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February 21, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970221
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
9:05 AM EST

KSC Public Affairs Contact: Bruce Buckingham (fax 407-867-2692)
E-mail: Bruce.Buckingham-1@kmail.ksc.nasa.gov

MISSION: STS-82 -- HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION-2
LANDING DAY

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: OPF bay 2
OFFICIAL LAUNCH DATE/TIME: February 11 at 3:55:17 a.m.
OFFICIAL KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: February 21 at 3:32 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 23 hours, 37 minutes

NOTE: The Space Shuttle Discovery landed safely today at Kennedy Space Center's Shuttle Landing Facility Runway 15 at 3:32 a.m. Mission managers gave Discovery's Commander Ken Bowersox the go ahead for deorbit maneuvers about 90 minutes earlier after having waved off the first KSC landing opportunity due to low clouds.

Discovery traveled about 4.1 million miles during its mission that lasted just under 10 full days in space. Landing occurred on orbit 150. Discovery was towed to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 beginning at about 6:45 a.m. and was spotted in the OPF before 8 a.m.

The crew of mission STS-82 (image) were taken to their quarters at KSC after touchdown where they met with their families and went through routine post-flight medical examinations. They will depart for their homes in Houston later today.

This landing marks the fourth nighttime landing of the Shuttle at Kennedy Space Center. It also marks the 35th landing at KSC in the history of Space Shuttle flight and the second landing at KSC this year.

MISSION ELAPSED TIMES AND LANDING TIMES:

MAIN GEAR TOUCHDOWN -- 09:23:37:09 MET / 3:32:26 a.m. EST
NOSE GEAR TOUCHDOWN -- 09:23:37:20 MET / 3:32:37 a.m. EST
WHEELS STOP -- 09:23:38:09 MET / 3:33:26 a.m. EST

A preliminary inspection of Discovery revealed the lower surface sustained a total of 45 hits of which nine had a major dimension of 1-inch or larger. The tires and brakes were reported to be in good condition for a landing on KSC's concrete runway. A more detailed assessment will be conducted this weekend.

MISSION: STS-83 -- Microgravity Science Laboratory-1

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: April 3 at about 2:01 p.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: April 19 at about 7:30 a.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 16 hours, 29 minutes
CREW: Halsell, Still, Voss, Thomas, Gernhardt, Linteris, Crouch
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: Work continues to install the main engine heat shields. Mid-body and aft engine compartment close-outs are also continuing.

STS-83 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Landing gear functional checks (Saturday)
Close payload bay doors for move to Vehicle Assembly Building (Monday)
Roll to Vehicle Assembly Building (March 3)

MISSION: STS-84 -- 6th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: May 15 at about 4:05 a.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 24 at about 7:50 a.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 3 hours, 45 minutes
CREW: Precourt, Collins, Foale, Noriega, Lu, Clervoy, Kondakova
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

STS-84 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Install forward reaction control system (March 6)
Begin installation of Space Shuttle main engines (March 6)
Mate external tank to solid rocket boosters (March 10 under review)

 

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