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STS-107 MCC REPORT #3



Submitted by Arthur - N1ORC


STS-107  Report #03 
Friday, Jan. 17, 2003 – 5 p.m. CST 
Mission Control Center, Houston, Texas 

In their first full day in orbit, Columbia’s seven crewmembers completed
activation of the SPACEHAB Research Double Module in the shuttle’s cargo
bay and all of its scientific experiments. 
 
Red Team members Commander Rick Husband, Mission Specialists Kalpana
Chawla and Laurel Clark and Israeli Payload Specialist Ilan Ramon were
awakened at 4:39 a.m. CST. Following a handover with their Blue Team
counterparts, they took over for Pilot Willie McCool and Mission
Specialists Dave Brown and Mike Anderson, who began an eight-hour sleep
period at 10:39 a.m. CST. 
 
All SPACEHAB payloads are performing well and research activities
continue on schedule. Specific experiment highlights so far include:
 
All Fast Reaction Experiments Enabling Science Technology Applications
and Research, or FREESTAR, payloads have been activated and are
performing well. One FREESTAR experiment that measures the amount of
energy coming from the sun completed an initial observation, with the
best sun pointing ever seen on any shuttle flight. Another experiment
that will perform measurements of the Earth’s ozone layer is operating
nominally. The Mediterranean Israeli Dust Experiment, or MEIDEX, which
will measure small particles called aerosols in the atmosphere over the
Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of the Sahara
desert, has been readied for initial observations.
 
The Bioreactor Demonstration System made its initial run. The
NASA-developed bioreactor is being used to grow prostate cancer tissues
to help scientists better understand how the cancer spreads into bones
and to aid in the development of future treatment methods. In the first
20 hours of experiment operations, a significant aggregate of tumor
tissue was grown. 
 
 
The Critical Viscosity of Xenon-2 experiment has been working nominally.
The instrument is cooling the xenon sample to begin calibration. A
preliminary analysis of the flight data compares favorably with
ground-based data. This research in fluid physics may be important to the
production of paints, plastics, drugs, food and cosmetics.
 
The Blue Team will be awakened at 6:39 p.m. CST to continue work on the
more than 80 experiments aboard Columbia. Scheduled activities include
using MEIDEX, consisting of a radiometric camera and a video camera, to
measure a Mediterranean dust plume north of the Gulf of Sidra. Human life
sciences experiments also are scheduled to begin. 
 
All systems aboard Columbia continue to function well.
 
Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 6 Commander Ken
Bowersox, Flight Engineer Nikolai Budarin and NASA ISS Science Officer
Don Pettit completed their eighth week in space. Today, they unstowed a
rendezvous system from the Russian Progress 9 resupply ship in
preparation for the Progress’ undocking Feb. 1. That will clear the aft
port of the Zvezda Service Module for the arrival of a new Progress cargo
craft Feb. 4. 
 
The Expedition 6 crew also conducted metabolic science experiments,
exercised and prepared for a quiet weekend in orbit. 
 
The next STS-107 mission status report will be issued Saturday afternoon,
or earlier if events warrant.
 
- -END-
 
 

 

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