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STS-113 MCC Status Report #23

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-113 MCC Status Report #23 
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2002 - 3 p.m. CST 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

The Space Shuttle Endeavour will spend at least one more day in space
awaiting acceptable landing weather after two opportunities to return to
Florida today were bypassed due to low clouds at the landing site. 

Flight controllers are now focusing on opportunities for landing on
Thursday at the Kennedy Space Center. The next opportunity for a landing
by Endeavour would begin with an engine firing at 12:49 p.m. CST Thursday
leading to a touchdown in Florida at 1:54 p.m. CST. A second opportunity
to land tomorrow also is available beginning with an engine firing at
2:26 p.m. CST leading to touchdown at 3:30 p.m. CST. 

Flight controllers plan to monitor weather forecasts for Florida
overnight before making a decision early tomorrow on whether to pursue
Thursday's landing opportunities. The alternate shuttle landing site at
Edwards Air Force Base in California will not be considered on Thursday. 

Endeavour has enough supplies to remain in orbit until at least Sunday if
necessary. The current weather forecast for a Thursday landing calls for
possible clouds and rain that could be unacceptable. 

Aboard Endeavour are Commander Jim Wetherbee, Pilot Paul Lockhart,
Mission Specialists Mike Lopez-Alegria and John Herrington and the
returning International Space Station Expedition 5 crew of Commander
Valery Korzun, Science Officer Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Sergei
Treschev. Wetherbee, Lockhart, Lopez-Alegria and Herrington have been
aloft since Nov. 23. Korzun, Whitson and Treschev have been in orbit
since June 4. 

The next Mission Control Center Status Report will be issued Thursday
morning or as events warrant. 

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