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STS-100 Mission Status Report #22

--------- Forwarded message ----------
 Sunday, April 29, 2001 – 4 p.m. CDT 
 With a gentle push from springs in the docking module, Endeavour backed
slowly away from the International Space Station at 12:34 p.m. Central
time today, as the two spacecraft soared 240 miles over the South Pacific
Ocean, east of Australia.

As Pilot Jeff Ashby slowly backed Endeavour away, Commander Kent Rominger
and Expedition Two flight engineer Susan Helms exchanged final wishes for
Endeavour’s planned return to Earth, and a continued safe journey for the
station crew.  Once Endeavour was at a distance of 450 feet from the
station, Ashby initiated a three-quarter circle flyaround of the station
as Mission Specialist Yuri Lonchakov activated a large-format IMAX camera
in Endeavour’s payload bay to photograph the station.

At 1:28 p.m., with the flyaround complete, Ashby fired a separation burn,
initiating Endeavour’s final departure from the orbiting complex, now
equipped with a new Canadian-built robotic arm and communications
antenna, installed by Mission Specialists Scott Parazynski and Chris
Hadfield during two space walks.  During eight days of joint operations,
the two crews also transferred more than three tons of supplies,
equipment and scientific experiments to the station. 

On board the station, the Expedition Two crew – Commander Yury Usachev
and Flight Engineers Jim Voss and Helms – will enjoy some time off this
afternoon following a busy week on orbit.  Early Monday morning, they
will support the docking of a replacement Soyuz spacecraft that will
serve as the station’s “lifeboat.”  The Soyuz and its crew of three –
Commander Talgat Musabayev, Flight Engineer Yuri Baturin and American
businessman Dennis Tito -- is scheduled to dock at 2:52 a.m. Monday. 

Endeavour’s crew will go to sleep shortly after 4:30 p.m. today,
awakening at 1:41 a.m. Monday to begin what should be their final full
day on orbit.  Endeavour is scheduled to return to the Kennedy Space
Center, weather permitting, at 8:03 a.m. Tuesday.  The primary activity
for the crew on Monday will center on Endeavour’s return to Earth, with
Rominger, Ashby and Flight Engineer John Phillips verifying the
performance of Endeavour’s flight control surfaces and steering jets. 
Hadfield, Parazynski, Lonchakov and Umberto Guidoni will begin stowing
away much of the equipment the crew has used over the past 11 days on
orbit.  All seven crew members are scheduled to participate in a press
conference, talking with media in the U.S., Canada and Italy, at 10:01
a.m. Monday. 

The next mission status report will be issued Monday morning or sooner if
events warrant.

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