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Hubble orbitingMon | Mar. 11, 2002 - 12:30 pm EST
All systems are nominal.

The Flight Operations Team (FOT) returned to the Space Telescope Science Institute Mission operation Room (SIMOR) this morning.

The Science Instrument Subsystem Engineers (SI SEs) spent the night monitoring the transition of the instruments out of safe.  The Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) transition will start at 5pm EST today.

Current SI Status Summary:
ACS: Safe
Cooling System: ESM OP & NCS CPL in standby
STIS: Operate Side 2
WFPC2: Protect Safe.

Space Telescope Science Institute delivered the second Health and Safety load early this morning.  It was reviewed and uplinked within the last hour.

The Pointing and Control Subsystem Engineers (PCS SEs) and Flight Controllers continue to perform tracker maps and attitude reference updates.   As expected, the large disturbances during orbit night and at enter orbit day have been eliminated with removal of SA2.

The ground systems strings are being configured back to normal operations.

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Four of the crewMon | Mar. 11, 2002 - 6:11 am EST
Following a successful check out of its landing systems, the crew of Columbia is bringing what should be its last full day in orbit, to an end.

Preliminary weather forecasts at the Kennedy Space Center for tomorrow's scheduled landing are generally favorable with some clouds in the area and the possibility of an isolated offshore shower.

The crew is scheduled to go to sleep at 11:22 a.m. today, waking at 7:22 p.m. central time to begin final preparations for the return trip to Earth.

Landing is scheduled for 3:32 a.m. central time Tuesday.

Mon | Mar. 11, 2002 - 3:33 am EST
Columbia astronauts checked out flight control surfaces and reaction control system jets early Monday in preparation for their scheduled 3:22 a.m. CST Tuesday landing at Florida's Kennedy Space Center.

Earlier crewmembers talked with reporters at Kennedy and Johnson Space Center in the mission's Crew News Conference.

Mon | Mar. 11, 2002 - 12:53 am EST
Space Shuttle Columbia's seven astronauts will devote most of their time during Flight Day 11 preparing for landing. Commander Scott Altman, Pilot Duane Carey and Mission Specialist Nancy Currie will check out Columbia's mechanical maneuvering system and reaction control jets early Monday morning.

Meanwhile, the four astronauts who conducted STS-109's five extravehicular activities -- Mission Specialists John Grunsfeld, Rick Linnehan, Mike Massimino and Jim Newman -- will stow equipment used throughout the mission.

In other activities, the crew will field questions from middle school students in an educational event with the Maryland Science Center in Baltimore and The Denver Museum of Nature and Science at 10:12 p.m. CST Sunday (0412 GMT Monday).

Then at 11:57 p.m. CST Sunday (0557 GMT Monday), the seven astronauts will hold the Crew News Conference.

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