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SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC

           STS-108 Report # 10 
 Monday, Dec. 10, 2001 – 6:30 a.m. CST 
 
 The crew aboard the space shuttle Endeavour was awakened at 6:12 a.m.
CST this morning to the sound of “Jumpin’ at the Woodside,” performed by
Mission Specialist Linda Godwin’s own band, Brass, Rhythm and Reeds. 
Godwin plays tenor sax in this 18-piece big band recording.  

The focus of activities aboard Endeavour today will be on the planned
four-hour spacewalk to be conducted by Godwin and Dan Tani.  Godwin and
Tani will exit the shuttle’s airlock about 11:24 a.m. and will be carried
about half way up the truss of the space station by the shuttle’s robotic
arm, operated by Pilot Mark Kelly.  Commander Dom Gorie will coordinate
efforts as the two spacewalkers maneuver hand-over-hand to their worksite
location at the top of the P6 truss, some 80 feet above Endeavour’s cargo
bay.

The prime objective of the spacewalk is to place insulating blankets on
the two Beta Gimbal Assemblies (BGA) that control the rotation of the
solar arrays as they track the sun.  The thermal blankets will protect
the BGAs from temperature variances experienced in space, which has been
leading to current spikes from the motors inside the BGAs.  Once that
task is complete, the spacewalkers will perform some get-ahead-tasks
including retrieving tools from an outside pouch and bringing them inside
for use during a spacewalk on the next mission to the space station early
next year.

With hatches between the two spacecraft closed for today’s space walk,
the Expedition Four Crew, Commander Yury Onufrienko, and Flight Engineers
Dan Bursch and Carl Walz will continue transferring equipment and
supplies from the Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module to the
station.  This is the crewmembers’ first day alone on the space station
after exchanging places with the Expedition Three Crew, Commander Frank
Culberston, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin,
on Saturday.

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



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