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STS-113 MCC Status Report #16

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-113 MCC Status Report #16 
Sunday, December 1, 2002  8:30 a.m. CST 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

With most of their mission objectives successfully completed, the crews
of Endeavour and the International Space Station will enjoy some
scheduled time off during their last full day of joint operations. 

Since Endeavour arrived at the station on November 25, the 10 astronauts
and cosmonauts have successfully worked together to install the 14-ton P1
truss segment, outfit and activate it during three spacewalks, transfer
equipment, experiments and supplies between the two spacecraft, and
exchange resident crews aboard the station. 

Today, spacewalkers Mike Lopez-Alegria and John Herrington, along with
Pilot Paul Lockhart will clean up and stow away their spacesuits,
following the conclusion of Saturday's final spacewalk of the mission.
Endeavour Commander Jim Wetherbee will gently pulse the orbiter's
thrusters this morning to raise the station's altitude by approximately
2.8 miles. The jet firings will last approximately 45 minutes, and
combined with two previous reboost maneuvers earlier in the mission,
should increase the station's total altitude by about 6 ¼ miles. 

The crew will also take some time today to verify operation of the tools
that will be used during Monday's undocking of Endeavour from the
International Space Station and to complete the final transfer of
equipment. Approximately 95 percent of transfer activities are complete. 

About 2 p.m. central time, Wetherbee, Lockhart, Lopez-Alegria and
Herrington, Expedition Six Commander Ken Bowersox and NASA ISS Science
Officer Don Pettit, will talk with media representatives from CNN
Espanol, Indian Country Today and the Native America Calling radio

Final handover briefings between the Expedition Five and Expedition Six
crews will continue throughout the day, as the 10 astronauts and
cosmonauts prepare to bid each other farewell tomorrow. Hatches between
the two spacecraft are slated to be closed about 11:15 a.m. central time
Monday, with Endeavour undocking from the station about 2:05 p.m. 

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

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