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April 8, 1997
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19970408
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
4:26 PM EDT

KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax 407-867-2692)
E-mail: J.Wells-1@ksc.nasa.gov

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

LANDING DAY

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: Shuttle Landing Facility
LAUNCH DATE/TIME: April 4 at 2:20:32 p.m. EST
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: April 8 at about 2:33 p.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: 3 days, 23 hours, 12 minutes
CREW: Halsell, Still, Voss, Thomas, Gernhardt, Linteris, Crouch

NOTE: Mission managers gave Columbia's crew a "go" for deorbit burn to occur at about 1:31 p.m. EDT, setting the vehicle on a course for landing at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility today. Landing occurred on the first opportunity at 2:33 p.m. EDT on runway 33.

About 3 hours, 30 minutes after touchdown, KSC ground crews will be ready to tow Columbia to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1. Tow operations should take about one hour to complete. Earlier today, the Space Shuttle Endeavour was moved from OPF bay 1 to the VAB to make room for Columbia's arrival.

Once in the OPF, post-flight deservicing will begin. Shuttle managers plan to remove fuel cell No. 2 this weekend for shipment to the vendor and inspection. Fuel cell No. 1, having about 2500 hours upon return, will also be removed and replaced.

Preliminary post-landing inspections of Columbia reveal the tires and brakes to be in good condition. Tile damage will be assessed later tomorrow.

MAIN GEAR TOUCHDOWN -- 3:23:12:39 MET / 2:33:11 p.m. EDT
NOSE GEAR TOUCHDOWN -- 3:23:12:51 MET / 2:33:33 p.m. EDT
WHEEL STOP -- 3:23:13:38 MET / 2:34:10 p.m. EDT

Columbia traveled 1.5 million miles on STS-83. This was the 36th KSC landing and the third time a Shuttle mission was shortened because of mechanical problems in the history of the Shuttle program.

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 4:07 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 24 at about 7:52 a.m.
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

NOTE: Work to replace fuel cell No. 3 continues and testing should begin tomorrow morning. Payload bay door closure is scheduled for Thursday and preparations to move Atlantis into the VAB are underway. External tank and solid rocket booster close-out activities are in work.

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

Roll over to the VAB (April 14)

MISSION: STS-85 -- CRISTA-SPAS-2

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 17 at 10:06 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 1 hour, 54 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 28 at about 6:54 a.m.
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 20 hours, 48 minutes
CREW: Brown, Rominger, Davis, Curbeam, Robinson, Tryggvason
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/57 degrees

NOTE: Discovery's forward reaction control system is scheduled for delivery to OPF bay 2 on Thursday. FRCS installation should take place early next week.

STS-85 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Install main engines (April 18)

NOTE ON ENDEAVOUR: Once flight controllers announced an official decision to land Columbia at KSC on the first opportunity, KSC shuttle managers started Endeavour's roll to the VAB. Endeavour will remain in the VAB until Atlantis moves out of OPF bay 3.

 

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