Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
May 3, 1998
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
2:43 PM EDT
KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax: 407-867-2692)
MISSION: STS-90 -- NEUROLAB
LOCATION: Shuttle Landing Facility
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
CREW: Searfoss, Altman, Linnehan, Williams, Hire, Buckey, Pawelczyk
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 150 nautical miles/39 degrees
NOTE: The Space Shuttle Columbia glided to a successful landing on runway 33 at KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility today at 12:09 p.m. EDT. Neurolab scientists and their research teams gathered at KSC to begin preliminary ground processing of the valuable data gleaned from STS-90’s nervous system experiments. With excellent weather conditions at KSC, flight controllers opted to bring Columbia and her seven-member flight crew home on the first of two landing opportunities, executing the deorbit burn at about 11:11 a.m. today.
At the flight’s conclusion, the orbiter and crew had traveled 6.375 million statute miles and completed 256 orbits of the Earth. Columbia’s 13th KSC landing marked the 43rd KSC landing in Shuttle program history. Following routine orbiter safing, servicing and payload destow activities, Columbia will begin its transfer from the SLF to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3 at about 10:15 p.m. and will arrive in the OPF at about 11:30 p.m.
MAIN GEAR TOUCHDOWN -- 15:21:49:59 MET / 12:08:59 P.M. EDT
NOSE GEAR TOUCHDOWN -- 15:21:50:13 MET / 12:09:13 P.M. EDT
WHEELS STOP -- 15:21:50:58 MET / 12:09:58 P.M. EDT
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