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Nov. 7, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19981107-2
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
3:20 PM EST
Landing Day

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

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: Shuttle Landing Facility
OFFICIAL KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Oct. 29 at 2:19:34 p.m. EST
OFFICIAL KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 7 at 12:04 p.m. EST
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 21 hours and 44 minutes
CREW: Brown, Lindsey, Parazynski, Robinson, Duque, Mukai, Glenn
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 300 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
NOTE: Space Shuttle Discovery and her seven-member flight crew returned to KSC today on the first landing opportunity at 12:04 p.m. EST. Today's landing concluded a nine day research mission of historic significance. Weather forecasters closely monitored the cross wind conditions at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility today and gave flight controllers a "go" forecast in time for the deorbit burn at 10:53 a.m.

The drag chute was not deployed and had no impact on the otherwise flawless landing. Planned visual inspections of the orbiter's drag chute compartment commenced about 1 hour after touchdown and revealed that the chute was intact postflight. Inspections also confirmed that pyrotechnic wiring associated with the drag chute mortar was in excellent condition, allowing KSC managers to proceed with routine post landing activities. After about 8 hours of SPACEHAB destow efforts, Discovery will be towed to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1.

This was the 45th KSC landing in Shuttle history and the 16th consecutive KSC landing. Discovery landed on orbit 135 having traveled 3.6 million statute miles. The STS-95 crew will remain overnight at KSC and depart for their homes in Houston, TX, tomorrow at about 11:30 a.m. EST.

MAIN GEAR TOUCHDOWN -- 8:21:43:57 EST / 12:03:30 p.m. MET
NOSE GEAR TOUCHDOWN -- 8:21:44:07 EST / 12:03:40 p.m. MET
WHEELS STOP -- 8:21:44:56 EST / 12:04:29 p.m. MET

 

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