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STS-113 MCC Status Report #04

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-113 MCC Status Report #04 
Monday, November 25, 2002  8:30 a.m. CST 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

The crew of Endeavour awakened at 7:29 a.m. to begin final preparations
for this afternoon's docking with the International Space Station.
Endeavour is now 350 miles behind the space station closing the distance
between them at the rate of about 130 miles every orbit. Docking is
slated to occur at 3:26 p.m. central time today with the two spacecraft
high over the Kazakh/Uzbekistan border. 

Onboard the space station, the Expedition Five crew - Commander Valery
Korzun, NASA ISS Science Officer Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Sergei
Treschev - awakened at 7:50 a.m. to continue preparations for the arrival
of their latest guests, including their replacement crew. 

After hatch opening and a safety briefing conducted by Korzun, the two
crews will begin transferring supplies and equipment that will be needed
during the three upcoming spacewalks, as well as the Expedition Six seat
liners and reentry suits for the Soyuz spacecraft. The Soyuz serves as a
lifeboat for the station, enabling a crew to come home quickly in the
event of an emergency. Each crewmember has their own custom-fitted seat
liner to cushion the effects of a Soyuz landing. The official exchange of
resident crews aboard the station will be complete once the Expedition
Six crew has transferred its seatliners to the Soyuz spacecraft and the
Expedition Five crew transfers its seatliners over to Endeavour for the
return trip home. 

Over the next seven days, the astronauts and cosmonauts will work
together to attach another truss to the space station, the Port 1 (P1)
truss, and complete the changeover between the Expedition Five and Six
crews. The first of three spacewalks to install and outfit the truss is
scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, to be conducted by Mission Specialists
Mike Lopez-Alegria and John Herrington. 

Endeavour's crew - Commander Jim Wetherbee, Pilot Paul Lockhart, Mission
Specialists Lopez-Alegria and Herrington, and the Expedition Six crew
Commander Ken Bowersox, NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit and Flight
Engineer Nikolai Budarin - will begin rendezvous operations around 10:35
a.m. The final approach phase of the docking is scheduled to begin about
1 p.m. with hatch opening between the two spacecraft scheduled to occur
at 4:45 p.

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