- Press Release
- Feb 8, 2023
Next Space Shuttle Mission on Track for Dec. 9 Launch; Media Press Kit Is Available Online
Media Relations Department
MEDIA ADVISORY: 99-292
Space Shuttle Discovery is being prepared for launch Thursday, Dec. 9, on
the STS-103 flight, the third servicing mission to NASA’s Hubble Space
On Nov. 24, Shuttle technicians closed Discovery’s payload bay doors and
completed planned main engine testing. On Dec. 1, Shuttle managers will
conduct a follow-up flight readiness review to obtain a final status on
prelaunch preparations. The launch countdown is scheduled to begin Dec. 6
at 5:30 a.m. EST.
SHUTTLE ORBITER: Discovery
LOCATION: Pad 39B, Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
TARGET LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Dec. 9 at 1:10 a.m. EST
TARGET LANDING DATE/TIME: Dec. 18 at approximately 10:15 p.m.
LAUNCH WINDOW: 42 minutes
MISSION DURATION: Approximately 9 days and 21 hours
CREW: Commander Curtis L. Brown, Pilot Scott J. Kelly and Mission
Specialists Steven L. Smith, Jean-Francois Clervoy, John M.
Grunsfeld, Michael Foale and Claude Nicolier.
ORBITAL ALTITUDE AND INCLINATION: 317 nautical miles/28.45