STS-108 Day 8 Highlights
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- On Wednesday, December 12, 2001, 7:00 a.m. CST, STS-108 MCC Status Report # 14
- Activities on board Endeavour and the International Space Station
today will focus on continuing transfer of hardware, equipment and
supplies between the two spacecraft as well as hardware maintenance
and continuing handover briefings between the Expedition Three and
- Flight Day 8 for Endeavour^“s crew began with a wake-up call from
Mission Control offering a rendition of ^”Fly me to the Moon^‘,
sung by Oliver ^”Ollie^‘ O^“Regin for Dan Tani.
- The astronauts and cosmonauts have transferred more than 5,000
pounds of supplies and material from Endeavour^“s middeck, and the
Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module to the station. Today, the
crews will focus on packing up the Raffaello module with items bound
for a return trip to Earth. Raffaello will be detached from the Unity
module of the station onFriday and reberthed in Endeavour^“s cargo
bay for its ride home.
- With a one-day extension to the mission, Endeavour^“s crew ^÷
Commander Dom Gorie, Pilot Mark Kelly and Mission Specialists Linda
Godwin and Tani ^÷ will spend today assisting the Expedition Four
crew ^÷ Commander Yury Onufrienko and Flight Engineers Expedition
Dan Bursch and Carl Walz ^÷ with maintenance tasks on board the
station, including the replacement of some of the components of the
on-board treadmill. Tomorrow, the crew will replace a failed
compressor in one of the air conditioners in the Zvezda Service
Module. As the Expedition Three crew ^÷ Commander Frank
Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin
^÷ prepare for a return to Earth on Monday, they continue a series
of handover briefings to acquaint the newest resident crew with their
- Endeavour is currently scheduled to undock from the ISS on Saturday
morning, with landing planned for early Monday afternoon at the
Kennedy Space Center.
- The next STS-108 mission status report will be issued about 6
p.m. today or as events warrant.
- On Wednesday, December 12, 2001, 7:00 p.m. CST, STS-108 MCC Status Report # 15
- Having almost completed unpacking three tons of supplies brought from
Earth aboard Endeavour and the Raffaello cargo module, the station and
shuttle crews today turned their focus to packing up the cargo carrier
and shuttle for the trip home.
- When the day began, the crews had already completed unloading more
than 4,600 pounds of food, clothes, supplies and equipment from
Raffaello, about 95 percent of the module's total cargo. They also had
completed moving the 1,000 pounds of station gear and experiments that
were launched in Endeavour's cabin to the orbiting complex.
- In repacking the cargo module and Endeavour with unneeded equipment
bound for Earth, the crews have loaded more than 1,800 pounds of
material into Raffaello, almost half the amount expected by the time
the packing is completed. Packing of Raffaello and Endeavour will
continue on Thursday. On Friday, Raffaello will be detached from the
station and moved back into Endeavour's payload bay for the trip home.
- In addition, Endeavour^“s crew ^÷ Commander Dom Gorie, Pilot Mark
Kelly, Mission Specialists Linda Godwin and Dan Tani, and offgoing
station crew members Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir
Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin ^÷ assisted the new
station Expedition Four crew in replacing most components of a station
treadmil today. Expedition Four ^÷ Commander Yury Onufrienko and
Flight Engineers Dan Bursch and Carl Walz ^÷ will use the new
treadmill almost daily during their five and a half months aboard the
station. The job went smoothly and the crews finished several hours
ahead of schedule, loading the old treadmill parts into Raffaello to
be refurbished on Earth and, eventually, reused.
- A third and final scheduled reboost of the station by Endeavour also
was completed today. The three boosts performed during the mission,
each accomplished by a gradual, hour-long periodic firing of the
shuttle steering jets, have raised the station's altitude by a total
of almost 9 statute miles. The station's average altitude is now about
241 statute miles.
- On Thursday, the crews will continue maintenance work as well as
packing, replacing a faulty compressor in a Russian air conditioner on
the station. Although the new crew officially took over aboard the
station on Saturday, a formal handover ceremony also is planned for
the two station crews at 2:04 p.m. CST Thursday. The crews begin a
sleep period at 10:19 p.m. CST today and awaken at 6:19 a.m. CST
Thursday. The next STS-108 mission status report will be issued about
7 a.m. CST Thursday or as events warrant.
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