COMPILED BY WILLIAM HARWOOD
Updated: March 20, 2001
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: ISS-5A.1 (STS-102)
Vehicle: Shuttle Discovery
Crew: Wetherbee, Kelly, Thomas, Richards; (up:) Voss, Helms, Usachev; (down:) Shepherd, Gidzenko, Krikalev
Launch date: March 8, 2001
Launch time: 6:42 a.m. EST (1142 GMT)
Launch site: LC-39B, KSC
Landing date: March 21, 2001
Landing time: 2:32 a.m. EST (0732 GMT)
Landing site: SLF, KSC
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Discovery touched down in Florida at 0731 GMT (2:31 a.m. EDT).
Low clouds and strong crosswinds forced NASA to wave off the first landing opportunity at KSC.
A fire alarm sounded aboard the space station early Monday. It turned out to be a false alarm but caused significant disruption.
See the Status Center for full play-by-play coverage.
Orbit ops snapshot
STS-102 entry timeline
Satellite tracking elements
STS-102 master flight plan
STS-102 TV schedule (rev. O)
STS-102 landing forecast