STS-107 Mission Journal  

STS-107 Mission Overview

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Official STS-107 crew portrait, courtesy of NASA.

LEFT: STS-107 crew - David Brown, Rick Husband, Laurel Clark, Kalpana Chawla, Michael Anderson, William McCool, Ilan Ramon.

RIGHT: STS-107 mission patch.

NASA image of STS-107 crew patch.

Columbia Investigation Archive

Columbia Mission Archive

STS-107 Updated Flight Facts

Mission:   Space Research
Orbiter: Columbia (OV-101)
Crew: 7 (6 American, 1 Israeli)
Launch Date: Thursday, 16 January 2003
Launch Time: 10:39AM EST (1539 GMT)
Launch Window: 2.5 hours
Launch Facility: Kennedy Space Center, Pad 39A
Docking: Not Applicable
EVAs: No Spacewalks
Undocking: Not Applicable
Landing: (PLANNED) 1 Feb 2003, 9:16AM EST (1416 GMT)
Landing Facility: Kennedy Space Center (target)
Orbital Insertion Altitude: 150 nautical miles (226 kilometers)
Orbit Inclination: 39
Orbit Period: 90.1 minutes (255 full orbits)
Duration: 15 days, 22 hours, 37 minutes (estimated)
Flight stats: 113th Shuttle flight (28th for Columbia)

Mission info from NASA Human Spaceflight and Kennedy Space Center webs


Research Top Priority for STS-107
The STS-107 crew in front of the SPACEHAB Research Double Module that will fly aboard Columbia. TOP: Laurel Clark, Ilan Ramon, Kalpana Chawla. MIDDLE: William McCool. BOTTOM: David Brown, Rick Husband, Michael Anderson. Photo courtesy of SPACEHAB, Inc.STS-107 is a mission devoted to research and will include more than 80 experiments that will study Earth and space science, advanced technology development, and astronaut health and safety. The majority of the experiments will be located on Space Shuttle Columbia's middeck and in the SPACEHAB Double Research Module. Mission Specialists Laurel Clark (at left) and Kalpana Chawla inspect scientific equipment at the Kennedy Space Center. NASA photo KSC-01PD-1884.
In order to perform the research, STS-107's crew will be split into two teams to allow around-the-clock operations during the 16-day flight. The Red Team consists of Commander Rick Husband and Mission Specialists Kalpana Chawla and Laurel Clark and Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon. Pilot William McCool and Mission Specialists David Brown and Michael Anderson are on the Blue Team.

Note: We have divided the Mission Journals into six sections for faster downloading. Updates are presented with newest dates on top, with a separate area covering the investigation; Part 6 covering the disaster; Part 5 covering Flight Day 13 through Flight Day 16; Part 4 covering Flight Day 8 through Flight Day 12; Part 3 covering Flight Day 4 through Flight Day 7; Part 2 covering Launch Day through Flight Day 3; and Part 1 covering all Preflight activities.

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