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  SHUTTLE STATUS REPORTS
 
 02.22.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report #24
The six astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour glided to a smooth landing at the Kennedy Space Center at sunset today, wrapping up their 11-day radar mapping mission, the first human space flight of the 21st century.
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 02.22.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report #23
Endeavour's crew is preparing for a return home today, working toward a touchdown at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, at 3:50 p.m. CST, the first of three landing opportunities.
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 02.21.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report #22
With mapping operations complete and Endeavour's radar mapping hardware stowed, astronauts today conducted checks of various flight control surfaces and thruster jets in preparation for tomorrow’s return to Earth.
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 02.21.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report #21
Endeavour's astronauts finished their successful Shuttle Radar Topography Mission mapping operations early Monday, then retracted the system's 200-foot mast into its payload bay canister.
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 02.20.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report #20
Earth radar mapping continues smoothly on its last full day with Endeavour’s crew scheduled to wrap up operations early Monday morning at 5:53 Central Time.
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 02.20.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report #19
Endeavour's astronauts are looking forward to using one more small bonus in mapping operations time. They were given an additional 10 minutes, bringing the total to nine days, 18 hours and 10 minutes.
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 02.19.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report #18
Following yesterday’s decision by mission managers to extend mapping operations, Endeavour’s astronauts are set to continue collecting data until 5:44 a.m. Central time Monday.
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 02.19.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report #17
The EarthKAM, a digital camera mounted at an overhead window on Endeavour's flight deck, continues its record setting pace.
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 02.18.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report #16
Mission managers late this afternoon announced a nine-hour extension to the data-taking portion of the mission. That means that mapping of the Earth now will continue until about 6 a.m. Monday.
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 02.18.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report #15
With unprecedented detail of well over half of the world's terrain already safely stored aboard, Endeavour's crew continued mapping the Earth uninterrupted this morning, marching toward more than nine full days of radar observations thanks to successful fuel conservation measures.
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 02.17.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report #14
Propellant conservation measures have paid off and Endeavour’s crew was notified this morning that the mapping operations will continue for the full nine days as planned prior to launch.
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 02.17.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report #13
Masses of data that will result in topographical maps far better than any now available continue to flow into high-rate recorders as Endeavour enters the second half of its Shuttle Radar Topography Mission.
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 02.16.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report #12
With growing confidence that fuel-saving measures onboard Endeavour will permit the radar mapping mission to run its full duration, flight controllers and crew members today marked the mission’s mid-way point.
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 02.16.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report #11
Optimism in orbit and in Mission Control that Endeavour will have enough propellant and power to complete its planned mapping of more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface continues to increase.
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 02.15.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report #10
New radar images of Brazil, South Africa and the South Island of New Zealand were unveiled this afternoon by elated scientists of the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission.
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 02.15.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report #9
Endeavour astronauts had completed mapping well over half the targeted Earth land surface by early Tuesday, and scientists continued to express delight at the quality of information they were seeing.
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 02.14.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report # 8
“As excited as a kid on Christmas day” is how Shuttle Radar Topography Mission project engineer Ed Caro described his reaction to the progress of the radar-mapping mission thus far.
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 02.14.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report # 7
Endeavour crewmembers successfully completed their second “flycast maneuver” trim burn early Monday, as the spacecraft continued to gather data that will greatly improve our topographical knowledge of the Earth’s surface.
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 02.13.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report # 6
The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission’s mapping operation continues to run smoothly, with about 17.7 million square miles of the Earth’s surface having been mapped by 7 p.m. Central time.
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 02.13.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report # 5
The first “flycast maneuver” trim burn was completed without a hitch by members of the Endeavour crew early Sunday.
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 02.12.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report # 4
By the time members of Endeavour’s Red Team had reached lunchtime on this first full day in space for the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, the radar antennas in the payload bay and at the end of a 200-foot mast had mapped about 1.7 million square miles (4.5 million square kilometers) of the Earth’s surface, or the equivalent of about half the area of the United States.
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 02.12.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report # 3
Endeavour astronauts began mapping operations on the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, which will provide maps of the Earth unprecedented in accuracy and uniformity.
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 02.11.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report # 2
Space shuttle astronauts deployed the longest rigid structure ever built in space today and continued work to check out the equipment they will use to produce unrivaled three-dimensional images of the Earth’s surface.
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 02.11.00 - STS-99 Mission Control Center Status Report # 1
With six astronauts on board, Endeavour sped to orbit under cloudless skies from the Kennedy Space Center today to begin the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, the first human space flight of the 21st century.
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