Material relevant to the NASA STS-76 Atlantis mission, on which American astronauts spacewalked in proximity to the Russian space station Mir. The mission also included the transfer of a NASA astronaut to the space station. Footage is organised as follows:
PRE-LAUNCH AND LAUNCH ACTIVITIES: the launch set-up before lift-off; crew sitting around table; main engines; crew suiting up and entering van; verification of flight control surfaces, main engines positioned for launch; retraction of hood from external tank, booster ignition and lift-off; solid fuel boosters jetissoned, views from both Orbiter and control centre.
MOCR LAUNCH OPERATIONS: control room personnel,
MIR APPROACH AND DOCKING: crew film through flight deck windows, shots of Mir; footage of Atlantis from Mir, docking ring, crew on flight deck controlling docking procedure; Miir comes into view in shuttle windows; contact; footage of docking mechanisms coming together, capture;
MCC (Mission Control Centre) MIr operations: footage of centre, operat