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STS 46

STS 46 Mission Patch showing the Tether Satellite Credit: NASA

Mission Highlights:

Primary objective was deployment of the European Space Agency’s European Retrievable Carrier (EURECA) and operation of the joint NASA/Italian Space Agency Tethered Satellite System (TSS). Mission extended one day to complete science objectives. EURECA deployed one day later than scheduled because of problem with its data handling system. After deployment, spacecraft’s thrusters were fired to boost EURECA to its planned
operating altitude of about 310 statute miles (499 kilometers). However, thruster firing cut to six minutes instead of planned 24 minutes because of unexpected attitude data from EURECA.

Tether Mission STS-46

Tethered Satellite System 1 (TSS-1) deployment from OV-104 during STS-46

Tethered Satellite System 1 (TSS-1) satellite extended from the payload bay (PLB) of Atlantis, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 104, via a thin Kevlar tether shares the blackness of space with the Moon.

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