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STS-111 STATUS REPORT #24



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

Activities aboard Endeavour today focused on preparations for Monday’s
planned landing at the Kennedy Space Center, concluding a voyage of 4.9
million miles. 

Today, Commander Ken Cockrell, Pilot Paul Lockhart and Flight Engineer
Franklin Chang-Diaz activated one of three hydraulic power units on
Endeavour, tested all of its aerosurfaces, and then test-fired
Endeavour’s steering jets. The remaining crew members – Philippe Perrin
of CNES, and former Expedition Four crewmembers Yury Onufrienko, Carl
Walz and Dan Bursch – continued packing up gear and hardware in
anticipation of tomorrow’s landing. 

Endeavour has two opportunities to land at the Kennedy Space Center on
Monday. The first begins with a deorbit burn of the Orbital Maneuvering
System engines at 10:51 a.m., followed by a landing at 11:59 a.m. Central
time (12:59 p.m. Eastern.) In the event weather prevents a landing on
that first opportunity, there is a second opportunity, beginning with a
deorbit burn at 12:30 p.m. and resulting in a 1:36 p.m. Central (2:36
p.m. Eastern) landing in Florida. Preliminary weather forecasts call for
the possibility of clouds and rain showers within the vicinity of the
three-mile long landing strip on Monday. The backup landing site at
California’s Edwards Air Force Base was not called up for support Monday.
Endeavour has sufficient consumables to remain in orbit, if necessary,
until Thursday. 

Onufrienko, Bursch and Walz took a few minutes this afternoon to talk
with Fox News, WOIO-TV of Cleveland – Walz’ hometown, and WICZ-TV of
Vestal, NY – Bursch’s hometown. The crew extended their best wishes on
this Father’s Day and discussed their 193-day stay in space. With an
on-time landing Monday, Onufrienko, Bursch and Walz will have spent 194
days in space. 

Meanwhile, aboard the space station, the Expedition Five crew – Commander
Valery Korzun and Flight Engineers Peggy Whitson and Sergei Treschev –
spent today settling into their new home, unpacking some of the equipment
and hardware carried to the station by Endeavour. They also enjoyed a few
hours of off-duty time today. 

Endeavour’s crew will begin a scheduled eight-hour sleep period at 7:23
p.m. today, waking just before 3:30 a.m. Monday to prepare for a
homecoming to the Kennedy Space Center. 

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

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