COMPILED BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
Updated: December 10, 2000
The deorbit timeline on any space shuttle mission begins four hours before the rocket firing that drops the ship out of orbit. This is known as "TIG (time of ignition) minus four hours." The actual start of the deorbit timeline, however, can vary by several minutes depending on the crew's schedule. The start of deorbit operations as listed in the chart below may by out of synch with NASA's official timeline by a few minutes either way.
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At a Glance
Mission 1: ISS-2R
Crew: Shepherd, Gidzenko and Krikalev
Launch date: Oct. 31, 2000
Launch time: 0753 GMT (2:53 a.m. EST)
Launch site: Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan
Return vehicle: Shuttle Discovery (STS-102)
Landing date: March 11, 2001
Landing site: Kennedy Space Center, Fla.
Mission 2: ISS-4A (STS-97)
Vehicle: Shuttle Endeavour
Crew: Jett, Bloomfield, Tanner, Garneau, Noriega
Launch date: Nov. 30, 2000
Launch time: 10:06 p.m. EST (0306 GMT on 1st)
Launch site: LC-39B, KSC
Landing date: Dec. 11, 2000
Landing time: 6:04 p.m. EST (2304 GMT)
Landing site: SLF, KSC