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STS 86



STS 86, the 7th Mir Docking mission, carried a Spacelab double module for a docking with Mir, cargo transfer and an astronaut exchange. The previous Mir docking missions were STS 71, 74, 76, 79, 81 and 84.

Highlights of the 10-day mission included five days of docked operations between Atlantis and Mir and the exchange of crew members Foale and Wolf to continue a permanent American presence on the Russian complex. A spacewalk was 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 space station. Atlantis carried the Spacelab double module to support the transfer of logistics and supplies for Mir and the return of experiment hardware and specimens to Earth.

The crew consisted of the following:

James D. Wetherbee - Commander Michael J. Bloomfield - Pilot Vladimar G. Titov - Mission Specialist Scott E. Parazynski - Mission Specialist Jean-Loup Chretien - Mission Specialist Wendy B. Lawrence - Mission Specialist David A. Wolf - Mission Specialist

Alternate Names

  • 24964
  • STS86

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 1997-09-26
Launch Vehicle: Shuttle
Launch Site: Cape Canaveral, United States

Funding Agency

  • NASA-Office of Space Flight (United States)


  • Human Crew
  • Microgravity

Additional Information

Questions and comments about this spacecraft can be directed to: Coordinated Request and User Support Office

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