WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26, 2000 (7 a.m. EDT)

MISSION: STS-101 — 3rd ISS Flight (2A.2a) – SPACEHAB DM

  • VEHICLE: Atlantis/OV-104
  • LOCATION: Launch Pad 39A
  • TARGET KSC LAUNCH DATE/TIME: April 26, 2000 at about 3:27 p.m.
  • TARGET KSC LANDING DATE/TIME: May 6, 2000 at about 12:03 p.m.
  • LAUNCH WINDOW: 5 minutes
  • MISSION DURATION: 9 days, 21 hours
  • CREW: Halsell, Horowitz, Weber, Williams, Voss, Helms, Usachev
  • ORBITAL ALTITUDE and INCLINATION: 173 nautical miles/51.6 degrees

Shuttle Processing Note: Launch controllers began loading Space Shuttle Atlantis’ external tank for the third time today at about 6:05 a.m. During the standard pretanking meeting, engineers discussed no significant technical issues and the forecast indicated only a 10 percent chance that weather could prohibit launch today.

The forecast calls for scattered clouds at 4,000 feet; visibility at 7 miles; northwest winds at 14 gusting to 20 knots and temperature at 76 degrees F. Officials indicate a slight chance of low cloud ceilings. Winds at the Shuttle Landing Facility are forecast to be northwesterly at 12 gusting to 18 knots.

Upcoming Milestones:
External tank loading operations complete – April 26 at about 9 a.m.