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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Time Posted News Item 
6/15/2002 4:19:38 With all the major objectives of the STS-111 mission
accomplished, Endeavour’s astronauts will bid farewell to the new
Expedition Five crew and undock from the International Space Station
today, leaving ISS Commander Valery Korzun and Flight Engineers Peggy
Whitson and Sergei Treschev to begin their 4 ½ month stay on board the

After final farewells and the closing of the hatches between the two
vehicles, Endeavour will undock from the ISS at 9:32 a.m. Central time as
the two craft fly over western Kazakhstan, not far from Russia’s primary
launch site at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

The initial separation will be provided by springs that will gently push
the shuttle away from the station. When Endeavour is about two feet away
from the station and the docking devices are clear of one another, Pilot
Paul Lockhart will fire Endeavour’s steering jets to begin slowly moving

About 45 minutes after undocking, when Endeavour is 450 feet in front of
the ISS, Lockhart will begin a one-hour flyaround of the station. After 1
¼ laps of the complex, Lockhart will fire Endeavour’s jets to move away
from the station about 11:16 a.m. Once Endeavour departs the outpost for
the final time, the new ISS crew will begin to unpack gear and prepare
for its long duration stay on orbit.

Endeavour’s astronauts – Lockhart, Chang-Diaz, Commander Ken Cockrell,
Philippe Perrin, Dan Bursch, Yury Onufrienko and Carl Walz – were
awakened just before 3:30 Central time this morning to the song, “Hello
to All the Children of the World”, prepared for Bursch by his son’s

Endeavour is scheduled to land at the Kennedy Space Center just before
noon Central time Monday, bringing Onufrienko, Bursch and Walz home after
194 days in space, which for Walz and Bursch will set a new U.S. single
spaceflight endurance mark. Landing Monday will result in one more day in
space for Onufrienko than he logged in 1996 as Commander of the former
Russian Mir Space Station.

Endeavour and the ISS to continue to function normally as they orbit at
an altitude of around 240 statute miles.


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