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STS-113 MCC STATUS REPORT #01



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-113 MCC Status Report #01 
Saturday, November 23, 2002 – 7:30 p.m. CST 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

Endeavour lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 6:50
p.m. CST today, carrying three new residents and a 14-ton truss segment
to the International Space Station. At the time of Endeavour's launch,
the International Space Station was orbiting 240 statute miles over
Southern Austria. 

On board the International Space Station, the current residents -
Expedition Five Commander Valery Korzun, NASA ISS Science Officer Peggy
Whitson and Flight Engineer Sergei Treschev - were told of Endeavour's
on-time liftoff by spacecraft communicator Stan Love in the space station
control center. 

"Thanks so much for the play-by-play Stan. That was great," Whitson said
in response to the news that the Expedition Six crew - Commander Ken
Bowersox and Flight Engineers Nikolai Budarin and Don Pettit - were en
route. 

Once on orbit, Commander Jim Wetherbee, Pilot Paul Lockhart and Mission
Specialists Mike Lopez-Alegria and John Herrington, along with Bowersox,
Budarin and Pettit will begin setting up equipment on board and preparing
to open the shuttle's payload bay doors to begin orbital operations. 

Endeavour is scheduled to dock to the station at about 3:30 p.m. central
time Monday, setting the stage for Tuesday's installation of the Port One
(P1) truss to the International Space Station. As was the case during
Atlantis' flight last month to deliver the Starboard One truss segment,
three spacewalks will be conducted by Lopez-Alegria and Herrington to
help activate the new truss' systems. P1 is the third truss segment to be
launched this year. It is one of 11 truss segments that will form the
structural backbone for the station and provide the cooling and support
for new solar arrays to be delivered to the station next year. 

Endeavour's crew will go to sleep just before 1 a.m. Sunday and will be
awakened just before 9 a.m. to begin its first full day in orbit. The
crew will begin check-outs of the Shuttle‘s robot arm, the spacesuits to
be worn by Lopez-Alegria and Herrington during their spacewalks and the
tools and mechanisms involved in Monday's rendezvous with the ISS. 

The next STS-113 mission status report will be issued Sunday morning or
earlier if events warrant. 



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