STS-101 Day 7 Highlights
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- On Thursday, May 25, 2000, 6:30 a.m. CDT, STS-101 MCC Status Report # 13
- As their seventh day in space draws to a close this morning, the
astronauts aboard Atlantis have virtually completed their maintenance
work on the International Space Station, installing equipment that is
planned to leave the space outpost in flawless condition.
- Late Wednesday, Astronauts Susan Helms and Jim Voss along with
Cosmonaut Yury Usachev completed the installation of a fourth and
final fresh battery in the station. Station flight controllers in
Russia have completed charging two of the newly installed batteries
and they are operating perfectly. The third new battery is currently
undergoing a 20-hour charging process, although controllers did note
some apparently irregular readings in data during the early portions
of the charging activity. However, after further analysis, controllers
now believe the irregular information was likely a ground
communications problem and that the battery is in excellent
condition. Charging of the fourth new battery will begin later today
and be completed before Atlantis undocks from the station on Friday.
- Later, Voss and Williams installed several new storage compartments
behind panels in the Zarya module. Helms and Usachev also installed a
new Radio Telemetry System in the module, a memory unit that can store
data onboard when the station is not in communications with the
ground. The new memory unit replaces one that was nearing the end of
its planned operational lifetime.
- Commander Jim Halsell and Pilot Scott Horowitz fired Atlantis
steering jets to perform the second part of a three-day maneuver that
is raising the station's orbit Atlantis jets were fired 27 times over
the course of almost an hour to raise the Atlantis-station complex's
average altitude by about nine miles. The third and final
orbit-raising activity is planned tonight and will leave the station
about 27 miles higher than when Atlantis arrived, in an optimum orbit
to await the launch of a station living quarters module by Russia in
- The crew has transferred more than a ton of gear -- ranging from
sewing kits to clothing -- to the station to await use by the first
resident crew. Among the items transferred this morning were a
stationary bicycle ergometer as well as four 12-gallon bags of
drinking water. Tonight, the crew will wrap up the transfer of
equipment to the station with plans in place to unload a total of more
than 3,000 pounds of gear by the time Atlantis leaves. Halsell,
Horowitz and Mary Ellen Weber will take a brief break from their
activities at 9:11 p.m. CDT for an interview by CBS News, Fox News and
KTBS-TV of Shreveport, LA.
- The crew will begin a sleep period at 7:11 a.m. CDT and awaken at
3:11 p.m. to begin the eighth day of the mission. Atlantis is
scheduled to undock from the station at 6:07 p.m. CDT Friday and land
at the Kennedy Space Center. Florida, at 1:18 a.m. CDT Monday.
- The Atlantis-International Space Station complex is now in an orbit
with an altitude of about 225 miles, circling Earth every 91
minutes. The next mission status report will be issued at 7 p.m. CDT.
- On Thursday, May 25, 2000, 6:45 p.m. CDT, STS-101 MCC Status Report # 14
- The seven STS-101 astronauts are spending their final full day docked
to the International Space Station as they prepare for undocking
Friday evening. When Atlantis undocks tomorrow evening, it will leave
behind a refurbished orbiting facility, operating at a higher altitude
and featuring new electrical and communications components. The
station is now primed and ready to receive the next major piece of the
station, the Zvezda Service Module, when it is launched from the
Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan between July 8-14.
- Commander Jim Halsell, Pilot Scott Horowitz and Mission Specialists
Mary Ellen Weber, Jeff Williams, Susan Helms, Jim Voss and Yury
Usachev were awakened at 3:11 p.m. CDT. Today's wakeup song --
"Don't It Make You Wanna Dance" by Jerry Jeff Walker -- was
played at the request of Williams' son and family.
- The main task of the day will be completing the transfer of gear and
supplies to the station. In the first three days of transfer
activities, the crew has moved more than 3,000 pounds of material onto
- The third and final reboost maneuver began a few minutes ago at 6:36
p.m. CDT. Like the two previous reboosts, Atlantis' reaction control
system jets will be fired 27 times over a 58 minute period to gently
raise the station. At the end of tonight's reboost, it is expected
that the station's average altitude will have been raised by 27 statue
- The astronauts have completed all battery work on the station. The
third battery that was replaced has completed its recharging and
testing and has been put back online supporting station operations.
The fourth and final new battery will begin its recharge later this
evening and will be back online before Atlantis undocks tomorrow
- Shortly before the begin exiting the station for the final time,
Halsell, Horowitz and Weber will take a few minutes to conduct a trio
of interviews with three news organizations -- CBS Newspath, Fox News
Network and KTBS-TV in Shreveport, LA -- starting at 9:11 p.m. CDT.
- Just before 11:30 p.m., Halsell and his crew will reverse the steps
they used when they entered the station Monday evening, closing each
of the five hatches associated with station components or transfer
tunnels. The overall process of closing out the station and preparing
for undocking is expected to take about two hours to complete.
- Everything remains on schedule for undocking on Friday evening at
6:07 p.m. CDT. Atlantis will perform a one half revolution of the
station, before the final separation burn is initiated. Atlantis'
remains on track for a landing back at Kennedy Space Center.at 1:18
a.m. CDT on Monday, May 29th.
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