September 27, 1996 |
She's home at last. After a record-setting 188 days in space, Shannon Lucid--biochemist, pioneer astronaut and mother with a hankering for potato chips and chocolate--returned to planet Earth on Thursday aboard the space shuttle Atlantis. As the sun rose over the Atlantic Ocean, the silvery shuttle glided into view here, its arrival heralded by a double-barreled sonic boom. It rolled to a stop on the long runway at Kennedy Space Center at 8:13 a.m. EDT. "Welcome home," said Mission Control.
March 24, 1996 |
The space shuttle Atlantis linked with Russia's space station 245 miles above Earth on Saturday night, ferrying a NASA astronaut eager to begin her five-month stay and "great adventure." Atlantis slowly, gracefully moved in and docked with the Mir station as the spacecraft soared over Russia. "Houston, I have contact and capture," reported Atlantis' commander, Kevin Chilton. NASA's communication lines were quiet as Chilton guided Atlantis into Mir's docking port.
December 8, 1996 |
Since returning from a record-smashing six months in space, celebrity astronaut Shannon Lucid has been making the rounds. Not the talk-show rounds. Not yet, anyway. The bookstore rounds. One of the things Lucid missed most while living on the Russian space station Mir was browsing through bookstores, so she's making up for lost time. "We landed on a Thursday, didn't we?
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.
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 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.
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.