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Space History for September 10

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Born, James E. Keeler, US astronomer (studied Saturn's rings, first to observe the gap in Saturn's rings now known as the Encke Gap), founded and edited the Astrophysical Journal with George Hale

G. Searle discovered asteroid #55 Pandora; H. Goldschmidt discovered asteroid #54 Alexandra.

J. Palisa discovered asteroid #231 Vindobona.

Born, Petr Petrovich Chechulin, Director of USSR's Nll-4 (1951-1955) during early research on satellites

K. Reinmuth discovered asteroid #1131 Porzia.

Born, Yevgeni Vassilyevich Khrunov (at Prudy, Tula Oblast, Russian SFSR), Soviet cosmonaut (Soyuz 5/Soyuz 4, nearly 2 days in space), a member of the first crew to transfer between spacecraft (deceased)

E. Delporte discovered asteroid #1476 Cox.

Born, Richard Michael "Mike" Mullane (at Wichita Falls, Texas, USA), Colonel USAF, NASA astronaut (STS 41-D, STS 27, STS 36, 14d 20h total in space)

Astronaut R. Mike Mullane, NASA photo

P. Shajn discovered asteroid #1735 ITA.

A fire caused serious damage in the pure-oxygen atmosphere of a simulated Air Force space cabin.

Fire broke out in a simulated space cabin at the Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine, Brooks Air Force Base, Texas, on 10 September 1962, the 13th day of a 14 day experiment to determine the effects of breathing pure oxygen in a long duration space flight. One of the two Air Force officers was seriously injured. The cause of the fire was not immediately determined. The experiment was part of a NASA program to validate the use of a 5 psia pure oxygen atmosphere for the Gemini and Apollo spacecraft.

L. Chernykh discovered asteroid #2352 Kurchatov.

E. F. Helin discovered asteroid #2100 Ra-Shalom; P. Wild discovered asteroid #2262 Mitidika.

1992 23:04:00 GMT
An Ariane 44LP launched from Kourou carried Spain's Hispasat 1A and GE Americom's Satcom C3 communications satellites to space, which were initially positioned in geosynchronous orbit at 30 deg W and 143 deg W, respectively.

2000 00:51:00 CDT (GMT -5:00:00)
NASA's STS 106 (Atlantis 22) docked at the ISS for International Space Station Flight 2A.2b to prepare the station for permanant habitation.

STS 106 was launched 8 September 2000 from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39B after a smooth countdown. The inital orbit of 72 x 328 km x 51.6 deg was circularised by the Shuttle's OMS engines at apogee.

Of nearly 12 days in orbit, STS 106 spent seven docked with the International Space Station, preparing the ISS for the arrival of the first residents in its permanent habitation, the Expedition One crew. Atlantis docked with the PMA-2 adapter on the International Space Station at 05:51 GMT on 10 September.

The STS 106 crew spent five days, 9 hours and 21 minutes inside the International Space Station. The seven crewmembers completed a long checklist aimed at making the station a home for its first residents, who would arrive about five weeks later to stay for more than four months. Acting as plumbers, movers, installers and electricians, the astronauts installed batteries, power converters, a toilet and a treadmill on the orbiting outpost. They also delivered more than 2,993 kilograms (6,600 pounds) of supplies.

Astronauts Lu and Malenchenko performed a spacewalk beginning at 04:47 GMT on 11 September. They rode the RMS arm up to the newly arrived Zvezda Service Module and began installing power, data and communications cables, reaching a distance of 30 meters from the airlock when installing Zvezda's magnetometer. The total EVA duration was 6 hours 21 minutes.

Atlantis' thrusters were fired four times to boost the station's altitude by 22.5 kilometers (14 miles).

The Shuttle undocked from ISS at 03:44 GMT on 18 September. After undocking, Pilot Scott Altman moved Atlantis to a distance of about 137 meters (450 feet) from the station, and made two circuits of the station, each lasting half an orbit, as the rest of the crew photographed its exterior for documentation. The final separation maneuver was executed at 05:34 GMT.

The payload bay doors were closed at 04:14 GMT on 20 September, and at 06:50 GMT, the OMS engines ignited for a three minute burn lowering the orbit from 374 x 386 km x 51.6 deg to 22 x 380 km x 51.6 deg. After entry interface at 07:25 GMT, STS 106 ended 20 September 2000 when Atlantis landed on Runway 15 at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, with main gear touchdown at 07:56:48 GMT, for a mission duration of 11 days, 19 hours, 10 minutes.

The flight crew for STS 106 was: Terrence Wilcutt, Commander; Scott D. Altman, Pilot; Edward T. Lu, Mission Specialist 1; Richard A. Mastracchio, Mission Specialist 2; Daniel C. Burbank, Mission Specialist 3; Yuri I. Malenchenko, Mission Specialist 4; Boris V. Morukov, Mission Specialist 5.

2002 08:20:00 GMT
The first operational flight of Japan's H-2A booster, launched from Tanegashima, carried Japan's USERS (Unmanned Space Experiment Recovery System) and DRTS (Data Relay Transponder Satellite) spacecaft to orbit.

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