material for Flight Day 12 -
Space Flight Center
The Hubble Space Telescope Project
Hubble Status Report
| 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
Current SI Status Summary:
ACS: All temperatures and voltages look
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.
Space News :: Latest Items
| 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
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
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,
| 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
| 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.
| 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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