STS-108 Day 1 Highlights
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- On Wednesday, December 5, 2001, 6:00 p.m. CST, STS-108 MCC Status Report # 1
- Endeavour lifted off this afternoon on the final space shuttle
mission of 2001, and, after a flawless climb to orbit, it is now on
its way to deliver a fresh crew to the International Space Station and
return home a crew that has spent four months in space.
- The station was about 250 statute miles above the central Indian
Ocean as Endeavour rocketed away from Launch Pad 39-B at the Kennedy
Space Center, FL, on time at 4:19 p.m. CST. Endeavour will close in on
the station for the next two days and dock with the complex on Friday
to begin a week-long stay.
- Endeavour is commanded by Dom Gorie with Mark Kelly serving as
pilot. Mission Specialists are Linda Godwin and Dan Tani. Also aboard
Endeavour are station Expedition Four crew members Commander Yury
Onufrienko and Flight Engineers Carl Walz and Dan Bursch, who are
beginning more than five months in orbit.
- Endeavour will bring home the Expedition Three station crew,
Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight
Engineer Mikhail Tyurin, who have been aboard the station since
mid-August. In addition to the new crew, Endeavour is carrying more
than three tons of food, supplies and equipment in the Raffaello
logistics module to the orbiting outpost.
- Endeavour^Òs crew will spend the next few hours unpacking
equipment, setting up computers and conducting the first of periodic
engine firings that will occur over the next two days to refine the
shuttle's approach to the station. The shuttle crew will begin a sleep
period at 11:19 p.m. CST and will be awakened at 7:19 a.m. CST
Thursday. On Thursday, Endeavour's crew will check out the shuttle's
equipment and systems that will be needed for Friday's final approach
and docking to the International Space Station. Docking is planned for
just after 2 p.m. CST Friday. On Saturday, the Raffaello module will
be lifted from the shuttle payload bay using Endeavour's robotic arm
and attached to a station berthing port to be unloaded. Godwin and
Tani are planned to conduct a four-hour space walk on Monday to
install insulation around two solar array rotation
mechanisms. Raffaello will be returned to the shuttle payload bay
later in the mission and brought back to Earth.
- In addition to a new station crew and supplies, Endeavour is
carrying a host of scientific investigations, including experiments
from space agencies, schools and universities across the United
States, Europe and South America as well as a small satellite that has
involved more than 25,000 students in 26 countries. The next STS-108
mission status report will be issued at about 8 a.m. Friday morning
after Endeavour^Òs crew is awakened.
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