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STS-108   REPORT #06
   Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001 – 7 a.m. CST 
 The crews aboard Endeavour and  International Space Station awoke this
morning to begin their first full day of joint operations following
yesterday’s docking between the two vehicles.

Pilot Mark Kelly and Mission Specialist Linda Godwin will work together
to remove the Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module from Endeavour’s
payload bay and attach it to the Unity node of the International Space
Station.  Over the course of about three hours, Kelly will use the
shuttle’s robotic arm to gently lift Raffaello from the payload bay and
maneuver it into place, securing it  to the Earth-facing berthing port on
the Unity module about 12:39 p.m. CST today.

As Kelly works to install the Raffaello module,  the formal exchange of
space station crews will occur as the Expedition Three crew – Commander
Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov, and Flight Engineer Mikhail
Tyurin – and the Expedition Four crew – Commander Yury Onufrienko, and
Flight Engineers Carl Walz and Dan Bursch, exchange their customized seat
liners in the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.  As each Expedition Four crew
member’s seatliner is installed in the Soyuz and checked out, he
officially becomes a resident of the space station with the Expedition
Three crew member moving over to become a member of the Endeavour crew.  
Handover briefings between the crews will continue throughout docked

Mission Specialist Dan Tani will focus his attention on transferring
equipment from Endeavour to the space station while Commander Dom Gorie
tends to vehicle operations.

The three commanders onboard – Gorie, Culbertson and Onufrienko – along
with Endeavour’s Pilot Kelly will participate in media interviews at 3:44
p.m. CST.  MSNBC, CBS News and WAGT-TV in Augusta, Georgia will have the
opportunity to interview the crewmembers in the station’s Destiny

Two payload bay experiments located in the Multiple Application
Customized Hitchhiker-1 (MACH-1) facility have already completed 50% and
76% of their mission objectives.  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. CST
today or as events warrant.

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