Endeavour is scheduled to touch down at 5:04 p.m. CST Monday at
Kennedy Space Center.
The next STS-97 status report will be issued Sunday evening.
On Sunday, December 10, 2000, 7:00 p.m. CST, STS-97 MCC Status Report # 21
After their successful mission to the International Space Station,
Endeavour astronauts spent much of Sunday getting ready to land at
Kennedy Space Center Monday afternoon. They tested Endeavour's
controls and stowed equipment in preparation for their 5:04 p.m. CST
landing in Florida.
The weather forecast for the anticipated landing time at Kennedy
Space Center calls for a slight chance of showers in the area, and
flight controllers will continue to monitor the weather conditions in
Florida tomorrow. Landing opportunities are available at Edwards Air
Force Base in California as well on Monday, and flight controllers
could opt to send Endeavour there if conditions warrant. The weather
at Edwards is predicted to be favorable.
There are two landing opportunities on Monday at Kennedy Space
Center. The second is at 6:41 p.m. Edwards has three
opportunities. The first is at 6:35 p.m. CST, the second at 8:09 p.m.
and the third at 9:46 p.m.
Endeavour's five crew members, Commander Brent Jett, Pilot Mike
Bloomfield and Mission Specialists Marc Garneau, Carlos Noriega and
Joe Tanner, were awakened at 6:06 a.m. They checked out the flight
control surfaces - the rudder and flaps that will control Endeavour
after it enters the atmosphere. They also checked out the reaction
control system thrusters that will keep the orbiter in the proper
attitude as it begins its fiery re-entry.
Jett, Tanner and Noriega talked with reporters from the Associated
Press and the Telemundo and Univision networks a little before 3
p.m. Sunday, before focusing on their stowage tasks. Endeavour's crew
was scheduled to begin its sleep period just after 10 p.m. and to be
awakened at 6:06 a.m. Monday to begin landing-day activities.
Aboard the station, now about 1,250 miles behind Endeavour,
Expedition 1 Commander Bill Shepherd, Pilot Yuri Gidzenko and Flight
Engineer Sergei Krikalev were awakened at midnight. They had a light
day, doing housekeeping tasks and speaking with family and friends via
radio. Their scheduled sleep period began about 3:30 p.m.
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