25, 2000, 7:17 p.m. EDT, Japanese astronaut Wakata was on board the Space Shuttle
Discovery (STS-92) and participated in the assembly of the International Space
STS-92 is a Space Shuttle mission of the National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA). Its purpose is to assemble the International Space Station
(ISS) and it is called assembly flight 3A.
The primary mission is to
attach the Z1 truss and the PMA-3
to the ISS, which is being constructed in space. The Z1 truss is equipped with
a communications system and an attitude control system. The PMA-3 is a docking
port that connects the ISS and a Space Shuttle.
During this mission,
Japan's astronaut Wakata will become the first Japanese citizen to participate
in the ISS construction. Astronaut Wakata will operate the Shuttle robot arm to
attach the Z1 truss and the PMA-3 to the ISS. He will also support extravehicular
activities(EVA) conducted by other crew members.
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