Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Nov. 20, 1995
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
1:43 PM EST
MISSION: STS-74 -- 2nd MIR DOCKING (Docking Module)
LOCATION: Shuttle Landing Facility
OFFICIAL LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Nov. 12 at 7:30:43 a.m. (on time)
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 20 at 12:01 p.m. (on first opportunity)
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 4 hours, 30 minutes
CREW SIZE: 5
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Mission managers gave the crew of Atlantis approval for the deorbit burn to occur at about 10:58 a.m. to set the vehicle on course for a landing at Kennedy Space Center’s Shuttle Landing Facility today. Landing of Atlantis occurred on the first opportunity at 12:01 p.m. on runway 33, concluding its second mission to dock with Russia’s Mir space station.
About 3 hours, 30 minutes after touchdown, ground crews will be ready to tow Atlantis to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. Tow operations should take about 1 hour to complete.
Once in the OPF, post-flight deservicing will begin and preparations will be made for Atlantis’ next mission to the Mir space station, STS-76, scheduled for launch in March 1996.
Preliminary post-landing inspections of Atlantis reveal the tires and brakes to be in good condition. Tile damage will be assessed later today and tomorrow.
Atlantis landed on orbit 129. Touchdown times are as follows:
MAIN GEAR TOUCHDOWN 8:04:30.44 12:01.27 p.m.
NOSE GEAR TOUCHDOWN 8:04:30.54 12:01.37 p.m.
WHEELS STOP 8:04:31.42 12:02.24 p.m.
Atlantis traveled 3.4 million miles on mission STS-74. This was the 27th KSC landing in the history of the Shuttle program.
MISSION: STS-72 -- SFU-Retrieval & OAST-Flyer
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: 288 statute miles/28.45 degrees
KEY STS-72 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Final payload bay door closure (Nov. 22)
* Roll to Vehicle Assembly Building (Nov. 29)
* Rollout to pad 39B (Dec. 5)
MISSION: STS-75 -- TETHERED SATELLITE-1R & USMP-3
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
* TARGET LAUNCH DATE: Feb. 22, 1996
* TARGET KSC LANDING DATE: March 7, 1996
MISSION DURATION: 13 days, 16 hours
CREW SIZE: 7
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/28.45 degrees
* change from earlier status
KEY STS-75 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Removal of main engines complete (Nov. 22)
* Functional checks of the forward reaction control system (Nov. 27)
* Begin removal of onboard cryogenic storage tank set no. 2 (Nov. 28)
All times eastern
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