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April 20, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980420
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
2:26 PM EDT

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

MISSION: STS-90 -- NEUROLAB
Flight Day 4

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
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: The solid rocket boosters from Columbia's launch Friday were returned to Hangar AF Saturday afternoon. Initial indications revealed no problems with recovery operations. Open assessments of the boosters will begin today. Also, minimal damage was reported to Pad 39B following launch.

Mission managers have indicated the mission may be extend a day if cryogenic margins and consumables permit. The decision will come mid-way through the flight.

MISSION: STS-91 -- 9TH AND FINAL MIR DOCKING, SPACEHAB-SM

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: OPF bay 2
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: May 28 at 8:05 p.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 7 at about 3:36 p.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 18 hours, 31 minutes
CREW: Precourt, Gorie, Lawrence, Chang-Diaz, Kavandi, Ryumin, Thomas (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Discovery's midbody and aft compartment closeouts continue. Hydraulic operations and checks of the main propulsion system are complete. SPACEHAB tunnel installation is slated to begin tonight. Rollover to the VAB is currently targeted for no earlier than Friday, April 24.

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

Payload bay doors closed (April 22)
Roll to VAB (no earlier than April 24)

MISSION: STS-88 -- FIRST FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
(NODE-1, PMAs 1 and 2)

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: OPF bay 1
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: July 9, 1998, at 12:44 p.m. EDT (under review)
LAUNCH WINDOW: 10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: July 20, 1998 at 8:02 a.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 19 hours, 18 minutes
CREW: Cabana, Sturckow, Currie, Ross, Newman
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Preparations for the installation of the right-hand orbital maneuvering system pod are currently in work. The pod is scheduled to be installed tonight. Docking base wire harness installation for the International Space Station is also in work this week.

STS-88 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
Installation of the right hand OMS pod (April 20-21)

 

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