STS-102 Day 13 Highlights
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- On Tuesday, March 20, 2001, 7:00 a.m. CST, STS-102 MCC Status Report # 25
- All of Discovery’s systems are checked out for landing, with
Commander Jim Wetherbee and his team ready to escort home the first
International Space Station expedition crew late Tuesday.
- Landing is scheduled for 11:56 p.m. CST Tuesday (12:56 a.m. EST
Wednesday), but Entry Flight Director Wayne Hale and his team are
carefully watching weather conditions at the primary landing
site. With low clouds, possible rain and gusty crosswinds expected at
Kennedy Space Center in Florida, Hale decided to activate support at
Edwards Air Force Base in California on Wednesday when conditions are
expected to be at their best this week.
- The first landing opportunity begins with a deorbit burn on Orbit
200 at 10:50 p.m. CST Tuesday and ends with landing at 11:56 p.m. in
Florida. The second opportunity on Orbit 201 starts with an engine
firing at 12:26 a.m. CST Wednesday and ends with landing in Florida at
1:31 a.m. The third chance calls for an Orbit 202 deorbit burn at 1:57
a.m. CST Wednesday and landing at Edwards at 3:02 a.m. The final
prospect of the crew day begins with an engine firing at 3:33 a.m. CST
Wednesday and ends with a California landing at 4:38 a.m.
- Wetherbee and the shuttle crew – Pilot Jim Kelly and Mission
Specialists Andy Thomas and Paul Richards – spent the day packing
for the trip home and completing checks of the steering jets and
flight controls the shuttle will use. They also fired Discovery’s
orbital maneuvering system engines to adjust the shuttle's orbit and
optimize landing opportunities, testing the braking rockets they use
to begin re-entering the Earth’s atmosphere.
- ISS Expedition One Commander Bill Shepherd and crewmates Yuri
Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev took time out from their packing to
answer questions posed by three television news reporters. Tonight,
the returning Expedition One crew members will set up the reclining
seats to help ease the stress of landing on their bodies, which have
not experienced gravity for four and a half months.
- Meanwhile, the Expedition Two crew aboard the station – Commander
Yury Usachev and Flight Engineers Susan Helms and Jim Voss – began
settling into their new home and shift schedule. Awakening at
midnight Tuesday, they began their daily exercise regimen and set up
the station toilet for use by its first female crew member.
- The crew aboard Discovery is scheduled to begin its sleep shift at
7:42 a.m. CST and wake up to begin final landing preparations at 3:42
p.m. Bedtime for the station crew is 3:30 p.m. CST.
- On Tuesday, March 20, 2001, 5:30 p.m. CST, STS-102 MCC Status Report # 26
- Discovery’s astronauts were awakened at 3:42 p.m. Central time
today to begin preparing for a landing at the Kennedy Space Center.in
Fla. later this evening.
- There are two landing opportunities available this evening for
Discovery’s return to the Kennedy Space Center. The first landing
opportunity begins with a firing of the Shuttle’s orbital
maneuvering system engines at 10:50 p.m. for an 11:56 p.m. landing. A
second opportunity, one orbit later, begins with a deorbit burn at
12:26 a.m. Wednesday, resulting in a landing at 1:31 a.m. Weather at
the Kennedy Space Center.is not expected to be favorable today,
however, with the possibility of high winds, rain and clouds in the
vicinity of the Shuttle Landing Facility. The backup landing site at
Edwards Air Force Base in Calif. was called up for landing support
this morning and weather conditions are expected to be acceptable
there for landing. Flight controllers will continue to monitor the
weather at both landing sites and Entry Flight Director Wayne Hale is
expected to make a decision regarding landing opportunities shortly
after 10:30 p.m. today.
- Discovery’s astronauts are scheduled to begin their deorbit
preparations at 6:53 p.m. today - configuring the shuttle’s
computers for reentry, deactivating the galley and installing seats on
the flight deck and middeck. The payload bay doors are scheduled to be
closed at 8:10 p.m.
- If given a go to land, Wetherbee and the shuttle crew – Pilot Jim
Kelly and Mission Specialists Andy Thomas and Paul Richards will
perform a series of procedures that will lead to the firing of the
Shuttle’s large orbital maneuvering engines later this evening,
beginning the crew’s hour-long reentry to Earth. Discovery is also
bringing home the first occupants of the International Space Station,
Expedition One Commander Bill Shepherd and Russian crewmates Yuri
Gidzenko and Sergei Krikalev. After 141 days in space, the Expedition
One crew will re-enter Earth’s atmosphere reclining on seats
designed to help ease the stress of gravity and landing on their
- On board the International Space Station, Expedition Two Commander
Yury Usachev and Flight Engineers Susan Helms and Jim Voss spent a
relatively quiet day in space as they enjoyed another day of light
- Discovery continues to orbit the Earth in excellent shape at an
altitude of 237 statute miles as its astronauts gear up for landing.
- The next mission status report will be issued after landing, or as
- mission events warrant.
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