STS-108 Day 9 Highlights
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- On Thursday, December 13, 2001, 8:00 a.m. CST, STS-108 MCC Status Report # 16
- The crew onboard Endeavour was awakened at 7:17 a.m. CST this morning
by the song ^”Here Comes the Sun^‘, in memory of former Beatle George
Harrison, who recently died of cancer. The instrumental was from the
IMAX movie, ^”Everest^‘. The song was played for the Expedition Three
Crewmembers, Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and
Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin. The crew was allowed to sleep in for
an extra hour with a relatively light day of activities in store.
- Today^“s agenda for the shuttle crew ^÷ Commander Dom Gorie, Pilot
Mark Kelly, and Mission Specialists Dan Tani and Linda Godwin ^÷ will
focus on packing up the Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics module with
unneeded equipment and supplies for the return flight home. Raffaello
will be detached from the Unity module of the International Space
Station tomorrow and reberthed in Endeavour^“s cargo bay for its ride
back to Earth. Endeavour is currently scheduled to undock from the
station on Saturday morning, with landing planned for early Monday
afternoon at the Kennedy Space Center.
- The Expedition Three crew will also continue handover activities with
the Expedition Four crew ^÷ Commander Yury Onufrienko, and Flight
Engineers Dan Bursch and Carl Walz.
- A ceremony to mark the change of command from Culbertson to Onufrienko
will take place at 3:09 p.m. CST. Culbertson, in his 125th day in
space, will formally hand command of the space station on to
Onufrienko, it^“s newest commander. The official crew exchange
occurred Saturday, December 8 with the transfer of Soyuz seatliners
for each crew member. Today^“s event continues the tradition begun by
Expedition One Commander Bill Shepherd in March of this year, when he
relinquished command of the ISS to Expedition Two Commander Yury
- With the crew completing the stowage of Raffaello for the trip home,
work to replace a faulty compressor in an air conditioner unit in the
Zvezda Service Module was deferred until tomorrow morning, concurrent
with the closing of the hatch to the Raffaello module prior to its
detachment from the ISS.
- The next STS-108 mission status report will be issued about 6
p.m. today or as events warrant.
- On Thursday, December 13, 2001, 6:00 p.m. CST, STS-108 MCC Status Report # 17
- The crews of Endeavour and the International Space Station continued
packing the Italian-built Raffaello cargo module and the shuttle for
the trip home today as the new station crew began to settle in
aboard the complex for a five and a half-month stay.
- The crew has already unloaded almost six tons of station food,
clothes, experiments and other gear that was launched aboard Endeavour
and Raffaello. Early today, the crews had also completed more than 70
percent of the repacking of Raffaello for the trip home, loading the
cargo module with trash and gear from the offgoing station crew's
mission such as individualized Soyuz space suits and seat liners.
- The 10 astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the shuttle-station complex
gathered this afternoon in the station's Destiny Laboratory for a
formal change of command ceremony as Expedition Three ends and
Expedition Four begins. The new crew officially took over duties
aboard the station on Saturday. Expedition Three -- Commander Frank
Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin
-- spent 117 days as the station crew. Expedition Four -- Commander
Yury Onufrienko and Flight Engineers Dan Bursch and Carl Walz -- will
remain aboard the complex until May 2002.
- On Friday, the crews will close the hatch on Raffaello and Endeavour
Pilot Mark Kelly will use the shuttle's robotic arm to detach it from
the station and lower it back into the shuttle's payload bay to be
brought back to Earth. The crews also will continue maintenance work
on the station, replacing a faulty air conditioner
compressor. Endeavour will undock from the station on Saturday.
- Endeavour and the International Space Station remain in good shape,
orbiting at an average altitude of 241 statute miles. Last night, the
crew and Mission Control noted a transient problem with one of the
shuttle's three inertial measurement units (IMUs), the primary
navigation units for the shuttle. Only two of the three IMUs were on
line at the time, with the third unit off line to save
electricity. The IMU that experienced a problem, designated IMU 2, was
immediately taken off line and the third IMU brought on line. IMU 2
has operated well since then, but it has remained off line and is
considered failed by flight controllers. The loss of one IMU has no
impact on Endeavour's mission, and the other two units are operating
in excellent condition. Endeavour could operate well on only one IMU
- Endeavour's crew will begin a sleep period at 9:19 p.m. CST today and
awaken at 5:19 a.m. CST on Friday. The next Mission Status Report will
be issued at 6 a.m. CST Friday or as events warrant.
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