Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
June 12, 1998
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
5:26 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: Shuttle Landing Facility
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
OFFICIAL KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: June 12 at 2 p.m. EDT
MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 19 hours and 54 minutes
CREW: Precourt, Gorie, Lawrence, Chang-Diaz, Kavandi, Ryumin, Thomas (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: The orbiter Discovery returned to Earth today landing on KSC's runway 15 at 2 p.m. EDT. Today's landing concludes the 9th and final Shuttle/Mir docking mission and returns astronaut Andrew Thomas home after more than four months onboard the Russian outpost. Clear weather conditions at KSC supported flight controllers' decision to land Discovery on the first of two opportunities.
This was the 44th KSC landing in Shuttle Program history and 15th consecutive KSC landing. The orbiter landed on orbit 155 having traveled 3.8 million statute miles. The STS-91 crew will spend the night at KSC and depart for their homes in Houston, TX tomorrow afternoon. Following SPACEHAB destow activities on the runway, Discovery will be towed to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 arriving at about 11 p.m.
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