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Jan. 29, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980129
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:19 PM EST

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
Flight Day 8

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 3:14 p.m.
OFFICIAL MIR UNDOCKING DATE/TIME: Jan. 29 at 11:56 a.m.
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 31, 1998 at 5:35 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 19 hours, 17 minutes
CREW: Wilcutt, Edwards, Dunbar, Anderson, Reilly, Sharipov, Thomas (up), Wolf (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Endeavour’s systems continued to perform very well as all transfer activities were completed and undocking preparations began this morning. The orbiter undocked from Mir on time at 11:56 a.m. today. At Hangar AF, solid rocket booster disassembly is in work and aft skirt removal is planned for today.

Forecasters expect generally favorable weather conditions for Saturday’s planned Shuttle landing at KSC. Early predictions indicate scattered clouds at 2,000 feet and broken at 25,000 feet; visibility at 7 miles; winds from the northeast at 5-6 mph; temperature 67 degrees and relative humidity 54 percent. Touchdown of Shuttle Endeavour is targeted to occur on the first of two landing opportunities at about 5:35 p.m.

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: Technicians began work to replace 3 thrusters last night on Columbia’s orbiter maneuvering system and will continue efforts through midnight tonight. Leak checks of the OMS begin tomorrow. Gaseous nitrogen servicing of the water spray boiler is complete. Replacement of the No. 3 payload bay floodlight and installation of a Spacelab fluid line are complete.

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

Payload premate test begins (Feb. 3)
Shuttle main engine installation complete (Feb. 4)
Payload installed into orbiter (Feb. 9)
Shuttle main engine heat shield installation begins (Feb. 11)
Payload interface verification test (Feb. 12)

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: Pressure checks of Discovery’s flash evaporator system (FES), loop No. 1 and fuel cell functional checks are complete. Tests of FES loop No. 2 are in work today. Preparations for tomorrow’s fuel cell voltage tests are in progress. Work on the orbiter’s airlock, body flap and super lightweight tank instrumentation modification continue.

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

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

 

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