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"HuKe OnN FoniKcs Wrilly WerK fER MiE!!"
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From: "Buckingham-1, Bruce" <Bruce.Buckingham-1@pp.ksc.nasa.gov>
To: "'1 SHUTTLE-STATUS@news.ksc.nasa.gov'"
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Subject: 1-7-99 status
Date: Thu, 7 Jan 1999 16:27:53 -0500 
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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 1999  (4:13 PM EST)

MISSION: STS-93 - Chandra X-ray Observatory (formerly AXAF)

VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102	
LOCATION: OPF bay 3 
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: no earlier than April 8 at 7:21 a.m.
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: no earlier than April 13 at 6:28 a.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW:  46 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 5 days
CREW: Collins, Ashby, Hawley, Coleman, Tognini
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION:  153 nautical miles/28.45 degrees

NOTE: Columbia's payload bay doors were opened earlier this week
following
the holiday down period. Also this week, workers replaced a transducer
for
orbiter freon coolant loop No. 2 and testing of the new component is
complete.  Columbia's forward and midbody compartment closeouts are in
work.
Potable water sampling is in progress.  In the Vehicle Assembly Building,
external tank and solid rocket booster closeouts continue. 

STS-93 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
* Payload bay doors closed prior to OPF rollout (Jan. 13)
* Orbiter weight and center of gravity tests (Jan. 28)
* Orbiter transferred to VAB for external tank mate ( NET Feb. 1)

MISSION: STS-96 - 2nd U.S. INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT
SPACEHAB DOUBLE MODULE

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103
LOCATION: OPF bay 1
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: May 13, 1999 at 11:41 p.m. EST
TARGET LANDING DATE/TIME: May 24, 1999 at 7:51 a.m. EST
MISSION DURATION: 11 days (+1)
CREW:  Rominger, Husband, Ochoa, Jernigan, Barry, Payette, Malenchenko
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION:  173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: Processing of the orbiter Discovery has resumed following the
holiday
down period. Functional testing of the orbiter's purge vent drain system
is
complete.  A corrosion control modification on the base heat shield is in
progress and main propulsion system leak and functional testing is under
way.  Technicians are preparing for upcoming radiator functional tests.
Replacement of Discovery's window No. 1 continues and window No. 7
replacement begins later this week. 


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(KSC Shuttle Status 1/7/99)

MISSION: STS-101 - 3rd INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION FLIGHT 
SPACEHAB DOUBLE MODULE / ICC

VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104	
LOCATION: Vehicle Assembly Building high bay 2 
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Aug. 5, 1999 at 2:15 a.m.
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Aug. 15, 1999 at 9:09 p.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW:  10 minutes
MISSION DURATION: 10 days 
CREW: Halsell, Horowitz, Weber, Tsang Lu, Williams
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION:  173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: Atlantis remains in VAB high bay 2 awaiting Columbia's move to the
VAB
in early February. Workers are preparing for the installation of
Atlantis'
onboard tactical air command and navigation system (TACAN). OPF bay 3
will
undergo planned open bay work for one week following Columbia's departure
and will then house Atlantis throughout the STS-101 processing flow

MISSION: STS-99 - SHUTTLE RADAR TOPOGRAPHY MISSION (SRTM)

VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
LOCATION: OPF bay 2
TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Sept. 16 at 8:47 a.m. 
TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Sept.  27 at 12:52 p.m. 
MISSION DURATION: 11 days 
CREW: Kregel, Gorie, Kavandi, Voss, Mohri, Thiele 
ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 126 nautical miles/57 degrees

NOTE: Endeavour's orbiter maneuvering system functional tests are in
work.
Shuttle main engine inspections continue and post flight servicing of the
onboard waste management system is in progress.


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