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STS-111 Status Report #11

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

NASA Human Spaceflight Web Site 
STS-111, Mission Control Center 
Status Report # 11
Monday, June 10, 2002 – 5:30 a.m. CDT

A critical device for International Space Station assembly will receive
an additional component today. An operations platform, to be installed on
a railcar on the station’s S0 (S-Zero) Truss, will allow the space
station’s robotic arm to travel the length of the station for future
construction tasks. 

The Mobile Base System (MBS), parked overnight on the station’s robotic
arm about three feet from installation, has had a chance to receive the
proper thermal conditioning to match the temperatures on the Mobile
Transporter, the actual railcar on the truss itself. Operated by
Expedition Five Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson and Endeavour Astronaut
Carl Walz, the space station robotic arm will mate the MBS platform to
the railcar and flight controllers on the ground will command latches to
close to secure the platform in place. Eventually, the station arm will
“walk off” its current base location on the Destiny Laboratory to the MBS
and ride the railway to move up and down the entire length of the

The 10 astronauts and cosmonauts on the Shuttle/Station complex will also
continue their transfer of equipment and supplies to the station from the
Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module. 

Endeavour’s crew – Commander Ken Cockrell, Pilot Paul Lockhart, Mission
Specialists Philippe Perrin and Franklin Chang-Díaz, and former station
residents Yury Onufrienko, Walz and Dan Bursch – were awakened at 4:23
a.m. Central time to “I Only Have Eyes for You” by the Flamingoes, from
the American Graffiti soundtrack which was selected for Lockhart. 

Although Expedition Five crewmembers Whitson, Commander Valery Korzun and
Flight Engineer Sergei Treschev have been in charge of ISS operations
since Friday afternoon, an official change of command ceremony between
Expedition crews will occur early this afternoon. 

The crews will also participate late today in a review of procedures for
tomorrow’s second spacewalk by Chang-Díaz and Perrin to hook up cables
between the Mobile Base System and the Mobile Transporter and to bolt the
two components together. Systems on both Endeavour and the ISS continue
to function normally as the two craft orbit the Earth every 90 minutes at
an altitude of about 240 statute miles. 

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




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