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STS-86 KSC Electronic Photo File

The following electronic images depict some of the preflight , launch and landing activities associated with the Space Shuttle Mission STS-86. For other shuttle missions visit the Shuttle Countdown Image/Movie Archive Please Note: These photos are available only in electronic form. They cannot be ordered as hard-copy prints. However, you are free to transfer them locally and print them on your own printer.

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  1. KSC-97EC-1221 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis rolls over to the VAB
  2. KSC-97EC-1222 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis rolls over to the VAB
  3. KSC-97EC-1225 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis rolls over to the VAB (leaving OPF)
  4. KSC-97EC-1226 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis rolls over to the VAB (in VAB)
  5. KSC-97EC-1244 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis rolls out to Pad 39A (at pad)
  6. KSC-97EC-1245 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis rolls out to Pad 39A (sunrise in background)
  7. KSC-97EC-1246 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis rolls out to Pad 39A (side view)
  8. KSC-97EC-1247 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis rolls out to Pad 39A (at pad)
  9. KSC-97EC-1248 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis rolls out to Pad 39A (before RSS rotation)
  10. KSC-97EC-1249 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis rolls out to Pad 39A (full moon on horizon)
  11. KSC-97EC-1337 - (L,M,H) - SPACEHAB DM arrives at the SSPF for its move to Pad 39A
  12. KSC-97EC-1338 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis awaits installation of SPACEHAB DM at Pad 39A
  13. KSC-97EC-1339 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis awaits installation of SPACEHAB DM at Pad 39A
  14. KSC-97EC-1340 - (L,M,H) - The canister containing SPACEHAB DM in module at Pad 39A
  15. KSC-97EC-1341 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis awaits installation of SPACEHAB DM at Pad 39A
  16. KSC-97EC-1342 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Mission Specialist Titov at SLF for TCDT
  17. KSC-97EC-1343 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew members arrive at the SLF for TCDT
  18. KSC-97EC-1344 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew members Wolf and Lawrence at SLF for TCDT
  19. KSC-97EC-1345 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Commander Wetherbee at KSC's SLF for TCDT
  20. KSC-97EC-1346 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Mission Specialist Wolf at SLF for TCDT
  21. KSC-97EC-1351 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew member Wolf dons a gas mask during TCDT
  22. KSC-97EC-1352 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew members Wolf, Chretien and Titov in M-113
  23. KSC-97EC-1353 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew members Lawrence, Titov and Parazynski in M-113
  24. KSC-97EC-1354 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew addresses the press during TCDT activities at LC 39A
  25. KSC-97EC-1355 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Commander James Wetherbee speaks at TCDT
  26. KSC-97EC-1356 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Pilot Mike Bloomfield speaks at TCDT
  27. KSC-97EC-1357 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Mission Specialist Jean-Loup Chretien at TCDT
  28. KSC-97EC-1358 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew members (Parazynski, Wolf, Lawrence) in slidewire basket
  29. KSC-97EC-1359 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Crew Photo outside hatch in LC-39A White Room
  30. KSC-97EC-1367 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Crew Photo at Launch Pad 39A
  31. KSC-97EC-1368 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Crew walkout for TCDT
  32. KSC-97EC-1369 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew members pose in their space suits during TCDT
  33. KSC-97EC-1370 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew undergoes emergency egress training during TCDT
  34. KSC-97EC-1371 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew undergoes emergency egress training during TCDT
  35. KSC-97EC-1372 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew undergoes emergency egress training during TCDT
  36. KSC-97EC-1373 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew undergoes emergency egress training during TCDT
  37. KSC-97EC-1374 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew practice countdown procedures in Atlantis during TCDT
  38. KSC-97EC-1375 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew departs KSC following TCDT activities
  39. KSC-97EC-1376 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew departs KSC following TCDT activities
  40. KSC-97EC-1377 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew departs KSC following TCDT activities
  41. KSC-97EC-1378 - (L,M,H) - T-38 jets depart after TCDT
  42. KSC-97EC-1396 - (L,M,H) - Atlantis' payload bay doors are closed for launch
  43. KSC-97EC-1397 - (L,M,H) - Atlantis' payload bay doors are closed for launch
  44. KSC-97EC-1398 - (L,M,H) - Atlantis' payload bay doors are closed for launch
  45. KSC-97EC-1399 - (L,M,H) - Atlantis' payload bay doors are closed for launch
  46. KSC-97EC-1404 - (L,M,H) - Russian replacement computer before stowage into SPACEHAB
  47. KSC-97EC-1407 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Mission Specialist Chretien arrives at SLF before launch
  48. KSC-97EC-1408 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Mission Specialist Wolf arrives at SLF before launch
  49. KSC-97EC-1409 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew arrives at the SLF before launch
  50. KSC-97EC-1410 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Mission Specialist Chretien visits LC 39A on L-1
  51. KSC-97EC-1411 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Commander Wetherbee visits LC 39A on L-1
  52. KSC-97EC-1412 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Mission Specialist Titov visits LC 39A on L-1
  53. KSC-97EC-1413 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew visits LC 39A on L-1
  54. KSC-97EC-1414 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Mission Specialist Wolf visits LC 39A on L-1
  55. KSC-97EC-1415 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Mission Specialist Wolf and friend visit LC 39A on L-1
  56. KSC-97EC-1416 - (L,M,H) - RSS at LC 39A is rolled back to reveal Atlantis ready for launch
  57. KSC-97EC-1417 - (L,M,H) - RSS at LC 39A is rolled back to reveal Atlantis ready for launch
  58. KSC-97EC-1418 - (L,M,H) - RSS at LC 39A is rolled back to reveal Atlantis ready for launch
  59. KSC-97EC-1419 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Crew Lunch in O&C; Building
  60. KSC-97EC-1420 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Mission Specialist Vladimir Titov suits up
  61. KSC-97EC-1421 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Mission Specialist Chretien suits up
  62. KSC-97EC-1422 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski suits up
  63. KSC-97EC-1423 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Mission Specialist David Wolf suits up
  64. KSC-97EC-1424 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Commander Jim Wetherbee suits up
  65. KSC-97EC-1425 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Mission Specialist Wendy Lawrence suits up
  66. KSC-97EC-1426 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Pilot Michael Bloomfield suits up
  67. KSC-97EC-1427 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Crew Walkout
  68. KSC-97EC-1428 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Crew Walkout
  69. KSC-97EC-1429 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis Launch
  70. KSC-97EC-1430 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis Launch
  71. KSC-97EC-1431 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis Launch
  72. KSC-97EC-1432 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis Launch
  73. KSC-97EC-1433 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis Launch
  74. KSC-97EC-1434 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis Launch
  75. KSC-97EC-1435 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Mission Specialist Scott Parazynski in white room
  76. KSC-97EC-1436 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Mission Specialist David Wolf in white room
  77. KSC-97EC-1438 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew members Bloomfield and Chretien in white room
  78. KSC-97EC-1439 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Mission Specialists Lawrence and Chretien in white room
  79. KSC-97EC-1440 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Mission Specialist Jean-Loup J.M. Chretien in white room
  80. KSC-97EC-1441 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Commander James Wetherbee in white room
  81. KSC-97EC-1442 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis Launch
  82. KSC-97EC-1444 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis Launch
  83. KSC-97EC-1492 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis Landing
  84. KSC-97EC-1493 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis Landing
  85. KSC-97EC-1494 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis Landing
  86. KSC-97EC-1495 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis Landing
  87. KSC-97EC-1496 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis Landing
  88. KSC-97EC-1497 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis Landing
  89. KSC-97EC-1498 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis Landing
  90. KSC-97EC-1499 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Atlantis Landing
  91. KSC-97EC-1500 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 M.S. Titov and Chretien walk around Atlantis after landing
  92. KSC-97EC-1501 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Pilot Bloomfield feels heat from a tire after landing
  93. KSC-97EC-1502 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Commander Wetherbee greeted by KSC Shuttle officials
  94. KSC-97EC-1503 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Mission Specialist Chretien feels heat from Atlantis
  95. KSC-97EC-1504 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Landing (Main Gear Touchdown (from back)
  96. KSC-97EC-1505 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 Landing (Main Gear Touchdown)
  97. KSC-97EC-1506 - (L,M,H) - Astronaut Foale is reunited with his family
  98. KSC-97EC-1507 - (L,M,H) - Astronaut Foale is reunited with his family
  99. KSC-97EC-1508 - (L,M,H) - STS-86 crew members prepare to return to JSC
  100. KSC-97EC-1509 - (L,M,H) - Astronaut C. Michael Foale prepares to return to JSC
  101. KSC-97EC-1510 - (L,M,H) - Astronaut C. Michael Foale prepares to return to JSC

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STS-86 (87)

Atlantis (20)
Pad 39-A (64)
87th Shuttle Mission
20th Flight OV-104
Night Launch (19)
KSC-Landing (40)
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James D. Wetherbee (4), Commander
Michael J. Bloomfield (1), Pilot
Vladimar G. Titov (5), (RSA) Mission Specialist
Scott E. Parazynski (2), Mission Specialist
Jean-Loup J.M. Chretien (3), (CNES) Mission Specialist
Wendy B. Lawrence (2), Mission Specialist
David A. Wolf (2), Mission Specialist
C. Michael Foale
NOTE: Wendy B. Lawrence was scheduled to replace C. Michael Foale onboard MIR.
However, due to concerns about the minimum size restrictions of the
Russian MIR Orlan EVA Spacesuit, her backup David A. Wolf was selected in
her place. Wolf was originally scheduled to fly on the STS-89 mission to
MIR and join the Mir 24 crew.
(Reference The STS-86 Crew's Personal WWW Page)


VAB -- 04/08/97 Storage (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 04/08/1997)
OPF-3 -- 05/24/97 (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 5/24/1997)
VAB -- 08/11/97 (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 8/11/1997)
PAD -- 08/18/97 (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 8/18/1997)
T-43 -- 09/22/97 (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 9/18/1997)
(Reference KSC Shuttle Status Jul 1997)
(Reference KSC Shuttle Status Aug 1997)
(Reference KSC Shuttle Status Sep 1997)


Mir-Docking/7, SpaceHab-DM, MEEP-R, EDFT-06, SEEDS-II, GAS(G-036),

Mission Objectives:

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Click here for Additional Info on STS-86
The 7th Mir Docking mission carries a SPACEHAB double module for a docking with Mir, cargo transfer and an astronaut exchange. The shuttle previously Mir missions were STS-71, STS-74, STS-76, STS-79, STS-81 and STS-84.
Highlights of the 10-day mission include five days of docked operations between Atlantis and Mir and the exchange of crew members Foale and Wolf to continue a permanent American presence of the Russia complex. A spacewalk is scheduled to retrieve the four Mir Environmental Effects Payloads which were attached to the Mir's docking module by Linda Godwin and Rich Clifford during STS-76 to characterize the environment surrounding the Mir space station. Atlantis will carry the SPACEHAB double module to support the transfer of logistics and supplies for Mirand the return of experiment hardware and specimens to Earth.


Launch September 25, 1997 10:34:19 pm EDT. Launch window was 6-10 minutes. The launch window actually opened at about 10:29 p.m. and extended for about 10 minutes. However, instead of launching at the opening of this period, the mission management team decided to target the most optimum launch time of 10:34 p.m. EDT for vehicle performance reasons. Air Force weather forecasters predicted a 20 percent probability that weather would prohibit launch. (Reference KSC Weather History 09/25/1997 2000).
On Thursday, 9/25/97, the Rotating Service Structure was moved to the launch position at about 3:30 a.m. At 10 a.m. EDT, following a MIR safety review, NASA Administrator Dan Goldin gave the go ahead for the STS-86 mission, as well as David Wolf's stay on MIR. Tanking operations started at 2:30 p.m. EDT, approximately 1 hour later than planned due to software problem in the MPS Firing Room Console. The crew met for the traditional breakfast/lunch at 5:40 pm. At 6:41pm EDT the countdown clock picked up at the T-minus 3 hour mark. The crew departed for the launch pad at 6:44 p.m. EDT and the flight crew was all strapped by 8:20pm EDT. Voice communication checks were completed by 8:26pm EDT and by 8:31 pm EDT, the hatch closed and configured for flight. At 9:21 pm EDT, the countdown entered a planned 10 minute hold at the T-minus 20 minute mark. The count then counted down to the T-minus 9 minute mark where it sat until 10:25pm EDT. At T-minus 7 minute 30 seconds the Orbiter Access Arm (OAA) was retracted. At T-minus 6 minutes 9 seconds, the APU prestart sequence was started and APU start occured at T-minus 5 minutes 30 seconds. Auto sequence start occured at 22:33pm EDT. Liftoff occured at 10:34:20pm EDT. SRB separation at 10:37pm EDT. SSME cutoff at 10:43pm EDT.
On Tuesday, 9/23/97, Loading of cryogenic reactants into the power reactant storage distribution system was under way and concluded at about 6 p.m. A replacement computer for Space Station Mir was prepared for stowage at the SPACEHAB Payload Processing Facility and will be installed into the SPACEHAB module 9/24/97.(Reference KSC Shuttle Status 9/24/1997)
On Monday, 9/22/97, the launch countdown for mission STS-86 began at 2 p.m. Following normal aft compartment close-out activities last week, technicians reopened the aft to change out a helium regulator on main engine No. 1 that displayed indications of pressure loss. The new regulator was retested over the weekend and the aft compartment is now closed for flight. Flight crew equipment stowage was also completed. A 59-pound replacement computer for the Mir space station arrived at KSC early today for installation into Atlantis on Wednesday during scheduled late stow activities. The STS-86 crew also arrived at KSC. (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 9/22/1997)
On Thursday, 9/18/97, ordnance connections and checks were complete and the space suits to be used by Parazynski and Titov during their planned space walk have been installed into the orbiter's airlock. Aft engine compartment close-outs continued with aft door installation at midnight. (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 9/18/1997)
On Friday, 8/29/97, Atlantis' main propulsion system cavity purge was complete. Installation of the pyrotechnic canister assemblies at the aft external tank/orbiter attach points continues. Engineers gained access to the rudder speed brake sector seals for visual inspections. The Shuttle's payload bay doors will be opened next Friday to support vertical payload installation on Saturday. The Spacehab payload will be delivered to Pad 39A on Sept. 4. (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 8/29/1997)
On Tuesday, 8/26/97, loading of hypergolic fuels into Atlantis' power reactant storage and distribution system began and will conclude 8/28/97. In the Shuttle's aftcompartment, the pyrotechnic canister assemblies will be installed at the external tank/orbiter attach points later this week. (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 8/26/1997)
On Monday, 8/18/97, the Space Shuttle Atlantis rolled out to launch pad 39A at about 2 a.m. and was hard down at 8:30 a.m. The Rotating Service Structure (RSS) was rolled around Atlantis at about 11a.m. Main engine flight readiness testing begins 8/19/97. The Spacehab payload is slated to join the orbiter at the pad Aug. 28.(Reference KSC Shuttle Status 8/18/1997)
On Wednesday, 6/25/97, servicing of Endeavour's freon coolant loop No. 2 was underway and continues through Sunday. Radiator functional Tests were in work. Weight saving modifications of the left and right hand elevon coves, where the back of the orbiter's wings meet the aft fuselage, were in work until Monday. Engineers are evaluating leak check data from a 17-inch disconnect on the umbilical assembly that joins the external tank to the orbiter. (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 6/25/1997)
On Tuesday, 6/17/97, deservicing of freon coolant loop No. 2 was in work and trouble shooting of the accumulator on freon coolant loop No. 1 was also in progress. (Reference KSC Shuttle Status 6/17/1997)


Altitude: 184 statute miles
Inclination: 51.6
Orbits: 169
Duration: 10 days, 19 hours, 22 minutes, 12 seconds.
Distance: miles


ET : SN-88
SSME-1: SN-2012
SSME-2: SN-2040
SSME-3: SN-2019


KSC October 6, 1997 at 5:55 p.m. EDT Runway 15 Main Gear Touchdown 5:55:09 pm EDT (MET 10 Days 19 Hours 20 Min 50 Sec) Nose Gear Touchdown 5:55:19 pm EDT (MET 10 Days 19 Hours 21 Min 00 Sec) Wheel Stop 5:56:31pm EDT (MET 10 Days 19 hours 22 Min 12 Sec)
At 4:31pm EDT 10/6/97, Atlantis was given a go to manuever to the deorbit burn attitude and at 4:35pm EDT the crew was given a go for the burn. KSC weather at landing time was expected to have some cloud cover at 33,000 feet with cross winds of 10 knots and gusts to 15 knots. (Reference KSC Weather History 10/06/1997 1700).
The deorbit burn occured at 4:48pm EDT on orbit 169. At 5:51pm EDT, long range cameras picked up the shuttle and double sonic booms were heard at KSC as the shuttle slowed down to just below the speed of sound. Time to touchdown was 2min 30sec. Landing Gear down and locked at 5:54pm EDT, touchdown 5:55pm EDT.
Other landing opportunities on Monday were available but not needed. The second KSC landing opportunity on 10/6/97 would have been on orbit 170, with a deorbitburn at 6:24 p.m. EDT, and touchdown at KSC at 7:30 p.m. EDT. Two landing opportunities at Edward's Air Force Base were also possible. The first would have been on orbit 171, with a deorbit burn 7:54 EDT and a landing at 9:01 EDT. The second opportunity for Edwards would have been on orbit 172, deorbit burn at 9:31 EDT, with a landing at 10:37 EDT.
Both landing opportunties for KSC on October 5, 1997, were waved off due to to cloud cover and high winds at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility (SLF). (Reference KSC Weather History 10/05/1997 1900).

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