Space Shuttle Mission
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next Space Shuttle mission, due to launch on 02/09/2000, will be
a special mission dedicated to providing highly accurate topographical
maps of most of the surface of Earth. The Shuttle will be crewed
by Pilot Dominic Gorie, Commander Kevin Kregel, and Mission Specialists
Janice Voss, Janet Kavandi, Gerhard Thiele and Mamoru Mohri.
is called the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, or SRTM. The Shuttle
will orbit the Earth ~176 times utilizing a radar system that employs
interferometry. Radar signals will be fired from the end of a mast
extending from the Shuttle and from inside the Shuttle bay simultaneously,
and interference between the beams will be recorded on-board the
Shuttle. It is this interference that will be used to determine
topographic data. The mast is 200 feet long and will be the longest
rigid structure ever deployed in space.
Data from the
mission, which is sponsored by international and domestic partnerships,
will be analyzed for the next two years and will not be available
for consumption by general public due to security concerns.
information for STS-99:
Launch Date: February 9, 2000
Launch Time: TBA
Landing Date: February 20, 2000
Landing Time: TBA
of Mission: 11 days, 4 hours
info on the SRTM...
Today coverage of STS-99