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  • Ricardo Salamé
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    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 1, 1998
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      > KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT
      > MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 1998 (4:43 PM EST)
      > LAUNCH - 3 DAYS
      >
      > MISSION: STS-88 - 1st FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION
      > UNITY CONNECTING MODULE
      >
      > VEHICLE: Endeavour/OV-105
      > LOCATION: Launch Pad 39A
      > KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Dec. 3 at about 3:56 a.m. EST (preferred launch
      > time)
      > KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Dec. 14 at about 11:48 p.m. EST
      > LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 - 10 minutes
      > MISSION DURATION: 11 days, 19 hours
      > CREW: Cabana, Sturckow, Currie, Ross, Newman, Krikalev
      > ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees
      >
      > NOTE: The launch countdown for STS-88 began on schedule today at 7
      > a.m. in
      > KSC Firing Room 3. Endeavour's aft compartment closeouts concluded
      > last
      > week and orbiter maneuvering system/reaction control system flight
      > pressurization is complete. Today workers are finishing final payload
      > bay
      > closeouts and the payload bay doors will be closed for flight this
      > afteroon.
      >
      >
      > Operations to load the power reactant storage and distribution system
      > with
      > cryogenic reactants begins tomorrow at 3 a.m. Tomorrow afternoon
      > workers
      > will demate the orbiter midbody umbilical unit and retract it into the
      > Fixed
      > Service Structure.
      >
      > The flight crew arrived at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility yesterday in
      > preparation for Thursday's launch. Today they will conduct flight
      > crew
      > equipment checks and take flights in the Shuttle Training Aircraft.
      >
      > Air Force weather forecasters are indicating a 60 percent chance that
      > weather could prohibit launch on Dec. 3. The threat of low cloud
      > ceilings
      > and showers are the primary concern. The forecast calls for clouds
      > scattered at 4,000 feet and broken at 25,000 feet; visibility at 7
      > miles;
      > winds from the ENE at 10 knots and gusts to 15 knots; Temperature at
      > 72
      > degrees F; and relative humidity at 79 percent. The probability of
      > weather
      > prohibiting launch for a 24-hour scrub turnaround remains 60 percent
      > and the
      > 48-hour turnaround forecast is at 40 percent.
      >
      >
      >
      > MISSION STS-88 CREW
      >
      > Commander (CDR):
      > Robert Cabana
      >
      > Pilot (PLT):
      > Fredrick Sturckow
      >
      > Mission Specialist (MS1):
      > Jerry Ross
      >
      > Mission Specialist (MS2):
      > Nancy Currie
      >
      > Mission Specialist (MS3):
      > Jim Newman
      >
      > Mission Specialist (MS4):
      > Sergei Krikalev
      >
      > Status reports and other NASA publications are available on the
      > World Wide Web at:
      > http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/kscpao.htm .
      >
      > Information about the countdown and mission can be accessed
      > electronically via the Internet at:
      > http://www.ksc.nasa.gov/shuttle/countdown/ and at
      > http://shuttle.nasa.gov/
      >
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