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STS-112 MCC Status Report #23



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-112 MCC Status Report #23 
Friday, October 18, 2002 - 11 a.m. CDT 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

Space Shuttle Atlantis glided to a noontime landing at the Kennedy Space
Center in Florida completing a 4.5 million mile journey to outfit the
International Space Station with a new section of truss and supplies for
the Expedition crew onboard. 

With weather of little concern today, Commander Jeff Ashby piloted the
shuttle to its 60th landing at KSC at 10:44 a.m. CDT. The deorbit burn
occurred an hour earlier as Atlantis flew high above the southwestern
Indian Ocean, dropping the shuttle out of orbit for the high-speed
reentry and landing. 

Atlantis' ground track carried it above Central America and western Cuba
before crossing the west coast of Florida south of Tampa. Ashby took over
manual control of Atlantis at an altitude of 50,000 feet, guiding the
200,000 pound shuttle through a 290-degree right turn to line up with
Runway 33. 

Meanwhile, aboard the International Space Station, the Expedition Five
crew was able to watch Atlantis' safe landing while the three crewmembers
continue to unpack and stow supplies delivered by the shuttle crew.
Commander Valery Korzun, NASA ISS Science Officer Peggy Whitson and
Cosmonaut Sergei Treschev are in their 135th day in space (133rd aboard
the station). 

Their next visitors are the three members of a Soyuz Taxi Crew scheduled
to deliver a fresh rescue spacecraft to the station later this month.
Expedition Five's ride home will be aboard Endeavour scheduled to launch
no earlier than Nov. 10 bringing another truss segment and the Expedition
Six crew. 

Atlantis will be hauled into its hangar later today to begin preparations
for its next mission to the station in March 2003 on the STS-114 mission.


Atlantis' six crewmembers are expected to hold a news conference at about
4 p.m. today on NASA Television and plan to return to the Johnson Space
Center in Houston Saturday at about 5:30 p.m. That time is subject to
change. 

The next ISS status report will be issued next Friday, Oct. 25, or as
events warrant.



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