STS-106 Day 3 Highlights
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- On Monday, September 11, 2000, 8:00 a.m. CDT, STS-106 MCC Status Report # 7
- Astronaut Ed Lu and cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko took a 6 hour, 14
minute walk outside the shuttle this morning to complete final
connections between the International Space Station's newest module,
Zvezda and its first component, Zarya.
- The space walk was the sixth in support of ISS assembly and the 50th
in Shuttle Program history. It began at 11:47 last night and ended at
6:01 this morning.
- The two crewmembers essentially served as construction workers and
electricians while outside, attaching cabling that fully, and
permanently, integrate Zvezda to the rest of the ISS.
- During the extravehicular activity (EVA), or space walk, Mission
Specialists Lu and Malenchenko stayed ahead of the timeline with
choreography from inside by their crewmate, Dan Burbank. By his side
on the flight deck was Rick Mastracchio, who deftly maneuvered them
around the station using the robot arm.
- They connected nine cables between Zvezda and Zarya, including four
27-foot long cables to permit power usage from future solar arrays
provided by the U.S. This will eventually allow the sharing of
electrical power as the station grows in size. Another four cables
extending 16 feet were secured that will provide video and data
transmissions throughout the ISS. A final fiber-optic telemetry cable
was installed that will be used to provide Russian spacesuit data to
be transferred to the ground during future space walks.
- The final task was to construct and attach a magnetometer that
serves as a backup navigation system for the station. This task took
the two tethered space walkers the furthest distance from the shuttle
than ever before - 110 feet above the payload bay. That's twice as
far as when astronauts work on the Hubble Space Telescope.
- Following the space walk, Commander Terry Wilcutt and Pilot Scott
Altman fired small thruster jets on Atlantis to slowly increase the
station's overall altitude. Three separate one-hour reboost maneuvers
are planned during the docked phase of the flight.
- The STS-106 crew will be awakened at 6:46 p.m. today and open the 12
hatches required in preparation for the transfer of almost 3 tons of
hardware and supplies from the shuttle and a Progress vehicle to the
- The next mission status report will be issued about 7 this evening
or sooner if events warrant.
- On Monday, September 11, 2000, 7:00 p.m. CDT, STS-106 MCC Status Report # 8
- STS-106 Commander Terry Wilcutt along with Pilot Scott Altman and
Mission Specialists Ed Lu, Rick Mastracchio, Dan Burbank, Yuri
Malenchenko and Boris Morukov were awakened at 6:46 p.m. this evening
to begin their third day of docked operations. The wake up song, The
Hukilau Song by Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack, was played for Lu at
the request of his sister.
- Wilcutt and his crew will open the doors to the recently expanded
International Space Station later this evening as the crew begins the
transfer of more than 3 tons of hardware and supplies from Space
Shuttle Atlantis and a Russian Progress supply ship. Atlantis^Ò
astronauts will be the first individuals to see the interior of the
Russian Zvezda Service Module since it was launched from the Baikonur
Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan back on July 12.
- A total of 12 different hatches will be opened as Wilcutt and his
crew travel through the different sections of the station. The first
station hatch, located on Primary Mating Adapter-2 (PMA-2) is expected
to be opened about 10 p.m. Central. The crew should enter the Unity
Node about 10:45 p.m. The hatch to the Zarya Control Module will be
opened just after midnight. The hatch to the Zvezda module, which
will be the living quarters for the first station crew when they are
launched later this year, should be opened around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.
- Even before all the hatches are opened, the STS-106 crew will begin
their transfer activities as items from Atlantis are moved into the
Unity node. When the final hatch, the one between the rear portion of
Zvezda and a Russian Progress supply vehicle which docked to the
station on August 8, is opened, the crew will begin transferring items
from the Progress to the station.
- One of the major objectives in tonight^Òs activities inside the
station will be the removal of hardware that is no longer needed
onboard the orbiting facility. Launch restraint hardware in Zvezda,
the Zarya and Progress docking probe along with manual docking system
hardware in Zarya will all be removed and brought back to Earth.
- The crew will begin an eight hour sleep period at 10:46 a.m. on
Tuesday and will be awakened at 6:46 p.m. Tuesday evening to continue
their station transfer activities.
- The next STS-106 mission status report will be issued about 7
a.m. on Tuesday or sooner if events warrant.
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