Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Oct. 15, 1995
STATUS REPORT : S-19951015
NASA's Space Shuttle Processing Status Report
This KSC shuttle status report was prepared at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15, 1995

Launch of Columbia was postponed today at about 1:25 p.m. EDT for the sixth time. Today, weather conditions at KSC were unacceptable for launch. Due to the scheduled launch of the Atlas launch vehicle on Tuesday morning, the next available time frame in which Columbia could be launched is Thursday, Oct. 19 at 9:49 a.m. EDT. The launch window extends until 12:19 p.m. that day. Mission STS-73 is a 16-day flight featuring the second mission of the United States Microgravity Laboratory. Landing would occur on Nov. 4 at KSC. The seven STS-73 flight crew members will remain at KSC and continue to stay in quarantine and on their assigned mission sleep/wake cycles. Over the next few days, they will practice flying in the Shuttle Training Aircraft, review flight data files and have free time with their immediate families. KSC's launch team is recycling the STS-73 launch countdown to prepare for a Thursday morning launch attempt. Columbia's onboard fuel cell storage tanks will be serviced on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the five STS-74 astronauts arrived at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility at about 4:15 pm today for their Terminal Countdown Demonstration Test. As part of routine pre-flight training, the crew will learn about emergency escape procedures at the launch pad and practice launch day events on Wednesday. KSC's STS-74 launch team will conduct a simulated launch countdown that leads to a mock T minus zero at 11 a.m. Wednesday. After the test the crew will return to Houston for the remainder of their flight training. Shuttle Atlantis is being prepared for the second Mir docking flight now targeted for launch on November 10th.

There will be a brief question and answer session with the STS-74 astronauts and the news media on Tuesday at the launch pad. Transportation to the pad will leave the Press Site at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, the STS-74 pre-flight briefings will be held at Johnson Space Center beginning at 10 a.m. EDT. The next STS-73 countdown status briefing is tentatively planned for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the KSC Press Site Auditorium. The briefing will be carried live on NASA Television. The office is closed and will re-open tomorrow at 8 am.


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