STS-106 Day 5 Highlights
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- On Wednesday, September 13, 2000, 7:00 a.m. CDT, STS-106 MCC Status Report # 11
- Electrical work was the hallmark of the day as four of the mission
specialists aboard Atlantis and the International Space Station
replaced batteries inside the Zarya and Zvezda modules while supply
transfer continued around them.
- To replace one component in Zarya, Mission Specialists Dan Burbank
and Boris Morukov had to use a hammer and chisel to remove some rivets
holding the floor bracket in place. They then were able to easily
remove and replace the unit that controls the flow of current through
- Burbank and Morukov’s battery work took care of the first of two
Zarya module batteries and related equipment replacement scheduled for
this mission. The second battery will be replaced Wednesday. The
replacements will finish work begun in May when the STS-101 crew
replaced the other four of the module batteries.
- Ed Lu and Yuri Malenchenko installed three batteries and associated
electrical equipment inside the Zvezda module. The newest space
station component was launched in July with only five of its eight
batteries in place to save weight.
- In and around the battery work in Zvezda and Zarya, Commander Terry
Wilcutt, Pilot Scott Altman and Mission Specialist Rick Mastracchio
transferred hardware and supplies from both Atlantis and the Russian
Progress supply vehicle. That work will now extend to a full week
after mission managers in Houston and Moscow granted the extra day to
continue outfitting the station for its first resident crew scheduled
to arrive in November.
- Early this morning as his workday neared its end, Wilcutt, a native
of Kentucky, took time to answer questions from reporters at three
television stations in his home state.
- The crew’s bedtime is about 11 this morning with the Flight Day 7
wake-up call scheduled for 6:46 p.m. today.
- The next mission status report will be issued about 7 p.m. Wednesday
or sooner if events warrant.
- On Wednesday, September 13, 2000, 7:30 p.m. CDT, STS-106 MCC Status Report # 12
- The STS-106 astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis were awakened
just before 7 p.m. Central to begin another day of electrical work and
transfer activities as they near the halfway point of docked
operations with the International Space Station. With 189 hours, 40
minutes of planned Atlantis-ISS docked time, the halfway point of
docked operations will be reached at 11:45 p.m. this evening.
- This morning's wake up song from Mission Control was Kombaht by the
group called Loobeh, played for Mission Specialist Boris Morukov of
the Russian Aviation and Space Agency.
- After finishing their post-sleep activities, Commander Terry Wilcutt
and his crew - Pilot Scott Altman and Mission Specialists Ed Lu, Rick
Mastracchio, Dan Burbank, Yuri Malenchenko and Morukov, will resume
the transfer of almost three tons of equipment and supplies from
Atlantis and a Russian supply vehicle to the newly expanded Station.
- Included in today's "To Do" list will be the installation of a
battery charger in the Zvezda Service Module. The device will be
hooked into Zvezda's electrical power system to allow batteries in
visiting Progress or Soyuz vehicles to be charged, using the station's
power system. The crew will also complete the installation of a final
battery in the Zarya module before installing the two Russian Orlan
spacesuits that will be used by resident crews to perform space walks
outside the station.
- Wilcutt and Altman will conduct a second space station reboost early
Thursday at 1:13 a.m. The Shuttle's RCS jets will be pulsed 36 times
over an hour to gently increase the station's altitude by about 4 ½
- Near the end of the day's activities, Wilcutt and Burbank will
answer questions from reporters from the Associated Press, ABC's "Good
Morning America" and CNBC's "Squawk Box." program The trio of
interviews is scheduled to begin at 7:11 a.m. Central on Thursday.
- The next mission status report will be issued about 7 a.m. Thursday
or sooner if events warrant.
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