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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

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	STS-109 Mission Status Report #19
	STS-109 Mission Status Report #20

Date: Sat, 9 Mar 2002 22:37:38 -0600 (CST)
From: info@jsc.nasa.gov
Subject: STS-109 Mission Status Report #19

Report # 19 
 Saturday, March 9, 2002 - 10:30 p.m. CST 
 After five days of successful spacewalks to rejuvenate the Hubble Space
Telescope, the crew of Columbia will enjoy a Sunday off. The crew was
awakened at 8:50 p.m. CST Saturday by "Fly Me to the Moon" by
Frank Sinatra.  The song was played for Commander Scott
"Scooter" Altman.

The crewmembers onboard Columbia - Altman, Pilot Duane Carey and Mission
Specialists John Grunsfeld, Nancy Currie, Rick Linnehan, Jim Newman and
Mike Massimino - will have a rare opportunity to speak with another crew
in orbit, the International Space Station Expedition Four crew. 

At 2:15 a.m. Sunday the shuttle crew will talk with space station
Commander Yuri Onufrienko, and Flight Engineers Carl Walz and Dan Bursch.
 STS-109 is the first space shuttle mission not dedicated to assembly of
the space station, since a crew has been living aboard the orbiting
laboratory.  The station has been continuously inhabited since the first
expedition crew arrived in November 2000.

Columbia's crew also will participate in a live question and answer
session with reporters at 6:47 a.m.  WABC Radio in New York City; KARE-TV
of Minneapolis, Minn., and the CBS Radio Network will discuss the Hubble
servicing mission with the crew.

Flight Controllers at the Space Telescope Operations Center in Greenbelt,
Md., report that all systems on Hubble are operating well after its
release from Columbia. The new, more efficient solar arrays and Power
Control Unit are performing excellently. The activation of the science
instruments is scheduled to begin about 11 p.m. Sunday. Controllers will
continue to monitor the newly installed components until everything is
brought back on line.

Science observations are expected to resume in the next few weeks from
the veteran Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph and Wide Field Planetary
Camera. Any possible moisture accumulated during the maintenance
operations will be allowed to evaporate before some instruments will be
activated. The newest science instrument, the Advanced Camera for
Surveys, will begin peering more deeply into the cosmos in the next few

The crew will begin a sleep period at 11:22 a.m. Sunday. The next mission
status report will be issued Sunday afternoon, or as events warrant.

- --end--

Date: Sun, 10 Mar 2002 10:51:16 -0600 (CST)
From: info@jsc.nasa.gov
Subject: STS-109 Mission Status Report #20

Report # 20 
 Sunday, March 10, 2002 - 11 a.m. CST 
 Leaving behind a better-than-new Hubble Space Telescope, the crew of
Columbia had a well-deserved break today after a week spent overhauling
and enhancing the orbiting observatory.

Although it will be at least several weeks before all of the scientific
equipment installed by Columbia's crew is tested, space telescope
controllers report that all functional checks of Hubble continue to be
fully successful.

The crew is now beginning to turn their attention to the trip home, with
a landing by Columbia planned for 3:32 a.m. CST Tuesday at the Kennedy
Space Center, Fla. The weather forecast for landing calls for generally
acceptable conditions with only a slight chance of rain showers
developing offshore.

Early this morning, the astronauts aboard Columbia made a long-distance
call to their fellow space fliers, the Expedition Four crew of Commander
Yury Onufrienko and Flight Engineers Dan Bursch and Carl Walz, now in
their fourth month in orbit aboard the International Space Station. With
the aid of Mission Control, the two spacecraft crews conversed as
Columbia flew 350 statute miles above the Atlantic Ocean and the station
flew 240 miles above the South Pacific.

Columbia's crew begins a sleep period at 11:22 a.m. CST and will awaken
for what is planned to be their final full day in orbit at 7:22 p.m. CST.
That day will be devoted to the standard shuttle checkouts conducted
prior to landing, testing the flight controls and steering jets needed
for the return to Earth.

Columbia remains in good condition, with no systems problems of concern
to flight controllers. Tuesday's primary landing opportunity to Kennedy
would begin with a deorbit engine firing by Columbia at 2:25 a.m. CST
leading to the 3:32 a.m. CST touchdown. A second landing opportunity also
is available for Kennedy on Tuesday, beginning with an engine firing at
4:07 a.m. CST leading to a touchdown at 5:13 a.m. CST.

Although opportunities do exist for landing at Edwards Air Force Base,
Ca., shuttle managers plan to focus Tuesday only on a landing in Florida.

The Johnson Space Center newsroom closed at 11 a.m. CST today and will
reopen at 7 p.m. CST. The next mission status report will be issued this
evening or as events warrant.

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