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STS-113 MCC Status Report #17

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-113 MCC Status Report #17 
Sunday, Dec. 1, 2002 - 7:30 p.m. CST 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

The crews of Endeavour and the International Space Station today got
ready to say goodbye to one another, checking out tools that will be used
during undocking of the two spacecraft on Monday. They also configured
and stowed spacesuits used in the mission's three spacewalks. Crewmembers
got some afternoon time off to relax and talk via radio with family

This morning Endeavour Commander Jim Wetherbee initiated a series of
firings of Endeavour's thrusters to raise the station's altitude by about
2.8 statute miles. This was the third reboost of the flight and left the
ISS almost 6½ miles higher than it was when the shuttle docked on Nov.
25. The station's average altitude is now about 247 miles. 

Shuttle crewmembers, Wetherbee, Pilot Paul Lockhart, Mission Specialists
Michael Lopez-Alegria and John Herrington, and Expedition 5's NASA ISS
Science Officer Peggy Whitson, her Expedition 6 successor Don Pettit and
Expedition 6 Commander Ken Bowersox, spoke with representatives of Indian
Country Today and Native America Calling radio network. 

Transfer activities wound down, with the crew wrapping up movement of
supplies, equipment and experiments between the two spacecraft. Endeavour
brought more than 2,500 pounds of material to the station in the
shuttle's crew compartment. 

During the afternoon, Pettit and Whitson did additional troubleshooting
on the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) in the station's U.S.
laboratory Destiny. The glovebox allows experiments with fluids, flame,
particles or fumes to be performed in an enclosed environment. The MSG's
power distribution and conversion box failed Nov. 20. The box will be
returned to Earth aboard Endeavour, leaving the MSG inactive. 

Handover talks continued between the Expedition 5 crew, Commander Valery
Korzun, Whitson and cosmonaut Sergei Treschev, and Expedition 6
crewmembers Bowersox, Cosmonaut Nikolai Budarin and Pettit. 

Hatches between the two spacecraft are to be closed about 11:15 a.m. CST
Monday, with Endeavour undocking from the station about 2:05 p.m. near
the west coast of Australia after a pass over the Indian Ocean. Landing
is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon at Kennedy Space Center 

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


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