Status Report

Space Shuttle Processing Status 21 Mar 2001

By SpaceRef Editor
March 21, 2001
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MISSION: STS-102 – 8th ISS Flight (5A.1) – Leonardo MPLM

VEHICLE: Discovery/OV-103

LOCATION: Shuttle Landing Facility

OFFICIAL KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: Mar. 8, 2001 at 6:42:09:059 a.m. EST

OFFICIAL KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: Mar. 21, 2001 at 2:31 a.m.

MISSION DURATION: 12 days, 19 hours and 49 minutes

CREW: Wetherbee, Kelly, Thomas, Richards; (up) Voss, Helms, Usachev; (down)
Shepherd, Gidzenko, Krikalev

ORBITAL INSERTION ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 122 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

NOTE: Space Shuttle Discovery and a seven-member crew returned to Earth
today on the second KSC landing opportunity at 2:31 a.m. EST. Weather
conditions at KSC improved significantly throughout the night allowing a
deorbit burn of Discovery’s orbital maneuvering system engines at 1:26 a.m.
Wednesday.

Discovery’s main landing gear touched down on runway 15 at 2:31:42 a.m. EST.
The orbiter’s nose gear touched down at 2:31:54 a.m. Discovery came to a
complete stop at 2:33:06 a.m. after rolling about 14,100 feet. Following
vehicle safing and preliminary offloading efforts, KSC workers will tow
Discovery to Orbiter Processing Facility bay 2. The orbiter should be
inside the bay at about 8 a.m. Wednesday.

STS-102 brought home the first resident International Space Station crew and
delivered a new team of researchers to the orbiting outpost. This marks the
54th KSC landing and 17th night landing in Shuttle history. The STS-102
flight crew is expected to depart KSC Thursday for their homes in Houston,
Texas. The post-flight schedule for the Expedition 1 crew has not been
finalized.

SpaceRef staff editor.