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Saturday | Mar. 2, 2002 - 10:36 pm EST
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.

Saturday | 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.

Saturday| 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 time today.

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.

Manning the consoleSaturday| 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...

Saturday| 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 week’s EVAs. Currently, at 2:30 am CST the crew is doing a video survey of the orbiter’s 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 orbiter’s 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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