Transcript: Space Station Mir | Aug 14, 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 shuttle sits on the launch pad at night preparing for launch. The episode title reads "Space Station Mir."

Announcer says ALL CONTINUES TO
LOOK WELL WITH THE LAUNCH
COUNTDOWN, NO PROBLEMS, NO
TECHNICAL ISSUES.
LOOKING AT A 4:54 A.M. EASTERN
TIME LIFTOFF OF THE SHUTTLE
ATLANTIS, ON MISSION STS-79.
WE'RE AT T MINUS 9 MINUTES AND
COUNTING.

Woman says CLS AUTO SEQUENCE HAS
BEEN INITIATED.

Announcer says JUST A FEW MINUTES
AWAY FROM THE 17th VOYAGE OF
ATLANTIS.
AND THE SIX MEMBER CREW IS ABOUT
TO EMBARK ON THE FIRST DAY OF
THE PLANNED 10 DAY FLIGHT, AND
THE RETURN OF ASTRONAUT SHANNON
LUCID AND THE BEGINNING OF JOHN
BLAHA'S FOUR MONTH STAY ABOARD
THE MIR SPACE STATION.

Man says CREW MEMBERS, CLOSE AND
LOCK YOUR VISORS.
GOD BLESS YOU, HAVE A WONDERFUL
TIME.

Astronaut says SPC, THANK YOU
VERY MUCH.
YOU'VE DONE A GOOD JOB ON THE
[Inaudible] AND WE'LL SEE YOU IN
ABOUT 10 DAYS [Inaudible]

Announcer says T MINUS 10-9-8, WE
HAVE A GO FOR ENGINE START.
[Playing Orchestral Music]

The engines ignite.

Announcer says 5-4-3-2-1, WE HAVE
BOOSTER IGNITION AND LIFTOFF OF
ATLANTIS ON THE FOURTH FLIGHT
DOCKING [Inaudible]
[Playing Orchestral Music]

A caption reads "STS dash 79, September 16, 1996, 79th Shuttle Mission."

The shuttle skyrockets into the dark sky and a caption reads "Primary objective: 4th Shuttle dash Mir Docking."

The shuttle docks with the space station and caption reads "Atlantis docks to Space Station Mir."

Astronaut says THIS IS SHANNON IN
THE DOCKING MODULE, WAITING
EXPECTANTLY FOR OUR HATCH TO
OPEN HERE.
SO BILL GOES TO SHAKE VALERY'S
HAND, AND GETS BROUGHT INTO THE
DOCKING MODULE HERE, AND SO...
OF COURSE IT WAS JUST A
TREMENDOUS CELEBRATION, MEETING
TOGETHER IN SPACE.
AND OF COURSE HERE'S JOHN AND
SHANNON, GLAD TO BE TOGETHER
AGAIN AFTER ABOUT A SIX MONTH
SEPARATION, SINCE THEY WERE
TRAINING TOGETHER IN STAR CITY.
AND SHANNON HAD THE TRADITIONAL
RUSSIAN GREETING OF BREAD AND
SALT.

A caption reads "Shannon Lucid’s 188 days on Mir sets a new record for women in space."

Shannon moves through the space station.

Shannon Lucid says NOW WE'LL TAKE
A QUICK TOUR OF MY HOME FOR SIX
MONTHS.
WE'RE GOING THROUGH THE DOCKING
MODULE.
YOU CAN SEE THAT THERE'S LOTS OF
VENTILATION TUBES, THERE'S LOTS
OF WIRES, AND THERE'S A BUNGEE
CORD THAT SORT OF HELPS YOU
NAVIGATE BACK AND FORTH.
ACTUALLY, OH,
FIRST OF ALL WE'RE GOING TO STOP
OFF HERE AT THE GREEN HOUSE.
DUE TO THE SLIP, I WAS FORTUNATE
AND WAS ABLE TO GET THIS
STARTED, AND IT WAS REALLY SORT
OF NEAT TO SEE THE WHEAT, SEE IT
START TO GROW.
IT REMINDED ME OF OKLAHOMA, YOU
KNOW, WHERE I USED TO LIVE.
AND UH, FOR THE FIRST TIME, JUST
BEFORE I LEFT, THE WHEAT WAS
ACTUALLY GOING TO SEED.
AND SO FOR THE FIRST TIME, IN
SPACE, WE HAD STARTED WITH A
SEED, AND IT HAD GONE TO SEED.
AND SO I THINK THAT'S JUST
PRETTY NEAT.
GOING ON, THIS IS POROTA, THE
NEW MODULE THAT CAME WHILE I WAS
THERE.
AND IT'S FULL OF VARIOUS
SCIENTIFIC EQUIPMENT, AS YOU CAN
SEE.
THERE'S THE GLOVE BOX...
[Orchestra Playing,
"Stranger In Paradise"]

A caption reads "Up and down are a matter of perspective in space."

Shannon Lucid says THIS CHAIR
HERE IN THE MIDDLE, IS ONE OF
THE FRENCH EXPERIMENTS THAT CAME
UP ON PROGRESS.
IN MIR, THERE'S GERMAN
EQUIPMENT, FRENCH EQUIPMENT,
THERE'S THE UNITED STATES
EQUIPMENT, AND IT'S ALL THERE.
THIS IS THE NODE, AND EVERYTHING
JOINS UP HERE.

A caption reads "Floating in space is similar to swimming under water."

Shannon continues AND AFTER [Inaudible] CAME AND
AFTER PROGRESS CAME, URI POINTED
OUT TO ME THAT FOR THE FIRST
TIME IN HISTORY OF THE SPACE
STATION MIR, ALL THE NODES WERE
OCCUPIED, AND THAT WAS A NEW
RECORD.
[Orchestra Playing,
"Stranger In Paradise"]

A caption reads "The transfer of 2,722 kilos of supplies is the largest to date."

Man says ATLANTIS, HOUSTON, GREAT
PICTURE OF MIR.

Astronaut says [Speaking Russian]

Cosmonaut says [Speaking Russian]
[Orchestra Playing,
"Stranger In Paradise"]
[Playing Orchestral Music]
[(music plays)]

A caption reads "Mir undocks from Atlantis."

Now the space shuttle begins to fall back into orbit and a quote reads "’Exploration is not a choice, really; it’s an imperative.’ Michael Collins, Apollo astronaut."

Announcer says AND THERE IS STORY
MUSGRAVE, MAKING HIS SIXTH
FLIGHT INTO SPACE, TYING THE
RECORD ALONG WITH VETERAN
ASTRONAUT JOHN YOUNG.

All the astronauts sit at a table at a press conference.

John is in his forties, has a shaved head and beard, and wears a gray uniform.

The announcer says THERE'S OUR FLIGHT ENGINEER, TOM
JONES, HE'LL BE DOING AN E.V.A.

Tom is in his forties, has short, side-parted blond hair, and wears a gray uniform.

The announcer says THERE'S OUR COMMANDER, KEN
COCKERELL.

Ken is in his forties, has short, side-parted blond hair, and wears a gray uniform.

The announcer says MISSION SPECIALIST TAMARA
JERNIGAN, REDOING ONE OF THE
SPACE WALKS,

Tamara is in her forties, has long, feathery dark brown hair and wears a pink shirt.

The announcer says AND THERE IS PILOT
KEN ROMINGER AT THE END OF THE
TABLE.

Ken is in his forties, has short, side-parted dark brown hair, has a thick moustache, and wears a gray uniform.
[Playing Orchestral Music]
[Applause and cheering]

The astronauts walk out of the suit-up room and over to the van.

Announcer says AND HERE WE SEE
THE ASTRONAUT VAN NOW
APPROACHING THE RAMP HERE AT THE
LAUNCH PAD
WITH SPACE SHUTTLE COLUMBIA.

A caption reads "STS dash 80, November 19, 1996, 80th Shuttle Mission."

Announcer says COLUMBIA IS NAMED
AFTER A SMALL SAILING VESSEL
THAT WAS BASED IN BOSTON HARBOUR
IN 1792.

Announcer says VERY SHORTLY WE'LL
BE LOADING THE ORBITER'S
COMPUTERS WITH THE PROPER ASCENT
PROFILE, WHICH DEPENDS ON THE
UPPER LEVEL WINDS AT THE TIME OF
LAUNCH.
AND THEY TELL THE VEHICLE WHAT
ANGLE OF ATTACK TO USE AT
VARIOUS TIMES DURING THE ASCENT.
[(music plays)]

Announcer says THIS IS SHUTTLE
LAUNCH CONTROL AT T MINUS 2
HOURS, 34 MINUTES, 12 SECONDS
AND COUNTING, WHERE WE HAVE SEEN
THE ASTRONAUTS ARRIVING AT THE
CREW ACCESS ARM.
[(music plays)]

The crew members aboard the shuttle.

Announcer says THIS IS THE MAIN
ENGINE HELIUM PURGE SEQUENCE,
WHICH PREPARES THE ENGINES FOR
MAIN ENGINE START.
THE MAIN ENGINES NOW BEING
GIMBLED AS A STEERING CHECK FOR
COLUMBIA.

Man says AND COLUMBIA, CLOSE AND
LOCK YOUR VISORS, INITIATE 02
FLOW, AND ENJOY A WEIGHTLESS
THANKSGIVING.

Astronaut says WE SURE APPRECIATE
ALL YOUR WORK FOR THIS
[Inaudible] IN THIS MORNING, AND
WE'LL SEE YOU IN A COUPLE OF
WEEKS.

Astronaut says ROGER THAT.

Announcer says [Inaudible]
HYDROGEN NOW TERMINATED, AND THE
HYDROGEN TANK IS PRESSURIZED.

Man says 25.

Announcer says SOLID ROCKET
BOOSTER HYDRAULIC POWER UNITS
ARE STARTED.
[Playing Orchestral Music]

The engines ignite.

Announcer says SOUND SUPPRESSION
WATER SYSTEM ARMED.
MAIN SAFETY SYSTEMS ARMED.
10-9-8, IGNITION SEQUENCE START.
7-6, THREE MAIN ENGINES UP AND
BURNING.
2-1, AND LIFTOFF OF SPACE;
SHUTTLE COLUMBIA.
[Playing Orchestral Music]

The shuttle takes off and shoots straight into the daytime sky. A caption reads "Primary payload: ORFEUS SPAS II Satellite."

Astronaut says HOUSTON, COLUMBIA,
WE CAN'T DETECT ANY DISPLACEMENT
LATERALLY, AND WE CERTAINLY SEE
NO GROSS AS MEASURED AGAINST THE
MARKERS THAT WE PUT AROUND THE
DOOR.

Now the shuttle links with the space station.

A caption reads "The astronauts prepare for an EVA to test equipment for the space station."

The caption changes to "A ‘hitch’ develops. The outer airlock hatch will not open."

Tamara Jernigan says OKAY, I'M AT
THE OUTER HATCH, STORY.

A caption reads "Mission control and the astronauts begin troubleshooting."

Man says OKAY, UNCAP THEM, AND
THEN TAKE THEM, IF YOU CAN,
SIMULTANEOUSLY TO EMERGENCY.

Man says WE'RE GOING TO BLOW DOWN
THE THERMAL COVER AND THEN USE
THE CCT BASE AND THE BAY TO LOOK
AT THE MECHANISMS.

Tamara Jernigan says OKAY.

Story Musgrave says I LIKE THESE
CONTINGENCY E.V.As, YOU KNOW?

Tamara Jernigan says I DIDN'T
THINK WE'D BE DOING ONE IN THE
AIR LOCK, THOUGH.

Story Musgrave says YEAH.

Tamara Jernigan says STORY, BOTH
THE EQUALISATION VALVES ARE IN
OFF.
THE HATCH IS IN THE UNLOCKED
POSITION.

A caption reads "Mission Control asks the astronauts to blow off the hatch’s outer cover."

Tamara Jernigan says AND YOU'RE
SAYING YOU WANT ME TO TAKE BOTH
THESE VALVES TO EMERGENCY?

Man says AIR COMING OUT OF THOSE
VALVES WILL BLOW DOWN THE
THERMAL COVER SUCH THAT WE CAN
LOOK AT THE HATCH MECHANISM WITH
THE ARM END CAMERA.

A caption reads "They want to view the problem area with the Canadarm’s wrist camera."

Tamara Jernigan says SO BOTH SIMO
TO EMERGENCY, CORRECT?

A caption reads "The astronaut’s confirm the emergency procedure and blow off the cover."

Man says YES, MA'AM.

Tamara Jernigan says OKAY, YOU
READY?

Man says WE'RE READY, AND THE
THERMAL COVER DID POP DOWN.

Tamara Jernigan says OKAY.

Story Musgrave says JUST RELAX
NOW.

Man says JUST TAKE IT EASY FOR A
WHILE.

Story Musgrave says LOOKS LIKE
SUNSHINE COMING IN THE HATCH
THERE.

Man says WHAT WE'D LIKE NOW IS TO
HAVE TAMMY TRY TO ACTIVATE THE
LOCK AND UNLOCK MECHANISM AND
THEN TRY THE HANDLE AGAIN.
ALTHOUGH YOU GOT US SUCH A GOOD
VIEW, WE CAN EVEN READ THE
UNLOCKED ON THE TAB.

Tamara Jernigan says SO RIGHT NOW
WE'RE FULLY SEATED IN THE LOCKED
POSITION?
I'M GOING TO ROTATE TO UNLOCK.
OKAY, AGAIN, WILL NOT SEAT IN
THE UNLOCKED POSITION.
I'LL JIGGLE THE HANDLE AS I TRY
TO GET IT PROPERLY SEATED IN THE
UNLOCKED POSITION.

Man says WHAT WE RECOMMEND IS
REMOVING THE INSIDE HANDLE,
PUTTING IT IN THE UNLOCKED
POSITION AND THEN ATTEMPTING TO
REINSTALL IT.
COLUMBIA, HOUSTON WE WOULD
SUGGEST WHILE YOU HAVE THE
HANDLE OFF, GO AHEAD AND CYCLE
THE LOCKING MECHANISM.

Story Musgrave says WHAT WE'VE
DISCOVERED SO FAR, BILL, IS THAT
IT DOESN'T MATTER WHETHER THE
INNER HATCH HANDLE IS LOCKED OR
UNLOCKED, WE'VE STILL GOT ABOUT
THAT SAME 30 DEGREES OF PLAY ON
THE ROTATION OF THE HANDLE.
THE LINKAGE IS MOVING IN
RESPONSE TO THAT, BUT AT SOME
POINT, AT THAT 30 DEGREE POINT,
SOMETHING JAMS.

Tamara Jernigan says OKAY, WE ARE
FULL CLOSED.
THAT IS, IN THE DIRECTION OF
CLOSED, AND NOW I'M GOING AS FAR
OPEN AS THE HANDLE WILL GO
EASILY, AND NOW I'M GOING TO
PUSH THOSE EXTRA COUPLE OF
DEGREES, WHERE WE REALLY COME TO
A HARD STOP.

A caption reads "Mission Control decides to cancel the EVA."

Man says YEAH, THAT REALLY GAVE
US A VERY GOOD IDEA OF WHAT YOU
HAD TOLD US IN WORDS, SO WE
REALLY APPRECIATED THAT.
AND THAT CONCLUDES OUR
REQUIREMENTS FOR DOWNLINK OF THE
HATCH.
THANK YOU VERY MUCH, THAT WAS
EXCELLENT.
[Playing Orchestral Music]

A caption reads "An improperly sealed hatch would risk the astronaut’s lives during re-entry."

Now a shuttle sits on the launch pad in the middle of the night.

Announcer says WE'RE JUST HOURS
AWAY FROM NASA'S 82nd SPACE
SHUTTLE LAUNCH AND THE 22nd
FLIGHT OF THE ORBITER DISCOVERY,
WITH A CREW OF SEVEN ASTRONAUTS.
WE DO HAVE LIVE COVERAGE NOW OF
THE CREW GETTING SUITED UP.
WE HAVE COMMANDER KEN BOWERSOX,
THIS IS HIS FOURTH FLIGHT.

Ken is in his forties, has short, balding dark brown hair, is clean-shaven, wears an orange space suit and gets suited up in a black leather chair.

The announcer continues AND WE HAVE PILOT HOROWITZ, THIS
IS HIS SECOND FLIGHT.

Horowitz wears a white cap under a clear helmet, is clean-shaven, wears an orange space suit and gets suited up in a black leather chair.

The announcer says AND WE HAVE MISSION SPECIALIST
MARK LEE, MAKING HIS FOURTH
FLIGHT.

Mark is in his forties, has short, side-parted, dark brown hair, is clean-shaven, wears an orange space suit and gets suited up in a black leather chair.

The announcer says MISSION SPECIALIST JOE TANNER
MAKING HIS SECOND FLIGHT.

Joe is in his forties, has, short, side-parted, dark brown hair, has a brown moustache, wears an orange space suit and gets suited up in a black leather chair.

The announcer says AND WE'VE GOT MISSION SPECIALIST
STEVE HAWLEY.

Steve wears a white cap under a clear helmet, is clean-shaven, wears an orange space suit and gets suited up in a black leather chair.

The announcer says STEVE IS MAKING HIS FOURTH
FLIGHT TODAY, AND WE HAVE
MISSION SPECIALIST GREG HARBAUGH
MAKING HIS FOURTH FLIGHT,

Greg is in his forties, has short, side-parted, dark brown hair, is clean-shaven, wears an orange space suit and gets suited up in a black leather chair.

The announcer says AND WE
HAVE MISSION SPECIALIST 5, STEVE
SMITH MAKING HIS SECOND FLIGHT.

Steve is in his forties, has, short, side-parted, dark brown hair, has a brown moustache, wears an orange space suit and gets suited up in a black leather chair.

The announcer continues HE'LL BE A FIRST TIME SPACE
WALKER ON THIS FLIGHT.
[Applause and cheering]

The astronauts leave the suit-up room and walk toward the van.

Man says DISCOVERY, HAVE A GREAT
MISSION ON THIS HUBBLE UPGRADE,
WE'LL SEE YOU BACK HERE IN 10
DAYS.

Astronaut says ALL RIGHT, JIM,
THANKS FOR THE GOOD WISHES.

Man says NNPD, YOU'RE CLEAR TO
LAUNCH.

Astronaut says COPY, THANK YOU.

Announcer says NOW PRESSURISING
THE EXTERNAL TANK FOR FLIGHT.

Man says TLT, RTC, CLEAR CAUTION
AND WARNING MEMORY.
VERIFY NO UNEXPECTED ERRORS.

Announcer says T MINUS 35
SECONDS.
T MINUS 15 SECONDS AND COUNTING.
ALL SYSTEMS GO.
T MINUS 10-9-8-7, WE HAVE A GO
FOR ENGINE START.
[Playing Orchestral Music]

The engine ignites.

Announcer says 5-4-3-2-1,
IGNITION AND LIFTOFF.
DISCOVERY NOW ON ITS WAY TO
SERVICE THE HUBBLE SPACE
TELESCOPE.
[Playing Orchestral Music]

A caption reads "STS dash 82, February 11, 1997, 82nd Shuttle Mission."

The shuttle takes off into the night sky.

A caption reads "Primary objective: Servicing the Hubble Space Telescope (HST)."

Now up in space at the space station, Chris Hadfield says GOOD MORNING,
DISCOVERY, THIS IS THE DAY TO GO
GRAB YOURSELF A TELESCOPE.

Astronaut says HEY, GOOD MORNING,
CHRIS.
I GUESS IT IS ABOUT THAT TIME.
[(music plays)]

Astronaut says AND HOUSTON, FREE
DRIFT AND DR. STEVIE IS GOING TO
GET THE TELESCOPE.

Man says AND WE SEE THAT, DOC.

Announcer says SWITCHING VIEWS
NOW TO THE COLOUR INDEFECTOR
CAMERA.

Astronaut says HOUSTON,
DISCOVERY.

Man says GO AHEAD, DISCOVERY.

Astronaut says YEAH, I WISH YOU
COULD SEE THE EXPRESSION ON DR.
STEVIE'S FACE.
LOOKS LIKE HE JUST SHOOK HANDS
WITH AN OLD FRIEND.

Astronaut says HOUSTON,
DISCOVERY.

Man says GO AHEAD, DISCOVERY.

Astronaut says LATS AND MAIN OP
COMPLETE.

Astronaut says HOUSTON,
DISCOVERY.
YEAH, I UNDERSTAND WE HAVE A GO
TO ROTATE.

Man says GO FOR ROTATE.

Astronaut says ALL RIGHT, THANK
YOU.

Astronaut says GO FORWARD ANOTHER
FOOT.

A caption reads "The first EVA task is to replace the Infrared Camera and the Spectrometer."

Astronaut says FORWARD A FOOT.

Announcer says STEVE SMITH IS
LOOKING DOWN THE UPPER LEFT HAND
CORNER.

Man says OKAY, DISCOVERY, WHY
DON'T YOU TRY ONE MORE TIME WITH
THE NOMINAL SETTING, AND IF THAT
DOESN'T WORK, THEN USE THE
MANUAL 38 LIKE YOU DID ON THE
BOTTOM BOLT.

Man says AND WE'RE FOLLOWING YOU
INTO THE EXTERNAL AIR LOCK.

Man says DISCOVERY, HOUSTON, GOOD
SHOW.
WE JUST GOT TV BACK IN TIME TO
SEE YOU COME OUT AT THE
BEGINNING OF YOUR VERY FIRST
E.V.A.
WELCOME TO SPACE.

Announcer says YOU HAVE A
REFLECTION OF JOE TANNER AND
GREG HARBAUGH IN THE TELESCOPE'S
AFT SHROUD.

A caption reads "O.C.E. equals Optical Control Electronics."

Astronaut says SOME MORE GOOD
NEWS.
THE OCE ALIVENESS TEST IS
SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED.

Astronaut says ROLL IT A LITTLE
BIT TO THE LEFT.
LEFT, ROLL LEFT.
JUST UP A LITTLE BIT.
[Radio chatter]

Man says DO YOU THINK THE LEFT
SIDE IS OKAY STILL?

Astronaut says THE LEFT SIDE IS
OKAY.
[Inaudible]

Astronaut says GOOD JOB ON THAT.

Astronaut says OKAY, I'M GOING TO
BACK UP.

A caption reads "Hubble also receives a new Data Interface Unit and a new digital Solid State Recorder."

Astronaut says OKAY, GOING BACK
UP, ART.

Astronaut says GREG, WHILE WE'RE
GETTING SOME PICTURES, JUST A
REMINDER THAT THE FIRST THING
WE'VE GOT TO DO IS CUT OFF THE
CURLED EDGE FROM THE TORN AREA
ABOUT A 4 BY 4 OR BIGGER, AND
PUT IT IN THE TRASH BAG.

Astronaut says CAN YOU BACK ME
OUT?
LET'S TAKE ANOTHER LOOK.

A caption reads "The spacewalkers also replace several torn thermal blankets."

Man says EVERYBODY IS MARVELLING
AT GREG'S SUPERB SKILLS AT
PUTTING THAT BLANKET.
IT LOOKS REALLY GREAT.
[Playing Orchestral Music]
[Inaudible]

Astronaut says THAT'S NOT FROM
OUTSIDE.
THE ONLY WAY TO GET RID OF IT IS
SHOOT STRAIGHT THROUGH THE
WINDOW.
[Playing Orchestral Music]

Announcer says LOOKING EAST FROM
THE MISSION CONTROL CENTRE, AS
DISCOVERY STREAKS THROUGH THE
ATMOSPHERE...
[Playing Orchestral Music]

A caption reads "After 33 hours of EVA time, Hubble is once again ready to peer into the origin of the Universe."

Announcer says TOUCHDOWN.
DISCOVERY ROLLING OUT ON RUNWAY
15 AT THE KENNEDY SPACE CENTRE,
COMPLETING 150 ORBITS,
TRAVELLING 4.1 MILLION MILES,
ENDING THE SECOND SERVICING
MISSION TO THE HUBBLE SPACE
TELESCOPE.
[(music plays)]

The shuttle lands at night. A caption reads "Mission duration: 9 days, 23 hours, 37 minutes, 9 seconds."

Astronaut says WHEEL STOP,
HOUSTON.

Man says COPY, WHEEL STOP,
DISCOVERY, WELCOME BACK.
[Playing Orchestral Music]

The shuttle appears on screen backing out of the hangar. A caption reads "The shuttle is 37.25 meters long."

Announcer says THE ORBITER WAS
BACKED OUT OF THE PROCESSING
FACILITY IN EARLY JULY, JUST
AFTER THE 4th OF JULY HOLIDAY.

A caption reads "The height is 17.27 meters."

The announcer continues THE BOOSTERS AND EXTERNAL TANK
WERE STACKED IN PARALLEL IN THE
VEHICLE ASSEMBLY BUILDING, WHILE
THE WORK WAS GOING ON IN THE
ORBITER PROCESSING FACILITY.
THIS IS THE ORBITER ACCESS ARM
AS IT WAS ATTACHED TO THE
VEHICLE.

A caption reads "Its wingspan is 23.79 meters. Its gross weight is 2 million kilos."

Announcer says ONCE DISCOVERY
ROLLED TO THE PAD LAST MONTH AND
THE ROTATING SERVICE STRUCTURE
WAS THEN MOVED INTO POSITION
AROUND THE ORBITER TO ALLOW THE
INSTALLATION OF THE PAYLOADS AND
ALSO ACCESS TO VARIOUS PARTS OF
THE VEHICLE FOR THE KENNEDY
LAUNCH TEAM.
COUNTDOWN BEGAN ON TIME AT THE T
MINUS 43 HOUR MARK.
THE COUNT HAS BEEN GOING VERY
SMOOTHLY, WHICH LEADS US UP TO
THIS MORNING.

In the suit-up room, the announcer says AND WE HAVE LIVE PICTURES OF
COMMANDER KIRK BROWN, THIS IS
HIS FOURTH FLIGHT.

Kirk is in his forties and puts on a clear helmet over his white cap and orange space suit as he sits in his black leather chair.

The announcer says KENT ROMINGER, THIS WILL BE HIS
THIRD FLIGHT.

Kent is in his forties and puts on a clear helmet over his white cap and orange space suit as he sits in his black leather chair.

The announcer says WE HAVE CANADIAN ASTRONAUT
BJARNIE TRYGGVASON, MAKING HIS
FIRST FLIGHT ON THE SHUTTLE
TODAY.

Bjarnie is in his forties and puts on a clear helmet over his white cap and orange space suit as he sits in his black leather chair.

The announcer says ACROSS THE ROOM, WE HAVE JAN
DAVIS.

Jan is in her forties and puts on a clear helmet over her white cap and orange space suit as he sits in his black leather chair.

The announcer says SHE'S MAKING HER THIRD FLIGHT
TODAY.
MISSION SPECIALIST STEVEN
ROBINSON, THIS WILL BE HIS FIRST
FLIGHT.

Steven is in his forties and puts on a clear helmet over his white cap and orange space suit as he sits in his black leather chair.

The announcer says AND WE HAVE MISSION SPECIALIST
ROBERT CURBEAM MAKING HIS FIRST
FLIGHT TODAY ON THE SHUTTLE.

Robert is in his forties and puts on a clear helmet over his white cap and orange space suit as he sits in his black leather chair.

The announcer says HE SERVES AS FLIGHT ENGINEER,
AND WILL ASSIST THE COMMANDER
AND PILOT WITH MONITORING ALL
VEHICLE SYSTEMS.
HE'S GETTING READY FOR A 10 DAY
MISSION.
[Applause and cheering]
[Playing Orchestral Music]

Announcer says WHAT YOU SEE HERE
IS THE COMMANDER KIRK BROWN
GETTING INTO THE COMMANDER'S
SEAT ON THE LEFT.
JOE TANNER, WHO IS THE ASTRONAUT
SUPPORT PERSON HE HAS HELPING
HIM.
THERE HE IS NOW IN THE PS1 SEAT,
AND CARLOS WILL BE CONNECTING
HIS COOLING WATER.
THE LAST CREW MEMBER IN, DOUG
KIRBY IN THE MS2 SEAT.

The astronauts walk out of the suit-up room and walk over to the van.

Announcer says T MINUS 5 MINUTES.
THE VENT HOOD IS SITUATED AT THE
TOP OF THE EXTERNAL TANK.
THAT WILL BE RETRACTED AWAY IN
THE NEXT FEW SECONDS.

Man says CLT, OTC CLEAR THE
CAUTION AND WARNING MEMORY.
VERIFY NO UNEXPECTED ERRORS.

Astronaut says THANKS FOR YOUR
WORK, OTC.

Announcer says T MINUS 15
SECONDS.
13-12-11-10-9-8, WE HAVE A GO
FOR MAIN ENGINE START.

Announcer says 5-4-3-2-1, BOOSTEÑ
IGNITION AND LIFTOFF Of
DISCOVERY.
[Playing Orchestral Music]

The shuttle launches during the day and a caption reads "STS dash 85, August 7, 1997, 86th Shuttle Mission."

Jan Davis says HOUSTON, WE'RE IN
THE LOW HOVER POSITION.
[Playing Orchestral Music]

A caption reads "Primary Payload: CRISTA dash SPAS dash 02 satellite."

Now up with the space station, Jan Davis says HOUSTON, WE'RE IN
THE LOW HOVER POSITION, AND WE'D
LIKE TO MANOEUVRE TO THE SPAS
RELEASE POSITION.
[(music plays)]

A caption reads "The CRISTA DASH SPAS satellite contains four spectrometers and three telescopes."

The caption changes to "The CRISTA dash SPAS Satellite measures the distribution of ozone in Earth’s atmosphere."

Bjarnie Tryggvason says WHAT I
TRIED TO DO, COLD REBOOT ON THE
SYSTEM.
I GET AS FAR AS STARTING ON
TRACK AND THEN I GET A LITTLE
HIEROGLYPHIC.
THAT'S WHERE I'VE BEEN ENDING
FOR THE LAST LITTLE WHILE.
I'M NOT ABLE TO GET BY THAT
POINT.

A caption reads "Canadian Payload Specialist, Bjarni Tryggvason, tries to solve a computer problem."

Woman says WE COPY, BJARNIE,
WE'LL LOOK INTO IT.
[(music plays)]

Jan Davis says THIS IS THE WORK
STATION WHERE WE OPERATE THE
ROBOTIC ARM, WHICH IS A JAPANESE
ROBOTIC ARM, WHICH WILL BE PART
OF THE JAPANESE ARM ON SPACE
STATION.

They move the Japanese arm on the space station.

A caption reads "Shuttle payload bay dimensions: length, 20 meters, diameters, 4.6 meters, cargo, 29,500 kilos."

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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