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STS-113 MCC Status Report #12

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-113 MCC Status Report #12 
Friday, November 29, 2002  8 a.m. CST 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

With the Expedition Six crewmembers settling into their new on-orbit
home, today's activities largely will focus on continuing transfer of
equipment, experiments and hardware, and a formal Change of Command
ceremony between resident crews on board the International Space Station.

Among the items to be transferred today are various science experiments,
two returning home aboard Endeavour and one moving to the station. This
morning, Mission Specialist Mike Lopez-Alegria and Expedition Five NASA
ISS Science Officer Peggy Whitson will transfer the Protein Crystal
Growth Single Thermal Enclosure System (PCG-STES) - Unit 7 to Endeavour,
while Expedition Six Commander Ken Bowersox will transfer PCG-STES Unit
10 from the shuttle to the station. This afternoon, Lopez-Alegria and
Expedition Six NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit will transfer the
Plant Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus (PGBA) to Endeavour. Plants grown
while on orbit will be studied by researchers on the ground. 

Whitson and Pettit will also spend some time today troubleshooting the
Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) on board the station. The MSG
recently developed a problem with its power distribution and conversion
box - the device that provides electrical power to the facility. 

To date, NASA has conducted more than 90,000 hours of scientific research
aboard the station and the Expedition Six crew is scheduled to conduct 18
new or continuing experiments. 

About 11 a.m., Commander Jim Wetherbee will fire Endeavour's small
thruster jets to gently raise the altitude of the station by slightly
less than one mile. Late today, Pilot Paul Lockhart, Mission Specialist
John Herrington, Lopez-Alegria, Whitson, Bowersox and Pettit will take
time to review plans for Saturday's third and final scheduled spacewalk
of the mission. 

A formal Change of Command ceremony between the Expedition Five and Six
crews is scheduled for 2:20 p.m., but may occur earlier. The full crews
also will gather for a joint crew news conference beginning at 3:49 p.m.
central time. 

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

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