STS-71 Mission Summary

June 27 , 1995, 
3:32:19.044 p.m. EDT
Launch was originally targeted for late May, but slipped into June to accommodate Russian space program activities necessary for first Space Shuttle/Mir Space Station docking, including series of spacewalks to reconfigure station for docking and launch of new Spektr module to Mir containing U.S. research hardware. Launch set for June 23 scrubbed when rainy weather and lightning prevented loading of external tank earlier that day. Second try June 24 scrubbed at T-9-minute mark, again due to persistent stormy weather in central Florida, coupled with short 10-minute launch window. Liftoff re-set for June 27, and final countdown proceeded smoothly.

July 7, 1995, 
10:54:34 a.m. EDT
Runway 15, Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Rollout distance: 8,364 feet (2,549 meters). Rollout time: 51 seconds. Mission duration: nine days, 19 hours, 22 minutes, 17 seconds. Landed revolution 153. Runway switched from 33 to 15 about 20 minutes before touchdown due to concerns of Chief Astronaut Robert Cabana, flying Shuttle Training Aircraft, about clouds blocking runway landing aids from view. After landing, President Clinton phoned congratulations to crew on successful mission and extended invitation to visit White House.

Crew List
Robert L. Gibson, Commander
Charles J. Precourt, Pilot
Ellen S. Baker, Mission Specialist
Bonnie J. Dunbar, Mission Specialist
Gregory J. Harbaugh, Mission Specialist

Mir 19 Crew - Arriving
Anatoly Solovyev & Nikolai Budarin
Mir-18 Crew - Departing
Norman E. Thagard, Vladimir Dezhurov, & Gennady Strekalov

Crew Biographies
Mission Highlights


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