STS-98 Day 8 Highlights
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- On Wednesday, February 14, 2001, 6:00 a.m. CST, STS-98 MCC Status Report # 14
- Following a wakeup call to the sounds of "Fly Me to the Moon" by
Savage Garden shortly after 4 a.m. Central time today, Atlantis'
astronauts began preparing for the third and final scheduled space
walk of this mission, the 100th in U.S. spaceflight history.
- During the planned five-hour excursion, which is scheduled to
begin at around 9:15 a.m., Bob Curbeam and Tom Jones, under the
guidance of spacewalk choreographer Mark Polansky, will attach a spare
communications antenna on the exterior of the International Space
Station (ISS), verify that connections between the newly installed
Destiny laboratory and its attached Shuttle docking port are secure,
and will release restraints holding a Station radiator in
place. Curbeam and Jones will also inspect the exterior of the ISS and
the recently-installed U.S. solar arrays, before demonstrating
techniques which could be used in the future to assist an
incapacitated colleague in the vacuum of space.
- Once Curbeam and Jones are back on board Atlantis, Commander Ken
Cockrell and Mission Specialist Marsha Ivins will open the hatches
separating Atlantis and the International Space Station, allowing the
five astronauts and the three Expedition One crewmembers to continue
transferring water and supplies between the two spacecraft. Cockrell
also will command Atlantis' thrusters to fire in a stair-step fashion
for about an hour to gently raise the Space Station's altitude. This
fourth reboost of about 6 statute miles will leave the Station in an
orbit about 244 statute miles above the Earth, some 16 statute miles
higher than when Atlantis arrived for docking last Friday.
- On board the ISS today, Expedition One Commander Bill Shepherd,
Pilot Yuri Gidzenko and Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalev will continue
setting up and activating systems in the Destiny laboratory, will use
a large format IMAX camera to document life on board their orbiting
home, and will exercise using a treadmill and a resistive exercise
device. This is the 106th day in space for the Expedition One crew,
its 104th day on board the orbiting outpost. Atlantis and the
International Space Station continue to orbit the Earth in excellent
- On Wednesday, February 14, 2001, 7:00 p.m. CST, STS-98 MCC Status Report # 15
- Astronauts Tom Jones and Bob Curbeam completed their third and final
planned spacewalk outside the International Space Station today,
pausing to celebrate the mission, which included the 100th spacewalk
in United States space history.
- "This achievement, this golden anniversary so to speak, is a
tributeto all the people who have done spacewalks, all the people who
designed the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and now Shuttle suits," Curbeam
said as he and Jones held a placard commemorating the spacewalks in
Atlantis' payload bay. And we salute all of you and appreciate your
hard work and thank you so much."
- The two astronauts exited Atlantis' airlock at 8:48
a.m. Central. During five hours and 25 minutes outside, they attached
a spare communications antenna to the International Space Station's
exterior; double-checked connections between the Destiny lab and its
docking port; released a cooling radiator on the station; inspected
solar array connections at the top of the station; and tested the
ability of a spacewalker to carry an immobile crew member back to the
shuttle airlock. The spacewalk work all went smoothly, and the two
reentered Atlantis at 2:13 p.m. Central.
- Three hours later, at 5:14 p.m. Central, the shuttle and station
crews reopened hatches between the two spacecraft, beginning about 36
hours of side-by-side activities. The two crews will say a final
farewell and close the hatches just after 6 a.m. Central on Friday in
preparation for Atlantis' undocking later that morning.
- Tomorrow's plans include the continued transfer of supplies and
equipment from Atlantis to the station. A total of more than 800
pounds of shuttle-delivered supplies and gear will have been
transferred to the station by the time Atlantis departs. Commander
Ken Cockrell also is planned to again set Atlantis' thrusters to fire
for a fourth and final gradual boost of the station's altitude. The
shuttle will leave the station about 16 miles higher than when
- Cockrell, Jones and Curbeam will take a break from their work at
7:49 a.m. Central Thursday to talk with Baltimore elementary and
middle school students at the Maryland Science Center. Later, the
entire shuttle and station crews will field questions from news media
in the U.S. and Russia during a 40-minute press conference starting at
12:37 p.m. Central.
- The shuttle and station crews will go to sleep at 8:13 p.m. Central
today. The shuttle crew will awaken at 4:13 a.m. Central Thursday and
the station crew will awaken a half-hour later.
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