Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Dec. 14, 1998
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
5:24 PM EST
MISSION: STS-88 -- 1ST FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
UNITY CONNECTING MODULE
FLIGHT DAY 11/12
LOCATION: On orbit
OFFICIAL KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Dec. 4 at 3:35:34 a.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Dec. 15 at about 10:56 p.m. EST
MISSION DURATION: 11 days, 19 hours and 20 minutes
CREW: Cabana, Sturckow, Currie, Ross, Newman, Krikalev
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Mission controllers continue to enjoy a smooth flight with Shuttle Endeavour, experiencing no significant issues with the orbiter's onboard systems. The solid rocket booster nozzles were shipped to Utah Friday and booster segment disassembly continues toward completion tomorrow.
Tomorrow, the flight crew will begin on-orbit preparations to bring Endeavour home late Tuesday night. The first two KSC landing opportunities are Tuesday at 10:56 p.m. EST and Wednesday at 12:32 a.m. EST. Mission managers have decided not to call up landing support at Edwards Air Force Base (EAFB), CA, tomorrow. Should additional time on orbit be needed, managers have additional KSC landing opportunities at 9:56 p.m. and at 11:35 p.m. EST on Wednesday. EAFB offers two back up opportunities Thursday at 1:06 a.m. and 2:43 a.m EST.
Weather forecasters are indicating the possibility of rain showers within 30 nautical miles of KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility and the likelihood for low cloud cover. The forecast calls for scattered to broken clouds at 4,000 ft and broken clouds at 8,000 ft. Winds are predicted to be from the Northeast at 10 knots gusting to 17 knots. The temperature at landing is expected to be 61 degrees F. Weather conditions at KSC are expected to improve slightly on Wednesday.
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