Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
April 17, 1998
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
4:17 PM EDT
KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax 407-867-2692)
MISSION: STS-90 -- NEUROLAB
LOCATION: On orbit
OFFICIAL KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: April 17, 1998 at 2:19 p.m. EDT
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 3 at 12:09 p.m. EDT
EXPECTED MISSION DURATION: 15 days, 21 hours, 50 minutes
CREW: Searfoss, Altman, Linnehan, Williams, Hire, Buckey, Pawelczyk
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 150 nautical miles/39 degrees
NOTE: Space Shuttle Columbia lifted off from KSC’s Launch Pad 39B on time today at 2:19 p.m. EDT. Following yesterday’s scrubbed launch attempt, workers replaced a faulty network signal processor located in the orbiter’s middeck last night. Once retests were complete, KSC launch managers worked no significant technical issues throughout the remainder of the launch countdown.
STS-90 is the first Shuttle mission to focus completely on the study of the human nervous system. Researches expect to glean information that will help overcome the physiological challenges encountered during space flight and assist in the treatment of diseases here on Earth.
The solid rocket booster recovery ships were deployed Wednesday and are expected to be on-station with the boosters in the Atlantis Ocean by 4 p.m. today. Recovery operations will begin this evening. The ships are expected to arrive at Port Canaveral with the boosters in-tow at about 3 p.m. tomorrow.
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