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June 8, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19980608
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
1:45 PM EDT
Flight Day 7

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

MISSION: STS-91 -- 9TH AND FINAL MIR DOCKING, SPACEHAB-SM, Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS)

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: On orbit
OFFICIAL KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: June 2 at 6:06:24 p.m. EDT
OFFICIAL MIR DOCKING DATE/TIME: June 4 at about 12:58 p.m. EDT
OFFICIAL MIR UNDOCKING DATE/TIME: June 8 at 12:01 p.m. EDT
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 12 at about 1:59 p.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: about 9 days, 19 hours
CREW: Precourt, Gorie, Lawrence, Chang-Diaz, Kavandi, Ryumin, Thomas (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: The Space Shuttle Discovery undocked on-time from the Russian Mir Space Station today at 12:01 p.m. EDT. This event marks the 9th and final planned Shuttle/Mir docking.

The STS-91 solid rocket boosters are undergoing hands-on inspection at Hangar AF today. So far, workers are reporting that the booster segments are in very good condition. Booster disassembly efforts begin later this week.

MISSION: STS-88 -- FIRST FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
UNITY (Node-1)

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: OPF bay 1
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Dec. 3 time TBD
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Dec. 14 time TBD
MISSION DURATION: 11 days
CREW: Cabana, Sturckow, Currie, Ross, Newman
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Interface verification testing of Endeavour's forward reaction control system is complete. Auxiliary power unit (APU) leak and functional testing continues and APU lubrication oil servicing is in work. Shuttle main engine heat shield attach point rework continues. Work to replace orbiter window No. 8 occurs this week and water spray boiler servicing preparations are under way.

MISSION: STS-93 -- Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility (AXAF)

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
LOCATION: OPF bay 3
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 21, 1999 time TBD
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 26, 1999 time TBD
LAUNCH WINDOW: 43 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 4 days, 23 hours, 7 minutes
CREW: Collins, Ashby, Hawley, Coleman, Tognini
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 153 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Technicians have removed Columbia's APU No. 1 and preparations to remove APU No. 3 are in work. The commander and pilot flight seats have also been removed from the orbiter. Leak and functional testing of Columbia's liquid helium main propulsion system is under way. This week workers will perform standard torque checks of the wing-to-fuselage bolts and conduct gaseous oxygen system leak checks.

 

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