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STS-111 STATUS REPORT #12





Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-111, Mission Control Center 
Status Report # 12
Monday, June 10, 2002 – 6:30 p.m. CDT 

The 10 astronauts and cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station
today continued the expansion of the orbiting laboratory by installing
the Mobile Remote Servicer Base System (MBS). 

The MBS was attached to the Mobile Transporter on the Destiny Lab at 8:03
a.m. Central by Expedition Five Flight Engineer Peggy Whitson and
Endeavour Astronaut Carl Walz. The two used the station’s robotic arm,
Canadarm2, to maneuver the MBS into position. Controllers on the ground
then commanded latches on the transporter to close, securing the MBS in
place. Eventually, Canadarm2 will “walk off” its current base location on
the Destiny Lab onto the MBS. The MBS is an important part of the
station’s future Mobile Servicing System, which will allow the station’s
arm to travel the length of the station to perform future construction
tasks. 

The astronauts and cosmonauts on the Shuttle/Station complex, including
STS-111 Commander Ken Cockrell, Pilot Paul Lockhart, Mission Specialists
Philippe Perrin and Franklin Chang-Diaz, as well Expedition Four crew
Yury Onufrienko, Dan Bursch and Walz, and Expedition Five crewmembers
Whitson, Commander Valery Korzun and Flight Engineer Sergei Treschev,
continued their transfer of equipment and supplies to the station from
the Leonardo Multi-Purpose Logistics Module. As they began their Monday
morning in space, the crewmembers already had transferred 73 percent of
the equipment and supplies. 

Though the Expedition Five crew has been in charge of station operations
since Friday afternoon, an official change of command ceremony between
the two Expedition crews took place this afternoon. The crew also
reviewed procedures for tomorrow’s second spacewalk of the mission by
Chang-Diaz and Perrin in which the two astronauts will hook up cables
between the Mobile Base System and the Mobile Transporter and firmly bolt
the two components together. 

At 4:53 p.m. today, Endeavour completed a one-hour reboost maneuver to
increase the station’s altitude by a little over a mile. This is the
first of three such maneuvers that eventually will raise the station’s
altitude by six miles. Systems on both Endeavour and the station continue
to function normally as they orbit the Earth every 90 minutes at an
altitude of about 240 statute miles. 

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


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