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Saturday | Mar. 2, 2002 - 10:36
Columbia's crew is on course tonight to capture the Hubble
Space Telescope. The final phase of the rendezvous with Hubble
will begin at 1 a.m. Central on Sunday. Commander Scott Altman
will take manual control of the approach about 2:30 a.m.,
as the shuttle closes within a half mile of Hubble. At about
3:13 a.m., astronaut Nancy Currie will use Columbia's robotic
arm to capture the telescope as the shuttle flies 350 miles
above the Pacific, east of Australia.
| Mar. 2, 2002 - 7:05 pm EST
With all gear checked and ready, Columbia is closing on the
Hubble Space Telescope. The crew will awaken at 7:52 p.m.
Central and begin the final phase of a rendezvous with the
orbiting observatory at about 1 a.m. Sunday. Astronaut Nancy
Currie is planned to capture the telescope with the shuttle's
robotic arm at about 3:14 a.m. Sunday.
Mar. 2, 2002 - 12:29 pm EST
Mission Control bid Columbia's crew an early good night as
the crew prepared to go to sleep just before noon central
As the crew prepared for sleep, Spacecraft communicator Steve
Maclean told Commander Scott Altman that Mission Managers
would meet later today to discuss ongoing analysis of the
freon loop cooling system, but the flight team was quite optimistic.
The crew was told to plan on a Sunday morning rendezvous and
capture of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Mar. 2, 2002 - 8:45 am EST
Columbia's crew is spending its first full day in space continuing
its pursuit of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Most of the crew's efforts today have focused on checkouts
of the rendezvous tools that will be used as Commander Scott
Altman, Pilot Duane Carey and Flight Engineer Nancy Currie
complete the final stages of the rendezvous early Sunday morning.
Mission Specialists Rick Linnehan, John Grunsfeld, Mike Massimino
and Jim Newman began checkouts of the spacesuits they will
wear over the course of five scheduled spacewalks to rejuvenate
and enhance the Hubble Space Telescope.
Mission managers plan to meet in Houston this afternoon for
a final review of data related to Columbia's cooling system
and reach a final conclusion on proceeding with Sunday's capture
of the Hubble.
Click here for a Audio
File Statement from the Mission Managers after reviewing the
coolant system data...
Click here for
a more personal account of how they dealt with this in Houston...
Mar. 2, 2002 - 3:56 am EST
The crew of the Columbia arose at 8:22 pm CST Friday to begin
their planned activities in preparation for Sunday's rendezvous
with Hubble and the next weeks EVAs. Currently, at 2:30
am CST the crew is doing a video survey of the orbiters
payload bay to check out equipment and technical hardware
to be used to service and update the space telescope. Later
in the day the crew will prepare the orbiters airlock,
check out EVA equipment, and then take part in a public affairs
event with several media organizations.
Click here for some
videos of the opening of the Payload Doors...
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