Press Release

Space Shuttle Status Report (4 p.m. EST) december 8, 1999

By SpaceRef Editor
December 8, 1999
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MISSION: STS-103 – 3rd Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103


TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: December 11 at 11:42 p.m. EST (under review)

TARGET LANDING DATE/TIME: December 21 at about 8:50 p.m. EST

LAUNCH WINDOW: 42 minutes

MISSION DURATION: about 9 days and 21 hours

CREW: Brown, Kelly, Smith, Foale, Grunsfeld, Nicollier, Clervoy

ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 317 nautical miles/28.45 degrees

Work in progress: Shuttle managers have decided to delay the start of the
STS-103 launch
countdown by at least 24 hours while engineers evaluate a dented main
propulsion system hydrogen line found during closeout inspections of
Discovery’s engine compartment. A final decision on whether or not the line
must be replaced is expected tomorrow. If the line requires replacement, it
is anticipated that the work would postpone launch by a minimum of several
days. The four-inch diameter line carries liquid hydrogen fuel for the Space
Shuttle main engines.

SpaceRef staff editor.