STS-106 Day 11 Highlights
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- On Tuesday, September 19, 2000, 7:00 a.m. CDT, STS-106 MCC Status Report # 23
- Atlantis' crew turned its attention to checking shuttle systems and
packing up equipment for the return home scheduled for 2:56 a.m. CDT,
Wednesday back at the Kennedy Space Center.in Florida. The weather
forecast calls for scattered clouds, a light sea-breeze, and only a
slight chance of rain off the coast.
- Winding down from the hectic pace of International Space Station
outfitting, which saw the crew move more than 6,600 pounds of supplies
into the station, the crew of five astronauts and two cosmonauts spent
much of today tearing down their campsite. They^̉ll turn in for
one last night in space about 10 this morning and receive a wakeup
call from Mission Control at 5:46 this afternoon.
- STS-106 Commander Terry Wilcutt and Pilot Scott Altman tested the
systems that will be used during the return home, ensuring that all 44
of Atlantis^̉ thruster jets and flight control surfaces are in good
- The packing and housekeeping chores high on the list of priorities
included deactivating systems in the pressurized SPACEHAB module that
served as a cargo hold for the equipment and supplies transferred to
the station, and putting away other equipment used in the rendezvous,
docking, space walk, undocking and fly around of the previous week.
- With weather conditions favorable in Florida, and nearly perfect in
California at the backup landing site at Edwards Air Force Base,
managers elected to aim for a landing in Florida only, Wednesday.
Edwards would be considered for Thursday, however.
- For a touchdown on the 3-mile-long Shuttle Landing Facility runway
on the first opportunity tomorrow, Atlantis would fire its engines to
begin a descent at 1:50 a.m. A second opportunity to land in Florida
starts with a deorbit burn at 3:27 a.m. and ends with Atlantis
touching down at 4:33 a.m. CDT.
- Atlantis remains in excellent shape as it leads the International
Space Station by 140 statute miles. That distance increases by 5
miles with each orbit of the Earth.
- The next mission status report will be issued about 7 p.m. today.
- On Tuesday, September 19, 2000, 7:00 p.m. CDT, STS-106 MCC Status Report # 24
- The STS-106 astronauts aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis are preparing
for their return to Earth with a planned predawn touchdown on the
3-mile long Shuttle Landing Facility runway at the Kennedy Space
Center at 2:56 a.m. CDT Wednesday. The forecasted weather for early
Wednesday shows essentially favorable conditions with some concern for
rain showers in the vicinity of the Florida spaceport.
- Commander Terry Wilcutt, Pilot Scott Altman and Mission Specialists
Ed Lu, Rick Mastracchio, Dan Burbank, Yuri Malenchenko and Boris
Morukov were awaken at 5:46 p.m. to the song "Houston", performed by
- Just before 10 p.m., the astronauts will begin their deorbit
preparations. After closing Atlantis' payload bay doors at 11:10 p.m.,
the crew will put on their pressurized launch and entry suits and
strap into their seats shortly before 1 a.m. Entry Flight Director
Wayne Hale is expected to poll the flight control team for the final
decision for the deorbit burn 20 minutes prior to the planned firing
of Atlantis' orbital maneuvering system engines at 1:50 a.m. Central
which would result in a landing for Atlantis at 2:56 a.m.
- There is a second landing opportunity available on the next orbit if
needed. For the second landing opportunity, Atlantis would fire its
engines at 3:26 a.m., for a KSC touchdown at 4:33 a.m. Central.
- During their 12-day flight, the astronauts spent a week docked to
the International Space Station during which they transferred more
than 3 tons of supplies and equipment, preparing the orbiting facility
as a home for the first resident, or Expedition, crew, scheduled to
arrive at the new outpost in early November.
- The next mission status report will be issued shortly after landing
or a landing waveoff early Wednesday morning.
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