Transcript: Rendezvous with Mir | Aug 07, 2004

[Radio chatter]

The space shuttle appears on screen attached to the arm support.

A man says 4-3-2-1 AND LIFTOFF!
[Cheering]
[Radio chatter continues]

The shuttle launches.

Woman says 3 AND 104.

Several vertical clips show the shuttle launching and entering into orbit.

A man says 8 SECONDS...
AND ROLL PROGRAM, HOUSTON.
[Playing theme music]

The shuttle continues to shoot up and flashes of space walkers working on the space station and astronauts wearing orange suits and clear helmets controlling the shuttle as it takes off appear on screen.

A caption reads "TVO Presents."

Woman says ON THE RIGHT, RUN THE
TIME.

A man says COMING UP ON THE MARK.

A man says CHALLENGER, THROTTLE UP.

A clip of the Challenger space shuttle exploding into two in the sky appears on screen.

A man says COLUMBIA, HOUSTON, COM
CHECK.

A man says COLUMBIA, HOUSTON, COM
CHECK.
[(music plays)]

As pieces of the Challenger falls, the title reads "The Shuttle Years, From Challenger to Columbia."

A man says ... ENGINES 103, 103
[Radio chatter]

Woman says IT'S LOOKING GOOD.
[Playing Orchestral Music]

A shot of the Earth from a satellite appears and then fades to black.

Now an animation of the space station orbiting the Earth appears on screen.

The episode title reads "

(Playing "Marche Slave")

An animation of the space station floating above Earth appears on screen and the title of the episode reads "Rendezvous with Mir."

A man says THIS IS SHUTTLE LAUNCH CONTROL
AT T-MINUS 3 HOURS AND HOLDING.

The shuttle sits on the launch pad in the middle of the night.

Now in the suit-up room, a man says HERE'S DR. BERNARD HARRIS,
MISSION SPECIALIST NUMBER ONE.

Dr. Harris is in his forties, has short, black hair, has a black beard and moustache, wears an orange space suit, and sits in a black leather chair getting suited up.

The man continues MICHAEL FOALE, MISSION
SPECIALIST NUMBER TWO AND THERE

Michael is in his forties, wears a white cap and an orange space suit, and he smiles as he sits in his black leather chair.

The man continues WE HAVE VLADIMIR TITOV, HIS
FIRST FLIGHT ON THE SHUTTLE, HE
SPENT ONE YEAR ON BOARD THE MIR
SPACE STATION.

Vladimir is in his forties, has short, side-parted, dark brown hair, has a moustache, and talks to other astronauts in his orange suit as he sits in a black leather chair.

The man continues HERE'S OUR FIRST WOMAN PILOT,
EILEEN COLLINS.
HER FIRST FLIGHT.

Eileen is in her thirties and places her white cap on top of her brown hair. She wears an orange space suit and gets ready in her black leather chair.

The man continues JANICE VOSS, IN HER SECOND
FLIGHT.

Janice is in her forties, has short, dark brown hair, wears an orange space suit, and smiles as she sits in her black leather chair.

The man continues AND THAT APPEARS TO BE OUR
COMMANDER, JIM WETHERBEE.
HE'S MAKING HIS THIRD FLIGHT ON
STS-63.

Jim is completely dressed in his orange space suit with a clear helmet and sits in his black leather chair.
[Cheers and Applause]

All the astronauts walk out of the suit-up room over the van to be shuttled over to the launch pad.

A man says MINUS 18 SECONDS.
SOLID ROCKET BOOSTERS ARMED,
SOUND SUPPRESSION WATER SYSTEM
ACTIVATED.

The astronauts aboard the shuttle.

A man says TEN.

A man says T MINUS TEN SECONDS, GO FOR
MAIN ENGINE START.
[(music plays)]

The launch pad lights up and the shuttle starts to take off.

A man says ENGINES NOW FIRING.
ENGINES UP AND RUNNING.
THREE... TWO... ONE AND LIFT-OFF
OF SPACE SHUTTLE DISCOVERY ON A
MISSION TO PREPARE FOR THE NEXT
ERA OF WORLD CO-OPERATION IN
SPACE.

A caption reads "STS dash 63, February 3, 1995."

A man says (Unclear)
ROGER, ROLL, DISCOVERY.
(Playing "Marche Slave")

The shuttle takes off and shoots straight into the dark sky.

A caption reads "Primary Objective: Rendezvous with Mir, the Russian space station."

Now up in space with the space station a caption reads "Primary payload: SPARTAN dash 204 satellite."

The caption changes to "SPARTAN dash 204 will study interstellar dust and gas."

The satellite gently orbits around Earth’s atmosphere and a caption reads "Stars and planets are formed from dust and gas."

An astronaut says IN FINAL PREPARATIONS FOR OUR
RENDEZVOUS WITH MIR, WHICH WILL
OCCUR IN A COUPLE OF HOURS, I
THOUGHT I'D WALK AROUND THE COCK

The astronaut guides mission control through the cockpit.

The astronaut says - OR FLOAT AROUND THE COCKPIT
AND SHOW YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT
WHAT WE'LL BE DOING IN THE NEXT
FOUR HOURS.
I WILL BE LOOKING AT THE
OVERHEAD WINDOWS, FACING
BACKWARDS IN THE VEHICLE, BUT OF
COURSE, IN SPACE, EVERYTHING IS
RELATIVE, SO IT DOESN'T MATTER,
WE HAVE A SET OF CONTROLS BACK
HERE AND WE CAN FLY TRANSLATIONS
OF, OF OUR VEHICLE WITH THIS
HAND CONTROLLER AND ROTATIONS
WITH THIS HAND CONTROLLER,
ALTHOUGH THE ROTATIONS ARE
TYPICALLY ALL DONE
AUTOMATICALLY.
WE WILL ACQUIRE VISUAL SIGHT OF
THE MIR AT THIS OVERHEAD WINDOW
AND I HAVE A... SIGHT, OR A
HARD-MOUNTED MANUAL SIGHT IN THE
OVERHEAD WINDOW, WHEN ALL ELSE
FAILS, WE ALWAYS HAVE THE OLD
IRON SIGHT AT THE TOP WINDOW,
WHICH NEVER MOVES AND HAS NO
SOFTWARE AND SO IT'S A RELIABLE
PIECE OF GEAR AND THEN WE JUST
FLY VISUALLY.

A man says THIS IS MISSION CONTROL
HOUSTON, WE CONTINUE TO RECEIVE
A TELEVISION IMAGE FROM
DISCOVERY OF THE MIR SPACE
STATION CURRENTLY LYING LESS
THAN 200 NAUTICAL MILES AHEAD.
HERE'S THE STEADY BRIGHT LIGHT
LOCATED IN THE UPPER CENTRE OF
THE TELEVISION IMAGE.
(Playing "Stranger in Paradise")

The satellite appears far into the black distance.

A man says OKAY, EILEEN, WE HAVE BEEN
WATCHING YOU ON THE FLIGHT DECK
AND YOU ARE GO TO APPROACH TO
TEN METRES.

Eileen says THANK YOU VERY MUCH...
(Playing "Stranger in Paradise")

A woman says DISCOVERY HAS STARTED A SLOW
ASCENT FROM THE VELOCITY VECTOR.
MEANWHILE, WE'VE GETTING LIVE
PICTURES FROM INSIDE THE MIR
SPACE STATION.

Dr. Valery says THIS IS PHYSICIAN DR. VALERY
POLYAKOV, HE CURRENTLY HAS THE
RECORD FOR MOST TIME SPENT ON
ORBIT BY ANY HUMAN.
(Playing "Stranger in Paradise")

A caption reads "Cosmonaut Polyajov’s record for living in space is 437 days."
(Laughing)
(Unclear)

A man says DISCOVERY, A MAGNIFICENT
PICTURE, MIR CROSSING THE
HORIZON.

A caption reads "First flyaround pictures of Mir."

James Wetherbee says WE ARE
BRINGING OUR NATIONS CLOSER
TOGETHER.
THE NEXT TIME WE APPROACH, WE
WILL SHAKE YOUR HAND AND
TOGETHER WE WILL LEAD OUR WORLDS
INTO THE NEXT MILLENNIUM.

The space station appears on screen floating above Earth.

A man says IT'S A GREAT WORLD.

A man says IT IS A GREAT WORLD...
UP THERE AND DOWN HERE.

Back on Earth, a man says THE COUNTDOWN FOR THE LAUNCH
OF ATLANTIS ON SPACE SHUTTLE
MISSION STS-71 IS CONTINUING ON
SCHEDULE TODAY.
THE LAUNCH OF ATLANTIS TODAY
WILL MARK A NUMBER OF HISTORIC
MILESTONES, INCLUDING THE 100th
U.S. HUMAN SPACE LAUNCH, DATING
BACK TO ALAN SHEPARD'S 15-MINUTE
FLIGHT 34 YEARS AGO.

A shuttle sits on a launch pad during the day and prepares for liftoff.

A man says THIS IS OUR SECOND LAUNCH
ATTEMPT IN THE PAST FOUR DAYS,
THE LAUNCH OF ATLANTIS WAS
SCRUBBED ON SATURDAY DUE TO
SEVERE WEATHER AT K.S.C.
SITUATED IN ATLANTIS' PAYLOAD
BAY IS THE ORBITER DOCKING
SYSTEM, WHICH WILL ALLOW
ATLANTIS TO DOCK FOR THE FIRST
TIME WITH THE MIR SPACE STATION.
ATLANTIS WILL CARRY INTO ORBIT A
SEVEN-MEMBER CREW, CONSISTING OF
FIVE U.S. ASTRONAUTS AND TWO
RUSSIAN COSMONAUTS, WHICH ARE
DESIGNATED AS THE SPACE STATION
MIR 19 CREW.
THE MIR 18 CREW, WHICH ALSO
INCLUDES ASTRONAUT DR. NORM
THAGARD, HAS BEEN ABOARD MIR
SINCE MARCH THE 16th.

The astronauts get ready in the suit-up room.

A man says AND WE HAVE LIVE TV OF COMMANDER
ROBERT "HOOT" GIBSON, GIBSON IS
BEING JOINED BY HIS PILOT,
PRECOURT.

Robert is in his forties, wears an orange space suit, and is getting fit for his helmet while he sits in a black leather chair.

The man continues NEXT WE HAVE ONE OF OUR TWO
COSMONAUTS WHO WILL BE FLYING ON
BOARD TODAY, THIS IS NIKOLAY
BUDARIN, WHO IS ON HIS FIRST
SPACE FLIGHT.

Nikolay is in his forties, has short, side-parted, dark brown hair, has a thick brown moustache, wears an orange space suit, and smiles as he sits in his black leather chair.

The man continues MISSION SPECIALIST ELLEN BAKER,

Ellen is in her forties, has medium-length, bouncy, curly dark brown hair, large round glasses, wears an orange space suit, and gets ready for flight in her black leather chair.

The man continues MISSION SPECIALIST GREG
HARBAUGH.

Greg is in his forties and sits in his black leather chair with his orange space suit and helmet on while he closes his eyes and meditates.

The man continues MISSION SPECIALIST BONNIE
DUNBAR,

Bonnie is in her thirties, has shoulder-length, dark brown, side-parted hair, wears an orange space suit, and walks around the suit-up room.

The man continues OUR SECOND COSMONAUT WHO
WILL BE FLYING ABOARD THE SPACE
SHUTTLE ATLANTIS TODAY IS
ANATOLY SOLOV'YOV AND HE IS THE
COMMANDER FOR THE MIR 19 CREW.
(Classical music)

Anatoly is in his forties, has short, dark gray hair, and gets suited up in his orange suit while sitting in his black leather chair.

(Unclear)

(Unclear)

Now the van appears on screen driving up to the shuttle launch pad.

A man says ... CLOSE AND LOCK YOUR
VISORS, INITIATE 02 FLOW, GOD
SPEED ON THE 100th U.S.
MANNED... SPACE...

A caption reads "STS dash 71, June 27, 1995, 69th Shuttle Mission."

A man says T MINUS TEN... NINE...
EIGHT... SEVEN... SIX... FIVE...
WE HAVE THREE MAIN ENGINES UP
AND RUNNING, TWO... ONE... AND
LIFT-OFF FOR THE SPACE SHUTTLE
ATLANTIS ON A TWO-DAY MISSION
THAT WILL HERALD A NEW DAY OF
INTERNATIONAL CO-OPERATION IN
SPACE.
(Dramatic music)
(Speaking in Russian)

The shuttle takes off during the day and shoots straight up into the sky.

A caption reads "Primary Objective: First Shuttle dash Mir docking."

The space station appears orbiting above Earth.

A man says WE HAVE IT, WE SEE IT, IT
LOOKS BEAUTIFUL.

The Atlantis shuttle flies over Earth and the caption changes to "Atlantis closes in on Mir."

A man says WE HAVE IT, CHARLIE AND THAT
IS JUST SPECTACULAR.
WE SEE THE STATION CLEARLY
THROUGH THE PETALS OF THE
DOCKING RING.
(Playing "Stranger in Paradise")

A man says COPY 18-90.

(Unclear)
(Playing "Stranger in Paradise")

(Speaking in Russian)

A man says HOUSTON, ATLANTIS, WE HAVE
CAPTURE.

A man says COPY CAPTURE.

A man says COPY CAPTURE.

A man says ... CAPTURE CONFIRMED.

The two shuttles connect.
(Speaking in Russian)

A man says ATLANTIS, HOUSTON, WE SHOW
VESTIBULE PRESSURISATION
COMPLETE AND PLEASE CO-ORDINATE
WITH THE MIR CREW FOR THE LEAK
CHECK.

A man says OKAY, DAVE, WE'LL LOOK AT
THAT.

A man says AFTER 20 YEARS, OUR
SPACECRAFT ARE DOCKED IN ORBIT
AGAIN.
OUR NEW ERA OF SPACE EXPLORATION
HAS BEGUN.

A man says AND, DAVE, JUST TO UPDATE
YOU, THE MIR FOLKS HAVE OPENED
THEIR HATCH.

A man says COPY, THE MIR HATCH IS OPEN,
CONCUR.
SAY "HI" TO NORM.

A man says HOUSTON, WE THINK IT'S TIME
TO OPEN THE HATCH, WE'RE GONNA
PROCEED IF YOU AGREE.

A man says WE CONCUR, WE HAVE A GOOD
IMAGE OF YOU.
YOU'RE GO TO OPEN THE SHUTTLE
HATCH.

A man says OKAY, HERE GOES.
(Playing "Stranger in Paradise")
[(music plays)]

An astronaut opens the shuttle hatch and the crew floats through the tube into the other space craft.

A caption reads "The Mir 18 crew welcomes the Atlantis crew."

A man says LOT EASIER WITHOUT GRAVITY.
(Playing "Stranger in Paradise")
(Speaking in Russian)
(Playing "Stranger in Paradise")
(Speaking in Russian)

The crew sits together and talk. A caption reads "The Mir crew must fix a loose solar array."

The caption changes to "Fixing the solar array requires a spacewalk."

A man says COLLISION.
SIGNAL RIGHT OR LEFT.

A man says SHIPS PASSING IN THE NIGHT.
I GUESS WE SHOULD PASS ON THE
RIGHT, SHOULDN'T WE?

A caption reads "For the next five day, the Shuttle dash Mir team conducts biomedical experiments."

A man says YEAH.
LET'S SEE, GREEN LIGHTS AND RED
LIGHTS.

The caption changes to "The Atlantis crew resupplies Mir with equipment, tools and consumables."

A man says PEOPLE ARE GONNA GET
DISORIENTED WATCHING THIS.

The astronauts move a blanket bundle around the cockpit.

A man says YEAH, FOR SURE.

A man says GOOD.
(Playing "Danse Russe")

Now an astronaut runs strapped by a yellow bungee cord around his waist on a treadmill.

A caption reads "Astronauts must exercise 1.5 hours a day to keep the muscles from atrophying."

Now they withdraw blood from another astronaut’s arm.

Other astronauts appear on screen doing exercises.

The astronauts separate again and a man says ... HATCH IS CLOSED.

(Speaking in Russian)
A man says NO, UH...
(Speaking in Russian)

A man says LOOK AT HIM.

A man says WE'RE GONNA STANDBY ON A
CALL, I GUESS FIVE MINUTES AFTER
THAT, FOR A CALL TO GO TO FREE
DRIFT, AND WE'RE GONNA WAIT ON
YOUR CALL.

A man says OKAY, CAPCOM?

A man says COPY, WE'RE POLLING.
ATLANTIS, MOSCOW AND HOUSTON ARE
GO FOR SEPARATION.

A caption reads "Just before Mir and Atlantis undock, a misunderstanding occurs."

A man says GREAT, DAVE, THANK YOU, WE
COPY GO FOR SEPARATION.

The caption changes to "The Mir crew decides to enter the Soyuz capsule and record the historic moment."

A man says MOSCOW'S READY FOR SHUTTLE
FREE DRIFT...

A man says ATLANTIS, A.O.S...

A man says ... COPY THE HOOKS YOU'RE
GRABBING.

A man says OKAY, COPY, DAVE, AND WE
HEARD FROM ANATOLY THAT HE HAS
ISSUED THE COMMAND TO BEGIN THE
SEPARATION SEQUENCE FOR SOYUZ.

A man says COPY.

A man says IF YOU'RE LOOKING AT THE
SPECTRE CAMERA, HE'S COMING OUT.

A caption reads "The Soyuz spacecraft records the Mir dash Atlantis undocking for a Russian audience."

A man says WE SEE IT, LOOKS NICE.

A man says COPY, HOOT.
WE SEE SOYUZ UNDOCKED.

A man says BONNIE, HOW'S, HOW'S ANATOLY
LOOK?

A man says HE'S LOOKING GOOD.

A man says COPY, WE'LL SWITCH.

A man says GO DO IT.

(Speaking in Russian)

(Unclear)
A man says WHAT ARE WE GONNA DO?

A man says ANY MOMENT NOW.
THERE IT IS.
(Unclear)

A man says HOUSTON, WE HAVE SEPARATION.

The two shuttles separate and begin to float apart.

A man says CONCUR, SEPARATION.

A man says GOOD CALL...

(Unclear)
(Classical music)

Atlantis flies away from the space station and very quickly enters back into Earth’s atmosphere as it comes in for a landing.

A man says ATLANTIS COMING DOWN THE
PIKE, ON TARGET FOR A LANDING
LESS THAN A MINUTE FROM NOW.
DESCENDING AT A VERY STEEP
ANGLE, GIBSON WILL SHORTLY PULL
UP THE NOSE IN A... MANOEUVRE.

A caption reads "The shuttle lands like a glider."

A man says LANDING GEAR DEPLOYED BY
PILOT CHARLIE PRECOURT.
ATLANTIS JUST A FEW HUNDRED FEET
OFF THE DECK.
(Classical music)

The space shuttle lands and the parachute flies out from behind.

A man says MAIN GEAR TOUCHED DOWN.
THE DRAG SHEET... CHUTE BEING
DEPLOYED BY PILOT CHARLIE
PRECOURT AND NOSE GEAR
TOUCHDOWN.

A caption reads "Mission duration: 10 days, 19 hours, 31 minutes."

A man says ATLANTIS ROLLING OUT ON
RUNWAY 1-5 AT THE KENNEDY SPACE
CENTER TO COMPLETE A 4.1 MILLION
MILE MISSION AND THE FIRST
DOCKING WITH THE RUSSIAN SPACE
STATION MIR.

A man says WELCOME HOME, ATLANTIS,
WELCOME HOME, MIR 18.
CONGRATULATIONS ON A PERFECT END
TO YOUR HISTORIC MISSION.
A NEW ERA IN HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT
HAS BEGUN.

A man says WELCOME BACK, GUYS AND WE
HAVE NO POST-LANDING DELTAS.

A man says HOUSTON, ATLANTIS, KURT,
WE'VE GOT WHEEL STOP.

The shuttle comes to a stop on the runway.

A man says ATLANTIS, HOUSTON, WE COPY
WHEEL STOP.
(Playing Beethoven's Sixth
(Playing Beethoven's Sixth
Symphony)

Now 5 crew members for the next mission appear on screen sitting at a press conference table, each with a dog bowl and a glass of water in front of them and wearing a gray polo shirt.

A woman says THIS IS SHUTTLE LAUNCH
CONTROL, WE'RE AT T MINUS THREE
HOURS AND HOLDING.
WE NOW HAVE THE STS-69 FLIGHT
CREW.
WE'VE GOT MISSION SPECIALIST
MIKE GERNHARDT FLYING FOR THE
FIRST TIME TODAY.

Mike is in his forties, has short, side-parted, light brown hair, and is clean-shaven.

A woman says HE'LL BE ONE OF THE E.V.A.
CREWMEN.
JIM VOSS, ALSO ONE WHO WILL BE
PERFORMING AN E.V.A.

Jim is in his thirties, has short, dark brown, side-parted hair, and is clean-shaven.

A woman says COMMANDER DAVID WALKER, FLYING
FOR THE FOURTH TIME.

David is in his forties, has short, side-parted light blond hair, and is clean-shaven.

A woman says PILOT KEN COCKRELL.

Ken is in his forties, has short, side-parted, light brown hair, and is clean-shaven.

A woman says AND MISSION SPECIALIST JIM
NEWMAN FLYING FOR THE SECOND
TIME TODAY.

Jim is in his forties, has short, side-parted, dark brown hair, and is clean-shaven.

A woman says YOU'LL NOTICE THE CREW HAS DOG
FOOD BOWLS IN FRONT OF THEM,
THEY'VE DUBBED THEMSELVES "THE
DOG CREW" AND EACH OF THEM HAS A
DOG NAME.
(Playing Beethoven's Sixth
Symphony)
[Cheers and Applause]

The crew members walk out of the suit-up room over to the van.

The crew member walks into the elevator to get to the orbital outreach arm.

A woman says THIS IS SHUTTLE LAUNCH
CONTROL, THE STS-69 CREW HAS NOW
ARRIVED AT THE 195 FOOT LEVEL AT
PAD 39A.
THEY'LL BE WALKING ACROSS THE
ORBITER ACCESS ARM TO GET TO THE
WHITE ROOM WHICH LEADS TO CREW
MODULE.
WEATHER CONDITIONS AGAIN ARE GO
FOR LAUNCH.
AND WE HAVE NO TECHNICAL ISSUES.

A man says ... CONDUCTING... START
RECORDERS.

A woman says FINAL PURGE UNDERWAY OF THE
MAIN ENGINES.
ALL SYSTEMS ARE GO FOR LAUNCH AT
THIS TIME, JUST A FEW MINUTES
AWAY FROM THE NINTH VOYAGE OF
ENDEAVOUR WITH A CREW OF FIVE ON
A MULTI-FACET, 11-DAY MISSION.

(Unclear)

A man says FLIGHT CREW, CLOSE AND LOCK
YOUR VISORS, INITIATE 02 FLOW.
EVERY DOG HAS ITS DAY AND TODAY
IS YOUR DAY, ON BEHALF OF THE
LAUNCH TEAM, WISH YOU GOOD LUCK
ON YOUR MISSION.
(Playing Beethoven's Sixth
(Playing Beethoven's Sixth
Symphony)

The engines ignite and a caption appears on screen that reads "STS dash 69, September 7, 1995, 71st Shuttle Mission."

A woman says 12... 11... TEN... NINE... WE
HAVE A GO FOR ENGINE START.
SIX... FIVE... FOUR... THREE...
TWO... ONE... START IGNITION AND
WE HAVE LIFT-OFF.
(Playing Beethoven's Sixth
Symphony)

A caption reads "Primary payload: Wake Shield Facility dash 2."

The shuttle takes off during a clear afternoon.

Now the shuttle flies next to the space station and a caption reads "The Wake Shield is a microelectronic experiment."

A man says THIS VIEW FROM A PAYLOAD BAY
CAMERA SHOWING THE ROBOT ARM
BEING EXTENDED FOR A GRAPPLE.

A man says FLIGHT CONTROLLERS HERE ARE
WATCHING THE ATTITUDE CONTROL
SYSTEM ON THE WAKE SHIELD VERY
CAREFULLY, MAKING SURE IT IS AS
STABLE AS POSSIBLE.
(Playing Beethoven's Sixth
Symphony)

A caption reads "Its diameter is 3.7 meters."

The caption changes to "It’s a stainless steel disk used to grow ultra thin films."

The caption changes to "It uses the vacuum of space to grow new semiconducting materials."

A man says ASTRONAUT JIM NEWMAN NOW
SLOWLY MOVING THE ROBOT ARM IN
FOR THE CAPTURE OF THE WAKE
SHIELD FACILITY TO COMPLETE
THREE DAYS OF FREE FLIGHT.
(Playing Beethoven's Sixth
Symphony)

An astronaut sits in the cockpit and holds up a sign that reads "Will work for dog food."

A man says YOU'RE LOUD AND CLEAR,
HOUSTON AND JUST A STATUS
REPORT, D.B. TWO IS IN HIS SUIT,
PUTTING ON HIS GLOVES RIGHT NOW
AND D.B. ONE IS HALFWAY THERE,
WAITING ON A LITTLE ROOM AND
THEN WE'LL BE BOTH SUITED UP.

A man says COPY, DOGFACE.

A man says AND WITH THE CLOSING OF THE
HATCH, THE ASTRONAUTS SHORTLY
WILL BEGIN THE 15-MINUTE
PROCEDURE TO DE-PRESSURISE THE
AIRLOCK TO ZERO AND THEN THEY'LL
GET THE GO-AHEAD TO OPEN UP THE
HATCH AND BEGIN THE 6½ HOUR
SPACEWALK TO TEST THERMAL
MODIFICATIONS MADE TO THEIR
SPACE SUITS, AS WELL AS THE
HANDLING OF SMALL SCREWS, TOOLS,
CONNECTORS, AT A WORK SITE ON
THE PAYLOAD BAY, WHICH WILL
ULTIMATELY BE MIMICKED IN THE
ASSEMBLY OF THE INTERNATIONAL
SPACE STATION.

A man says YOU GOT IT?

A man says YEAH, YOU... LET GO.

A caption reads "This spacewalk is the 30th EVA of the Shuttle program."

A man says ... DO WE SEE IT?

A man says GERNHARDT IS REMOVING THE
SHIELD.

A man says I'VE GOT THE SHIELD... SHIELD
GOING BACK IN.

A man says WE'RE READY TO GO TO THE
FORWARD BULKHEAD.

A man says ... RATE THAT TASK A "B,"
DIFFICULT TO GET IT OFF... AT
THE TOP, JUST BECAUSE OF
CLEARANCE, I WOULD RECOMMEND
THEY GET A LITTLE BIT MORE
CLEARANCE AROUND THE CORNERS.
THE ACTUAL HANDLING OF THE
M.L.I. IS FINE, I WOULD RATE
THAT AN "A."

A caption reads "The EVA tests out new materials for the space station."

A man says AGAIN, GERNHARDT MANIPULATING
MULTI-LAYER INSULATION
BLANKETING AT THE WORK SITE
ALONG THE STARBOARD SIDE OF THE
PAYLOAD BAY, THE TYPE OF
INSULATION THAT WILL COVER SPACE
STATION MODULES.
(Classical music)

A caption reads "The EVA also measures the differences in temperature experienced by astronauts: Astronauts experience 156 degrees Celsius below zero on the night side of Earth."

The astronaut works on the space station.

The caption changes to "Astronauts experience 121 degrees Celsius on the sunny side of Earth."

A woman says AS ENDEAVOUR CROSSES THE WEST
COAST OF AFRICA AT AN ALTITUDE
OF ABOUT 214 STATUTE MILES, JIM
VOSS BEING LOADED BACK TOWARD
ENDEAVOUR'S PAYLOAD BAY AFTER
CONDUCTING SOME THERMAL
EVALUATIONS OF HIS SPACE SUIT.

A caption reads "A space suit is made of fifteen layers of insulation and protective materials."

The caption changes to "Astronauts often experience hand fatigue during an EVA."

A man says THE SOFT DOCK IS NOT
ACCEPTABLE, WHERE IT IS, IT
WANTS TO COME OFF, I HAVE TO
COMPENSATE EXCESSIVELY.
I DON'T EVEN CONSIDER IT REALLY
A SOFT DOCK, I'M ALMOST LIKE
HOLDING IT IN PLACE, IT DOESN'T
RESTRAIN IT VERY WELL AT ALL.

A caption reads "Air pressure inside the gloves makes it difficult to bend the fingers."

A man says OKAY, I GOT THE HAND HOLD...
PUTTING IT BACK ON...
(Classical music)

A woman says D.B. TWO MIKE GERNHARDT NOW
WORKING AT REMOVING THE THERMAL
CUBE.
(Classical music)

A woman says THAT THERMAL CUBE WAS
PROVIDING OBJECTIVE DATA AS TO
THE TEMPERATURES THAT WERE BEING
EXPERIENCED BY THE TWO CREW
MEMBERS AS THEY WORKED OUTSIDE
IN ENDEAVOUR'S PAYLOAD BAY.
IN ADDITION TO THAT OBJECTIVE
DATA RECORDED ON THE THERMAL
CUBE, THE ASTRONAUTS ALSO
REPORTED THEIR OWN SUBJECTIVE
FEELINGS ON A SCALE RANGING FROM
TWO TO EIGHT, WITH TWO BEING
COLD AND EIGHT BEING HOT.

A caption reads "On average, it takes twice as long to do a job in zero-G than on Earth."

A woman says AND NOW JIM NEWMAN ON BOARD
ENDEAVOUR MANOEUVRING JIM VOSS
TOWARD THE AIRLOCK, SO THAT HE
CAN RE-STOW BOTH THIS MULTI-
LAYER INSULATION BLANKET AND THE
THERMAL CUBE THAT HE HOLDS IN
HIS HAND, AS THE ASTRONAUTS
CONTINUE CONFIGURING ENDEAVOUR
AND CLEANING UP THE PAYLOAD BAY
AT THE FINAL PORTIONS OF TODAY'S
SPACEWALK AND WE ARE CURRENTLY
AT THE SIX-HOUR MARK OF THAT
SPACEWALK, JUST SLIGHTLY BEHIND
THE TIMELINE.
(Classical music)

An astronaut floats over the space station with Earth in the background.

The screen fades to black.

As the credits roll, clips of the space shuttles launching and landing combine with clips of space walks.

A man says LITTLE BIT HIGH, UNDER 260,
KEEP IT COMING DOWN... 50 FEET.
LOOKING GOOD, 20, 230, 15, TEN,
230, KEEP IT OFF, KEEP IT OFF.
KEEP IT OFF.
TOUCHDOWN.

A man says CHALLENGER, GO WITH THROTTLE
UP.

A man says ROGER, GOING WITH THROTTLE
UP.
(Classical music)

A man says COLUMBIA, HOUSTON, COMM
CHECK.

A man says COLUMBIA, HOUSTON, COMM
CHECK.

A man says ENGINE, ONE-OH-THREE, ONE-OH-
THREE, I DON'T LIKE THIS AT ALL.
(Classical music)

A man says IT'S LOOKING GOOD.

The credits read, Executive Producer, Rudy Buttignol.

Producer, Writer, Director, David Sobelman.

Production Editor, Julian Lannaman.

Footage courtesy of NASA Johnson Space Center

The Shuttle Years, From Challenger to Columbia. A production of TVO Ontario. Copyright 2004, The Ontario Educational Communications Authority.

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