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Nov. 5, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19981105
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
3:54 PM EST
Flight Day 8

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 12:06 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: Shuttle Discovery continues to provide an excellent platform for the many research activities occurring on board during these final days of the mission. Discovery and crew are scheduled to return to KSC’s Shuttle Landing Facility on the first of two landing opportunities Saturday at about 12:06 p.m. The second KSC landing opportunity is available at about 1:47 p.m.

Preliminary forecasts indicate generally favorable weather to support Saturday’s landing at KSC. Tropical storm Mitch is passing through south and central Florida today and should move off Florida’s east coast by tomorrow night, providing good weather on Saturday. Winds are expected out of the northeast at about 10 knots, gusting to 15 knots. Forecasters do not expect crosswinds at the SLF to exceed 14 knots and head/tail winds should not be above 9 knots. Clouds are forecast to be scattered at 4,000 feet; visibility at 7 miles; temperature at 70 degrees F; and relative humidity at 60 percent.

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 3:59 a.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Dec. 14 at about 10:23 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 and secondary payload tests are complete. Gaseous nitrogen servicing of the orbiter’s water spray boiler No. 3 and main engine testing occur this week. The STS-88 flight crew is at KSC to participate in the Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test. Crew members are being briefed on orbiter and payload activities, practicing emergency escape procedures and conducting a full dress rehearsal of launch day activities on Friday. The countdown test culminates with a simulated main engine cutoff at 11 a.m. tomorrow. The Unity connecting module will be installed in the orbiter’s cargo bay Nov. 13.

 

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