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STS-113 MCC Status Report #21

Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC

STS-113 MCC Status Report #21 
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002 - 6 p.m. CST 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

Activities aboard Endeavour today focused on preparations for Wednesday's
planned landing at the Kennedy Space Center, concluding a voyage of 4.5
million miles. 

Commander Jim Wetherbee, Pilot Paul Lockhart and Flight Engineer John
Herrington activated one of three hydraulic power units on Endeavour,
tested all of its aerosurfaces, and then test-fired Endeavour's steering
jets. The remaining crewmembers - Mike Lopez-Alegria, and Expedition 5
crewmembers Valery Korzun, Peggy Whitson and Sergei Treschev - continued
packing up gear and hardware in anticipation of tomorrow's landing. 

Endeavour has two opportunities to land at the Kennedy Space Center on
Wednesday. The first begins with a deorbit burn of the Orbital
Maneuvering System engines at 1:42 p.m. CST, followed by a landing at
2:48 p.m. In the event weather prevents a landing on that first
opportunity, there is a second opportunity, beginning with a deorbit burn
at 3:20 p.m. and resulting in a 4:26 p.m. landing. Preliminary weather
forecasts call for the possibility of clouds and rain showers in the
vicinity of the three-mile-long landing strip on Wednesday. The backup
landing site at California's Edwards Air Force Base was not activated for
Wednesday. Endeavour has sufficient consumables to remain in orbit until

The seven crewmembers took a few minutes this afternoon to talk with CBS'
"Up to the Minute," TV-E Spain and the Tulsa World newspaper. The crew
discussed its successful shuttle mission as well as the Expedition 5
crew's to date 181-day experience in space. 

Meanwhile, aboard the International Space Station, the Expedition 6 crew
-Commander Ken Bowersox, NASA ISS Science Officer Don Pettit and Flight
Engineer Nikolai Budarin - spent today settling into its new home and
unpacking some of the equipment and hardware carried to the station by
Endeavour. The crew also enjoyed some time off during its first full day
alone on the station. 

Endeavour's crew will begin a scheduled eight-hour sleep period at 9:50
p.m. today, waking at 5:50 a.m. Wednesday to prepare for a homecoming to
the Kennedy Space Center. 

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

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