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Jan. 20, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980120
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:40 PM EST
Launch-2 Days

KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax 407-867-2692)
E-mail: Joel.Wells-1@ksc.nasa.gov
MISSION: STS-89 -- 8th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Launch Pad 39A
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 22, 1998 with a preferred time of 9:48 p.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 10 minute window (opens at 9:43 p.m. EST)
MIR DOCKING DATE/TIME: Jan. 24 at about 3:12 p.m.
MIR UNDOCKING DATE/TIME: Jan. 29 at about 11:52 a.m.
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 31, 1998 at 5:36 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 19 hours, 48 minutes
CREW: Wilcutt, Edwards, Dunbar, Anderson, Reilly, Sharipov, Thomas (up), Wolf (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: The launch countdown for mission STS-89 began yesterday at 7 p.m. at the T-43-hour mark and the STS-89 flight crew arrived at KSC at 2:30 p.m.

Last night, Endeavour's payload bay doors were successfully cycled and closed for flight following replacement of a seal on the left door. The launch pad will be cleared of all personnel this afternoon to accomplish pyrotechnic initiator controller testing and loading of cryogenics into the orbiter's power reactant storage and distribution system.

Current Air Force weather forecasts indicate a 60 percent chance that weather could prohibit launch on Thursday. The primary concern is for thick cloud coverage at the launch site. Also of concern are thunderstorm debris clouds resulting from a cold front in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico. Thursday's forecast calls for winds from the southeast at 12-18 knots, clouds scattered at 3,000 feet and 10,000 feet; broken at 25,000, visibility 7 miles, temperature 64 degree F, 73 percent relative humidity, and no precipitation.

 

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