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STS-108 Mission Status Report #12



SUBMITTED BY ARTHUR N1ORC

STS- 108          Report # 12 
 Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001 – 7 a.m. CST 
   
The song “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” performed by Vince and Jenny
Gill, awakened Endeavour’s crew this morning at 6:19 a.m. CST.  The song
was played for Expedition Three Commander Frank Culbertson from his wife
for his years of dedicated pursuit of peace on Earth through service to
his country, and in tribute to a special anniversary today.

Shortly after the crews onboard Endeavour and the International Space
Station were awakened, they prepared to take a moment to pay tribute to
those who lost their lives in the attacks on America on September 11, as
part of President Bush’s “Anthems of Remembrance” event.  The event will
take place at 7:46 a.m. CST, the exact moment of the attack three months
ago. 

The United States and Russian national anthems will be played in the
shuttle and station flight control rooms in Mission Control and aboard
the shuttle and the space station.  The three commanders aboard the two
spacecraft – Shuttle Commander Dom Gorie, Expedition Three Commander
Frank Culbertson, and Expedition Four Commander Yury Onufrienko, will
share their personal thoughts as well as play a special pre-recorded
message from the rest of the crew currently in orbit. 

Onufrienko, along with Expedition Three crew members Vladimir Dezhurov
and Mikhail Tyurin, will take time today to talk with Russian media
located at the mission control center outside Moscow in an interview
scheduled to begin at 9:24 a.m.   Later in the day, the full crews –
Gorie, Onufrienko, Culbertson, Pilot Mark Kelly, Mission Specialists
Linda Godwin and Dan Tani, Expedition Four flight engineers Carl Walz and
Dan Bursch, along with Dezhurov and Tyurin – will   have an opportunity
to talk with American news media during a crew news conference scheduled
for 2:04 p.m.  

A ceremony to mark the change of command from Culbertson to Onufrienko
will take place at 2:48 p.m. today.  Culbertson, in his 123rd day in
space, will ceremoniously pass command of the space station on to
Onufrienko, it’s newest commander.  The official crew exchange occurred
Saturday, December 8 with the transfer of Soyuz seatliners for each crew
member. Today’s event continues the tradition begun by Expedition One
Commander Bill Shepherd in March of this year, when he relinquished
command of the ISS to Expedition Two Commander Yury Usachev.

The crews will also continue transferring equipment and supplies from the
Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics Module to the space station for later
use by the Expedition Four Crew.  About 4,000 pounds of cargo has already
been transferred from Raffaello to the station. 

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




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