Endeavour docked to Mir
Mission type Shuttle-Mir
Operator NASA
COSPAR ID 1998-003A
SATCAT № 25143
Mission duration 8 days, 19 hours, 48 minutes, 04 seconds.
Distance travelled 5,800,000 kilometers (3,600,000 mi)
Spacecraft properties
Spacecraft Space Shuttle Endeavour
Landing mass 114,131 kilograms (251,616 lb)
Payload mass 7,748 kilograms (17,081 lb)
Crew size 7
Members Terrence W. Wilcutt
Joe F. Edwards, Jr.
James F. Reilly, II
Michael P. Anderson
Bonnie J. Dunbar
Salizhan Sharipov
Launching Andrew S. W. Thomas
Landing David A. Wolf
Start of mission
Launch date 23 January 1998, 02:48:15 (1998-01-23T02:48:15Z) UTC
Launch site Kennedy LC-39A
End of mission
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Landing site Kennedy SLF Runway 15
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth
Perigee 359 kilometres (223 mi)
Apogee 382 kilometres (237 mi)
Inclination 51.60 degrees
Period 92.0 min
Docking with Mir
Docking port SO starboard
Docking date 24 January 1998, 20:14:15 UTC
Undocking date 29 January 1998, 16:56 UTC
Time docked 4 days, 20 hours, 41 minutes 45 seconds

Left to right - Back row: Wolf, Sharipov, Reilly, Thomas, Anderson; Front row: Edwards, Wilcutt, Dunbar

Space Shuttle program
← STS-87 STS-90

STS-89 was a space shuttle mission to the Mir space station flown by Space Shuttle Endeavour, and launched from Kennedy Space Center, Florida on 22 January 1998.


  • Crew 1
    • Crew notes 1.1
  • Mission highlights 2
  • Experiments and payloads 3
  • Mission insignia 4
  • See also 5
  • External links 6


Position Launching Astronaut Landing Astronaut
Commander Terrence W. Wilcutt
Third spaceflight
Pilot Joe F. Edwards, Jr.
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 1 James F. Reilly, II
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 2 Michael P. Anderson
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 3 Bonnie J. Dunbar
Fifth spaceflight
Mission Specialist 4 Salizhan Sharipov, RKA
First spaceflight
Mission Specialist 5 Andrew S. W. Thomas
Second spaceflight
David A. Wolf
Second spaceflight

Crew notes

STS-89 was originally scheduled to return Wendy B. Lawrence but returned David A. Wolf (Mir 24–25 / STS-86) and left Andrew Thomas on Mir. Thomas returned on STS-91.

Mission highlights

Endeavour lands at Kennedy Space Center, January 31, 1998.

STS-89 was the eighth of nine planned missions to Mir and the fifth involving an exchange of U.S. astronauts. Astronaut David Wolf, who had been on Mir since late September 1997, was replaced by Astronaut Andrew Thomas. Thomas spent approximately 4 months on the orbiting Russian facility before returning to Earth when Discovery docked to Mir in late May during STS-91. During the mission, more than 3,175 kilograms (7,000 lb) of experiments, supplies and hardware were transferred between the two spacecraft.

Experiments and payloads

SPACEHAB Payloads included the Advanced X-Ray Detector (ADV XDT), Advanced Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus (ADV CGBA), EORF, Mechanics of Granular Materials (MGM) Experiment, Intra-Vehicular Radiation Environment Measurements by the Real-Time Radiation Monitor (RME-1312), Space Acceleration Measurement System (SAMS), VOA and the Volatile Removal Assembly prototype for the ISS Water Recovery System

In-cabin payloads included the Microgravity Plant Nutrient Experiment (MPNE), Shuttle Ionospheric Modification with Pulsed Local Exhaust (SIMPLEX), Closed Equilibrated Biological Aquatic System (CEBAS), TeleMedicine Instrumentation Pack (TMIP), Global Positioning System Development Test Objective (GPS DTO), Human Performance (HP) Experiment, MSD, EarthKAM, Orbiter Space Vision System (OSVS) Shuttle Condensate Collection (RME-1331), Thermo-Electric Holding Module (TEHM), Space Linear Acceleration Mass Measurement Device (DSO 914), Co-Culture Experiments (CoCult) and the Biochemistry of 3-D Tissue Engineering (BIO3D).

Getaway Special experiments included the University of Michigan G-093 – Vortex Ring Transit Experiment (VORTEX), the German Aerospace Center and University Giessen G-141 – Structure of Marangoni Convection in Floating Zones Payload, the German Aerospace Center and the Technical University of Clausthal G-145 Glass Fining Experiment and the Chinese Academy of Sciences G-432 canister containing 5 crystal growth and material sciences experiments.

Mission insignia

The insignia depicts Endeavour docked to Mir above the planet Earth. The white inside line in the shape of the number eight and the nine stars symbolize the flight's numerical designation in the Space Transportation System's mission sequence. The International Space Station is in the background.

See also

External links

  • NASA mission summary
  • STS-89 Video Highlights