STS-49 INTELSAT VI-R WETF exercise with astronauts Musgrave, Clifford, Voss
Description: STS-49 Endeavour, Orbiter Vehicle (OV) 105, International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT) VI-R simulation at JSC's Weightless Environment Training Facility (WETF) Bldg 29 was conducted with extravehicular mobility unit (EMU) suited astronauts F. Story Musgrave, Michael R. U. Clifford, and James S. Voss. Astronauts practiced a three person extravehicular activity (EVA) procedure for INTELSAT capture. Ground based exercises were conducted after five failed INTELSAT capture attempts during the STS-49 mission. In this underwater group portrait, eleven SCUBA-equipped divers pose with the three trouble shooting astronauts. Astronauts are (left to right) Clifford, Musgrave, and Voss. Test results provided input for orbiting STS-49 crewmembers on possible alternate INTELSAT capture procedures. Three OV-105 astronauts will attempt to capture the INTELSAT again on 05-13-92. Portrait made by NASA JSC contract photographer Scott A. Wickes.