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STS-112 MCC STATUS REPORT #08



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-112 MCC Status Report #08 Friday, 
October 11, 2002 - 5 a.m. CDT 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

With a major milestone of the STS-112 mission behind them, Space Shuttle
Atlantis and International Space Station crewmembers will have a quieter
day today. Following some time off to relax, the joint crews later will
begin transferring equipment and supplies to the orbiting laboratory. 

On Thursday, crewmembers attached the 14-ton, 45-foot Starboard One (S1)
truss to the station, using the station's Canadarm2 operated by Atlantis'
Sandy Magnus and NASA ISS Science Officer Peggy Whitson. That was
followed by the first of three planned spacewalks by Dave Wolf and Piers
Sellers to complete a series of tasks, including connecting power lines
to the station. 

The spacewalk lasted 7 hours, 1 minute and brings the total time for ISS
assembly via Extravehicular Activity (EVA) to 272 hours, 45 minutes. 

In addition to the time off and transfer operations, Wolf and Sellers
will prepare the tools and other equipment for use during tomorrow's
second spacewalk. Just before their evening meal, crewmembers will gather
to review Quest Airlock procedures for the spacewalk, which is expected
to begin about 9:40 a.m. Saturday. 

The crew will take part in two interviews today. First, the three Russian
crewmembers  Expedition Five Commander Valery Korzun, Expedition Five
Flight Engineer Sergei Treschev and STS-112 Mission Specialist Fyodor
Yurchikhin  will discuss the mission with Russian press beginning at
10:46 a.m. Later in the day at 1:56 p.m., Wolf, Sellers, Magnus and
possibly other crewmembers will be interviewed by CBS Radio, Fox News and
the Cable News Network (CNN). Both interviews can be seen on NASA
Television. 

Today's wakeup call to Pilot Pam Melroy and the rest of Atlantis' crew
came at 3:46 a.m. "Oh Thou Tupelo," performed by the Wellesley College
Choir, was for Melroy, a 1983 graduate. The station crew woke up about
4:15 a.m. today. 

The Atlantis and ISS complex is orbiting the Earth every 92 minutes at an
altitude of 244 statute miles. The next Space Shuttle/ISS status report
will be issued later today.



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