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STS-111 REPORT 6/7/02

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Heading for a docking to the International Space Station later today,
Endeavour's astronauts continue to close in on the orbital outpost as a new
trio of residents prepares to take over command of the complex.

Commander Ken Cockrell, Pilot Paul Lockhart and Mission Specialists Philippe
Perrin and Franklin Chang-Diaz, and Expedition Five Commander Valery Korzun
and Flight Engineers Peggy Whitson and Sergei Treschev, were awakened just
after 4:30 Central time this morning by "American Woman," by Lenny Kravitz,
a song selected for Whitson.

At the time of the crew's wakeup call, Endeavour had closed to within 900
statute miles of the ISS, aiming for a linkup to the docking port at the
forward end of the Destiny Laboratory at 11:17 a.m. Central time as the two
vehicles fly off the northeast coast of Australia, south of New Guinea.

On board the station, the Expedition Four crew, Commander Yury Onufrienko
and Flight Engineers Carl Walz and Dan Bursch, are spending the morning
preparing for the arrival of Endeavour's astronauts and their Expedition
Five replacements. Onufrienko, Walz and Bursch are in their 184th day in
space, their 182nd day aboard the ISS.

A little less than two hours after Endeavour docks to the station, the
hatches between the two spacecraft will open and Onufrienko, Bursch and Walz
will greet their counterparts and conduct a safety briefing. Then, the ten
astronauts and cosmonauts will begin transferring equipment, supplies and
experiments between the two vehicles. The two Expedition crews will exchange
their custom-made Soyuz return craft seat liners for the rescue vehicle
currently docked to the station. Once the new Expedition Five crew conducts
checks of their Russian entry suits, they will officially take over command
of station operations, and Onufrienko, Walz and Bursch will become shuttle

All systems aboard Endeavour and the ISS continue to function in excellent

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