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STS-112 MCC Status Report #18



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-112 MCC Status Report #18 
Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2002, 6 a.m. CDT 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 


With their week's worth of work completed, astronauts and cosmonauts
aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis and the International Space Station bid
farewell to one another and closed the hatches in preparation for the
shuttle's undocking scheduled for 8:13 this morning.


Following undocking, Atlantis will back away from the ISS to a distance
of about 450 feet before completing at least a half lap fly around of the
complex with its new truss segment installed before departing the
station's vicinity at 10 a.m. and prepare to come home to the Kennedy
Space Center in Florida at 10:45 Friday morning. Expedition Five's ride
home is next month aboard Endeavour following its mission to deliver a
mirror image truss segment to the S1.

Atlantis departs after delivering about 1,800 pounds of supplies and
experiments to the station and returning about the same weight of cargo
to Earth. It also leaves behind the S1 (Starboard One) Truss segment
weighing almost 15 tons and spanning 45 feet. It continues the outward
expansion of the truss that eventually will be 356 feet long.

The work to install the S1 was accomplished during three spacewalks
totaling more than 19 hours that included hooking up power, data and
ammonia lines linking S1 to the station; deploying antennas, installing
TV cameras, preparing a handcar for use on the truss' railway, readying
S1's three large radiators for use and installing devices to ensure quick
disconnect fittings in fluid lines will work.

Later this morning, the shuttle performs its own experiment when SHIMMER
is activated to measure Hydroxyl in the upper atmosphere. Hydroxyl plays
a role in the ozone destroying chemical process and helps in measuring
water vapor and temperature over a broad altitude range.

The day began for the shuttle and station crews with a wakeup call from
Mission Control at 2:52 a.m. The Alan Parsons Project's "Prime Time" was
played for Pilot Pam Melroy, requested by her husband, Chris.

The next STS-112 status report will be issued this evening, or sooner if
events warrant.



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