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Wednesday | Jan. 23, 2002
Yesterday in the Vertical Processing Facility, the radiator associated with the NICMOS Cryogenic Cooler was installed on the Multi-lightweight Equipment Carrier (MULE).

Also, members of the STS-109 flight crew began an inspection of the HST flight hardware today. The Reaction Wheel Assembly is scheduled to arrive at KSC the first week of February.

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Columbia arrives at launch siteTuesday | Jan. 29, 2002
Shuttle Columbia returned to the launch pad yesterday after undergoing 2 years of comprehensive maintenance, modification and processing operations that have made the senior member of the orbiter fleet safer and more versatile than ever.
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Columbia remains on schedule for the Feb. 28 launch of STS-109, the fourth mission to retrieve and service the Hubble Space Telescope (HST).

The orbiter rolled out from high bay 3 of the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) 23 minutes early at 6:37 a.m. after several delays last week caused by a requirement to adjust the steering linkage of the crawler-transporter. The Shuttle was locked down on Launch Pad 39A at 1:03 p.m., after covering the three-mile trip at a speed of .9 mph. CLICK HERE FOR NEWS DETAILS...

Friday | Jan. 25, 2002
The rollout of Shuttle Columbia from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) high bay to Pad A has been rescheduled for Monday, Jan. 28, with first motion at 7 a.m..

Verification testing of the operation of the steering linkage in all four of the crawler-transporter truck drives is in progress. No impact is expected on the STS-109 launch date or the milestone processing events leading up to it.

Wednesday | Jan. 23, 2002
The rollout of Shuttle Columbia from the Vehicle Assembly Building (VAB) to Pad A was postponed this morning because of a steering problem detected in the crawler-transporter shortly after it left High Bay 3.

The problem was identified as a faulty bearing in the steering linkage. The bearing will be replaced and verified later today. The rollout has been rescheduled to Thursday morning.

 

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