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STS-113 MCC Status Report #20

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-113 MCC Status Report #20 
Tuesday, December 3, 2002  8 a.m. CST 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

Endeavour's crew will turn its attention to a return trip home today as
they prepare for a possible landing Wednesday at the Kennedy Space Center
in Florida. Weather permitting, Endeavour is scheduled for a landing at
2:48 p.m. central time Wednesday. 

The crew will spend its day stowing away equipment and hardware, and
preparing their vehicle for its high-speed reentry. With a landing
tomorrow, the returning Expedition Five crew - Commander Valery Korzun,
NASA ISS Science Officer Peggy Whitson and Flight Engineer Sergei
Treschev -will have spent 182 days in space. Approximately 2,203 pounds
of equipment and experiments from the International Space Station will
also return home aboard Endeavour. 

Over the course of an 11-day mission, the STS-113 crew - Commander Jim
Wetherbee, Pilot Paul Lockhart and Mission Specialists Mike Lopez-Alegria
and John Herrington - Whitson, Korzun and Treschev, and the Expedition
Six crew of Commander Ken Bowersox, NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit
and Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin, combined to install the new P1 truss
to the station, perform three spacewalks to outfit and activate the
truss, and transfer supplies and equipment between the two spacecraft. 

Preliminary weather forecasts for tomorrow's landing in Florida indicate
the possibility of clouds and rain showers in the vicinity of the landing
site. Flight controllers will continue to watch weather conditions and
receive updated briefings throughout the day today. 

About 2 p.m. today, Endeavour's crew will take time to discuss the
successful mission with CBS "Up to the Minute," TV-E Spain and Tulsa
World newspaper. Aboard the space station, Bowersox, Pettit and Budarin
are spending their 10th day in space unpacking the 2,135 pounds of
supplies and equipment brought to the station by Endeavour. 

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


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