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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Last news release as Columbia landed at KSC 0435 HRS 03/12/02-Perfectly
on schedule


	STS-109 Mission Status Report #21
	STS-109 Mission Status Report #22

    Date: Sun, 10 Mar 2002 20:33:33 -0600 (CST)
From: info@jsc.nasa.gov
Subject: STS-109 Mission Status Report #21

STS-109
Report # 21 
 Sunday, March 10, 2002 - 8:30 p.m. CST 
 
 After a day off and a good night's rest, the seven-member crew of
Columbia will focus on the end of a mission featuring five successful
spacewalks to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope.

Landing is scheduled for 3:32 a.m. CST Tuesday at Kennedy Space Center,
Fla. The weather forecast for landing calls for generally acceptable
conditions with only a slight chance of rain showers developing offshore.

Commander Scott Altman, Pilot Duane Carey, and Mission Specialist Nancy
Currie will test Columbia's mechanical maneuvering systems at 12:47 a.m.
CST Monday to ensure they will be able to steer the shuttle on the
correct path for landing. They also will test the reaction control system
jets at 1:47 a.m. for assured maneuverability during re-entry into the
Earth's atmosphere.  Crewmates Mike Massimino, John Grunsfeld, Rick
Linnehan and Jim Newman will help pack away the equipment used throughout
the mission.

The crew also will take time to answer questions from middle school
students at the Maryland Science Center and the Denver Museum of Nature
and Science at 10:12 p.m.  The crew news conference with reporters at
Kennedy and the Johnson Space Center in Houston is scheduled for 11:57
p.m. Sunday.

The song "Floating" by the Moody Blues awakened the crew at
7:22 p.m.  Sunday. The song was dedicated to first-time fliers, pilot
"Digger" and spacewalker Massimino.

Tuesday's primary landing opportunity to Kennedy would begin with a
deorbit engine firing by Columbia at 2:22 a.m. CST leading to the 3:32
a.m. touchdown. A second landing opportunity also is available for
Kennedy on Tuesday, beginning with an engine firing at 4:05 a.m. leading
to a touchdown at 5:13 a.m. 

Although opportunities do exist for landing at Edwards Air Force Base,
Calif., shuttle managers plan to focus Tuesday only on a landing in
Florida.  Additional landing opportunities are available Wednesday, in
both Florida and California.

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

- --end--




Date: Mon, 11 Mar 2002 15:39:49 -0600 (CST)
From: info@jsc.nasa.gov
Subject: STS-109 Mission Status Report #22

STS-109
Report # 22 
 Monday, March 11, 2002 - 3:30 p.m. CST 
 
 Columbia's crew packed up gear today and checked out the equipment
needed for the shuttle's return to Earth, finding all systems ready for a
landing at the Kennedy Space Center scheduled for 3:32 a.m. CST Tuesday.

Columbia is planned to fire its engines at 2:22 a.m. CST Tuesday to begin
its descent toward Kennedy's Shuttle Landing Facility runway and the 3:32
a.m CST touchdown. A second landing opportunity also is available
Tuesday, with Columbia firing its engines at 4:05 a.m. CST to descend to
a 5:13 a.m. CST touchdown at Kennedy.

Shuttle managers will focus only on a landing in Florida Tuesday and will
not activate landing support at the alternate site of Edwards Air Force
Base, Ca.

The crew tested Columbia's flight control systems and test-fired the
shuttle steering jets today. During the test-firing, one of the shuttle's
38 primary jets was found to be failed, but the failure will not affect
landing. The crew also fired Columbia's jets to adjust the shuttle's
orbit, lowering it slightly to optimize the landing opportunities.

The weather forecast for landing calls for generally acceptable
conditions, although there is a slight chance of rain showers developing
offshore. The crew began a sleep period at 11:22 a.m. CST and will awaken
to begin landing preparations at 7:22 p.m. CST. For the primary landing
opportunity, the crew would close Columbia's payload bay doors in
preparation for the descent at 11:42 p.m. CST.

The next mission status report will be issued after landing or as events
warrant.






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