STS-98 Day 11 Highlights
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- On Saturday, February 17, 2001, 6:00 a.m. CST, STS-98 MCC Status Report # 20
- As they continue to open their distance from the International Space
Station, Atlantis' astronauts turn their attention today to Sunday's
planned landing at the Kennedy Space Center.
- Awakened by Mission Control at 4:13 a.m. Central time to begin what
should be their final full day in space, Commander Ken Cockrell, Pilot
Mark Polansky and Mission Specialists Marsha Ivins, Tom Jones and Bob
Curbeam will spend the day packing up equipment and hardware, and will
conduct routine pre-landing checks of Atlantis' systems.
- At the time of their wakeup, the five Shuttle astronauts were about
126 statute miles ahead of the International Space Station,
maintaining an opening rate of about 8 statute miles every orbit of
the Earth. Aboard the Station, Expedition One Commander Bill Shepherd,
Pilot Yuri Gidzenko and Flight Engineer Sergei Krikalev are enjoying a
weekend off before pressing ahead with the activation of systems in
the Destiny laboratory next week, and plans for an undocking and
relocation of their Soyuz vehicle from the aft docking port of the
Zvezda module to the nadir port of the Zarya module next Saturday,
Moscow time. With the departure of Atlantis, Shepherd, Gidzenko and
Krikalev returned to their normal operational schedule, waking up at
Midnight Central time today to begin the 109th day of their
flight. They will go to sleep at 3:30 p.m.
- Today, Cockrell, Polansky and Ivins will test Atlantis' aerosurfaces
after firing up one of the ship's three hydraulic power units. They
will also check the manifold valves of their reaction control system
jets, but will not perform the usual test firing of those jets since
they were used extensively and flawlessly during the mission to
reboost the International Space Station. The crew is scheduled to
review deorbit and entry procedures prior to taking a break for lunch,
then will spend their afternoon in final cabin stowage activities and
- The astronauts will begin their sleep period tonight 30 minutes
earlier than on previous days, at 7:43 p.m. Central time.
- The preliminary weather forecast Sunday for the Kennedy Space Center
calls for generally favorable conditions, with the possibility of
frisky winds near the three-mile long landing strip at the Cape. There
are two landing opportunities available Sunday for Atlantis in
Florida, at 11:53 a.m. Central time and a backup opportunity one orbit
later at 1:28 p.m. Central time.
- Atlantis and the International Space Station continue to orbit the
Earth in excellent shape, with all systems functioning normally.
- On Saturday, February 17, 2001, 5:00 p.m. CST, STS-98 MCC Status Report # 21
- Atlantis's astronauts made sure today that all of the systems they
will use in Sunday's planned landing are in good working order, and
finished packing up for the ride home.
- Commander Ken Cockrell and Pilot Mark Polansky tested the manifold
valves of their reaction control system jets, but didn't perform the
usual "hot firing"of the jets that will be used to guide the shuttle's
descent into the atmosphere, since the jets were used extensively
during the mission. They also checked out Atlantis'three hydraulic
power units and the aerodynamic control surfaces they drive.
- Before lunch, Cockrell and Polansky were joined by Mission
Specialists Robert Curbeam, Tom Jones and Marsha Ivins for a review of
the deorbit and entry procedures they'll use. After lunch, the entire
crew pitched in to stow their supplies and equipment for landing, and
took turns exercising.
- There are two landing opportunities available Sunday for Atlantis in
Florida. The first begins with a deorbit burn on Orbit 169 at 10:47
a.m. and culminates in a landing at 11:53 a.m. Central time on Runway
33 at Kennedy Space Center. A backup opportunity one orbit later
starts with a deorbit burn at 12:22 p.m., resulting in a 1:28
p.m. Central time landing. The weather forecast Sunday calls for
generally favorable conditions in Florida, with the possibility of
brisk winds near the three-mile-long landing strip.
- Meanwhile, on the the International Space Station, Expedition One
Commander Bill Shepherd, Pilot Yuri Gidzenko and Flight Engineer
Sergei Krikalev are enjoying a weekend off before forging ahead with
activation of the newly arrived Destiny laboratory's systems. Next
week, they'll also get ready to undock and move their Soyuz vehicle
from the Zvezda module's docking port to the Zarya module's nadir
- With the departure of Atlantis, Shepherd, Gidzenko and Krikalev
returned to their normal operational schedule, going to sleep at 3:30
p.m. and waking up at midnight central time. On the shuttle, the five
astronauts will begin their sleep period tonight 30 minutes earlier
than on previous days, at 7:43 p.m. Central time, and awaken at 3:43
a.m. to begin suiting up for landing.
- Atlantis and the International Space Station continue to revolve
around the Earth in great shape, with all systems functioning
normally. The shuttle is leading the station by about 215 statute
miles, with the gap widening by about 15 miles every orbit.
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