Astronaut Takao Doi performed
Japan's first spacewalk.
The space shuttle Columbia was launched at 2:46 p.m. on Nov 19, 1997 (EDT)
from Kennedy Space Center. The STS-87 mission lasted 15 days, 16 hours and
34 minutes with Columbia landing at Kennedy Space Center on December 5 at
Mission Specialist (MS) Takao Doi's
Extravehicular Activity (EVA)
MS Doi and MS Scott performed the first EVA of this mission from
9:02 a.m. JST to 4:45 p.m. (7 hour and 43 minute) on Nov 25. They
manually retrieved the Spartan satellite and evaluated the EVA crane
by handling a large Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU), such a crane
will be used in assembly of the International Space Station.
MS Doi and MS Scott
conducted the second EVA of this mission from 3:09 p.m. to 8:09
p.m. (4 hour and 49 minute) on Dec. 3. They used the crane to move
a small ORU instead of the large ORU and tested the AERCam/Sprint
( a free-flying video camera ), which could not be tested during
the first EVA.
Combined with the first spacewalk duration of 7 hours, 43 minutes, they
spent 12 hours and 43 minutes outside Columbia's crew cabin.
A fifth report, art and sports scheduled on Dec. 4, was
not made because of the second EVA.
MS Doi received a congratulatory call for his work and mission at 5:51
p.m. on Nov. 26 in a special 15-minute call to Columbia from Sadakazu Tanigaki,
Minister of Japan's Science and Technology Agency.
Public relations activities
MS Doi participated in the following PAO activities:
NBC Nightside and NBC Asian News interviews with all crew members on
CNN International interview with Kregel and Lindsey on Nov.
U.S. president Clinton call with all crew members on Nov.
U.S. Radio stations interview with Kregel and Scott on Nov.
This series of USMP missions mainly consists of microgravity science
experiments. This was the fourth flight.
SPARTAN 201 is a solar physics free-flyer designed to investigate the
mechanisms causing the heating of the solar corona and the acceleration
of the solar wind. After the SPARTAN was deployed at 6:04 a.m. on Nov
22, it did not execute a preprogrammed pirouette maneuver. Mission Specialists
Doi and Scott retrieved it manually during their first spacewalk.
This test was planned to evaluate the operability of extravehicular
activity (EVA) tools such as an EVA crane developed for future International
Space Station (ISS) assembly missions, and to demonstrate ISS assembly
and maintenance operations by EVA.
Collaborative Ukrainian Experiment (CUE)
NSAU (National Space Agency of Ukraine) and NASA conducted joint experiments
to study the effects of microgravity on plant growth.