STS-92 Day 10 Highlights
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- On Friday, October 20, 2000, 6:00 a.m. CDT, STS-92 MCC Status Report # 18
- STS-92 Commander Brian Duffy and his crew were awakened at 5:18
a.m. CDT and will shortly move into final preparations for their
undocking from the International Space Station later this morning.
Discovery's crew delivered two critical components to the station -
the Z1 truss structure that will support large solar arrays arriving
on the next Shuttle mission and a second docking port that will be
used as a docking location for that late November Shuttle flight,
designated mission STS-97.
- Since the crew's activities inside the station yesterday ran longer
than expected, undocking has been moved one orbit later than
originally planned and will now take place at 10:09 a.m. CDT. Large
springs in the Shuttle's docking mechanism will provide the initial
separation when Discovery moves away from the station. Pilot Pam
Melroy will then use the Shuttle's maneuvering thrusters to gently
back the Shuttle away from the International Space Station. Unlike
some previous flights, the STS-92 crew will not perform a fly around
of the station after undocking. Once the Shuttle has backed a few
hundred feet away from the station, a final separation burn will be
performed to send Discovery and her crew on their way.
- Following undocking and separation, Duffy, Melroy along with Mission
Specialists Leroy Chiao, Bill McArthur, Mike Lopez-Alegria, Jeff
Wisoff and Koichi Wakata will get a half day off to rest and relax
following a week of docked operations that saw four consecutive space
walks outside the station along with supply transfers and equipment
checkout activities inside the station.
- The STS-92 crew will be interviewed by three media organizations -
CNN, Spaceflightnow.Com and CBS radio - beginning at 11:42 a.m. CDT.
Duffy and Melroy will also take some time to do interviews with three
Rochester, New York television stations beginning at 1:12 p.m.
- The STS-92 crew will begin an eight-hour sleep period at 9:17
p.m. CDT before being awakened at 5:17 a.m. Saturday morning to begin
their final preparations for a return to Kennedy Space Center.early
- The Discovery-International Space Station complex continue to orbit
the Earth in a 247 x 232 statute mile, orbit once every 90 minutes
with all systems performing well.
- The next Mission Control Center status report will be issued about 6
p.m., or as events warrant.
- On Friday, October 20, 2000, 6:00 p.m. CDT, STS-92 MCC Status Report # 19
- Discovery astronauts undocked from the International Space Station
Friday after a successful 6-day, 21-hour and 23-minute visit that saw
addition of two major elements to the station and four consecutive
days of spacewalks to complete those elements' linkup to the orbiting
- Undocking occurred at 10:08 a.m. CDT as Discovery and the ISS were
east-northeast of Brazil's capital Brasilia. After springs in the
shuttle's docking system provided an initial push, Pilot Pam Melroy,
using Discovery's maneuvering thrusters, slowly backed the Shuttle
away from the station. The station was parallel to the Earth's
surface and sideways to the direction of travel. Discovery, with its
nose pointed downward and its right wing in the direction of travel,
dropped behind the station, then maneuvered downward.
- The final separation burn was executed about 45 minutes after
undocking, moving Discovery into a lower, faster orbit to move it away
from the larger and more complete station they had helped prepare for
the early November arrival of the first resident crew. They added 10
tons to the station's mass, bringing it to about 80 tons. In addition
to the total of 27 hours, 19 minutes spent outside the station on the
four spacewalks, the astronauts spent 27 hours and 4 minutes inside,
completing connections with the new elements and transferring
equipment and supplies for that first crew.
- During five missions to the ISS, shuttles have spent a total of 33
days, 4 hours and 44 minutes docked to the International Space
Station. Crews completed 20 days, 8 hours and 26 minutes of work
inside the station, and 2 days, 21 hours and 34 minutes outside during
10 space walks.
- Following undocking and separation, Commander Brian Duffy, Melroy,
Mission Specialists Leroy Chiao, Bill McArthur, Mike Lopez-Alegria,
Jeff Wisoff and Koichi Wakata enjoyed half a day off. Their scheduled
sleep period begins at 9:17 p.m. They will be awakened at 5:17
a.m. Saturday morning to prepare for a landing Kennedy Space Center.on
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