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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 1996 (1:55 PM EDT) FLIGHT DAY 3 KSC Public Affairs Contact: Bruce Buckingham (fax 407-867-2692) E-mail: Bruce.Buckinghamemail@example.com MISSION: STS-79 -- 4th MIR DOCKING & SPACEHAB DM (image) All times are EDT VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104 (image) LOCATION: Orbit OFFICIAL KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Sept. 16 at 4:54:49 a.m. EDT TARGET MIR DOCKING: Sept. 18 at about 11:13 p.m. TARGET MIR UNDOCKING: Sept. 23 at about 9:31 p.m. TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Sept. 26 at about 8:12 a.m. MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 3 hours, 18 minutes CREW: Readdy, Wilcutt, Akers, Blaha (up), Lucid (down), Apt, Walz (image) ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 196-245 statute miles/51.6 degrees NOTE: Atlantis remains in orbit and is scheduled to dock with Mir tonight at about 11:13 p.m. Atlantis is scheduled to remain in orbit for about 10 days and land back at Kennedy Space Center on Sept. 26 at about 8:12 a.m. Returning with Atlantis will be Shannon Lucid, ending her record breaking six-month stay on the Mir space station. The solid rocket booster retrieval ships have returned with the spent boosters to Hangar AF. Open assessments will be conducted later today. The crew of mission STS-79 are: Commander Bill Readdy; Pilot Terry Wilcutt; and Mission Specialists Jay Apt, Tom Akers, Carl Walz, John Blaha (up), and Shannon Lucid (down). Mission status reports are issued daily by Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX. MISSION: STS-80 -- WAKE SHIELD FACILITY-3 and ORFEUS-SPAS-2 (image) VEHICLE: Columbia/OV-102 LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 1 TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Nov. 8 at about 2:30 p.m. (EST) LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 24 at about 7:15 a.m. MISSION DURATION: 16 days CREW: Cockrell, Rominger, Jernigan, Jones, Musgrave ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 218 statute miles/28.45 degrees NOTE: Managers met today and decided on Nov. 8 as the new target launch date for STS-80. Vehicle close-outs and remote manipulator system functional checks are in work today. The payload bay doors are expected to be closed for flight next week. KEY STS-80 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only): Final payload bay door closure (about Sept. 23) Mate external tank to solid rocket boosters (Oct. 2) Roll to Vehicle Assembly Building (Oct. 5) NOTE: MISSION STS-81, ATLANTIS, IS TARGETED FOR LAUNCH ON JAN. 12, 1997. SHUTTLE PROCESSING STATUS WILL BE ISSUED FOLLOWING MISSION STS-79. MISSION: STS-82 -- HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION-2 VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103 LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 TARGET LAUNCH DATE: February 13, 1997 LAUNCH WINDOW: 61 minutes TARGET KSC LANDING DATE: February 23, 1997 MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 22 hours CREW: Bowersox, Horowitz, Lee, Hawley, Harbaugh, Smith, Tanner ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 360 statute miles/28.45 degrees NOTE: Installation of the Ku-band antenna continues in work today. Preparations are also underway to install the forward reaction control system next week. KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only): Begin installation of forward reaction control system (Sept. 24) Complete installation of main engines (about Oct. 10)
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