Status Report

Space Shuttle Processing Status 5 Dec 2002

By SpaceRef Editor
December 5, 2002
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MISSION STS-113 – 16th ISS Flight (11A) – P1 Truss Segment

  • LAUNCH DATE: Nov. 23, 2002 at 7:49:47 p.m. EST
  • TARGET LANDING DATE: Dec. 6, 2002 at 1:57 p.m. EST
  • SHUTTLE CREW: Wetherbee, Lockhart, Lopez-Alegria, Herrington
  • ISS CREW UP: Bowersox, Budarin, Pettit
  • ISS CREW DOWN: Korzun, Whitson, Treschev
  • ORBITAL ALTITUDE AND INCLINATION: 122 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: For the second consecutive day, flight controls at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas, waved off both landing attempts for Shuttle Endeavour today due to deteriorating weather in the Kennedy Space Center vicinity. The Spaceflight Meteorology Group at JSC forecast high possibilities for crosswind violations, thunderstorms and low clouds at the Shuttle Landing Facility at KSC. The Shuttle will remain on orbit at least one additional day as managers proceed with efforts to attempt a landing at KSC tomorrow. The backup landing facility at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., was not called up today and will not be called up on Friday. Endeavour can safely remain in orbit through Sunday.

Forecasters currently predict improved weather conditions for tomorrow’s landing attempts at KSC. Two opportunities exist for a KSC landing on Friday. The first is at 1:57 p.m. EST with deorbit burn occurring at 12:51 p.m. The second landing opportunity for Friday is at 3:33 p.m. EST.

SpaceRef staff editor.