NOTE: The solid rocket booster nozzles will be shipped to Thiokol in Utah this weekend for thorough inspections and post-launch assessments.
The crew of mission STS-82 completed their first of four planned space walks to service the Hubble Space Telescope early this morning. The second space walk is scheduled to begin at about 11:20 p.m. tonight.
NOTE: The spacelab transfer tunnel has been installed and an interface verification test is scheduled for next week. Also, the right hand orbital maneuvering system pod has been installed and cross-feed connections are complete. The crew of mission STS-83 is scheduled to arrive tonight for the crew equipment and interface test (CEIT) on Saturday. They will spend time inspecting the orbiter and the spacelab which was installed into the payload bay on Feb. 1.
STS-83 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
NOTE: Removal of the left hand pod will not be required and work is underway to complete the orbital maneuvering system functional checks. Securing of the APU No. 3 continues in work today. Stacking of the solid rocket boosters has been delayed several days due to problems with a fine control mechanism (hydraset) for the crane. Work is being rescheduled to least impact external tank/solid rocket booster mating operations. Workers hope to resume booster stacking operations on Monday.
STS-84 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
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