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STS-113 MCC Status Report #02

Submitted By Arthur - N1ORC

STS-113 MCC Status Report #02 
Sunday, November 24, 2002  9:30 a.m. CST 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

Endeavour's crew was awakened at 8:50 a.m. today to begin its first full
day in orbit, a day dedicated to preparations for Monday's docking to the
International Space Station. As the crew awoke, Endeavour and the station
were separated by about 2,700 miles, with Endeavour slightly below and
behind the ISS. 

Onboard the station, the Expedition Five crew, Commander Valery Korzun,
NASA ISS Science Officer Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Sergei
Treschev, awakened at 7:45 a.m. to continue preparations for the arrival
of Endeavour, and their replacement crew. 

In preparation for Monday's docking, Endeavour's crew - Commander Jim
Wetherbee, Pilot Paul Lockhart, Mission Specialists Mike Lopez-Alegria
and John Herrington, and the Expedition Six crew Commander Ken Bowersox,
NASA ISS science officer Don Pettit and flight engineer Nikolai Budarin -
will verify operation of the equipment used during docking. The
centerline camera will be installed in the docking system, the orbiter
docking system ring will be extended and a variety of handheld cameras
and distance-measuring devices will be checked out. In addition,
Lopez-Alegria and Herrington will inspect and checkout the spacesuits
they will wear during three scheduled spacewalks to install and outfit
the P1 truss segment. 

Monday's docking to the International Space Station is scheduled to occur
about 3:26 p.m. central time and sets the stage for those three
spacewalks to be conducted over a period of five days. The P1 truss is
the third such segment to be launched this year, one of 11 truss segments
that will form the structural backbone of the station. The trusses will
also provide cooling and support for new solar arrays, which will be
delivered to the station next year. 

At 6:55 p.m., Bowersox, Budarin and Pettit will talk with reporters from
USA Today and AP Radio News. The trio will become the sixth resident crew
to live and work in space aboard the International Space Station,
replacing the current Expedition Five residents who are beginning their
173rd day in space today. 

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