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STS-111 Status Reports (2)



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC
 
Crew Attaches Leonardo to Station
Today, during the first full day of docked operations, STS-111 Commander
Ken Cockrell and Mission Specialist Philippe Perrin used the shuttle's
robotic arm to attach the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module, or
MPLM, to the International Space Station's Earth-facing port on the Unity
module. They finished attaching Leonardo to the station at 9:28 a.m. CDT
(1428 GMT). 

The crews will open Leonardo's hatch at about 5 p.m. CDT (2200 GMT)
today, and it will remain open for the next five days as they transfer
supplies and equipment to the station.

Still inside Endeavour's payload bay is the Mobile Remote Servicer Base
System, which is also known as the MBS. It is a work platform that will
be attached to the station's Mobile Transporter on Monday and will
provide lateral mobility for Canadarm2, the station's robot arm, as it
traverses the main trusses. 

The hatches between the station and the shuttle were opened for the first
time at about 2:08 p.m. CDT (1908 GMT) Friday. The three crews began
transferring cargo later that afternoon.
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STS-111, Mission Control Center 
Status Report # 07
Saturday, June 8, 2002 –6:00 a.m. CDT 
(CORRECTS DURATION OF EXPEDITION FOUR TO 181 DAYS) 

The newly arrived crewmembers of Expedition Five aboard the International
Space Station – Commander Valery Korzun and Flight Engineers Peggy
Whitson and Sergei Treschev – will continue settling into their new home
today as they work with Endeavour’s astronauts to move the Leonardo
Multi-Purpose Logistics Module from the shuttle’s cargo bay to the Unity
module of the complex in advance of the start of the transfer of almost 3
tons of equipment and supplies. 

Commander Ken Cockrell, Pilot Paul Lockhart and Mission Specialists
Philippe Perrin and Franklin Chang-Diaz, and the newest shuttle
crewmembers – former Expedition Four Commander Yury Onufrienko and Flight
Engineers Carl Walz and Dan Bursch, were awakened at 4:23 Central time
this morning by “I Have a Dream,” by ABBA, a song selected for Treschev. 

Using the shuttle’s robotic arm, Cockrell and Perrin will reach into
Endeavour’s payload bay and latch onto Leonardo at mid-morning. The
pressurized cargo module will be attached to the nadir berthing port on
Unity. After Walz and Whitson perform pressure checks, the hatch to the
cargo carrier will be opened. Leonardo contains equipment, supplies and
experiments necessary for the fifth resident crew’s 4 ½-month stay in
orbit. 

The six Expedition crewmembers will continue their handover conferences
and the 10 cosmonauts and astronauts will review procedures for the first
spacewalk of the flight tomorrow. Perrin and Chang-Diaz will step out of
the Quest Airlock Sunday to begin installing the Mobile Base System, a
new platform which will enable the station’s robotic arm, Canadarm2, to
ride a railway the length of the station for future assembly tasks. Two
more spacewalks are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday to complete the
Mobile Base system installation and to replace an ailing wrist roll joint
on the station’s robotic arm. 

The Expedition Five crew officially assumed command of station operations
yesterday at 5:55 p.m. Central time, marking the end of the Expedition
Four increment at 181 days. Onufrienko, Walz and Bursch are now
considered part of Endeavour’s crew, aiming for a homecoming on June 17. 

Systems on Endeavour and the ISS are functioning normally as the two
vehicles orbit the Earth every 90 minutes at an altitude of 240 statute
miles. 

The next STS-111 mission status report will be issued early Saturday
evening, or earlier, if events warrant. 

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