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Nov. 4, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19981104
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
4:07 PM EST
Flight Day 7

MISSION: STS-95 -- SPACEHAB-SM, SPARTAN & HOST

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: On Orbit
OFFICIAL KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Oct. 29 at 2:19:34 p.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 7 at about 12:10 p.m. EST
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 21 hours and 50 minutes
CREW: Brown, Lindsey, Parazynski, Robinson, Duque, Mukai, Glenn
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 300 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Systems onboard Discovery continue to perform very well in flight. Shuttle managers have thoroughly reviewed the data gathered to date on Discovery's drag chute door. Launch film footage, on board orbiter temperature and stress sensors, and computer model analysis give flight controllers the confidence to proceed as planned with normal reentry and landing operations without deploying the drag chute. A safe and successful landing at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility is expected Saturday at about noon.

Preliminary forecasts indicate generally favorable weather to support Saturday's landing at KSC. The remnants of tropical storm Mitch will pass through Florida tomorrow and Friday and related rain and winds are expected to move off Florida's east coast Friday night, allowing for favorable weather on Saturday. Winds are expected out of the northeast at about 12 knots, gusting to 17 knots. Forecasters do not expect cross winds at the SLF to exceed 14 knots and head/tail winds should not be above 9 knots.

MISSION: STS-88 -- 1ST FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
UNITY CONNECTING MODULE

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: Launch Pad 39A
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Dec. 3 at about 3:55 a.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Dec. 14 at about 10:19 p.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 - 10 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 11 days, 18 hours
CREW: Cabana, Sturckow, Currie, Ross, Newman, Krikalev
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: At Launch Pad 39A, Endeavour's helium signature leak tests are in work today. Gaseous nitrogen servicing of the orbiter's water spray boiler No. 3 and main engine testing also occur this week. Endeavour's payload bay doors are open and payload testing is in work this week. The Unity connecting module will be installed in the orbiter's cargo bay Nov. 13 and functional testing of Unity's pressurized mating adapters No. 1 and No. 2 are scheduled today.

 

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