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STS-108 Mission Status Report #02


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Report # 02 
 Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001 – 8 a.m. CST 
 The seven crewmembers aboard the space shuttle Endeavour were awakened
at 7:19 a.m. CST today to begin their first full day in space.  

The crew, Commander Dom Gorie, Pilot Mark Kelly, Mission Specialists
Linda Godwin and Dan Tani, Expedition Four Commander Yury Onufrienko,
Flight Engineer Carl Walz and Flight Engineer Dan Bursch, was awakened by
the song “Soul Spirit” and “Put a Little Love in Your Life,” sung by
Bursch’s daughter and her second-grade classmates.

The crew will spend the day preparing shuttle systems for docking with
the International Space Station, which is scheduled for about 2 p.m. CST
Friday.  Preparations include powering up the shuttle’s robotic arm and
checking out the airlock and the space suits that will be used on
Monday’s planned four-hour spacewalk by Godwin and Tani to place thermal
blankets on the motors that rotate the solar arrays atop the P6 truss.

In addition to performing the spacewalk, other activities during the
mission include a crew exchange on board the space station Saturday and
the transfer of more than three tons of cargo.  The cargo, housed in the
Raffaello logistics module that will be attached to the Unity module,
includes food, supplies and equipment that the Expedition Four Crew will
use during its stay on the station.  The Expedition Three crew, Commander
Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail
Tyurin have been living aboard the space station since mid-August and
will return home on Endeavour.

Also on board Endeavour is a host of scientific investigations, including
experiments from other space agencies, schools and universities across
the United States, Europe and South America.   Two experiments located in
the Multiple Application Customized Hitchhiker-1 (MACH-1) in the shuttle
payload bay had already completed 15% and 10% of their mission objectives
by the time the crew went to sleep last night.  Those experiments are the
Capillary Pumped Loop Experiment (CAPL) and the Prototype Synchrotron
Radiation Detector (PSRD) respectively.  The CAPL demonstrates a multiple
evaporator capillary pumped loop system and the PSRD measures cosmic ray
background data.  

The next STS-108 mission status report will be issued at about 6 p.m.

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