Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Nov. 5, 1995
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
1:19 PM EST
MISSION: STS-73 -- U.S. MICROGRAVITY LABORATORY-2
Flight Day 17--LANDING DAY
LOCATION: Shuttle Landing Facility
OFFICIAL LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Oct. 20 at 9:53 a.m. (EDT)
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 5 at 6:45 a.m. (EST)
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 21 hours, 52 minutes
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 172 statute miles/39 degrees
NOTE: Mission managers gave the crew of Columbia the go for deorbit burn to occur at about 5:46 a.m. to set the vehicle on course for a landing at Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility today. Landing of Columbia occurred on the first opportunity at 6:45 a.m. on runway 33, concluding its 16-day mission which featured the United States Microgravity Laboratory-2 (USML-2) payload.
About 2 hours, 30 minutes after touchdown, payload handlers began removing time critical experiments from the spacelab in the orbiter’s payload bay. At about 2 p.m. today, Columbia will be towed to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 where post-flight deservicing will begin and preparations will be made for Columbia’s next mission, STS-75, scheduled for launch in February 1996.
Preliminary post-landing inspections of Columbia reveal the tires and brakes in good condition. Tile damage will be assessed today and tomorrow.
Columbia landed on orbit 256. Touchdown times are as follows:
MAIN GEAR TOUCHDOWN 15:21:52.21 6:45.21 a.m.
NOSE GEAR TOUCHDOWN 15:21:52.35 6:45.35 a.m.
WHEELS STOP 15:21:53.16 6:46.16 a.m.
Columbia traveled 6.6 million statute miles on mission STS-73. This was the 26th KSC landing in the history of the Shuttle program. STS-73 was the second longest Shuttle flight to date. (STS-67, launched on March 2, 1995, was the longest flight at MET 16:15:09.46.)
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)
LOCATION: Pad 39A
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Nov. 11 at 7:56 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 6 minutes, 57 seconds
TARGET MIR DOCKING DATE/TIME: Nov. 14 at about 2:20 a.m.
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
KEY STS-74 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Pressurize hypergolic system (Monday)
* Complete ordnance installation (Tuesday)
* Launch countdown begins (7 a.m. Nov. 8)
* Crew arrival (11 a.m. Nov. 8)
All times eastern
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