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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-111, Mission Control Center 
Status Report # 16
Wednesday, June 12, 2002 Ė 7 p.m. CDT
NASA Johnson Space Center Mission Status Reports 

The crews of Endeavour and the International Space Station spent today
stowing unneeded supplies and hardware in the Leonardo Multi-Purpose
Logistics Module and the shuttle middeck for return to Earth. 

Working side by side, the Endeavour crew Ė Ken Cockrell, Paul Lockhart,
Franklin Chang-Díaz, Philippe Perrin, Yury Onufrienko, Carl Walz and Dan
Bursch Ė and the Expedition Five crew of Valery Korzun, Peggy Whitson and
Sergei Treschev have transferred approximately 4,500 of the expected
4,665 pounds of material that will return to Earth inside the MPLM. All
of the items slated to be moved from Endeavourís middeck to the station
have been transferred and the astronauts are now restowing return items. 

Also today, Endeavourís small steering jets were fired in a series of
pulses to gently raise the stationís orbit by another mile. This was the
second of three scheduled reboost maneuvers designed to raise the
stationís altitude by a total of six miles. 

The crewmembers also reviewed the plans for the third and final scheduled
spacewalk of the mission. Thursday morning, at 9:43 a.m. Central,
Chang-Díaz and Perrin will float out of the Quest airlock and begin work
to replace a faulty wrist-roll joint on the space stationís robotic arm,
Canadarm2. The spacewalk is slated to last about seven hours. 

This afternoon, the crews took a break from the stowage activities to
discuss the progress of their mission with reporters in the U.S., France
and Canada during a joint crew news conference. 

Endeavourís payload bay cameras captured views of wildfires burning in
Colorado about 4:40 p.m Central today. Smoke rising from the wildfires
was clearly visible as the shuttle/station complex orbited 240 miles over
the surface of the Earth. 

The two crews are scheduled to go to sleep just before 8 p.m. today and
will awaken just before 4 a.m. Thursday. All systems on both Endeavour
and the International Space Station continue to function normally as the
two craft orbit the Earth every 90 minutes at an altitude of 240 statute

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


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