Mir after five days of docked flight about 250 miles above Earth. The shuttle is scheduled to return on Saturday.
September 16, 1996 |
After a delay of seven weeks, the space shuttle Atlantis was fueled and scheduled to blast off today on a mission to retrieve U.S. astronaut Shannon Lucid from the Russian Mir space station, NASA officials at Cape Canaveral said. Atlantis is due home Sept. 26, ending Lucid's 188-day mission, a record for a woman and the longest spaceflight by an American. Lucid, 53, will be replaced aboard Mir by John Blaha, 54.
June 15, 1985 |
The shuttle Discovery's international crew, including an Arab prince, arrived at the spaceport Friday optimistic for a Monday launch despite stormy weather expected through the weekend. "We hope to give you a big, big flame on Monday morning," flight commander Daniel Brandenstein said.
March 26, 1996 |
Working like skycaps high above Earth, astronauts and cosmonauts lugged 12-gallon sacks of water and other supplies from space shuttle Atlantis to Russia's Mir station. American Shannon Lucid, assigned to the station for the next five months, spent her second day as a Mir crew member settling in and reacquainting herself with her Russian colleagues, Yuri Onufrienko and Yuri Usachev. She is the first American woman to live on the orbiting Russian outpost, and only the second American.
September 6, 1996 |
Space shuttle Atlantis, whose launch was delayed by the approach of Hurricane Fran, will lift off before dawn on Sept. 16, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said Thursday. NASA managers approved Atlantis' return to the launch pad complex early Thursday, one day after the shuttle was forced into its hangar by fears that Fran might strike central Florida. The storm headed north of Florida instead. The delay extended by two days the stay in space of Shannon Lucid, a U.S.
August 15, 1996 |
Crews at Kennedy Space Center finished attaching a new fuel tank and two new booster rockets to the space shuttle Atlantis, scheduled to give American astronaut Shannon Lucid a ride home from the Russian space station Mir. The big external tank replaces one that was slightly damaged last week when it was bumped by a work platform. The newly assembled Atlantis is to be taken back to the launch pad next Tuesday, and launch is scheduled for Sept. 12.
August 10, 1996 |
The countdown to the next launch of the shuttle Atlantis hit another snag when its giant external fuel tank accidentally hit a work platform while being lifted. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration says the tank sustained "no serious damage," but a closer examination is underway and an investigative team has been formed to review handling procedures. Atlantis had been set for a July 31 liftoff, but now NASA is aiming for Sept. 12. That means U.S.
September 24, 1996 |
The space shuttle Atlantis left Russia's orbiting Mir station Monday night with astronaut Shannon Lucid, who ended her six-month visit with tender goodbyes and embraces. The shuttle undocked and slowly backed away as the space travelers--six on Atlantis and three on Mir--peered through windows and waved farewell. "You look great. We'll see you later," said Lucid's replacement, astronaut John Blaha, who stayed behind for a four-month stay.