STS-97 Day 3 Highlights
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- On Saturday, December 2, 2000, 8:00 a.m. CST, STS-97 MCC Status Report # 4
- Docking day for the crew of Endeavour began at 7:06 a.m. CST with
the Shuttle about 700 miles away from the first linkup of a Shuttle
and an inhabited International Space Station. The crew was awakened to
the song, "I Believe I Can Fly," by R. Kelly.
- Commander Brent Jett and Pilot Mike Bloomfield will begin the final
stage of rendezvous activities about 8:30 a.m., when they start
setting up the aft flight deck controls. Endeavour will approach the
station from below to line up with the Earth-facing docking port of
the Unity module and avoid disturbing the station and its solar arrays
with thruster jet debris. A maneuvering jet firing is scheduled for 10
a.m., with the Shuttle's rendezvous radar system beginning to provide
supplemental navigation information about 10:50 a.m. The final burn,
called the terminal initiation or Ti burn, will occur at 11:33 a.m.
- On the International Space Station, Expedition One Commander Bill
Shepherd, Pilot Yuri Gidzenko and Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalev,
will monitor Endeavour's approach and docking, communicating with the
shuttle using air-to-air radio signals.
- When Endeavour is about 2,000 feet away, almost directly below and
behind the International Space Station, Jett will take manual control
of the approach, and with the help of crew members operating computer
tracking programs and hand-held laser distance measuring devices,
guide the Shuttle to a point about 500 feet below the station. At this
point, he will rotate Endeavour 180 degrees into a "tail
forward" attitude for the final approach and docking. Jett will
pause Endeavour's approach at a distance of 30 feet before moving in
for docking just before 2 p.m. CST.
- Solar arrays on the Zarya and Zvezda modules will be repositioned by
flight controllers in Moscow to minimize structural loads as the two
spacecraft come together at the newly installed Unity docking port
called Pressurized Mating Adapter-3. Both the station and Endeavour
will turn off their attitude control systems and drift freely as the
Shuttle docking system pulls the two space vehicles together and forms
a rigid bond, or "hard dock." Then, the solar arrays will
begin tracking the sun again and Endeavour's steering jets will take
over attitude control of the station.
- About 3 p.m. today, Mission Specialist Mark Garneau will use the
Shuttle's robot arm to lift the P-6 solar array out of its payload bay
moorings and park it above the bay so that its temperature can begin
equalizing with that of the station. Meanwhile, Mission Specialists
Joe Tanner and Carlos Noriega will open the hatches and enter the
Unity module's docking vestibule, where they will install electrical
grounding straps and leave supplies for the station crew to retrieve
- The Expedition 1 crew will go to bed about 3:30 p.m., and the
Endeavour crew will follow suit at 11:36 p.m.
- The next mission status report will be issued at 8 p.m. today or
sooner if events warrant.
- On Saturday, December 2, 2000, 8:30 p.m. CST, STS-97 MCC Status Report # 5
- Endeavour^Òs astronauts executed a flawless docking to the
inhabited International Space Station at 2 p.m. Saturday and took the
first step in providing additional power to the orbiting complex in
preparation for the first of three planned spacewalks Sunday.
- With Expedition One crewmembers Bill Shepherd, Yuri Gidzenko and
Sergei Krikalev looking on, Commander Brent Jett guided the Shuttle to
a smooth linkup with the ISS as the two craft sailed 230 statute miles
above northeast Kazakhstan. Endeavour is attached to a new station
docking port installed last month by the STS-92 astronauts.
- The ISS residents went to sleep a short time after docking, to be
awakened just after midnight for their 32nd day aboard the
station. The station and shuttle crews are maintaining separate sleep
cycles to match the work they need to accomplish during their week of
- A little over two hours after docking, Canadian Space Agency
astronaut Marc Garneau maneuvered Endeavour^Òs Canadian-built robot
arm and grappled the 45-foot-long, 17 1/2 ton P6 solar array truss
structure at 4:17 p.m., lifting it out of its berthing latches in the
shuttle^Òs cargo bay a few minutes later. Garneau tilted the truss
structure 30-degrees to the cargo bay, where it will remain overnight
attached to the arm to properly warm its components. The P6 will be
mated to the Z1 external truss atop the Unity module Sunday by Garneau
with the assistance of spacewalkers Joe Tanner and Carlos Noriega
during their 6½-hour excursion outside Endeavour.
- After leak checks were completed between the two vehicles, and with
Pilot Mike Bloomfield looking on, Tanner and Noriega made their way
through Endeavour^Òs docking tunnel and opened the hatch to the ISS
docking port to leave supplies and computer hardware on the doorstep
of the station. The hatch refused to open at first because of a slight
pressure differential between Endeavour and the ISS, but Tanner used a
little muscle to finally push it free. Shepherd and his crewmates are
scheduled to enter the Unity module for the first time Sunday morning
and will open their hatch to the docking adapter to retrieve the items
left behind by their shuttle counterparts. The two crews will not
greet each other face-to-face until Friday morning when the hatches
are open between the two spacecraft following completion of the
- Once the P6 is mated to the Z1 truss, the solar arrays tower will be
commanded to unfurl, increasing the power supply to the ISS by five
times its current output. The spacewalk by Tanner and Noriega is
scheduled to begin at about 12:30 p.m. Sunday, but could start as much
as 45 minutes earlier if they complete preparations ahead of schedule.
- Endeavour^Òs astronauts were set to begin an eight-hour sleep
period at about 11:30 tonight and will be awakened at 7:36
- The Endeavour-ISS complex is orbiting the Earth at an altitude of
235 statute miles with all systems operating in excellent fashion.
- The next STS-97 status report will be issued Sunday morning after
the Shuttle crew is awakened.
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