Fwd = [ans] Shuttle ISS Mission Flight Delayed
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Originally from: "Dan James" <nn0dj@...>
Original Subject: [ans] ANS 093
Original Date: Sun, 2 Apr 2000 22:00:10 -0500
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SHUTTLE ISS MISSION FLIGHT DELAYED
AMSAT NEWS SERVICE BULLETIN 093.02 FROM AMSAT HQ
SILVER SPRING, MD, APRIL 02, 2000
TO ALL RADIO AMATEURS
The upcoming space shuttle mission to the International Space Station will
be delayed to give the commander of the shuttle Atlantis more time to
train after an ankle injury. NASA officials told ANS the Atlantic ISS
mission has been rescheduled to April 24, 2000. The flight had been
targeted for April 18th.
The commander, Air Force Colonel James Halsell, recently injured his left
ankle during training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston. "He needs
time to complete his training activities,'' NASA spokesman Bruce
Buckingham said. Buckingham also said some of the other Atlantis
crewmembers joined the team "fairly late'' but that their training has now
The late-arriving crew joined the Atlantis team after the decision was
made to split the April mission into two flights because of Russian delays
in completing the Zvezda service module. A second Atlantis flight is
planned for mid-August after the scheduled July launch of the Russian
module, which is to supply early living quarters and propulsion. Only
after ISS living quarters are established will Amateur Radio operation
begin from the orbiter.
The April 24th mission from the Kennedy Space Center will be a nine day,
19-hour mission to service the two connected pieces of the station that
now are in orbit. The mission also will include a spacewalk. The flight is
one of at least 40 flights and 1,700 space walks planned during the next
five years to the space station. As ANS readers know, the United States,
Russia and 14 other nations are building the 1-million-pound station --
which will be roughly the size of two football fields when completed.
[ANS thanks Florida Today and NASA for this information]
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