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Fw: STS-108 Mission Status Report #07


STS-108     REPORT #07
 Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001 - 7:30 p.m. CST 
 The Expedition Three crew  Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir
Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin  officially ended their
117-day residency on board the International Space Station today as their
custom Soyuz seatliners were transferred to Endeavour for the return trip

The transfer of the Expedition Four seatliners to the Soyuz return
vehicle attached to the station marked the official exchange of crews. 
Culbertson reported that his crew had completed the exchange and that
Expedition Four Commander Yury Onufrienko and Flight Engineers Carl Walz
and Dan Bursch had become official station residents at 4:11 p.m. CST.
Handover briefings between the two crews will continue for the duration
of docked operations.

While the crew exchange was under way, aboard Endeavour Pilot Mark Kelly
and Mission Specialist Linda Godwin used the shuttle's robotic arm to
lift the Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module from the shuttle
payload bay and attach it to a berth on the station's Unity node. 
Raffaello was removed from the payload bay at 11:01 a.m. CST and secured
in place on the station at 11:55 a.m. CST.  The hatch to Raffaello was
opened and the crews began unloading the cargo module just before 7:30
p.m. CST. Over the course of the next several days, the crews will work
together to transfer approximately three tons of food and supplies from
Raffaello to the station.

The crews will begin a sleep period at 10:19 p.m. CST and awaken at 6:19
a.m. CST Sunday. Sunday's work will focus on unloading Raffaello,
continuing an exchange of information between the two station crews and
some preparatory work for a space walk planned to take place Monday by
shuttle astronauts Godwin and Dan Tani. Endeavour and the International
Space Station remain in excellent condition with no significant systems
problems of concern to Mission Control.

The next STS-108 mission status report will be issued about 7 a.m. CST
Sunday or as events warrant.

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