DescriptionSTS-63 was the second mission of the US/Russian Shuttle-Mir Program, which carried out the first rendezvous of the American Space Shuttle with Russia's space station Mir. Known as the 'Near-Mir' mission, the flight used Space Shuttle Discovery, which lifted off from launch pad 39B on 3 February 1995 from Kennedy Space Center, Florida. A night launch and the 20th mission for Discovery, it marked the first time a Space Shuttle mission had a female pilot, Eileen Collins, and carried out the successful deployment and retrieval of the Spartan-204 platform, along with the scheduled rendezvous and flyaround of Mir, in preparation for STS-71, the first mission to dock with Mir.
Year of flight1995
Distance travelled (km)4,816,454
Days of mission8
Launch Date3/02/1995
Landing Date11/02/1995
Launch site (Mapping)Kennedy Space Center
Landing site (Mapping)Kennedy Space Center
Landing siteKennedy SLF Runway 15
Mission typeResearch
Mission typeMir
Reference systemGeocentric
Perigee (km)275.00
Apogee (km)342.00
Orbital period (minutes)92.30
Orbits completed129
Inclination (degreees)51.60
Crew size6
MembersJames D. Wetherbee Eileen Collins Bernard A. Harris Jr. Michael Foale Janice E. Voss Vladimir G. Titov
Spacecraft typeSpace Shuttle Discovery
Source (Wikipedia Page)