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Jan. 27, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980127
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
3:06 PM EST

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

MISSION: STS-89 -- 8th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM
Flight Day 6

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: On orbit
KSC OFFICIAL LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 22, 1998 at 9:48:15 p.m. EST
OFFICIAL MIR DOCKING DATE/TIME: Jan. 24 at about 3:14 p.m.
MIR UNDOCKING DATE/TIME: Jan. 29 at about 11:52 a.m.
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 solid rocket booster recovery ships delivered the left and right-hand boosters to Hangar AF for post-flight inspections yesterday. Open assessments are scheduled to begin today. Initial reports revealed some water impact damage to the right-hand booster including damage to the forward skirt and forward segment. Also, damage was reported to the left-hand exit cone. In addition, two main parachutes (one from each booster) and a diver operated plug were lost at sea during recovery operations over the weekend. More detailed inspections of both boosters are planned to continue throughout the week.

MISSION: STS-90 -- NEUROLAB

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: OPF bay 3
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: April 2, 1998 at 1:19 p.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: April 19, l998 at 12:07 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 16 days, 21 hours, 48 minutes
CREW: Searfoss, Atlman, Linnehan, Williams, Hire, Buckey, Pawelczyk
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 150 nautical miles/39 degrees
NOTE: Work to remove residual reactants from Columbia's orbital maneuvering system continue. A leak may exist on one of the manifolds and workers today will attempt to isolate that system to complete the inerting process. As a result, installation of the main engines and installation of Neurolab into the orbiter has been delayed several days. Servicing of the ammonia boilers is complete to date and mid-body close-outs continue.

STS-90 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Shuttle main engine installation (Feb. 3)
Payload installed into orbiter (Feb. 9)

MISSION: STS-91 -- 9th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB-SM
VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: OPF bay 2
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: May 28 at 8:05 p.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 7 at about 3:36 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 19 hours, 31 minutes
CREW: Precourt, Gorie, Lawrence, Chang-Diaz, Kavandi, Thomas (down), Ryumin
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Installation of the orbiter's robotic arm and fuel cell modification checks are currently in work today. Air lock checks and body flap inspections are also on going.

STS-91 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):

Fuel cell voltage test (Jan. 30)
External airlock installation (Feb. 4)

 

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