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 12.05.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 32
Columbia and its six astronauts glided to a smooth touchdown at the Kennedy Space Center this morning to wrap up the final shuttle mission of the year – a 16-day flight highlighted by microgravity research and a pair of spacewalks to tests tools and techniques for the assembly of the International Space Station.
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 12.04.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 31
The six astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Columbia were awakened at 8:46 p.m. tonight to make final preparations for their return to Earth early Friday morning.
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 12.04.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 30
Columbia’s aerosurfaces and thruster jets were tested this morning as part of the routine day-before-landing systems checks to ensure the vehicle is ready to support tomorrow’s planned return home to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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 12.03.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 29
Columbia’s astronauts will wake at 7:46 p.m. CST Wednesday night to begin their final full day in orbit, making the preparations to assure Columbia is ready for entry and landing.
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 12.03.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 28
A bonus excursion into the payload was conducted aboard Columbia this morning to complete tasks originally planned for the mission’s first spacewalk
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 12.02.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 27
Columbia’s six-member crew will be awakened at 7:46 p.m. CST this evening to begin flight day 14 of the STS-87 mission and a busy day involving the second space walk of this flight.
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 12.02.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 26
Much of today’s work aboard Columbia focused on completion of hands-on sample processing in the microgravity glovebox facility and preparing the spacesuits and tools that will be used for tomorrow’s bonus spacewalk by Winston Scott and Takao Doi.
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 12.01.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 25
STS-87 mission managers Monday afternoon decided to add a second spacewalk to this mission, giving astronauts and EVA designers more confidence in techniques which will be important to assembly of the International Space Station.
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 12.01.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 24
Following yesterday’s decision by mission managers to forego a second deployment of the Spartan solar science satellite, the crew and flight control teams focused their attention on the final three days of the science portion of Columbia’s STS-87 mission.
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 11.30.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 23
Mission managers decided today not to redeploy the solar-observing Spartan satellite, which has been in Columbia’s payload bay since being captured by astronauts Winston Scott and Takao Doi during a space walk earlier in the mission.
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 11.30.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 22
Flight day 11 drew to a close today with the crew continuing experiment work on board while Mission Control studied options for a possible redeployment of the Spartan solar science satellite later this week.
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 11.29.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 21
As flight controllers and payload scientists continued to look at options for a possible redeployment of the Spartan solar science satellite next week, Columbia’s astronauts were awakened for their 11th flight day by the sounds of "California Dreamin’."
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 11.29.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 20
With Columbia’s primary payload continuing its autonomous research, the STS-87 crew focused its attention on middeck experiments associated with plant growth, combustion science and composite materials investigations.
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 11.28.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 19
Columbia’s astronauts will spend another night and morning working with science investigations in a unique hands-on facility, this time concentrating on how a certain type of flame responds in microgravity.
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 11.28.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 18
Columbia’s astronauts spent another busy day in space conducting science investigations in a unique hands-on facility and tested a specially designed vest that could assist in assessing the risk of decompression sickness by astronauts during spacewalks.
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 11.27.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 17
President Bill Clinton wished the six astronauts orbiting the Earth aboard Columbia a happy Thanksgiving this evening, saluting them for their sacrifice in working during the holiday and congratulating them on Monday’s retrieval of the Spartan satellite.
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 11.27.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 16
Columbia’s six-member crew celebrated Thanksgiving with a special meal while continuing work with the microgravity science investigations in a special glovebox facility on the middeck.
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 12.04.97 - STS-87 Mission Science Report # 15s
The crew of the Space Shuttle Columbia is returning to Earth tomorrow with a wealth of discoveries adding to America’s storehouse of scientific and technological knowledge gleaned from a suite of state-of-the-art science experiments.
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 11.26.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 15
Columbia’s crew began their second week in orbit today, continuing a pace of varied experiments in the shuttle cabin and payload bay that they will maintain for the next nine days in orbit.
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 12.03.97 - STS-87 Mission Science Report # 14s
Science operations of the fourth U.S. Microgravity Payload are winding up today aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia as the focus of the STS-87 mission turns to preparing for Columbia’s return to Earth and scheduled landing at 6:23 a.m. CST Friday.
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 11.26.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 14
As they reach the one week mark in their 16-day flight, the STS-87 crew have shifted the focus of their efforts towards the variety of science experiments flying on Mission STS-87.
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 12.02.97 - STS-87 Mission Science Report # 13s
Microgravity Science Laboratory researchers at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., are working to take maximum advantage of the remaining hours before Space Shuttle Columbia’s return to Earth Tuesday.
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 11.25.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 13
Fresh from their successful manual retrieval of the SPARTAN science satellite, Columbia’s six astronauts were awakened at 1:46 p.m. Central time this afternoon to begin their seventh day in orbit, a day focused on experiments inside the crew cabin.
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 12.01.97 - STS-87 Mission Science Report # 12s
Early this morning, Mission Specialist Dr. Kalpana Chawla and Pilot Steven Lindsey initiated the second and final run of the mission’s only combustion experiment aboard Columbia, in the Middeck Glovebox facility.
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 11.25.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 12
The six-person crew aboard Space Shuttle Columbia turned in for a well-deserved rest at 5:46 a.m. this morning following a busy night that saw two crewmembers perform a spacewalk to capture a wayward satellite and evaluate equipment and procedures that will be used with future International Space Station operations.
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 11.30.97 - STS-87 Mission Science Report # 11s
Microgravity Science Laboratory activities aboard Columbia are winding down this evening with the last experiment scheduled to end in the German electromagnetic leviatation furnace at about 7:30 p.m. CDT.
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 11.24.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 11
Columbia’s astronauts were awakened at 12:46 p.m. Central time today to the sound of "Walk of Life" by Dire Straits to begin their final preparations for tonight’s spacewalk by Winston Scott and Takao Doi to manually capture the SPARTAN science satellite and to test tools and techniques for the assembly of the International Space Station. At the time of crew wakeup, Columbia was 46 statute miles behind SPARTAN.
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 11.29.97 - STS-83 Mission Science Report # 10s
Unraveling the mysteries of the science of burning became the primary research focus of the Fourth United States Microgravity Payload Friday night as Columbia’s crew “fired-up” the middeck glovebox to begin the mission’s one and only combustion experiment.
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 11.24.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 10
Following a wake up call from Mission Control at 12:46 p.m. CST this afternoon, Commander Kevin Kregel and his crew – Pilot Steve Lindsey, Mission Specialist Kalpana Chawla, Winston Scott and Takao Doi and Payload Specialist Leonid Kadenyuk -- will begin their final preparations for the rendezvous and retrieval of the SPARTAN science satellite which was deployed earlier in the flight but failed to operate properly.
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 11.28.97 - STS-87 Mission Science Report # 09s
As the Thanksgiving holiday was wrapping up, cutting-edge research to improve high-tech electronics, satellite imaging and computers continued aboard Columbia.
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 11.23.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 9
Columbia’s crew spent its fifth day in space making final preparations for Monday’s spacewalking retrieval of the Spartan science satellite while continuing work with other experiments inside the shuttle cabin.
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 11.27.97 - STS-87 Mission Science Report # 08s
As many in America began celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday, researchers aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia and in the Spacelab Mission Operations Control Center at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., continued to reap a harvest of scientific knowledge from the fourth flight of the United States Microgravity Payload.
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 11.23.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 8
Plans are coming together nicely for tomorrow night’s spacewalk by astronauts Winston Scott and Takao Doi to manually capture the drifting Spartan after commander Kevin Kregel flies Columbia to within reaching distance of the satellite.
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 11.25.97 - STS-87 Mission Science Report # 7s
Research results that will affect the future of transportation and electronics industries continue to pour into the Spacelab Mission Operations Control Center at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., as Space Shuttle Columbia’s crew focuses on the Fourth United States Microgravity Payload experiments.
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 11.22.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 7
Astronauts Winston Scott and Takao Doi checked out their spacesuits aboard Columbia today in preparation for a planned Monday spacewalk while Mission Control developed plans that may allow Scott and Doi to recapture the Spartan satellite by hand during that EVA
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 11.25.97 - STS-87 Mission Science Report # 6s
Researchers at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., continued during the past 24 hours with the scientific investigations to study metallic crystal formation and the properties of materials for future electronics -- even as Space Shuttle Columbia’s crew successfully retrieved the Spartan satellite.
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 11.22.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 6
Today mission managers and experts in various flight control areas are meeting to formulate a plan for retrieval of the Spartan science satellite following the apparent failure of its attitude control system to activate.
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 11.24.97 - STS-87 Mission Science Report # 5s
Spacelab crew members and science teams at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., worked steadily through the night to complete as much science as possible in the remaining hours of the mission.
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 11.21.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 5
The mission of the SPARTAN science satellite to study solar phenomena was called off today after an attempt to activate its attitude control system failed following its release from Columbia’s robot arm for two days of free-flying operations.
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 STS-83 Mission Science Report # 4s
Microgravity Science Laboratory researchers at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., are working to take maximum advantage of the remaining hours before Space Shuttle Columbia’s return to Earth Tuesday.
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 11.21.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 4
The focus of today’s work aboard Columbia following crew wakeup at 9:45, is the deployment of the Spartan solar science satellite shortly after 3 this afternoon for its 2 days of free-flight science investigations and data gathering.
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 11.22.97 - STS-87 Mission Science Report # 3s
Friday was a day of “spectacular” science for the Fourth United States Microgravity Payload aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia, as the calibration of one experiment produced the most precise measurement of temperature ever recorded in space, and another experiment produced some surprising results.
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 11.20.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 3
Columbia’s astronauts conducted a variety of experiments in their second day in space today, gearing up for the deployment of the SPARTAN solar science satellite Friday, one day behind schedule.
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 11.21.97 - STS-87 Mission Science Report # 2s
Aboard Space Shuttle Columbia Thursday, furnaces were fired up for several research studies, and other experiments were supercooled as scientific research in the microgravity of space proceeded in earnest.
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 11.20.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 2
Columbia’s six-member crew will begin its first full day on orbit with a wakeup call from Mission Control about 8:45 this morning.
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 11.20.97 - STS-87 Mission Science Report # 1s
The Space Shuttle Columbia, with its primary scientific cargo known as the U.S. Microgravity Payload-4, lifted off on time at 1:46 p.m. CST Wednesday, to begin a 16-day flight.
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 11.19.97 - STS-87 Mission Control Center Status Report # 1
The shuttle Columbia and its multi-national crew of astronauts blasted off on time today from the Kennedy Space Center to begin a 16-day flight devoted to microgravity science, satellite-based studies of the sun and a spacewalk to prepare for the assembly of the International Space Station.
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