Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
June 2, 1998
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
8:52 PM EDT
KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax: 407-867-2692)
MISSION: STS-91 -- 9TH AND FINAL MIR DOCKING, SPACEHAB-SM, Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS)
LOCATION: On orbit
OFFICIAL KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: June 2 at 6:06:24 p.m. EDT
MIR DOCKING DATE/TIME: June 4 at about 12:55 p.m. EDT
MIR UNDOCKING DATE/TIME: June 8 at about 11:57 a.m. EDT
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 12 at about 1:59 a.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: about 9 days, 19 hours, 53 minutes
CREW: Precourt, Gorie, Lawrence, Chang-Diaz, Kavandi, Ryumin, Thomas (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Space Shuttle Discovery launched today from KSC's Launch Pad 39A at 6:06 p.m. EDT. Though the launch team did slightly delay operations to load the external tank with cryogenic propellant this morning to evaluate a few minor technical issues, no major concerns were worked during the remainder of the countdown. As planned, launch managers determined the exact orbital location of the Russian space station Mir during the countdown's T-9 minute built-in hold. Managers then decided to launch Discovery at 6:06 p.m. EDT to achieve optimum Shuttle system performance and to accommodate Shuttle/Mir rendezvous activities slated for Thursday.
Mir continues to maintain a stable attitude control environment and is ready to support docking operations on Flight Day 3. STS-91 is the final Shuttle flight scheduled to join with the Mir and will be orbiter Discovery's first Mir docking. The primary objective of the mission is to pickup U.S. astronaut Andrew Thomas and return him to Earth concluding four months of on orbit research. More than 3,000 pounds of supplies and water will be transferred to Mir during the four-day Shuttle/Mir union.
The solid rocket booster recovery ships were deployed Monday at about 3 p.m. and are expected to arrive in Port Canaveral Thursday afternoon with boosters in-tow.
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