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Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-112 MCC Status Report #02 
Tuesday, October 8, 2002 - 5 a.m. CDT 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

As Atlantis continues its pursuit of the International Space Station with
docking planned at 10:24 a.m. Wednesday, crewmembers began a day of
preparation for the linkup with the orbiting laboratory. 

Aboard Atlantis, Commander Jeff Ashby, Pilot Pam Melroy and Mission
Specialists Dave Wolf, Sandy Magnus, Piers Sellers and Cosmonaut Fyodor
Yurchikhin were awakened at 4:46 a.m. to the song "Venus and Mars" by
Paul McCartney and Wings. It was for Wolf, requested by his wife, Tammy. 

The Expedition Five crew, Commander Valery Korzun, NASA ISS Science
Officer Peggy Whitson and Cosmonaut Sergei Treschev  in their 18th week
in space  were awakened at 3 a.m. Atlantis' crew will be their first
visitors since June. They are shifting their sleep schedules to prepare
for the week of docked operations with Atlantis. 

Today, Atlantis' crew focuses on preparations for rendezvous and docking
by checking out the necessary tools. The crew also will prepare the
spacesuits to be used during the three planned spacewalks by Wolf and
Sellers scheduled for Thursday, Saturday and Monday. The shuttle's
robotic arm also will be checked out and used to survey the payload bay,
including the Starboard 1 (S1) Truss. 

This afternoon the centerline camera will be mounted in the Orbiter
Docking System hatch to assist Ashby as he guides the orbiter in for
docking. The crew then will extend the docking ring, which makes first
contact with the station. 

The station crew is continuing with science operations and standard
exercise activities. Whitson is working with radiation monitors for Wolf
and Sellers, who will conduct the spacewalks to hook up the S1 after it
is lifted from Atlantis' cargo bay and installed on the station Thursday.
She will activate the monitor's badge readers and do pre-spacewalk
background readings. 

Atlantis' crew is scheduled to begin an eight-hour sleep period at about
6:30 p.m. today. 

The next STS-112 mission status report will be issued at 5 p.m. today, or
earlier if events warrant. 


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