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  • Frits Westra
    Forwarded by: fwestra@hetnet.nl (Frits Westra) Originally from: Buckingham-1, Bruce Original Subject: STS-109 Status
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 1, 2002
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      Forwarded by: fwestra@... (Frits Westra)
      Originally from: "Buckingham-1, Bruce" <Bruce.Buckingham-1@...>
      Original Subject: STS-109 Status Report for March 1
      Original Date: Fri, 1 Mar 2002 07:43:23 -0500

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      KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
      SHUTTLE & PAYLOAD PROCESSING STATUS REPORT
      Friday, March 1, 2002 (7:30 a.m.)


      MISSION: STS-109 - HST Servicing Mission 3B

      VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102
      KSC LAUNCH DATE: March 1, 2002 at 6:22:02.080 a.m.
      TARGET KSC LANDING DATE: March 12, 2002 at 4:35 a.m.
      MISSION DURATION: 11 days
      CREW: Altman, Carey, Grunsfeld, Currie, Newman, Linnehan, Massimino
      ORBITAL INSERTION ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 308 nautical miles/28.5 degrees

      Following a flawless final countdown, Shuttle Columbia lifted off at
      6:22:02.080 a.m. EST today on the STS-109 mission to service the Hubble
      Space Telescope. Columbia, returning to space after an extensive 2 1/2 year
      modification period, arced through a scattered cloud layer minutes before
      dawn on the start of an 11-day mission that includes five spacewalks after
      Hubble is retrieved in the orbiter payload bay. Quick-look data indicate
      the Shuttle engines performed normally during the eight minutes of powered
      flight.

      In the Solid Rocket Booster recovery area some 140 miles east of Cape
      Canaveral, retrieval ships Liberty Star and Freedom Star are on station,
      assessing the status of the two spent booster casings in three to four foot
      seas. The ships are scheduled to return to their berths at Cape Canaveral
      tomorrow morning.

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