NASA News

Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
321-867-2468


Oct. 30, 1995
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19951030
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
Flight Day 11

MISSION: STS-73 -- U.S. MICROGRAVITY LABORATORY-2
VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Orbit
OFFICIAL LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Oct. 20 at 9:53 a.m. (EDT)
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 5 at 6:48 a.m. (EST)
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 21 hours, 55 minutes
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 172 statute miles/39 degrees

NOTE: Mission status reports are issued daily from the Johnson Space Center and payload status reports are issued from the Marshall Space Flight Center.

The STS-73 crew are: Commander Ken Bowersox, Pilot Kent Rominger, Mission Specialists Catherine Coleman, Michael Lopez-Alegria and Kathryn Thornton, and Payload Specialists Fred Leslie and Albert Sacco.

MISSION: STS-74 -- 2nd MIR DOCKING (Docking Module)
VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Pad 39A
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Nov. 11 at 7:56 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 6 minutes, 57 seconds
TARGET MIR DOCKING DATE: Nov. 14
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 19 at about 1:28 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 5 hours
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: During normal aerosurface checks over the weekend, a slight amount of tile damage occurred on the rudder speed brake. this will be repaired with on impact to the schedule.

IN WORK TODAY:
* Begin aft engine compartment close-outs
* Install contingency space suits
* Remove and check turbo pump discharge temperature sensors on main engines

WORK COMPLETED:
* Flight readiness test of main engines and aerosurfaces

KEY STS-74 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Close payload bay doors for flight (Nov. 2)
* Ordnance installation and pressurize hypergolic system (Nov. 3)
* Launch countdown begins (7 a.m. Nov. 8)

MISSION: STS-72 -- SFU-Retrieval & OAST-Flyer

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 11 at 4:18 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 60 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 20 at 2:54 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 22 hours, 36 minutes
CREW SIZE: 6
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees

KEY STS-72 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Mate external tank with solid rocket boosters in Vehicle Assembly
Building (Nov. 9)
* Final payload bay door closure (Nov. 21)
* Roll to Vehicle Assembly Building (Nov. 29)

 

- end -


text-only version of this release

To receive status reports and news releases issued from the Kennedy Space Center Newsroom electronically, send a blank e-mail message to ksc-subscribe@newsletters.nasa.gov. To unsubscribe, send a blank e-mail message to ksc-unsubscribe@newsletters.nasa.gov. The system will confirm your request via e-mail.