May 31, 2011
The successful capture of the Intelsat VI satellite is recorded in this horizontal 35mm frame. Left to right, astronauts Richard J. Hieb, Thomas D. Akers and Pierre J. Thuot have handholds on the satellite. This is one of the images on NASA's first release of still photographs from the STS-49 mission. The nine-day mission accomplished the capture of the Intelsat VI, subsequent mating of the satellite to a booster and its eventual deployment, as well as a space station preview extravehicular activity (EVA) called Assembly of Station by EVA Methods (ASEM). The space shuttle Endeavour's crew members were astronauts Daniel C. Brandenstein, mission commander; Kevin P. Chilton, pilot; and Thomas D. Akers, Richard J. Hieb, Bruce E. Melnick, Kathryn C. Thornton and Pierre J. Thuot, all mission specialists.
Topics: Intelsat, Edwards Air Force Base, Spaceflight, Pierre J. Thuot, Kathryn C. Thornton, Daniel Brandenstein, Richard Hieb, STS-49, Thomas Akers, Space Shuttle Endeavour, Extra-vehicular activity, Human spaceflight, Richard J. Hieb, Thomas D. Akers