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KENNEDY SPACE CENTER SPACE SHUTTLE STATUS REPORT THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 1996 (12:23 PM EDT) LANDING DAY 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: Shuttle Landing Facility OFFICIAL KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Sept. 16 at 4:54:49 a.m. EDT MIR DOCKING: Sept. 18 at 11:13 p.m. MIR UNDOCKING: Sept. 23 at 9:33 p.m. OFFICIAL KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Sept. 26 at 8:13 a.m. MISSION DURATION: 10 days, 3 hours, 19 minutes CREW: Readdy, Wilcutt, Akers, Blaha (up), Lucid (down), Apt, Walz (image) NOTE: The orbiter Atlantis landed at KSC today on the first opportunity at 8:13 a.m. ending mission STS-79, which lasted 10 days, and ending Shannon Lucid's 188-day stay in Earth orbit. About 45 minutes after landing on runway 15, the crew departed the SLF and were taken to the crew quarters for post-mission medical examinations and visits with their families. The STS-79 crew will remain in Florida tonight and return to Texas tomorrow morning. 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 ELAPSED TIMES AND LANDING TIMES MET EDT MAIN GEAR TOUCHDOWN 10:03:18:26 8:13:15 a.m. NOSE GEAR TOUCHDOWN 10:03:18:40 8:13:29 a.m. WHEELS STOP 10:04:19:28 8:14:17 a.m. Atlantis traveled 3.9 million miles and landed on orbit 160. This was Atlantis' seventh landing at KSC and the 32nd overall at KSC in the history of the Shuttle program. Now that Atlantis is on the ground, preparations will be made to tow the orbiter to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 3 for post-flight deservicing and preparations for its next mission, STS-81, set for launch in January. 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 2:47 p.m. (EST) LAUNCH WINDOW: 2 hours, 30 minutes TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Nov. 24 at 7:31 a.m. MISSION DURATION: 16 days CREW: Cockrell, Rominger, Jernigan, Jones, Musgrave ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 218 statute miles/28.45 degrees NOTE: The payload bay doors have been closed and preparations are now in work to close-out the orbiters mid-body and aft engine compartment. Today in the VAB the external tank is scheduled to be mated to the solid rocket boosters. KEY STS-80 OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only): Mate external tank to solid rocket boosters in Vehicle Assembly Building (today) Roll Columbia to Vehicle Assembly Building and mate with external tank (Oct. 7) Roll-out to Pad 39B (Oct. 14) MISSION: STS-82 -- HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE SERVICING MISSION-2 VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103 LOCATION: Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: February 13, 1997 at 2:59 a.m. LAUNCH WINDOW: 61 minutes TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: February 23, 1997 at 1:35 a.m. 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: The forward reaction control system was installed on the orbiter last night. Replacement of fuel cell no. 3 is also underway. KEY OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only): Install Space Shuttle main engines (Oct. 7-8) Install left hand orbital maneuvering system pod (Oct. 21)
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