18 January 2003 - Evening Update - Work continues
round-the-clock aboard Columbia.
STS-107 Science Experiments Are Under Way
science experiments are under way as the STS-107 crew continues research
aboard Space Shuttle Columbia. The astronauts are working in split shifts
in order to conduct 24-hour operations during the 16-day mission.
Crewmembers set up two Israeli cameras in order to search over
the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean for dust particles possibly
impacting weather on Earth. The cameras are expected to supply
high-quality images and remarkable details.
One experiment taking place includes examining calcium
metabolism changes in an astronaut's body. Another is the Mechanics of
Granular Materials, which seeks to improve knowledge concerning damage to
soils and foundations caused by earthquakes.
Day 2 videos and
images are now available in the NASA Gallery.
18 January 2003 -
Flight Day 3 - Science operations continue.
1st Israeli Astronaut in Orbit
The first Israeli
astronaut, Ilan Ramon,
launched into orbit on his maiden flight aboard STS 107 on Thursday, Jan.
16. His mother survived Auschwitz and his father fought in Israel's war of
independence. He carries their dreams, and those of his countrymen, with
him on this 16 day science mission. In his
interview, he tells us "it's very exciting for me to be able to
fulfill their dream that they wouldn't dare to dream." While in orbit, he
will honor the Jewish community around the world by eating
kosher meals and observing the Sabbath on Houston time.
STS-107 Red Team will participate in interviews with
CBS News, CNN and the Fox News Network at [3:04PM EST/2004 GMT] Saturday.
Later, NASA TV will air the Mission Status Briefing at [4PM EST/2100 GMT]
and an International Space Station update at [5PM EST/2200 GMT].
NASA TV Schedule
Keep an eye on the play-by-play links at top right
for commentary, and watch live video on
17 January 2003 -
Flight Day 2 - Friday, the first full day of
saw science experiments going full-steam ahead.
STS-107 Crew Activates SPACEHAB, Experiments
Research aboard Space Shuttle Columbia continued on schedule
Friday afternoon for the STS-107 crewmembers, who were in the first full
day of on-orbit activities.
They completed activation of the SPACEHAB Research Double Module
and all of its experiments, including the Fast Reaction Experiments
Enabling Science Technology Applications and Research, or
STS-107 crewmembers are working in split shifts in order to
conduct 24-hour operations during the 16-day mission. Friday night,
crewmembers were slated to work with the Mediterranean Israeli Dust
Experiment, or MEIDEX, and human life experiments were slated to begin.
NASA TV to see the Flight Day 2 Highlights at 10PM EST Friday/0300 GMT
Saturday]. They will be replayed at the top of every hour until [5AM
EST/1000 GMT] Saturday.
NASA TV Schedule
Day 1 videos are now available in the NASA Gallery.
16 January 2003 - Evening Update - Flight Day 1 draws to close (for the
Red Team, at least).
The Blue Team was awakened at about 9:40PM EST today/0240 GMT Friday. Israeli
dignitaries were on hand this morning to witness the launch of
first astronaut from
Shuttle Columbia Aloft
The first shuttle
mission of the year carries the first Israeli astronaut,
Columbia, the oldest orbiter in the Shuttle fleet, will carry three
tons of science to orbit...literally! STS 107 is the first strictly
research mission since STS-99.
STS-107 Crew Goes to Work
Shortly after reaching orbit, the seven-member STS-107 crew
began preparing for mission operations. They opened Columbia's payload bay
doors, unpacked equipment and began activating the SPACEHAB Double
Research Module, which houses equipment for 59 of the 80-plus experiments
that will be performed during the 16-day mission.
NASA TV to see Flight Day 1 Highlights at [10PM EST today/0300 GMT
Friday]. They will be replayed at the top of every hour until [5AM
EST/1000 GMT] Friday. Also on Friday, NASA TV will carry a Mission
Status Briefing at [2PM EST/1900 GMT] and an International Space Station
update at [4PM EST/2100 GMT].
NASA TV Schedule
Day 1 pics are now available in the NASA Gallery.
16 January - LIFTOFF! -
lifted off on the first Shuttle mission of the year
- "with a multitude of national and international space research
Post-launch news conference at 11:55AM EST (1655 GMT).
Columbia Launches to Begin 16-Day Research Mission
got under way today when Space Shuttle Columbia launched from Kennedy
Space Center, Fla., at [10:39AM EDT/1539 GMT]. Less than nine minutes
later, Columbia settled into an orbit inclined 39 degrees to the equator.
The seven-member crew is slated to spend 16 days in space conducting
research during around-the-clock operations. More than 80 experiments are
flying aboard Columbia. Research areas include Earth and space sciences,
advanced technology development, and astronaut health and safety.
Now that they are in space, the seven crewmembers are preparing for on-orbit
operations and activating experiments. The crew is slated to activate the
SPACEHAB Research Double Module at [1:09PM EST/1809 GMT] today. [They] will divide their duties
into two teams working 12-hour shifts to conduct round-the-clock science.
The Blue Team -- Pilot William McCool, Mission Specialists David Brown and Payload
Commander Michael Anderson -- is slated to go to sleep at [2:39PM EST/1939 GMT] today.
The Red Team -- Commander Rick Husband, Payload
Specialist Ilan Ramon and Mission Specialists Laurel Clark and Kalpana
Chawla -- will continue to activate experiments.
NASA TV to see the International Space Station and Expedition Six
update at [5PM EST/2200 GMT] today. Flight Day 1 Highlights will air
at [10PM EST today/0300 GMT Friday] and be replayed at the top of every
hour until [5AM EST/1000 GMT] Friday.
NASA TV Schedule
Everything went off without a hitch -
security was tight, and the launch was flawless. KSC has launch
16 January - Morning Update - The crew is aboard and
ready to go.
STS-107 Crew Boards Shuttle for Launch Today
vehicle systems and weather in fine shape for today's launch of
STS-107, the seven crewmembers suited up and took their seats aboard Space
Shuttle Columbia. The shuttle is slated to lift off from Launch Pad 39A at
Kennedy Space Center, Fla., at
[10:39AM EDT/1539 GMT], which is the
beginning of a 2 hour, 30 minute window. It will spend 16 days in space
during a mission devoted to research.
includes Commander Rick Husband, Pilot Willie McCool, Payload Commander
Michael Anderson, Mission Specialists Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark and
David Brown and Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon. STS-107 is the first space
flight for McCool, Clark, Brown and Ramon -- who represents the Israel
Forecasts indicate that there is a 95-percent chance of
favorable weather at launch time today, with the primary concern being a
slight chance of low clouds at Kennedy.
16 January 2003 -
LAUNCH DAY - With security at an
all-time high, things are
looking good for today's launch.
weather forecasts continuing to look promising, Columbia is poised for launch at [10:39AM EDT/1539 GMT]
Thursday. The Kennedy Space Center will provide web
programming of the launch of STS-107. KSC Direct's Internet events
will begin at 9:40 am EST [1440 GMT] with Program Host Chris Guidi and Astronaut
Janice Voss. You can keep up with the latest news via the
Live Launch Countdown site.
crew of seven - Commander Rick Husband, Pilot
Willie McCool, Mission Specialists Dave Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Mike
Anderson and Laurel Clark, and Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon - will
conduct more than 80 experiments during their 16-day mission.
Yesterday's pre-launch Briefing video can be seen
here. Use the links at top right to see up-to-the-second commentary, and watch live on