BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: Sci/Tech
Front Page 
UK Politics 
Talking Point 
In Depth 

Saturday, 10 March, 2001, 07:04 GMT
Discovery docks with space station
Shuttle docking with ISS AP
Docking was an hour behind schedule
The American space shuttle Discovery has linked up with the International Space Station (ISS).

The shuttle is delivering a three-person relief crew and carrying out yet more construction work on the evolving platform.

The docking took place about 380km (235 miles) above the South Pacific at 0638GMT, about an hour behind schedule.

The delay occurred because one of the space station's two giant electricity-producing solar wings would not lock into place after being repositioned for the docking.

International Space Station AFP
The International Space Station viewed from the shuttle
Until the problem was fixed, Discovery had to sit at least 120 metres (400 feet) from the station for fear that its thrusters might damage the fragile wing if it was loose.

But after repeatedly opening and closing the latches, flight controllers managed to lock the wing and Discovery was cleared to dock.

The new ISS crew, referred to as Expedition Two, includes two Americans, Susan Helms and James Voss, and their Russian commander Yury Usachev.

They are taking over from Expedition One - American Bill Shepherd and Russians Yuri Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev - who have been living on the platform for nearly five months.

Two spacewalks outside the ISS will be performed during the course of the Discovery mission, as astronauts work to equip a recently installed US research laboratory called Destiny.

The Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, an aluminium canister loaded with almost five tonnes of equipment, systems and science racks for transfer to Destiny, will be attached to the ISS early next week.

Other work will prepare way for the April installation of a giant robotic arm on the platform.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
See also:

20 Oct 00 | Space station
The world's future in space
20 Oct 00 | Space station
High-tech research laboratory
16 Feb 01 | Sci/Tech
Shuttle heads home
07 Feb 01 | Sci/Tech
Destiny lab lifts off
16 Oct 00 | Sci/Tech
Space station gets new segment
Internet links:

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Sci/Tech stories are at the foot of the page.

E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Sci/Tech stories