Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Jan. 23, 1998
KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
10:52 AM EST
KSC Public Affairs Contact: Joel Wells (fax 407-867-2692)
Launch Viewing Information
MISSION: STS-89 -- 8th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM
LOCATION: On orbit
KSC OFFICIAL LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Jan. 22, 1998 at 9:48:15 p.m. EST
MIR DOCKING DATE/TIME: Jan. 24 at about 3:12 p.m.
MIR UNDOCKING DATE/TIME: Jan. 29 at about 11:52 a.m.
KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Jan. 31, 1998 at 5:36 p.m.
MISSION DURATION: 8 days, 19 hours, 48 minutes
CREW: Wilcutt, Edwards, Dunbar, Anderson, Reilly, Sharipov, Thomas (up), Wolf (down)
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 160 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
NOTE: Space Shuttle Endeavour and its seven member flight crew launched on time yesterday from KSC's Launch Pad 39A at 9:48:15 p.m. After confirming that the firing room consoles were in synch with the orbiter's general purpose computers (GPC) during a built-in 20-minute hold, launch managers worked no significant problems through the remainder of the countdown. Weather forecasts improved throughout the day as the thick clouds associated with a cold front and low pressure system in the Gulf of Mexico moved north of KSC.
The solid rocket booster recovery ships are keeping station with the STS-89 boosters, but have not begun diving and retrieval operations due to unfavorable weather conditions. Preliminary inspections of the launch pad indicate no major damage.
Orbiting Earth every 90 minutes and closing in on the Russian Mir space station for Saturday's planned docking, Endeavour remains in good shape. NASA flight controllers will put one of the orbiter GPCs back in use after an unintended shutdown early this morning. No flight impact is expected.
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