Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
January 12, 1997
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
7:08 AM EST
KSC Public Affairs Contact: Bruce Buckingham (fax 407-867-2692)
MISSION: STS-81 -- 5th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM
LOCATION: Pad 39B
KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 12 at about 4:27.22 a.m. EST
LAUNCH WINDOW: about 7 minutes
DOCK WITH MIR: Jan. 14 at about 10:50 p.m. EST
UNDOCK FROM MIR: Jan. 19 at about 9:12 p.m. EST
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 22 at about 7:57 a.m. EST
MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 3 hours, 30 minutes
CREW: Baker, Jett, Grunsfeld, Ivins, Wisoff, Linenger (up), Blaha (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 184 statute miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE:The countdown for launch of Atlantis on mission STS-81 proceeded smoothly and launch occurred on time.
Atlantis is scheduled to remain in orbit for about 10 days and land back at Kennedy Space Center on Jan. 22 at about 8 a.m. Returning with Atlantis will be John Blaha, ending his four month stay on the Mir space station.
The solid rocket booster retrieval ships are expected to begin recovery operations this morning and then return the twin boosters to Hangar AF by tomorrow morning. Also, initial post-launch assessments indicate minimal damage occurred at Pad 39B during launch.
The crew of STS-81 are: Commander Michael Baker, Pilot Brent Jett, and Mission Specialists Jeff Wisoff, John Grunsfeld, Marsha Ivins, Jerry Linenger (up), and John Blaha (down).
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