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STS-113 MCC Status Report #19



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-113 MCC Status Report #19 
Monday, Dec. 2, 2002 - 7 p.m. CST 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

Endeavour undocked from the International Space Station today, leaving
behind the Expedition 6 crew -- Commander Ken Bowersox, NASA ISS Science
Officer Don Pettit and Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin -- to begin its
four-month stay. 

After final farewells among the STS-113 and Expedition 5 and 6 crews, the
hatches between the spacecraft were closed at 11:57 a.m. CST. Following a
series of pressure and leak checks, Endeavour gently undocked from the
station at 2:05 p.m. as the two spacecraft flew over northwestern
Australia. Total docked time for the mission was six days, 22 hours and
six minutes. 

As Endeavour departed the station, Bowersox rang the ship's bell on board
and wished the crew a safe landing. Endeavour Commander Jim Wetherbee
wished the Expedition 6 crew "fair winds." After a one-quarter-lap
fly-around of the station, Pilot Paul Lockhart fired a final separation
burn of Endeavour's engines at 3:01 p.m. and began its final departure
from the station. 

All major mission objectives were accomplished during Endeavour's stay at
the ISS. The 14-ton Port One truss segment, one of 11 such structures
that will form the station's backbone, was delivered and installed over
the course of three spacewalks by Mission Specialists Michael
Lopez-Alegria and John Herrington, and the station crews were exchanged.
With its latest addition, the station's mass stands at 197 tons, or about
400,000 pounds. Returning home after spending 178 days on the station is
the Expedition 5 crew -- Commander Valery Korzun, NASA ISS Science
Officer Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Sergei Treschev. 

At 4:05 p.m., Endeavour's crew released two miniature satellites as part
of an experiment referred to as MEPSI. Funded by the Defense Advanced
Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the two small satellites, which are
tethered together, were released from Endeavour's payload bay to fly free
for three days as a technology demonstration of the launcher assembly and
use of micro- and nano-technologies in space systems. 

The focus of activities aboard Endeavour on Tuesday will include a
checkout of the systems that will be used during Wednesday's planned
landing at the Kennedy Space Center. Endeavour is scheduled to land at
2:48 p.m., bringing Korzun, Whitson and Treschev home after 182 days in
space. Weather for landing is forecasted to be questionable. The next
STS-113 mission status report will be issued Tuesday morning or earlier
if events warrant. 

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