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  • 1954 After a successful career in astronomy a number of well known emission line stars carry his name e g the x ray pulsar Henize 715 4U1145 61 he was selected as an astronaut in 1967 However Apollo was cancelled and he had to wait until 1985 for a flight At 58 he was at that time the oldest person to fly in space and it s still a record age for a first flight He was a Mission Specialist aboard the Space Shuttle Challenger on the Spacelab 2 mission Henize left the astronaut corps in Apr 1986 to work in the science division at NASA JSC He died of respiratory failure on Oct 5 at the age of 66 while trying to climb Mt Everest Henize was buried on the mountain Launches The geostationary launch on Sep 30 has been referred to by TASS both as Raduga and as Kosmos 2265 China s Jian Bing satellite failed to return its descent module to Earth on Oct 16 as planned Date Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Sep 16 0736 Kosmos 2263 Zenit Baykonur LC45 SIGINT 59A Sep 17 0043 Kosmos 2264 Tsiklon M Baykonur LC90 EORSAT 60A Sep 20 0012 IRS 1E PSLV Sriharikota Remote s FTO Sep 26 0145 SPOT 3 Ariane 40 Kourou ELA 2 Remote s 61A Stella Geodesy 61B KITSAT OSCAR 25 Remote s com 61C ITAmsat OSCAR 26 Comsat 61F Eyesat 1 OSCAR 27 Comsat 61G Posat 1 Test 61D Healthsat 1 Comsat 61E Sep 30 1706 Kosmos 2265 Proton Blok DM Baykonur LC81 Comsat 62A Oct 5 1756 Landsat 6 Titan 23G Vandenberg SLC4W Remote s FTO Oct 8 0800 Jian Bing Chang Zheng 2C Jiuquan Remote s 63A Oct 11 2133 Progress M 20 Soyuz Baykonur LC2 Cargo 64A Oct 18

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  • their spacesuits these are not normally included in lists of spacewalks The recordholder for time spacewalking is Sergey Krikalyov with 36 h 30 m over 7 occasions US record is Gene Cernan with 25 h 24 m over 7 occasions Serebrov has 27h 40m over 9 walks some relatively brief Launches The Chinese Jian Bing satellite s reentry vehicle fired its deorbit motor successfully but alas in the wrong direction the capsule ended up in a 187 x 3016 km orbit starting from a low 196 x 251 km orbit The first Intelsat VII satellite Intelsat 701 was launched on Oct 22 INTELSAT is an intergovernmental consortium which operates the main global civil communications satellite network Intelsat I better known as Early Bird was launched in 1965 and Intelsat 701 is the 49th Intelsat to be launched The Intelsat VII series uses the Ford Aerospace now Space Systems Loral FS 1300 satellite bus which is derived from the earlier Intelsat V and Japan s Superbird The larger Intelsat VI satellites which continue to provide the main transoceanic capacity use the Hughes HS389 bus The Proton launch vehicle chalked up another successful flight on Oct 28 the second since its May launch failure It orbited a Gorizont communications satellite Another Delta 2 launch went up on Oct 26 with a Navstar navigation satellite Kosmos 2265 launched on Oct 26 is in a 291 x 1573 km x 82 9 deg orbit These orbital parameters are unusual for a Kosmos satellite but it is probably a small radar calibration or electronic intelligence satellite Date Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Sep 16 0736 Kosmos 2263 Zenit Baykonur LC45 SIGINT 59A Sep 17 0043 Kosmos 2264 Tsiklon M Baykonur LC90 EORSAT 60A Sep 20 0012 IRS 1E PSLV Sriharikota Remote s FTO

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  • transferred to pad 39B on Nov 15 Launch is still due for Dec 1 Launches Kosmos 2266 launched on November 2 is a military navigation satellite in the Parus series built by NPO PM of Krasnoyarsk Kosmos 2267 launched on Nov 5 is a spy satellite in a 70 4 degree orbit Date Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Oct 5 1756 Landsat 6 Titan 23G Vandenberg SLC4W Remote s FTO Oct 8 0800 Jian Bing Chang Zheng 2C Jiuquan Remote s 63A Oct 11 2133 Progress M 20 Soyuz Baykonur LC2 Cargo 64A Oct 18 1453 Columbia Space Shuttle Kennedy LC39 Spaceship 65A Spacelab SLS 2 Oct 22 0646 Intelsat 701 Ariane Kourou Comsat 66A Oct 26 1000 Kosmos 2265 Kosmos Plesetsk Calib 67A Oct 26 1704 Navstar GPS 34 Delta 7925 Canaveral LC17 Navsat 68A Oct 28 1517 Gorizont Proton Baykonur Comsat 69A Nov 2 1210 Kosmos 2266 Kosmos Plesetsk Navsat 70A Nov 5 0825 Kosmos 2267 Soyuz Baykonur Recon 71A Reentries Oct 13 Progress M 19 Deorbited Nov 1 Columbia Landed Current Shuttle Processing Status Orbiters Location Mission OV 102 Columbia OPF Bay 2 STS 62 OV 103 Discovery OPF Bay 3 STS 60 OV 104

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  • 1 is a Hughes HS 601 comsat built for the Mexican government company Telecomunicaciones de Mexico Meteosat 6 is part of ESA s Meteosat Operational Program Ownership of the Aerospatiale built satellite will be transferred to EUMETSAT the European Meteorological Satellite Organization in February Atlas Centaur 106 an Atlas II variant with an IABS apogee stage launched another Defense Satellite Communications System comsat for the US DoD on Nov 28 The next Atlas launch is the first Atlas IIAS with strap on solid boosters Date Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Oct 11 2133 Progress M 20 Soyuz Baykonur LC1 Cargo 64A Oct 18 1453 Columbia Space Shuttle Kennedy LC39B Spaceship 65A Spacelab SLS 2 Oct 22 0646 Intelsat 701 Ariane Kourou ELA2 Comsat 66A Oct 26 1000 Kosmos 2265 Kosmos Plesetsk LC132 Calib 67A Oct 26 1704 Navstar GPS 34 Delta 7925 Canaveral LC17 Navsat 68A Oct 28 1517 Gorizont Proton Baykonur LC81 Comsat 69A Nov 2 1210 Kosmos 2266 Kosmos Plesetsk LC132 Navsat 70A Nov 5 0825 Kosmos 2267 Soyuz Baykonur LC1 Recon 71A Nov 18 1355 Rimsat Gorizont Proton Baykonur LC81 Comsat 72A Nov 20 0117 Solidaridad 1 Ariane Kourou ELA2 Comsat 73A Meteosat 6 Weather

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  • been carried out EVA 1 on Dec 5 saw the replacement of the HST gyros and fuses The astronauts had problems closing the gyro shroud doors on HST probably due to thermal warping On Dec 5 at 1325 the first solar panel was retracted the second one stuck because it was warped On Dec 6 the EVA 2 spacewalkers removed the dud solar panel Kathy Thornton threw it into space at 0451 on Dec 6 it received the catalog number 22920 and designation 1990 37C They then put the new solar panels on The EVA ended with a delayed repressurization when Thornton s ears had problems re adjusting to higher pressure EVA 3 on Dec 7 saw the replacement of WFPC 1 with WFPC 2 and the installation of two new magnetometers One of the magnetometer electronics boxes was discovered to be falling apart and Hoffmann removed loose parts of it Next on EVA 4 came the removal of HSP and its replacement by COSTAR Also on this spacewalk Akers took over the MFR Manipulator Foot Restraint platform on the robot arm from Thornton for an hour for the installation of a new coprocessor for the HST on board computer Start End Duration MFR RMS Free floater EVA 1 Dec 5 0329 Dec 5 1138 08 00 Hoffmann Musgrave EVA 2 Dec 6 0325 Dec 6 1010 06 45 Thornton Akers EVA 3 Dec 7 0333 Dec 6 1024 06 51 Hoffmann Musgrave EVA 4 Dec 8 0305 Dec 8 1003 06 58 Thornton Akers Note I measure durations from airlock depressurization to repressurization NASA s rule is a little different so they quote slightly shorter EVA times At the end of EVA 4 Tom Akers had 29 h 49 min of EVA time by my count making him the

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  • hr in 4 John Blaha 789 hr in 4 and Bonnie Dunbar 761 hr in 3 flights The next flight is STS 60 scheduled for launch on Feb 3 Discovery will carry Spacehab 2 and the Wake Shield Facility and will include Russian cosmonaut Sergey Krikalyov on the crew Trivia On Dec 11 at Sotheby s in New York a number of items from the Soviet space program were auctioned Ivan Ivanovich the dummy launched aboard a Vostok test flight went for 170k Sergey Korolev s slide rule went for 21k a few grains of moonrock went for 400k Among the more interesting items were the Merkur TKS descent module from the Kosmos 1443 military spaceship and the film return capsule from Salyut 5 Alas everything turned out to be beyond the reach of my credit card but it was a fun trip anyway Launches The first Atlas Centaur IIAS AC 108 with four Castor IVA strap on solid boosters was launched from Cape Canaveral on Dec 16 This is the first time strap on solid rockets have been used on the Atlas although the technique has been used on Thor and Thor Delta vehicles since 1963 The Thiokol Castor IVA rockets were used on Delta 6925 rockets launched from 1989 to 1992 the current Delta 7925 uses GEM strapons made by Hercules Aerospace The Atlas IIAS is otherwise the same as the Atlas IIA and has the same Centaur IIA second stage All 7 Atlas II series launches have been successful despite recent problems with the older Atlas I The payload of AC 108 was AT T Skynet Satellite Services Telstar 401 This satellite is the first GE 7000 series satellite built by Martin Marietta Astro Space formerly GE formerly RCA The satellite carries 24 C band and 16

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  • who was Cosmonaut researcher kosmonavt issledovatel on the Soyuz T 10 EO 3 expedition to Salyut 7 in 1984 I don t know what Poyakov s title on this mission is yet Afanas ev has also flown in space before as commander of the EO 8 expedition to Mir in 1990 1991 The EO 14 crew of Vasiliy Tsibliev and Aleksandr Serebrov are preparing to return to Earth after a week long handover period Afanas ev and Usachyov will stay on the station for six months and will be replaced by a joint Russian Kazakh crew If all goes according to plan Polyakov will stay on Mir until mid 1995 setting a new space endurance record Launches Two comsats were launched on Dec 18 by Ariane from Kourou in Guiane DBS 1 is a Hughes HS 601 satellite owned by DirecTV itself a Hughes subsidiary The satellite has 16 Ku band transponders and will beam a high power TV signal to small rooftop home receivers in the US The satellite will be used by DirecTV and USSB US Satellite Broadcasting Thaicom 1 the other Ariane payload is another Hughes satellite of the older HS 376 type It is owned by Shinawatra Computer Co of Bangkok and operated by them for the Thai Ministry of Transport and Communications It is a hybrid comsat with 10 C band and 2 Ku band transponders Date Name Launch Vehicle Site Mission INTL DES Nov 2 1210 Kosmos 2266 Kosmos Plesetsk LC132 Navsat 70A Nov 5 0825 Kosmos 2267 Soyuz Baykonur LC1 Recon 71A Nov 18 1355 Rimsat Gorizont Proton Baykonur LC81 Comsat 72A Nov 20 0117 Solidaridad 1 Ariane Kourou ELA2 Comsat 73A Meteosat 6 Weather 73B Nov 28 2340 DSCS III Atlas Centaur Canaveral LC36 Comsat 74A Dec 2 0927 Endeavour Shuttle Kennedy

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  • The assignments of Curtis Brown as STS 66 pilot and William Gregory as pilot on STS 67 means that all of the 1990 group now have flight slots and all of the 1987 group now have assignments to their second flight Mir Soyuz TM 18 was launched at 1005 UTC on Jan 8 and docked at the Kvant module on Jan 10 at 1115 The EO 14 crew landed at 0818 UTC on Jan 14 in the Soyuz TM 17 spaceship The EO 14 expedition lasted 196 days 18hr 45 m the 7th longest spaceflight Aleksandr Serebrov has now spent over a year in space on 4 flights he is one of 8 people to have accumulated more than a year of spaceflight time Vladimir Polyakov is now the Mir resident physician and is on his second flight to Mir He will pass the cumulative one year mark on April 12 the 33rd anniversary of Gagarin s flight Romanenko s 1987 record will be beaten on Jul 17 Krikalyov s 1992 cumulative duration will be passed on Aug 18 and the all time cumulative record of Musa Manarov 541 days set in 1991 will be passed on Nov 4 The current record for a single flight set by Manarov and Titov in 1988 will be passed on Jan 9 next year The other two members of the EO 15 crew Viktor Afanas ev and Yuriy Usachyov are schedule to land in early July and will be replaced by cosmonauts Malenchenko and Musabaev neither of whom has flown before Launches A Molniya 1T communications satellite was launched on Dec 22 from Plesetsk The Molniya 1 class satellites are built by NPO Prikladnoi Mekhaniki of Krasnoyarsk and are used for Russian government and military communications The 8K78M Molniya launch vehicle places the

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