STS-106 Day 9 Highlights
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- On Sunday, September 19, 2000, 7:00 a.m. CDT, STS-106 MCC Status Report # 19
- The seven STS-106 astronauts and cosmonauts turned out the lights
and closed the doors on a new home in space today after spending a
week working as movers, cleaners, plumbers, electricians and cable
installers. In all, more than 6,600 pounds of supplies were left
behind for use by Expedition crews that will live aboard the
International Space Station.
- The last hatch to the station was closed at 7 this morning, ending 5
days, 9 hours, 21 minutes inside the station for Atlantis^Ò crew.
Undocking is scheduled for 10:44 tonight.
- The exit from the station began late last night when the hatch
leading to the Russian Progress supply ship was closed. The Progress
has been filled with trash and packing materials and eventually will
be remotely commanded to undock and burn up harmlessly in Earth^Òs
- Before closing off the shuttle from the station, a fourth altitude
boost was given to the orbiting complex. The final series of shuttle
thruster firings raised the station^Òs orbit another 3½ statute
miles (5.6 km) to 241 by 233 miles (388 x 375 km). In all, the four
maneuvers raised the average altitude of the ISS by 14 miles (22.5
- Before going to bed in a few hours, the crew will prepare rendezvous
tools to be used during the undocking from the station. Also, the
centerline camera will be placed in the orbiter docking system window.
- After wake up at 6:46 p.m. today, the crew will move into
preparations for undocking. Wilcutt and Altman will guide Atlantis
through a double-loop fly around of the station to fully document its
- Atlantis leaves the station in excellent shape to await its next
visitors, who will board Discovery in early October on the STS-92
mission to deliver another tunnel adapter and a small truss support
for the station^Òs propellant-saving gyroscopes. The Z1 truss
element also will provide support for the large communications antenna
and first set of U.S. solar arrays.
- Shuttle Program managers met earlier this morning and elected to
leave Discovery on the launch pad based on the expected path of
Hurricane Gordon, forecast to make landfall along the upper west coast
of the Florida peninsula.
- The next STS-106 status report will be issued about 7 p.m. today, or
sooner if events warrant.
- On Sunday, September 17, 2000, 7:00 p.m. CDT, STS-106 MCC Status Report # 20
- Following a successful week of docked operations, the seven
astronauts aboard Shuttle Atlantis will depart the International Space
Station later this evening, leaving behind the more than three tons
(6,600 pounds) of supplies and equipment that was transferred to the
- Commander Terri Wilcutt, Pilot Scott Altman along with Mission
Specialists Ed Lu, Rick Mastracchio, Dan Burbank, Yuri Malenchenko and
Boris Moukov received their wake up call from Mission Control at 6:46
p.m. Central. The wake up song, ^ÓYMCA^Ô was played for Scott
Altman at the request of his wife.
- The seven STS-106 astronauts will shortly begin the final
preparations for undocking. Atlantis is scheduled to separate from
the station at 10:44 p.m. while the two spacecrafts are flying over
the northeastern portion of the Ukraine.
- The initial separation will be performed by springs in the docking
mechanism that will gently push the shuttle away from the
station. Both Atlantis and the station^Òs steering jets will be
shut off to avoid any inadvertent firings during this initial
- Once the docking mechanism^Òs springs have pushed Atlantis away
to a distance of about two feet, when the docking devices will be
clear of one another, Altman will turn the shuttle's steering jets
back on and fire them to begin very slowly moving away from the
station. From the aft flight deck, Altman will manually control
Atlantis within a tight corridor as he separates from the station,
essentially reversing the task performed by Wilcutt when Atlantis
- Atlantis will continue away to a distance of about 450 feet, where
Altman will begin the close fly-around of the station, first crossing
a point directly behind, then directly underneath and then again above
the station. Altman will circle the station twice in 90 minutes as the
crew records views of the exterior with still photography and
video. As Atlantis crosses directly above the station for the second
time, Altman will fire Atlantis' jets to perform a final separation.
- Early on Monday, all seven astronauts will conduct an in-flight
press conference during which they will answer questions from
reporters at various NASA centers and the Russian mission control
center outside of Moscow. The press conference is scheduled to begin
at 2:11 a.m. CDT.
- Atlantis^Ò astronauts will get some off duty time just after 3
a.m. Central before they turn in for an eight hour sleep period at
9:46 a.m. When they wake up early Monday evening, the crew will
checkout the orbiter systems used for reentry and landing and secure
equipment and transfer items in preparation for landing at Kennedy
Space Center at 2:56 a.m. Central on Wednesday.
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