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STS-112 MCC Status Report #14

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-112 MCC Status Report #14 
Monday, Oct. 14, 2002, 5:00 a.m. CDT 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

Another spacewalk is the order of business aboard Atlantis and the
International Space Station today to complete the installation and
checkout of the newly installed truss segment.

Dave Wolf and Piers Sellers once again will conduct the spacewalk out of
the Quest Airlock beginning about 9:40 this morning. It is the 46th
spacewalk devoted to the assembly and maintenance of the station. Today
they will focus on the removal and stowage of launch support brackets no
longer required; installation of additional clamps on fittings to prevent
pressure buildup in fluid lines; install an attach bracket for a future
station truss element; and remove a balky bolt preventing activation of a
cable cutter on the Mobile Transporter.

Ahead of the spacewalk, Atlantis' thrusters will again be used to gently
raise the station's altitude another couple of miles. The reboost lasts
about 35 minutes and sets the stage for the arrival of a Russian Soyuz
spacecraft set to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on
Oct. 28. The Soyuz serves as the emergency rescue vehicle of the station
and must be replaced about every six months.

Shortly after crew wakeup today, one of the three cooling radiators on
the newly installed S1 Truss was deployed serving as a mechanical test
for the deployment system. The deployment to its full length of 75 feet
began at 3:01 a.m. and was completed nine minutes later. The task was
delayed from Sunday for an electrical adjustment. The radiator is not
needed operationally until next year.

Peggy Whitson, NASA ISS science officer, and Atlantis' Sandy Magnus will
operate the station's robot arm throughout the spacewalk, while Pilot Pam
Melroy will again choreograph the Extravehicular Activity (EVA) from
Atlantis' flight deck. Wolf will wear the spacesuit with red stripes and
Sellers' suit will be all white.

Today's wakeup music for Dave Wolf from his wife Tammy was "You Gave Me
The Answer," by Paul McCartney and Wings and came at 2:46 a.m. The
station crewmembers awakened about 30 minutes later.

The next STS-112 mission status report will be issued later today.


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