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December 3, 2001
Launch-1 Day

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MISSION: STS-108 -- 12th ISS Flight (UF1) - Raffaello MPLM

Vehicle Endeavour/OV-105
Target KSC Launch Date/Time Dec. 4, 2001 at 5:45 p.m. EST
Target KSC Landing Date/Time Dec. 15, 2001 at 1:30 p.m.
Crew Gorie, Kelly, Godwin, Tani; (ISS-4 up) Onufrienko, Bursch, Walz; (ISS-3 down) Culbertson, Dezhurov, Tyurin 
Orbital Insertion Altitude and Inclination 122 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note  (previous notes)

Scrub turnaround procedures continue satisfactorily at Complex 39 B, preparing for the launch of Shuttle Endeavour on the STS-108 mission at 5:45 pm. EST Tuesday, Dec. 4. Over the weekend most of the launch team had some time off before activities resumed on Sunday with the loading of the cryogenic fuel cells aboard the Orbiter.

Operations today include powering up communications systems to launch mode and performing a series of safety walk downs at the pad. Booster retrieval ships Freedom Star and Liberty Star embarked for the recovery area at 1 p.m today. 

The Mission Management Team will meet today to assess status and give a final go for launch. Tonight, late stowage will be completed in the crew compartment, the ascent switch list will be reset and the rotating service structure will be moved to launch position at 10 p.m.

The countdown will resume at 2:50 a.m. Tuesday morning at the T-11 hour mark, and the fuel cells will be activated at 5:50 a.m. A one-hour built-in-hold will be called at T- 6 hours at 7:50 a.m., at which time the tanking meeting will be held to give the go-ahead for loading the liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen in the External Tank. Tanking will begin at 8:15 a.m. Three other holds are scheduled to meet window constraints - a 2- hour hold at T-3 hours, 10-minutes at T-20 minutes, and about 40 minutes at the T-9 minute mark.

Air Force forecasters predict good weather conditions at KSC on Tuesday, with a 20 percent probability of coastal showers prohibiting launch. The forecast calls for scattered clouds at 3,000 feet, winds from northeast at 12-16 knots and a temperature of 75 degrees F at launch time. In the booster recovery area, there will be 6 to 8-foot seas with winds at 20 to 25 knots.

Commander (CDR):        Dominic Gorie 
Pilot (PLT):                    Mark Kelly 
Mission Specialist 1:      Linda Godwin 
Mission Specialist 2:      Daniel Tani 
Expedition Four:            Yuri Onufrienko 
Expedition Four:            Daniel Bursch 
Expedition Four:            Carl Walz 



Tuesday, Dec. 4
8:30 a.m. --------Wake up
9 a.m. -------------Breakfast
12 p.m. -----------Lunch
*12:40 p.m. -----Crew Photo
1:15 p.m. --------Weather briefing
*1:35 p.m. -------Suit-up photo
*1:55 p.m. ------ Walkout/depart for pad
*2:25 p.m. ------ Arrive at pad
*3:40 p.m. -------Close hatch 
*5:45 p.m. ------ Launch of Endeavour

* Televised events (times may vary slightly)
All times Eastern


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