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Mission STS-85

Bjarni Tryggvason

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Patch STS-85

Patch STS-85. (Credit: Canadian Space Agency)

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Date: August 7, 1997

Time: 10:41:00 a.m. EDT

Site: Kennedy Space Center (KSC)


Date: August 19, 1997

Time: 07:07:59 a.m. EDT

Site: Kennedy Space Center (KSC)

Mission duration: 11 days 20 h 28 min 07 s

Flight number: STS-85

Orbiter vehicle: Discovery

Payloads: Microgravity Vibration Isolation Mount (MIM), Technology Applications and Science-01 (TAS-01), International Extreme Ultraviolet Hitchhiker-02 (IEH-02), Solar Extreme Ultraviolet Hitchhiker (SEH), Ultraviolet Spectrograph Telescope for Astronomical Research (UVSTAR).

Canadian Space Agency astronaut Bjarni Tryggvason was the Payload Specialist during STS-85, a mission dedicated to space science and hardware-testing for application on the International Space Station (ISS).

Tryggvason successfully operated a Canadian technology he helped to develop: the Microgravity Vibration Isolation Mount (MIM). Designed to isolate payloads from vibrations, this technology would later be adapted for the Canadian Microgravity Vibration Isolation Subsystem (MVIS) currently installed on the ISS.

During STS-85, the Canadarm deployed and retrieved the CRISTA-SPAS payload, which consisted of three telescopes and four spectrometers to measure trace gases in the Earth's middle atmosphere.

Mission STS-85 crew

Mission STS-85 crew

From left to right. Back row: Robert L. Curbeam, Jr, Stephen K. Robinson, N. Jan Davis and Bjarni Tryggvason.
Front row: Curtis L. Brown, Jr and Kent V. Rominger. (Credit: NASA)

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