|STS-107 Mission Journal|
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SHUTTLE UPDATE:COLUMBIA BREAKS UP - COMPLETE LOSS OF CREW AND VEHICLE!
|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|
|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 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
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.
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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