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November 9, 2002

2002 Year at a Glance

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MISSION: STS-113 -- 16th ISS Flight (11A) - P1 Truss Segment

Vehicle Endeavour/OV-105
Target Launch Date November 11, 2002 at 12:59 a.m. EST
Target Landing Date November 21, 2002 at about 8:17 p.m. EST
Mission Duration 11 days
Crew Wetherbee, Lockhart, Lopez-Alegria, Herrington
ISS Crew Up: Bowersox, Budarin, Pettit
ISS Crew Down: Korzun, Whitson, Treschev 
Orbital Insertion Altitude/Inclination 122 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note  (previous notes)

Countdown activities continue on schedule for the launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour to the International Space Station. Mission managers met Friday afternoon and are working no technical issues at this time that would prevent an on time launch of Endeavour. At the Pad, filling of the on-board Power Reactant and Storage Distribution tanks with the needed liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen to support the mission was completed this morning, with final Space Shuttle Main Engine checks beginning this afternoon. Tomorrow afternoon, managers will meet again to give the go ahead to begin filling the External Tank with more than 500,000 gallons of liquid propellant. 

Weather forecasters predict a ridge of high pressure to extend across south Florida early Monday morning causing slight concerns for isolated showers in the Kennedy Space Center area during the launch window. The probability of weather at KSC prohibiting launch is 20 percent and only 5 percent of weather issues prohibiting tanking activities. If a launch delay was required, there is a 30 percent chance of weather prohibiting launch for a 24-hour turnaround and a 60 percent chance of weather prohibiting launch for a 48-hour turnaround.

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