STS-106 Day 4 Highlights
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- On Tuesday, September 12, 2000, 7:00 a.m. CDT, STS-106 MCC Status Report # 9
- The crew of Atlantis opened the doors to a spacious new home on
orbit late Monday and began the work of outfitting the interior of the
International Space Station.
- STS-106 Commander Terry Wilcutt along with Pilot Scott Altman and
Mission Specialists Ed Lu, Rick Mastracchio, Dan Burbank, Yuri
Malenchenko and Boris Morukov
- The five astronauts and two cosmonauts opened the first hatch into a
connecting tunnel at 9:40 p.m. Monday, proceeded smoothly through 10
more doorways and cracked the final hatch into a Russian cargo ship at
1:22 a.m. CDT Tuesday.
- Crewmembers first floated into the new Zvezda service module at
12:20 a.m. CDT, wearing breathing filters and eye goggles as a
precaution against possible atmospheric contamination and debris
inside the newest module of the station that will serve as the living
quarters and command and control center for the complex.
- Within minutes the crew reported that air quality and other
conditions inside Zvezda were excellent, removed the precautionary
equipment and went to work installing ventilation and removing
restraint bolts put in place for Zvezda's ride to orbit two months ago
today. No longer required, these launch restraints along with the
manual docking system hardware in the station's first module, Zarya,
will be brought back to Earth aboard Atlantis.
- After a scheduled 8 hour sleep period, the crew will be awakened at
6:46 this evening. Major tasks are to install three batteries inside
Zvezda and remove and replace two batteries in Zarya. Because of
weight, Zvezda was launched with five of its eight batteries in place.
The two batteries to be replaced in Zarya were the only two of six
that were not changed during Atlantis' visit in May on the STS-101
- In and around the battery work, the transfer of almost three tons of
hardware will begin during five or six days of docked operations.
- The next mission status report will be issued about 7 p.m. Tuesday
or sooner if events warrant.
- On Tuesday, September 12, 2000, 7:00 p.m. CDT, STS-106 MCC Status Report # 10
- Just before Commander Terry Wilcutt and his crew went to bed earlier
today, Mission Control radioed up the news that mission managers had
given their approval to an additional day of docked operations for
Atlantis^“ crew and their efforts aboard the International Space
Station. The STS-106 crew will now depart the station late Sunday
evening just after 10:30 p.m. Central.
- The additional mission day will give Wilcutt, Pilot Scott Altman and
Mission Specialists Ed Lu, Rick Mastracchio, Dan Burbank, Yri
Malenchenko and Boris Morukov more time to prepare the orbiting
facility for the arrival of the first station crew when it docks to
the station in early November.
- The STS-106 crew was awakened at 6:46 p.m. to begin its fourth day
of docked operations. This morning^“s wake up call -
^”Brown-Eyed Girl^‘ by Van Morrison ^÷ was played for
Mastracchio at the request of his wife.
- Some of the major activities for the crew today will include the
installation of three batteries inside the Zvezda Service Module. In
order to reduce it^“s weight for launch, Zvezda was launched with
only five of its eight batteries in place. The STS-106 crew also will
complete the battery replacement work in the Zarya Control Module
begun by the STS-101 crew back in May by installing two new batteries
to go along with the four installed earlier this year.
- In and around the battery work in Zvezda and Zarya, the transfer of
hardware and supplies from both Atlantis and the Russian Progress
supply vehicle will continue with what will now be a full week of
- Early tomorrow morning as his work day is coming to an end, Wilcutt,
a native of Kentucky, will take some time to conduct interviews with
three Kentucky television stations about the progress of the flight.
The trio of interviews is scheduled to begin at 6:51 a.m. Central.
- The next mission status report will be issued about 7 a.m. Wednesday
or sooner if events warrant.
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