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Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2002 18:00:09 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: NASA HSF News Digest V1 #31
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NASA HSF News Digest       Monday, April 8 2002       Volume 01 : Number

        STS-110 Mission Status Report #01

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Date: Mon, 8 Apr 2002 17:04:52 -0500 (CDT)
From: info@jsc.nasa.gov
Subject: STS-110 Mission Status Report #01

Monday, April 8, 2002 – 4:30 p.m. CDT 

With the International Space Station and the Expedition Four crew
orbiting high overhead, the shuttle Atlantis lifted off this afternoon on
a complex mission to install a 43-foot long truss structure as the
backbone for future expansion of the orbital outpost.

Commander Mike Bloomfield, Pilot Steve Frick, Flight Engineer Ellen Ochoa
and spacewalkers Steve Smith, Rex Walheim, Jerry Ross and Lee Morin
rocketed away from Launch Pad 39-B at the Kennedy Space Center at 3:44
p.m. Central time as the ISS orbited over the Atlantic Ocean due east of
the northeastern United States at an altitude of 240 statute miles. 

Launch occurred with only 12 seconds left in the 5-minute launch window
due to a brief delay caused by a momentary ground launch system software
glitch at the Launch Control Center at the Florida spaceport which paused
the countdown at the T-minus 5-minute mark. Once the problem was solved,
the countdown resumed.

Atlantis’ launch marked a milestone as Ross became the first human to fly
in space seven times, breaking a record of six flights previously held by
Ross and fellow American astronauts John Young, Story Musgrave, Franklin
Chang-Diaz and Curt Brown. No Russian cosmonaut has flown in space more
than five times.

Now in their fifth month in orbit, Expedition Four Commander Yury
Onufrienko and Flight Engineers Carl Walz and Dan Bursch were able to
watch Atlantis’ launch through a video uplink from flight controllers in
Houston. Atlantis’ arrival will mark the first visitors for the
Expedition Four crewmembers since their launch back in December.

Less than nine minutes later, Atlantis and its crewmembers settled into
orbit as work began to prepare the shuttle for its planned 11-day mission
and for a series of rendezvous maneuvers to reach the station on
Wednesday morning. Atlantis will actually have to lap the ISS as a result
of those maneuvers before its scheduled docking with the outpost

After Atlantis’ payload bay doors are opened and approval is given for
the start of orbital operations, the seven crewmembers will unstow
computers and other gear required for the mission.

If all goes as planned, Atlantis will link up to the station Wednesday
just after 11 a.m. Central time, setting the stage for the installation
of the S0 (S-Zero) Truss on Thursday morning on the Destiny Laboratory
and the first of four spacewalks to mate and activate the new component
to Destiny. The S-Zero Truss will serve as a platform upon which other
trusses will be attached and additional solar arrays will be mounted in
future assembly flights to form a structure longer than the length of a
football field. The new truss will also serve as a primary electrical
switching station to route power from the stations’ arrays to various
modules and components. 

The shuttle crew will begin its first sleep period at 8:44 p.m. Central
time and will be awakened at 4:44 Tuesday morning to begin its first full
day in orbit, designed to test the ship’s robot arm, spacesuits and
rendezvous equipment which will be used over the next few days. 

The next STS-110 mission status report will be issued Tuesday morning
after Atlantis’ crew is awakened.
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