Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Dec. 7, 1999
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
3:30 PM EST
MISSION: STS-103 -- 3rd HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION
LOCATION: Pad 39B
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: December 11 at 11:42 p.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: December 21 at about 8:50 p.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: 42 minutes
MISSION DURATION: about 9 days and 21 hours
CREW: Brown, Kelly, Smith, Foale, Grunsfeld, Nicollier, Clervoy
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 317 nautical miles/28.45 degrees
Work in progress: This afternoon, Shuttle managers moved the launch of Shuttle Discovery to Dec. 11 at 11:42 p.m. The delay accommodates additional wiring work in the orbiter's aft compartment. Today, technicians are completing efforts to replace and retest a wiring harness that provides command and feedback support to the main engine No. 2 controller. One wire in the harness had a 1/8-inch nick in its Teflon insulation, and engineers decided last night to replace the entire harness. Engine No. 2 will undergo flight readiness tests, and leak checks will be repeated.
Aft compartment close-outs are expected to conclude early Thursday, and the launch countdown is set to begin at 4 a.m. Thursday. The flight crew will take advantage of the additional time to review mission plans and spend time with family members.
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