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STS-108     Report # 16 
 Thursday, December 13, 2001 - 8:00am CST 
 The crew onboard Endeavour was awakened at 7:17 a.m. CST this morning by
the song “Here Comes the Sun”, in memory of former Beatle George
Harrison, who recently died of cancer.  The instrumental was from the
IMAX movie, “Everest”. The song was played for the Expedition Three
Crewmembers, Commander Frank Culbertson, Pilot Vladimir Dezhurov and
Flight Engineer Mikhail Tyurin. The crew was allowed to sleep in for an
extra hour with a relatively light day of activities in store.

Today’s agenda for the shuttle crew – Commander Dom Gorie, Pilot Mark
Kelly, and Mission Specialists Dan Tani and Linda Godwin – will focus on
packing up the Raffaello Multi-Purpose Logistics module with unneeded
equipment and supplies for the return flight home.  Raffaello will be
detached from the Unity module of the International Space Station
tomorrow and reberthed in Endeavour’s cargo bay for its ride back to
Earth.  Endeavour is currently scheduled to undock from the station on
Saturday morning, with landing planned for early Monday afternoon at the
Kennedy Space Center.

The Expedition Three crew will also continue handover activities with the
Expedition Four crew – Commander Yury Onufrienko, and Flight Engineers
Dan Bursch and Carl Walz.

A ceremony to mark the change of command from Culbertson to Onufrienko
will take place at 3:09 p.m. CST.  Culbertson, in his 125th day in space,
will formally hand 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.

With the crew completing the stowage of Raffaello for the trip home, work
to replace a faulty compressor in an air conditioner unit in the Zvezda
Service Module was deferred until tomorrow morning, concurrent with the
closing of the hatch to the Raffaello module prior to its detachment from
the ISS.

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

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