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Fw: STS-108 Mission Status Report #08


Report # 08 
 Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001 – 7 a.m. CST 
 Waking up to the patriotic tune of "It's A Grand Ole' Flag"performed by
the Fire Department of New York Emerald Society Pipes & Drums,
Endeavour’s crew was awakened at 6:14 a.m. CST today.   The Expedition
Four crew on board the International Space Station was awakened about a
half hour later by a wake-up tone on board.

A New York firefighter presented Pilot Scott Kelly with today’s wake-up
music when Kelly visited the World Trade Center site with former NASA
Administrator Dan Goldin shortly after the September 11 attacks.  All the
astronauts and cosmonauts on board Endeavour and the International Space
Station will take time today to remember the victims, their families and
rescue workers in a special message from space, at 4:24 p.m. CST today.

Commander Dom Gorie, Kelly, Mission Specialists Linda Godwin and Dan
Tani, Expedition Three Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir
Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin, Expedition Four Commander
Yury Onufrienko, and Flight Engineers Carl Walz and Dan Bursch will all
gather in the Destiny laboratory aboard the station to display a U.S.
flag and take a moment to honor the victim’s families and survivors of
the attacks. 

Coordinated through the “Flags for Heroes and Families” campaign, which
was initiated by Former NASA Administrator Dan Goldin, several American
flags are being flown aboard the space shuttle Endeavour.  Those flags
include 6,000 small U.S. flags, one U.S. flag that was recovered from the
debris of the World Trade Center, a Marine Corps flag that was retrieved
from the Pentagon, and an American flag from the State of Pennsylvania. 
Also onboard, is a large New York Fire Department flag, 23 replica New
York Police Department shields, and 91 New York Police Department
patches. Those items are stowed away in the shuttle and will be
distributed upon Endeavour’s return to Earth.

The crew’s activities today will focus on continuing transfer of several
hundred pounds of equipment and supplies from the Raffaello Multi-Purpose
Logistics Module that was attached to the station yesterday.  Transfer of
equipment, supplies and experiments to and from the shuttle mid deck is
already complete.  Today, Godwin and Tani will also check out and prepare
the tools they will use for Monday’s scheduled spacewalk. 

The next STS-108 mission status report will be issued about 6 p.m. today
or as events warrant.

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