NOTE: The Space Shuttle Columbia landed safely today at KSC's Shuttle Landing Facility on Runway 33 at 6:47 a.m. EDT. Mission managers gave Columbia's Commander, Jim Halsell, the go ahead for deorbit burn at about 5:30 a.m. taking advantage of good weather conditions at KSC on the first landing opportunity.
Columbia's mission lasted 15 days and 16 hours. The Space Shuttle landed on orbit 251 having traveled 6.2 million statute miles. After KSC ground crews complete safing and postflight activities, Columbia will be transported to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2 later today.
MET EDT MAIN GEAR TOUCHDOWN 15:16:44:34 6:46:34 a.m. NOSE GEAR TOUCHDOWN 15:16:44:45 6:46:45 a.m. WHEELS STOP 15:16:45:29 6:47:29 a.m.
Index of STS-85 images
NOTE: The main engine Flight Readiness Test is complete. Preparations continue for loading of hypergolic propellants, scheduled for July 24. Preparations are also underway for the Helium Signature Test scheduled for Friday. The orbiter midbody umbilical unit mate activities begin tomorrow as well. Technicians are changing out a leaky disconnect on the reaction control system oxidizer tank vent.
Vertical payload installation is complete and electrical mates are in work today. The Interface Verification Test will occur tonight.
STS-85 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
NOTE: Aft hatch functional testing is complete and Atlantis' Modal (structural) Test continues through Sunday. The newly fabricated thermal protection tiles for the forward reaction control system are being installed and the Shuttle's aft compartment close-outs are in work. Technicians will replace a dinged boron strut in the orbiter's midbody.
Final payload bay door inspections are in work for Friday's door closure. In the VAB, solid rocket booster stacking operations are on schedule for external tank/SRB mate activities late July 24.
STS-86 SCHEDULED OPERATIONAL MILESTONES (dates are target only):
NOTE: Removal of the liquid oxygen 17-inch disconnect is in work. Following replacement of the damaged seal, the docking mechanism will be installed today. Replacement of the pump package on freon coolant loop No. 1 is complete. Modifications to the orbiter's elevon coves continue through next week.
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