Onboard Scene of EVA, Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-61B, December 1985

Onboard Scene of EVA, Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-61B, December 1985


Vintage chromogenic print, 20.2 x 25.4 cm

NASA 61B-45-0046, caption on verso

[Caption] An early phase of the build-up of the experimental assembly structures in extravehicular activity (EASE) components was captured on 70mm film with a handheld camera inside Atlantis’ cabin. Astronauts Jerry L. Ross (left) and Sherwood C. Spring conducted successful EVA in both “daytime” and “night time” environments. Note the television camera on the elbow of the poised remote manipulator system (RMS) arm recording the action for transmitting live images of the lengthy EVA to Earth.

Three communications satellites were deployed: MORE LOS-B (Mexico), AUSSAT-2 (Australia) and SATCOM KU-2 (RCA Americom). MORELOS-B and AUSSAT-2 were attached to the Payload Assist Module-D motors, SATCOM KU-2 to a PAM-D2 designed for heavier payloads. Two experiments were conducted to test assembling erectable structures in space: Experimental Assembly of Structures in Extravehicular Activity (EASE) and Assembly Concept for Construction of Erectable Space Structure (ACCESS). The experiments required two space walks by Spring and Ross lasting five hours, 32 minutes, and six hours, 38 minutes, respectively. Middeck payloads: Continuous Flow Electrophoresis System (CFES); Diffusive Mixing of Organic Solutions (DMOS); Morelos Payload Specialist Experiments (MPSE) and Orbiter Experiments (OEX). In payload bay: Get Away Special and IMAX Cargo Bay Camera (ICBC).

Condition: slightly irregular edge from cutting along right hand edge, otherwise mint

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