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STS-112 MCC Status Report #01



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-112 MCC Status Report #01 
Monday, October 7, 2002  3 p.m. CDT 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

With hardware and the weather finally in order, Atlantis lifted off at
2:46 p.m. Central time today from Launch Pad 39-B at the Kennedy Space
Center to deliver the 28,000 pound Starboard 1 (S1) truss segment to the
International Space Station. 

Aboard Atlantis are Commander Jeff Ashby, Pilot Pam Melroy and Mission
Specialists Dave Wolf, Sandy Magnus, Piers Sellers and Russian cosmonaut
Fyodor Yurchikhin. A small television camera on the shuttle's external
fuel tank captured a unique view of the Earth as Atlantis headed into
orbit. 

Less than nine minutes after launch, Atlantis and its crewmembers settled
into orbit and work began to prepare for a planned 11-day mission. 

As Atlantis headed toward space, on board the ISS, Expedition 5 Commander
Valery Korzun, NASA ISS Science Officer Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer
Sergei Treschev were completing their 124th day in orbit and their 122nd
day aboard the station. At the time of Atlantis' launch, the space
station orbited 240 statute miles above the Pacific Ocean west of
Ecuador. 

Atlantis' crew is setting up equipment on board and preparing to open the
shuttle's payload bay doors to begin orbital operations prior to heading
to bed just before 9 p.m. 

Atlantis is scheduled to dock to the station at about 10:30 a.m.
Wednesday, setting the stage for the installation of the S1 truss on the
starboard side of the S0 truss, which arrived at the ISS in April. Three
spacewalks are scheduled during the mission by Wolf and Sellers to help
activate the new truss' systems. The S1 truss is the fourth of 11 truss
segments which will form the structural backbone for the station and
provide the cooling and support for new solar arrays to be delivered to
the station next year. 

The shuttle crew will be awakened at 4:46 a.m. Tuesday to begin its first
full day in orbit and to prepare for Wednesday's docking. The next
STS-112 mission status report will be issued Tuesday morning after
Atlantis' crew is awakened.



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