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Dec. 4, 1998
 
STATUS REPORT : S-19981204-2
 
 
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
 
 
6:30 AM EST

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

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: On orbit
KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Dec. 4 at 3:35:34 a.m. EST
TARGETED KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Dec. 15 at about 10:36 p.m. EST
MISSION DURATION: 11 days, 19 hours
CREW: Cabana, Sturckow, Currie, Ross, Newman, Krikalev
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: After a brief isolated shower near Launch Complex 39A, Endeavour launched this morning at 3:35:34 a.m. on its second launch attempt. The first attempt on Dec. 3 was scrubbed when launch controllers, following an assessment of a suspect hydraulic system, were unable to resume the countdown clock in time to launch within the remaining launch window. The Shuttle's ascent to orbit was flawless.

This mission begins the largest cooperative space construction project in history -- assembly of the International Space Station. Upcoming significant mission events over the nearly 12-day mission include the removal of the Unity connecting module from Endeavour's payload bay on Dec. 5 for connection to the Shuttle's docking hatch, rendezvous with the Russian-built Zarya control module on Dec. 6, and the first of three scheduled space walks by Mission Specialists Jim Newman and Jerry Ross on Dec. 7.

The mission is scheduled to end with a night landing at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility on Dec. 15 at about 10:36 p.m. EST.

 

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