Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Nov. 3, 1994
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
STS-66 -- ATLAS-3/CRISTA-SPAS
LAUNCH DAY/FLIGHT DAY 1
ORBITAL ALTITUDE: 189 sm
LOCATION: in orbit
INCLINATION: 57 degrees
LAUNCH DATE and TIME: Nov. 3 at 11:59:43.060 a.m. EST
KSC LANDING DATE and TIME: Nov. 14 at 7:45 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 10 days/19 hours/46 minutes
The launch of the Space Shuttle Atlantis on mission STS-66 occurred today at 11:59:43 a.m. EST. The countdown was held for three minutes and 43 seconds at the T-5 minute mark as managers discussed the weather at the transoceanic abort landing sites.
This was the 66th launch of the Space Shuttle and the 13th for the orbiter Atlantis. No significant technical issues were worked throughout the duration of the countdown.
Post launch inspections of the pad reveal no unusual damage to the pad surface or the mobile launcher platform.
The solid rocket booster retrieval ships have reached the spent boosters. Divers have recovered the parachutes and the ships will begin towing the boosters back to Port Canaveral later today.
(Mission STS-66 status reports are issued daily by the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Tx.)
CREW: Commander Don McMonagle; Pilot Curtis Brown; and Mission Specialists Ellen Ochoa, Joseph Tanner, Jean-Francois Clervoy and Scott Parazynski.
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