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STS-112 MCC Status Report #12

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-112 MCC Status Report #12 
Sunday, October 13, 2002 - 5 a.m. CDT 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

The joint crews of Space Shuttle Atlantis and the International Space
Station will transfer supplies and equipment between the two spacecraft
today and also prepare for the final spacewalk of the mission. 

The nine astronauts and cosmonauts also will conduct a press briefing
from the U.S. Laboratory Destiny at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The news conference
will air live on NASA Television. 

Later today, one of the radiators on the newly installed S1 Truss will be
remotely deployed to verify the connections established on the first
spacewalk last Thursday. Its extended length will be 75 feet with each of
the eight panels being 11 feet wide. The cooling system will not formally
be activated until next year. 

One major task inside the station today is the replacement of the
exercise treadmill's vibration dampening system. The treadmill is located
in the Russian Zvezda module  the station's living quarters  and is
designed to significantly reduce or eliminate vibration during workouts
that otherwise could negatively affect sensitive experiments being
conducted on board. The unit is one of the major exercise devices aboard
the station, and important in maintaining fitness during long-duration

Transfer work continues through much of the day while oxygen is
transferred from Atlantis to high-pressure storage tanks on the outside
of the Quest Airlock. 

In preparation for Monday's spacewalk, the suits will be recharged with
water, and tools will be configured. Prior to going to bed, all nine
crewmembers will review spacewalk and airlock procedures. 

The day began with a wakeup call at 4:07 a.m. for Mission Specialist
Fyodor Yurchikhin. The "Aviation March," composed by Isaac Dunaevsky, is
the hymn of the Moscow Aviation Institute, Yurchikhin's alma mater. 

The next STS-112 mission status report will be issued this evening, or
earlier if warranted.

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