STS-106 Day 10 Highlights
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- On Monday, September 18, 2000, 3:30 a.m. CDT, STS-106 MCC Status Report # 21
- Atlantis^“ seven astronauts and cosmonauts successfully undocked
from the International Space Station after accomplishing all mission
objectives in outfitting the station for the first resident crew.
- ^”We laid out the red carpet for the first crew to come
aboard,^‘ said Bob Cabana, manager of international operations for
the International Space Station Program.
- Undocking occurred at 10:46 p.m. CDT Sunday over Russia near the
northeastern portion of the Ukraine. When Atlantis was at a safe
distance from the station, about 450 feet, Pilot Scott Altman
performed a 90-minute, double-loop fly around to enable the crew to
document the station^“s exterior. He fired Atlantis^“ jets one
final time to separate from the station at 12:35 a.m.
- ^”It really glistened out there, sunrise and sunset on the
service module,^‘ Altman said, when asked about the fly around
during a crew news conference early Monday. ^”It sparkled like a
jewel against the blue background of the oceans.^‘
- Commander Terry Wilcutt, Altman and Mission Specialists Ed Lu, Rick
Mastracchio, Dan Burbank, Yuri Malenchenko and Boris Morukov all
answered questions posed by reporters at NASA centers and the Russian
mission control center outside of Moscow.
- Wilcutt said he had no advice for the first station residents ^÷
Bill Shepherd, Sergei Krikalov and Yuri Gidzenko -- other than to
^”enjoy it like a new home.^‘ When asked about living conditions
aboard the station, in particular noise levels inside the Zvezda
service module, he said ^”We all think it^“s just fine. No
louder than the shuttle. It^“s just fine the way it is.^‘
- Following the in-flight press conference, Malenchenko and Morukov
remained in Atlantis^“ middeck to field questions from Russian
reporters in Moscow before enjoying six hours of off-duty time and an
eight-hour sleep period.
- When the astronauts are awakened at 5:46 p.m. CDT this afternoon,
they will check out the shuttle systems used for reentry and landing
and secure equipment and transfer items. in preparation for their
homecoming. Landing is scheduled for 2:56 a.m. CDT Wednesday at
Kennedy Space Center.
- The next mission status report will be issued about 7 p.m. Monday or
sooner if events warrant.
- On Monday, September 18, 2000, 7:00 p.m. CDT, STS-106 MCC Status Report # 22
- Having departed the International Space Station last night,
Atlantis' crew will now spend a day checking the shuttle's equipment
and stowing away gear in preparation for the trip home, aiming for a
2:56 a.m. CDT landing on Wednesday at the Kennedy Space Center.in
- STS-106 Mission 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 5:46 p.m. Central
to begin what should be their final full day in orbit. This
evening^“s wake-up song was ^”Home in the Islands^‘ by The
Brothers Cazimero, played for Lu who considers Honolulu a hometown.
- This evening Wilcutt and Altman will test the systems that will be
used during the return home to Kennedy Space Center.to ensure that
equipment remains in good condition. Around 8:45 p.m Central, a test
of the flight control systems that maneuver the shuttle once it
re-enters the atmosphere and beings to operate like an airplane will
be conducted. Just before 10 p.m., a test fire of all 44 thruster
jets on Atlantis will be performed to verify they are in good working
- The astronauts also will spend part of their work day putting away
the equipment they have been using over the last week along with items
being brought back from the International Space Station in preparation
for their return to Earth.
- Atlantis remains in excellent operating condition, as does the
International Space Station, now more than 100 statute miles behind
the shuttle. The two spacecraft are moving about 8.8 miles farther
apart with each orbit of Earth. For a touchdown in Florida at 2:56
a.m. CDT on Wednesday, Atlantis would fire its engines to begin a
descent at 1:49 a.m. CDT. A second opportunity also exists for a
landing in Florida on the next orbit. The second opportunity would
have the deorbit burn taking place at 3:27 a.m. CDT and Atlantis
touching down on the 3-mile-long runway at KSC at 4:33 a.m. CDT.
- The next mission status report will be issued at 7 a.m. CDT on
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