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Touchdown!Tue | Mar. 12, 2002 - 4:30 pm EST
All systems are nominal.

Gyro 6 was powered off. Gyro 6 will held in reserve pending other gyro failures.

The Science Instrument Subsystem Engineers (SI SEs) spent the early morning monitoring the transition of the Advanced Camera for Surveys (ACS) to operate. Memory Dumps were successfully performed. The Thermal Electric Cooler will be powered on tonight.

Current SI Status Summary:
ACS: All temperatures and voltages look outstanding
NICMOS: All temperatures and voltages look good
STIS: All temperatures and voltages look good
WFPC2: Protect Decon

The Space Telescope Science Institute is preparing a Health and Safety load. Delivery is expected around midnight for review by the SEs. The Health and Safety Science Mission Specification (SMS) will kick off around 10 a.m. Sunday. The recovery of the science instruments starts at 12:00 a.m. Monday.

The HST SYSTEMS console is leading the recovery to normal operations. Flight Controllers remain at the STOCC at Goddard until Monday morning.

On behalf of the HST Operations Team, our thanks to the Crew of STS-109, and all the members of the excellent teams at JSC and KSC.

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Touchdown!Tue | Mar. 12, 2002 - 4:40 am EST
Columbia landed at Kennedy Space Center at 3:32 a.m. CST Tuesday, completing a successful 10-day, 22-hour, 10-minute mission to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope. The mission, which featured five spacewalks, covered a total of 3,941,705 statute miles.

Commander Scott Altman, Pilot Duane Carey, and Mission Specialist/Flight Engineer Nancy Currie brought Columbia smoothly back to Earth. They fired the shuttle's orbital maneuvering system engines at 2:23 a.m., while Columbia was over the Indian Ocean, to begin their descent from orbit.

Their ground track took them across the Pacific Ocean and the coast of Baja California, then on an almost due east heading across the southern United States. The plasma trail of the orbiter was visible as it passed over Houston to some flight controllers at Houston's Mission Control Center who took a moment to go outside and watch it move quickly across the northern sky.

Tuesday's landing was the 58th for a shuttle at Kennedy Space Center and the 14th night landing there. Five other missions have ended with night landings at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

Tue | Mar. 12, 2002 - 3:28 am EST
Columbia astronauts fired the shuttle's orbital maneuvering systems engines at 2:23 a.m. CST Tuesday to begin their return to Earth. The 4-minute, 4-second OMS burn was done over the Indian Ocean. Columbia is scheduled to land at Kennedy Space Center at 3:32 a.m. CST, completing an almost 11-day mission that featured five successful spacewalks to upgrade the Hubble Space Telescope.

Tue | Mar. 12, 2002 - 12:56 am EST
Columbia astronauts closed the orbiter's payload bay doors at 11:54 p.m. CST Monday, as they continued preparations to land at Kennedy Space Center. The first of two landing opportunities there is at 3:32 a.m. Tuesday CST.

Tue | Mar. 12, 2002 - 12:11 am EST
The crew is awake and preparing for landing. Weather is improving, with forecasters continuing to call for generally favorable conditions and no longer forecasting a chance of offshore showers. Low clouds could form in the vicinity of Kennedy's shuttle runway, however.

Columbia's crew is scheduled to close the shuttle's payload bay doors at 11:42 p.m. CST. The crew will begin donning entry suits at about 1 a.m. CST Tuesday. Columbia's engines will be fired to begin a descent at 2:22 a.m. and touchdown is expected at 3:32 a.m. CST.

A second opportunity for landing is available with an engine firing at 4:05 a.m. CST leading to touchdown in Florida at 5:13 a.m. CST.

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