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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-111, Mission Control Center 
Status Report # 19
Friday, June 14, 2002 - 5:30 a.m. CDT

Endeavour’s astronauts – Commander Ken Cockrell, Pilot Paul Lockhart,
Franklin Chang-Díaz, Philippe Perrin, Dan Bursch, Yury Onufrienko and
Carl Walz – were awakened just before 4:30 Central time this morning to
the National Anthem, in honor of Flag Day today. 

Working with the International Space Station’s Expedition Five crew,
Commander Valery Korzun and Flight Engineers Peggy Whitson and Sergei
Treschev, Endeavour’s astronauts will deactivate the Leonardo
Multi-Purpose Logistics Module and will remove it from its location on
the Unity node of the International Space Station. Using the shuttle’s
robotic arm, Cockrell will place the module back into Endeavour’s cargo
bay for its return to Earth. 

About 5,600 pounds of equipment and supplies are being left behind on the
ISS, including a new phone booth-sized rack to house delicate
microgravity experiments and a glovebox to provide the Expedition Five
crew future hands-on interaction with contained experiments. The cargo
module is returning with 4,665 pounds of discarded equipment and supplies
to Earth. 

Last night, an initial attempt to provide power from the newly installed
Mobile Base System platform to the space station robotic arm, Canadarm2,
was not successful. Engineers believe that a minor software glitch is
preventing commanding from the platform to reach the newly refurbished
robotic arm so that the new platform, rather than the Destiny Laboratory,
can provide power for the arm. This is not believed to be a serious
problem, and should be corrected well before the arm “walks off” its base
location on the Destiny to use the Mobile Base System as its formal
platform for a ride down the length of the station’s truss structure.
Canadarm2 received a new wrist roll joint yesterday during the final
spacewalk of the flight by Chang-Díaz and Perrin, and the arm itself has
full functionality and redundancy. 

Endeavour’s steering jets are being used to raise the station’s altitude
a third and final time today prior to tomorrow’s scheduled undocking. The
three maneuvers are expected to raise the altitude of the ISS by around
six statute miles. 

Endeavour is scheduled to undock from the ISS Saturday morning at 9:32
a.m. Central time while the two spacecraft fly over western Kazakhstan,
not far from Russia’s primary launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.
Once Endeavour departs, ISS residents Korzun, Whitson and Treschev will
begin their 4 ½ month mission in earnest, unpacking gear and settling in
to their new home in orbit. 

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 miles. Endeavour is scheduled to
undock from the space station Saturday morning. 

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


NASA Johnson Space Center Mission Status Reports

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