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Answers Your Questions

From: Miguel Gaviña, of Alcalá de Henares, Spain
To: Wayne Hale, flight director for the ascent team

Question: What is MECO?

Answer: Thanks for the question! MECO stands for Main Engine Cut Off or the time when the shuttle engines have completed their work in taking the shuttle into space. Remember that we coast around the world in free fall for most of the mission!

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Curator: Kim Dismukes | Responsible NASA Official: John Ira Petty | Updated: 11/25/2002
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