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April 28, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980428
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
3:13 PM EDT

KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax: 407-867-2692)

MISSION: STS-90 -- NEUROLAB
Flight Day 13

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: Columbia continues to provide a stable platform for neurological science research and all systems on board are operating very well. The Space Shuttle orbits Earth every 90 minutes traveling 17,500 miles per hour. To date, Columbia has completed more than 175 orbits of the Earth. Tomorrow mission managers are expected to make a decision on extending the mission by one day.

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

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: VAB high bay 1
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: June 2 at about 6:04 p.m. EDT
LAUNCH WINDOW: 7-10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 12 at about 12:45 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: Yesterday, Discovery was transferred from Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 to the Vehicle Assembly Building. The orbiter arrived in the VAB just after 5 p.m. yesterday. Efforts to mate Discovery to the new super lightweight external tank in high bay 1 will conclude this afternoon. The entire Shuttle stack is scheduled for transport to Pad 39A later this week.

NASA managers decided today to move the STS-91 target launch date to June 2. The additional time will accommodate orbiter processing requirements and launch preparations at Pad 39A.

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

Rollout to Pad 39A (May 2)
Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test (May 6-7)
Tanking test of first Super Lightweight Tank (May 18)
Flight Readiness Review (May 20)

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: under review
LAUNCH WINDOW: 10 minutes
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: under review
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: Endeavour's power reactant storage and distribution checks continue. Right-hand orbiter maneuvering system pod interface testing is under way. Technicians continue efforts to replace window No. 1. Preparations for remote manipulator system installation are complete. Functional tests of the orbiter/external tank umbilical doors are scheduled to occur this week.

 

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